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Miranda Retzlaff (2 hours ago)
that was NOT CCA wire btw
SecondComingTwice (8 hours ago)
Much appreciated. I did trip when you said that your dream-tool would be a band-saw, since I had just had a conversation with my brother about cleaning a bunch of transformers that ended with "but who's got a bandsaw? And then YouTube did some kind of "enhancement upgrade" thing and I had to reload the page.. Good stuff. Not scrapping, "they" won't let me drive (even though I haven't had a wreck that was my fault since '79 or '80) Making art. Wire, and the transformer's from the microwaves off the street are going into a Lichtenberg burner. Like you attitude, bro. Namaste
Paul M (16 hours ago)
You are very detailed thorough and have a great sense of humor. I enjoyed watching and learned a lot. Thamks
j-e-c Mannig (19 hours ago)
The claw foot tubes are covered with a ceramic substance called hot julius. Don't know if anyone has told this cause I've not read all the comments but thought you would like to know.
señor shaman (2 days ago)
I have absolutely no interest in this area, but it was great to learn and hear your take on it. So thanks!
Scott Brandt (2 days ago)
im sorry i don't know what you said because i could not get past your Girl Bun
J& K (2 days ago)
Some of the power transformers from vintage electronics are worth hundreds of dollars to the folks that dabble in vacuum tube audio. Not all of them but the bigger and more wires coming out the better.
that fonv dude (3 days ago)
If your sniffing for copper in arizona your gonna find a body I can guarantee that
In the states its 100000 dollar fine for releasing freon im an a.c. tech I can reclaim it and yes its useful to do so and is dangerous if you breath it in while releasing it
AznRyda001 (7 days ago)
lol bullet casing worth more
Kim Nielsen (8 days ago)
Buy a furnace and melt it dovn to ingots.. takes up zero Space! 🤗
ROBERT KRAHN (10 days ago)
Way to go , good job  and  thank  you
Angelo Matthew Narciso (10 days ago)
Thanks. I can now survive my second day of being homeless. Owe you alot bro
Dnice3477 (10 days ago)
Most “stainless” isn’t real stainless. If it looks like stainless but it’s magnetic then throw it in you light iron pile. True stainless won’t be magnetic at all.
Snorri Ö.K. (10 days ago)
Brass = alloy of copper and zinc (cheap substitute for bronze). Bronze = alloy of copper and tin/nickel and is more expensive. Difficult to tell apart for a layman. Stainless steel is stainless because of its chrome content which is about between 4 and 18%. The 4% one can rust if it's been in salt or acid for a long time. The 9% one is normally a welded part because 9% is the way between normal carbon steel and a 16% grade and they make 9% electrodes to connect the two. There are mainly two grades of stainless (apart from knife steel that is a bit different and not collectible because the blades are so thin and would take long to stack up and even longer to take apart) and those are the 4% that do take "half a magnet" and 16-18% that don't, are very heavy, have this aluminium sort of whitey sheen and will not bend. The latter is also very resistant to both salt, acid and other general causes of corrosion. When the 4% grade does rust, it's only a "here and there" type of deal, not everywhere like on mild steel up to high carbon steel. Keep in mind though that if you find high carbon steel like bearings, spring steel etc. (look up types of hardenable steel), you might get better prices for them from knife makers (blacksmiths) than scrap yards. As one (but in Iceland, where everything is imported) I have paid 50$ for 10 kilograms of hardenable steel, so definitely keep that in mind. Also, wholesome looking old parts can sell for a lot more to antique enthusiasts because of their "rustic" looks so please try not to throw those away because they can catch a pretty good price as well.
Joseph Robar (11 days ago)
Who has the time to waste to even cut that copper sounds like you need a job my man I strip houses and send it all one shot well when you make 1,500 a day I guess taking a break for half HR to play Sanford and sons don't work here my friend and scrapping in your car make you look like a junkie getting your fix money lmao
ZXBeatsXZ 6 (13 days ago)
Me and my dad is scrapping again what’s the best tool to peel the skin off of the cords thanks brother
Bradley Coopersmith (14 days ago)
wow. incredibly informative
Dire Darlings (16 days ago)
i like your face
CRAZY FAMILY TUBE (18 days ago)
You got a new subscriber here I also do a lot of scrapping and dumpster diving
w0lvez1 (19 days ago)
Dissolve aluminum with sodium hydroxide or hydrochloric acid.
Mr. McGoo (20 days ago)
This guy is missing a lot of information. The places I know don't buy aluminum foil as you show.
