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    Stripping Copper Wire

    I was just wondering since I never tested it. Since insulated copper wire is $1 a pound and copper wire that isn't insulated is $2.50-$3.20 pound, is it worth stripping.

    Say I have 5 lb of insulated copper wire. That's $5 now if I strip it I'm losing the weight of the insulation but being payed more per pound. If I lose 3 lb of insulation then I'm only getting $5-$6.40 for the 2lb of copper and I was going to get $5 to start so it wouldn't be worth it.

    Any info/tests you've done would be helpful. Thank you.


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    Wow.... what an interesting notion. Crazy it's never come up on this forum before!

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    SRSLY tho... there'll be several links to related threads at the bottom of this page. You can find further cussin & dis-cussin in them.
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    No 2 wires are alike. May I suggest you take a 1 foot section of the wire in question and weigh it on a gram scale. Then strip it and weigh the copper on that same gram scale. Then you will know if it was worth stripping it or not. Here is a link to a scale for very cheap if you dont have one. Its small but will get the job done for you.
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    It's up to the individual.
    Do you have more time then money or more money then time.
    Do you have other scrap you can go get with your time.
    In the example you gave it's not worth it to me...I just threw my knife in the shred bucket and went looking for more wire.
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    Usually 12 ga and larger strip and 14 ga and smaller sell as-is. Especially 12 ga solid will strip easy compared to stranded. Check out some of the do-it yourself wire strippers, they'll make the job go faster.
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    I once had an insulation knife that looked like this:



    It worked great for stripping stranded wire by hand. It cut through the insulation with ease and didn't bite into the strands like a razor knife will.
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    Nothing wrong with turning .93 a lb into $2.65 a lb. wouldnt waist time stripping a 3in piece of no2 wire tho. I would rather strip a 3 foot wire. I guess im trying to say that the shorter the wire, the more a waist of time to strip it.

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    If it fit in here then I strip it and I get it done fast. then I wait till I have a 5 gal bucket then take it in #2 get me about 35 to 45 lbs per and a little more for #1 it is worth it for me

    But you will have to decided if it is worth it for yourself we are all different.

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    It really all depends on what your time is worth. I strip a lot of it, but mainly do it during commercials when I am watching TV, or between hands when I am playing poker online. It gives me something to do while I am waiting.

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    If your only gettin a buck a lb your gettin screwed big time!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sjones99 View Post
    If your only gettin a buck a lb your gettin screwed big time!
    My yard only recognizes one kinda wire, and only pays .60 for it. :confused: Learned that the hard way awhile back.... thankfully on a smallish tote of mixed wire. That's why now they only get the tee-tiny copper, the coax, the ribbon, and the aluminum; things I wouldn't strip at any price. Pretty soon I'll have a 30gal tote full of power cord & better insulated copper. Problem is, I haven't got enough time to do the major breakdown I need to do.... much less strip wire.

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    Quote Originally Posted by auminer View Post
    My yard only recognizes one kinda wire, and only pays .60 for it. :confused: Learned that the hard way awhile back.... thankfully on a smallish tote of mixed wire. That's why now they only get the tee-tiny copper, the coax, the ribbon, and the aluminum; things I wouldn't strip at any price. Pretty soon I'll have a 30gal tote full of power cord & better insulated copper. Problem is, I haven't got enough time to do the major breakdown I need to do.... much less strip wire.
    Your yard pays you for coax?
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    Personally I don't strip anything smaller than standard romex, but I save it up with my brass that needs cleaned for those days with nasty weather when I don't want to work outside on my steel cutting. :-D

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    Quote Originally Posted by BurlyGuys View Post
    Your yard pays you for coax?
    They've never pulled it out... I'm actually more shocked that they pay .60 for aluminum wiring. They CAN'T be making any money on that. Perhaps that's why they pay .60 across the board on all wire no matter what. They're makin' out like bandits on powercords & better, but losing on alum & coax & the like; and they don't have to train their guys to look out for anything. Just throw it all in one spot.


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