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    Reclaiming Gold from boards, chip and cables

    I've seen a number of different ways to remove gold from boards etc, but I'm going to try vinegar, salt and hydrogen peroxide, as it's all cheap and relatively safe. My question is, does it matter what the material is- plastic connectors with gold pins inside, chips, ribbon cable ends, gold fingers on boards? I've got about 6 different kinds, there's even gold in some kind of part attached to some carburetors, encased in plastic. I'd like to just chuck it all in together, but I've seen so many different methods including grinding everything up and heating it in furnace, boards, chips and all. Any advice?



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    your best bet is to send boards in whole to reputable buyer........We have several here who pay pretty nice

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    The reality is that the precious metals are there on the boards but only in very small quantities. The circuit boards need to be processed by the ton in order to make refining them worthwhile.

    Experience is the best teacher so why don't you accumulate a ton of boards first ?

    We can talk about refining after that's done. You'll need certain government permits and an investment of about a quarter million dollars to get yourself started in the refining game.

    ~ One step at a time.~

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    Someones been watching Moose on youtube.

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    IDK, there are literally dozens, probably hundreds on YT doing it. One of the better ones (shows how to separate screens and remove ITO, among many other interesting projects): Robert Murray-Smith

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    Thanks, but I think I'll go ahead with smaller quantities of boards, no government intervention, and the advice of those actually doing it. Not to be contentious, but I like to learn things, and know from experience that one can't count on industry or the government to do things for everyone. What happens when- not if, when- government and industry fail?

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    Oh boy.. the sky is falling

    When the gov't fails, we all fail.
    Why don't people understand you can't eat gold? YOu might get one or 2 rounds of trading out of it... but it will sky rocket fast on proportions.

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    Thousands of governments have failed, and yet there are still humans. We're the ones who who scrap, build, farm, hunt, gather, create art, everything. We, you and me. Real people, not abstract parties or institutions or ideals. When TX lost power, it wasn't the gov't that stepped up, it was neighbors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by medal View Post
    Thanks, but I think I'll go ahead with smaller quantities of boards, no government intervention, and the advice of those actually doing it. Not to be contentious, but I like to learn things, and know from experience that one can't count on industry or the government to do things for everyone. What happens when- not if, when- government and industry fail?
    The gold refining forum is free and it's mostly about e-waste. Read the book first book below so your on the same page as the other forum members.
    https://goldrefiningforum.com/

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    If you want to learn refining as a hobby, that is fine, but do not expect to make any money from it. You might get a few grams of gold with a ton of work and time invested.

    If you want to make money with ewaste, then collect, dismantle and ship to a reputable buyer. That is what I have been doing now for 10 years, and it can be very profitable. In my opinion home refining is a waste of time, unless you only want it as a hobby.

    I actually have a chemistry background and industry experience in this field, and I decided to refine absolutely nothing myself, financially it just does not make any sense.

    The Gold Refining Forum is the place to go, if you want to learn about refining.
    Last edited by aurum; 09-11-2021 at 02:44 PM.

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