Kris Roberts (20 days ago)
I'm getting sick of this I even had a full on argument with the guy at my scrap yard about it when he refused to take my copper not all coax is steel core the newer stuff is, the older stuff is copper!
monkeyship74401 (22 days ago)
Nickles are Nickel and Copper. You might check with a local Air conditioner maintenance shop and see if you can work a deal on the freon containing stuff... Brass is usually Copper and Zinc. Bronze is Copper and Tin. How do you tell the difference. Darned if I know... You get about the same either way. Thanks for the fun intro to scrapping.
wolfgar707 (24 days ago)
Brass=copper + zinc
Brian McGrady (24 days ago)
Hate to correct you dude but the skill saw you showed... Band saw... so called as the blade is a "band". Good stuff though.
David Cowan (25 days ago)
I know some one stated this already but what you call#1 insulated I strip with carpenters knife while watching TV most of it being worth 3 bucks a pound and you get fast at striping it with practice. The same goes for the solid aluminum conduit filled with wire, pull out the wire strip it and the you have #1 copper aka bright and shiny and clean aluminum both paying more.
Dwight Gordon (25 days ago)
New subscriber here. Good stuff. Been doing scrapping for a bit, but there's always more to learn. Example -- dirty brass. Is that what you get for the chrome covered faucet you were talking about? Also, have you done any time experimenting on removing the brass bits from the plastic plugs? Once you cut the plug, needle nose pliers and a quick twist pulls the tabs right out. From there, it's just a matter of clipping the tag end with the copper strands attached. Or do you even need to do that, since copper is a component in brass?
Charlie corn (27 days ago)
Thanks for this, every one should recycle
America 1776 to 2001 (1 month ago)
I’ve been at for several years now, it’s definitely a great way to make some extra cash. You won’t need a magnet after doing it for a while, just a good file. . If I had any advice for you, or really anyone it would be to purchase a cut off saw or whiz wheel. You can pick up one at harbor freight for around 20 bucks and a 5 pack of 4 inch wheels for a few extra bucks, depending on the brand, I prefer Dewalt, they seem to last longer. You can cut all your copper pipe, and brass in no time. Oh and a massive pair of cutters, I have a 3 footer and a really big 5 footer. (Not bolt cutter) You’d be amazed what they can cut, pipe, wire, aluminum, (lawn chairs and junk ladders). You can even cut some thinner brass pieces, like faucet hose ends. Just not anything steel. Lastly is the larger copper transformers, look for the weld on top and hold a hatchet on the weld, then smack it with a hammer a couple times. They fall right apart. Just make sure you use a file first to see if it’s copper and not aluminum, don’t waste your time with aluminum transformers. The bigger E’s and I’s transformers, use whiz wheel to cut one side, and pull the copper out with your vice grips/pliers. I cut open compressors and take apart electric motors once I get a good amount saved up. With the 3, transformers, compressors and electric motors, you’ll fill a five gallon bucket up with number 2 in no time.
Amy lynne Moses (1 month ago)
Plzzz help me! I'm scrapping copper brass n not sure what else I want to do yet. So I need help learning copper n brass differences and easiest ways to strip everything.... i have taken apart dish washers but don't want to get rid of the main machine in case I'm missing valuable stuff.. i don't have much room to store and transport items I can fit 3 dish washers in my van
John Gabriele (1 month ago)
Saw zaw is a scrapper best friend...
I got old coffee brewers and cream machines from a Dunkin’ Donuts. Should I scrap together or take them apart?
jon buffalo (1 month ago)
Well made video thanks for the information now I know the Cast iron brake pads are worth something.
David Mugsy Clewell (1 month ago)
Thanks for video. Spent 2 hours stripping cAble wire and I had no idea its not true copper wire lol. Well I'm new to it. Also had some welding wire I found in trash pile at work. Found out its not any good either. Cheers
Jacob S Farley (1 month ago)
What type of wire is in phone chargers anyone know
donna dull (1 month ago)
how do you find the schedule for curb side pick up
Rob Rain (1 month ago)
There is also red brass and yellow brass, cadium is also worth alot it comes in ball shape its soft like lead for plating .Great vid
Cathy Bourner (1 month ago)
Well done, sir. Thanks.
Amanda Archer (1 month ago)
Rhodium is ass expensive. Would recommend, also tungsten. Also, do you melt these down?
joel raymaley (1 month ago)
First tip. Stop messing with literally everything in your video.
joel raymaley (1 month ago)
My scrap loads are 20k every 2 weeks. I’ll show u how to do this son.
T. O. (1 month ago)
you might want to see everything, or at least as much as you can then go buy silver with your complete savings from it before it's too late my friend
T. O. (1 month ago)
copper along with silver and gold are all also anti-bacterial
Electrolux lad (1 month ago)
One thing I was gonna let you know is don’t scrap clawfoot tub’s cause I’m actually picked them up and sold them for more than what I could get in scrap
David Linn (1 month ago)
15:53 what i heard the first time was "a lot of the time the silver bitch will be..."
skyler lowe (1 month ago)
Selling any of that ram bro?
