If they're screw threads then a vice and a wrench will be the best (washing up liquid if its stiff). If they're welded then you'll have to hacksaw/angle grind them apart. I personally don't bother - my yard will accept both as mixed brass and it's a high enough payout for the relatively small amounts I deliver.
Check to see if your yard pays a different price for each, like above post says may not be worth the hassle.
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my yard does to but i dont find much brass so i didnt no what the price difference was.
I also found like 15 pounds of brass keys should i just put it all together then?
Triple check they're brass and not zinc/stainless which are more common in modern keys. Otherwise yes, lump 'em in.
That would probably work to mix the keys but make sure they are not on a steel key ring and just to be safe maybe keep them separate till you get to the scale and toss them in if they give you the nod.
I took all the rings off and went over them all with a magnet
And most of them are over 20 years old i found them when i was cleanin out a HUD home i think a locksmith used to live there
i had a brass rod that was yellow on one end and red on the other, it was strange, but because i dont deal with enough red brass, i just let it go in as yellow. the difference was like $1.50 for yellow and $1.70 for red, so i didnt bother with it.
the keys are yellow brass, and unless they are car keys with a plastic encased top, they just go right in the yellow pile/bucket. nice find!
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i always toss them in with red if they have yellow connected..as long as you dont make a huge habit of it most yards wont care..
Be certain the red is brass and not copper. What kind of connectors or pieces of things do they look like they might be from?
To answer your question there are 3 types of brass: Red, Yellow, and White
Most of it i think is from a old underground water meter and then i found a bunch of fittings that connect to air hoses.
But i know the difference from copper and brass lol
White brass contains more than 50% zinc and is too brittle for general use. The term may also refer to certain types of nickel silver alloys as well as Cu-Zn-Sn alloys with high proportions (typically 40%+) of tin and/or zinc, as well as predominantly zinc casting alloys with copper additive.
It is usually a silver-ish grey.
Does the edge look sparkly and porous when you break it? That would explain quite a few items I've found. Keys and soap dishes?
The first time I have ever found any 'red brass'.
I did find some 'white brass' in some antique milking machinery. My guess is that its hard to find & only a little difference in price anyway.
Unless theres a lot, which can happen if you are scrapping machinery & find a large amount of certain parts, I'd put it in with brass.
Here, brass is worth$5 & Copper $7 a Kg, so the difference in price would only be a few 10's of cents.
Somebody will probably 'call me out' on that though.
I still have a pic in my mind of the scrapper who did a dive off the trucks bed so that a co'worker didn't put the Ali/bronze in with the Phosphur/bronze.....
Brass is an alloy of zinc and copper. It's basically yellowish which is like gold. It is widely used in the manufacturing of ornaments and other. There are many types of brass like Admiralty, Aluminum and Arsenical.
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