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    my first non-ferrous load

    So this will be my first time taking in a non-tin load. Ive applied a lot of what I have learned while lurking the forums. are you guys willing to take a bit of time to look over and make sure im doing this right?

    aluminum scrap
    http://img59.imageshack.us/img59/4470/photo843.jpg
    I wish I could break it down more, but i all I really have is hand tools. Is there an easy way to pop the parts out of the crutches? seems like it would be a real pain to try and pop off all the little plastic and steel bits by hand.

    aluminum
    http://img263.imageshack.us/img263/6005/photo844a.jpg
    http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/143/photo850.jpg
    do these two go together and get the same price?

    stack of radiators
    http://img33.imageshack.us/img33/4026/photo848.jpg
    I pulled the brass out of the car radiators but dont have any methods of easily pulling off the plastic and steel (no powertools) will i be taking a huge drop in price for this?

    motors
    http://img844.imageshack.us/img844/5056/photo845.jpg
    few small appliance motors and computer power supplies... should i also include a bunch of transformers in this pile or keep it with the wiring?




    copper and brass stuffs

    thick copper wire
    http://img691.imageshack.us/img691/4858/photo846.jpg
    I read anything over the lead of a pencils thickness will suffice

    thin wire
    http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/198/photo847t.jpg/
    contains a lot of vacuum cord wire, computer harness wire, christmas lights with the bulbs snipped off... will any of this be a problem?
    also when i first started filling it I chopped off all the transformers but later threw them back in, is this okay?

    copper scrap
    http://img534.imageshack.us/img534/7804/photo849p.jpg
    -any copper that still has non copper stuff attached to right, right?

    copper
    http://img38.imageshack.us/img38/8615/photo851.jpg
    those lightbulb things look brass on the outside and copper on the inside, wth?



    brass
    http://img269.imageshack.us/img269/9972/photo852l.jpg
    those thick L shapped things look gold on the faces, but at the end of one face and along the side, they have the orange shine of copper.... :confused: they came out of some heavy duty electrical box thing





    electronic scrap - I figure I can easily find a place in san jose AKA silicon valley that will give me better prices than sims metals, i just need to research where

    motherboards
    http://img148.imageshack.us/img148/9795/photo853.jpg
    I heard if i pull off the capicitors and lots of other little doohickeys, I get better price... I just dont know what to pull off tbh

    non-motherboard boards... i forget the name
    http://img849.imageshack.us/img849/2324/photo855.jpg

    ram and cpus
    http://img23.imageshack.us/img23/3762/photo854.jpg

    cd and floppy drives, top right
    hardrives - bottom right
    fans - I hear they have ebay resale value
    http://img827.imageshack.us/img827/1747/photo856.jpg
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    On the radiators, the tanks are easy to "clean". Just get a big screwdriver and bend the tabs back. They will pop right off.

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    after you get paid get a saws all, Then you can cut out more and make more,,,

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    Yes buy a sawsall and an angle grinder, also a vice to hold the items. Get a magnet so it is clean material you are selling and you won't loose money. Keep reading here and learning. Best to you, Mike.

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    On your motors, the transformers should go with the starters/alternators. We usually put ours with smaller motors like out of hard drives, cd drives, and floppy drives. The heavy gray and black heavy wire you should strip it and gain over $2.00 a lb.
    those thick L shapped things look gold on the faces
    Those are brass, copper would not stand up to the heat of the electricity, most boxes have brass inside for contacts.
    I heard if i pull off the capicitors and lots of other little doohickeys, I get better price... I just dont know what to pull off tbh
    Please see your other question you asked about this, it is answered there.
    non-motherboard boards... i forget the name
    Those are called finger cards.
    hardrives - bottom right
    You can sell them as they are or break them down and get hi grade price for them. Personally, I'm breaking down all our cd, floppy drives for the hi grade boards.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BumpRacerX View Post
    On the radiators, the tanks are easy to "clean". Just get a big screwdriver and bend the tabs back. They will pop right off.
    I figured i wouldnt bother breaking off the plastic chunks since I couldnt get the steel chunks off also

    Quote Originally Posted by miked View Post
    Yes buy a sawsall and an angle grinder, also a vice to hold the items.
    http://img844.imageshack.us/img844/5056/photo845.jpg
    top right... found it while scrapping



    Thanks for the help ya'll!!
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    Not sure if you took it in or not. but anything less than a pound, you will be taking back home. scales by me only go by the pound. not sure if it rounds up or down

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    it got 104 bucks at sims metals!

    minus the electronics*

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    Always remember. A sledge hammer is scrappers best friend!! The metal doesn't have to look pretty when you take it in... just be clean. the yard can really take you if you don't get all those pesky nuts and bolts out.


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