Will Wade (1 month ago)
I just burn my wire
Simonrcz (1 month ago)
23:44 where did you find them? Don't scrap them you can probably sell them for more. Someone could make them into something cool
desinfector (1 month ago)
hey U can identify stainless steel with a really strong magnet eg from a hard disk drive. stainless is a bit magnetic, about 10% like regular steel. when U have a small screw or nut of stainless U can still lift it up using a strong magnet.
steven clark (1 month ago)
Your audience is very lucky on your educating them about this! It took me 30 years to learn what you're teaching of me going back and forth to the scrap yard!
tyraelpl (1 month ago)
17:35 if brass was Cu+Ni you'd be getting prolly 10x more. No, brass is Cu+Zn (Zinc).
atmosphere Adr (1 month ago)
A lot of modern bikes , also electric bikes have magnesium parts!
Steve zahra (1 month ago)
Well done dude, i am in Australia and enjoyed this immensity. our knowledge thirst is growing every day to protect our environment and to make a buck ($) on the way. Recycle -Reuse and Re-vegetate. I have a friend who does this as a business and also scraps cars. I will share this with him as he is a veteran at recycling.
This will all amount to less than minimum wage. Don't bother unless it's really easy and quick.
thubprint (1 month ago)
Oh I completely agree. I don't think scrapping metal is a reliable way to earn an income unless you've got a truck that you fill with steel daily and even then a person would have to commit to growing a network of contacts who produce scrap regularly. I view scrap metal as a side hustle in my life, and it's nice to have that extra $100 each month to put in a vacation fund.
camjamsdad (1 month ago)
When you're talking brass you should mention the types and grades. Red brass is worth more than yellow. And clean more than dirty. Cast aluminum. You can make a ton of money with clean transmission cases and pistons.
Jake Browne (1 month ago)
tubs are enamel covered dont scap clawfoot tubs if they are complete! worth more to a antique buyer 4 legs alone will bring 100$
Adrian Dejacomo (1 month ago)
Is he Canadian?
Gatto Npc (1 month ago)
WOW.. Scrapping tutorial on how to become a scrapping guy.. COOL... buhahahaha.
alan30189 (1 month ago)
Great job!
Blo0dbound89 (1 month ago)
was lucky and got 30 meters of thick copper wire i think :D the wire that is used on welders for the negative pole :D .. was a broken ne and they gave it to me :D
TheUnknownHarbingers (1 month ago)
I always separate my number ones from number two.. number one first.. then number two
Deadman Fighting.13 (1 month ago)
Mah dude, get a truck!
Scrapping Irish (2 months ago)
nice video
John Gibb (2 months ago)
Bath's are enamelled.
Jon Paul (2 months ago)
Brass is the best way to go, get $4.50 in New Zealand for it. A kilo that is.
LIVIU STELIAN (2 months ago)
Worth milions.to make stuff.worth more the stuff unscraped.specially electronics.what is working.or for parts.to sell online You make more money than You make scrapping
Jason Jones (2 months ago)
I just scrapped a bunch (18) of old cast iron pans, they were old and from a defunct company named Griswold. They were quite rusty. I got like 25 bucks for them. :)
Agboo Hans (16 days ago)
Seriously?! Rusty Griswolds?! Uhhhh lol
Scott McCullough (1 month ago)
You just lost out on a bunch of money. Griswold pans are extremely popular, especially if you clean them up and reseason them. Search eBay to see how much you could have made with a little effort. https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=p2380057.m570.l1313.TR12.TRC2.A0.H0.Xgriswold.TRS0&_nkw=griswold&_sacat=0
moth3rfck3r (2 months ago)
Oh man people love those. You probably could have sold them for $10 each, or more if you cleaned them up
This & That (2 months ago)
you can get free old batteries from motorcycle shops it helps them out too cause it cost them to recycle them
This & That (2 months ago)
power surge protectors the ones offices use have a nice size battery in them too going to motorcycle shops and asking for the old batteries helps you and them
This & That (2 months ago)
that large piece in your gurage you stated you where not sure you wanted to clean that was stainless steal still worth cleaning not sure if you know this or not real stainless is not magnetic
ruthy8ruthy (2 months ago)
Thank you
LJaysPerspective (2 months ago)
Thank you for the vid, lots of good valuable info. I appreciate ur time I'm a newbie and in this field info is equivalent to $$$ and scrap yards are not going to educate or advise you of the best ways to clean scrap because then they have to pay you more for it. Who wants to pay more for anything? Or to anyone? The more you learn about scraping the more you can make! IMO thats my 2 cents...lol
Nicholas Bragg (2 months ago)
where do you find wire
O-What A-Knife (2 months ago)
Those Visa trips are amazingly
GuiltyMalice (2 months ago)
FYI nickels are mostly copper and about a quarter zinc and the same goes for quarters and dimes. Interesting enough the one US coin that is colored copper (the penny) is actually quite the opposite being mostly zinc and a pinch of copper for its coating. Thanks for the video it was very informative.
