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    Alum wire from TV's/monitors etc.

    Howdy, i've been strippin out tv's recently. I'm getting pretty much all aluminum wire, no copper wire.

    Since its such a dang small guage, is it even worth saving? I've been putting it all in my alum pile, but ill stop if it aint worth my time haha.



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    Quote Originally Posted by TheHoss View Post
    Howdy, i've been strippin out tv's recently. I'm getting pretty much all aluminum wire, no copper wire.

    Since its such a dang small guage, is it even worth saving? I've been putting it all in my alum pile, but ill stop if it aint worth my time haha.

    Thanks in advance.
    If you are talking about the insulated wiring, you could be right. HOWEVER, you still have the copper collar which is part of the "Electron Gun" , and around the frame of the tube there is a wire that some call the "degaussing wire",[about 1/4" in size usually] and it is normally copper. There is some other small "braided wire" that is also attached to the 4 corners where the tube is screwed to the plastic frame, which is "light copper". It looks like AL or Stainless, but it is copper.
    The circuit boards usually have some copper attachments and AL heat sinks.
    In order to make any long running profits with TV/ Monitors, you will need to really get into it and find sources to take ALL your products.
    If you are just doing an occasional TV, here and there, I would forget about it.
    I process an avg. of 40-50 CRTs a week, and it is just now beginning to really look profitable.
    Good Luck!

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    Thanks buddy. Last week i processed 39 tv's. So i got a LOT of that. I'm saving it all. ALL, haha. I have a place that takes my plastic off my hands, and i can dump all my hazerdous off for free every monday at my local transfer station.

    I've got a nice pile of that alum wire, still insulated, small guage. Weighed it, roughly 40 pounds. I strip all the copper windings off, and break them down. Take all those copper attachments and AL heat sinks off too.

    Appreciate yer help bud!

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    Last night I checked out a dumpster and there was a TV right there on top of all trashbags so I just took the hatchet to it right there.
    All the mess sprayed around the dumpster and all the copper/alum in my truck
    When taking the electron gun off, i accidentally broke the entire glass tube into pieces and to my surprise there is a baking sheet-thich steel piece inside the back of the tube, light steel mesh on the front (viewer) side, and 4 small copper tabs, one at each corner, of that baking sheet CRT liner.
    The degaussing cable is really easy to strip and most definitely worth it. The rest, except power cord---nah.
    On the circuit board are a few inductors , including oftentimes one completely covered by plastic resin, you cant tell its an inductor until it starts coming apart.

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    Every bit of wire that I don't strip goes in to my misc. wire bin. Copper or Aluminum,the yard will give about .60/lb for it.

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    the easiest way I have found to strip degassing wire is to lightly run the grinder around one side, works like a charm takes 30 secounds.

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    Hoss, we did almost 20 tv's/monitors and the only aluminum wire we got might be one handful,where are you getting all this "aluminum" wire from? You might have silver colored copper also, they do that to confuse the H*** out of you.

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    so the silver wire(with all the springs attached) that runs run the front of the tube is copper? ive only just started saving them after leaving about 50 in there. how very dare these tv companies confuse us! pink, red, green and now silver coloured copper

    another thing is when some of the heatsinks are steel, that sucks

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    I'm with Hurrikane. I throw everything but the degaussing wire in a bucket and call it good. The yard never digs through my buckets and didnt even do a magnet test the last time I went. I've even stopped checking wire if it's below a certain size.
    There's nothing more fun and more effective than hitting something repeatedly with a sledgehammer

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    i have been doing the same with all the small stuff, it all adds up,
    as im new to scrapping ive been taking little samples of wire to the yard
    and they just tell me if its got metal in it we take it!
    which spurs me on to collect more and more!

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    yes it is worth saving well it is to me at least. im doin that right now probably got about 65lbs of it saved up now.

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    I don't think I've ever gotten aluminum wire out of tv's before si I'm confused as to what kind of tv's you are stripping? Maybe a certain kind have aluminum and not copper??

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    Strange, but when I look at the pic posted by Mechanic688 ^^up there^^ I don't see wire or colors. I just see $$$!

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    I did a 32" Panasonic with 2 of those thick aluminum cables, but there were also a copper cable that was about 1 1/2 lbs

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mechanic688 View Post
    This stuff came out of monitors. [URL="http://www.scrapmetalforum.com/showthread.php/3656-Dismantling-a-Monitor"]http://www.scrapmetalforum.com/showthread.php/3656-Dismantling-a-Monitor
    Yeah, I thought he was talking about coated wire. My bad. With regards to the degaussing cable, I've never run across one that was aluminum.

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    Ha, i feel dumb now. Reckon i was tired when i typed this all up. I was talkin' about the normal braided wire all throughout the tv. Dont know why i thought it was AL. Some of it is silver COLORED, but yeah, it's all copper.

    Dont know why i thought that. Ha.

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    Some of it is silver COLORED, but yeah, it's all copper.
    That's a good deal,,, Better payday

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    Strange, but when I look at the pic posted by Mechanic688 ^^up there^^ I don't see wire or colors. I just see $$$!
    I agree, keep going. Pretty soon you will have enough to make a nice profit and then you won't even think about if it was a waste of time or not.
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    That braided copper wire is Nickel coated copper wire braid.

    Its useful as a 'solder sucker' if you put flux on it & then use it to suck up molten solder on a circuit board.
    It'll suck solder up about a 1/4 to 1/2 inch. Once its done that, just snip that bit off & keep using it.
    Thats a old electricians trick.

    I have found a few TVs with Ali degaussing cable, not for a while though.


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