Mikaila Higgins (2 months ago)
In case you didn't know, some of those Christmas lights go for good money on Ebay. Specifically the vintage, larger bulb(preferably colored) ones. If you're willing to wait a little bit for it to sell, even just one strand, before scrapping - you'd make much more $$
Daniel Squeque (2 months ago)
..🦊...that’s still good ‘,....nice video,...🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾
thomas lewandowski (2 months ago)
I have been scrapping since I was a kid in the 60's! Great for the environment and economy. The $ helps too!!
Mark B (2 months ago)
Lead is for fireproofing? It has a low melting point though.
american soldier (2 months ago)
Great advice for a newbie. Thank you!
Cam (2 months ago)
I did it one summer just for curiosity. Only had a small jeep and just picked up non ferrous. I spent a lot of hours like a little sweat shop worker pulling copper wiring from electronics and transformers so it would qualify as #2 copper. Not worth the effort, but it was fun when you topped off a 5 gallon bucket with decent wire that wouldve otherwise been in a computer or TV. Think I made about $1K in 3 months, and I wasn't going out looking every night and again I didn't bother with ferrous unless it was small and heavy like a cast iron sink or old barbells. Something I happened to see a lot of was stainless steel grills. Those were nice.
Jamie Parker (2 months ago)
I do clearence as a mainline and tend to keep scrap as a sideline (well now at least It was my sole income 11 years ago but then it was just a 9YO in an industrial bin )...clearence is good from brass oddities and ornamental pieces to the kitchen sink, even the odd piece of sterling that isn't wanted (I'll either pay melt or reduve the bill accordingly)
David Vaughn (2 months ago)
I scrap all of the used brass fire sprinkler heads and valves. Head change outs are a sprinkler fitters friend.
jordan scott (2 months ago)
I feel bad for u guys we don't need to separate different grades hear we get the same price and they sort it them selves
Ig Jacob.0v0 (2 months ago)
40-100 dollars for galvanize worst thing u can scrape
1049662ismyusername (2 months ago)
Vitreous enamel is what bathtubs are covered in. Powdered glass melted on.
fall (2 months ago)
New to this 🕵️‍♂️
John Dixon (2 months ago)
What about galvanized metal, is the worth anything? Ive got an old boat trailer thats junk and don't know what to do with it.
Amber Flame (2 months ago)
You're A Cutie. 😍
Mr Smarty Pants (2 months ago)
Damn dude there was a lot of s*** you don't know. But I learned a lot of stuff from you. thank you. The stuff you don't know I don't think it affects you in your daily life at all so... That's why I'm not correcting you. Great video!
Chris D (2 months ago)
I've owned my own business for awhile.....I came to know all of this years ago. I STILL watched the whole video. You did such a fantastic job on this. Best start up scrap video I have seen to date. Well done :)
Tyler Maybush (2 months ago)
When I use to scrap about 5 years ago steel was 10$ per 100 pounds and #1 copper was 2.70 a pound brass was like 2.50. So I could make good money with those prices. Now IDK wat it is but I know it's dropped down well over half of that. Edit: for got mention... 10 for car batteries 10 for computer towers and 12 for aluminum rims
JasonVladimir (2 months ago)
Good show!
Jmcabee1972 (2 months ago)
correction...magnesium is more common than you think....almost all asian motorcycle engine cases are 100% magnesium
West Won (2 months ago)
Thanks Very Helpful.
If your yards won't buy I have 4 good sources that also pay best for Everyone scrap. 40 smart phones min. They pay 10 per phone as example
I've been full time industrial scraper for 16 years. I am fully legal bonded and insured pay taxes. We're in Denver Colorado. There are 3 primary types of coaxial used most if the new for 5g still has Clad core but the voven is bare bright At least that's what they buy it for it's actually CupraNicke which I ship to Seattle to sell it's at 5 a pound now. There is also a business install used on office where all from pole is regulal copper. We get Mike's of it. Then the standard looks silver in color is #2 copper. And the clad can be sold but not worth time. We average 25 to 28 thousand a year on coaxial woven that's a good money maker if you have source. Most scrapes have no clue woven is copper
Daniel Kelly (2 months ago)
There's actually a lot of copper in sa c units bro. Your getting ripped off big time!
MinoritiesRlazy (3 months ago)
I was gonna like this video until you mentioned you’re Canadian. I’m of the opinion as an American that we should invade Canada

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