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    question on romex

    i was wondering if i was to get 14 gauge 3 wire romex and i had 300lbs of it insulated how much would there be in bare wire? i saw somewhere that 3lbs of insulated is 1lb of bare is that true for romex?


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    I think I read somewhere that Romex was 60 percent copper but I guess it depends on what gauge. We can't sell stripped wire here in AZ so I never bothered to do the math on it myself.

    But I do think the 3lb to 1lb ratio is off. At 60 percent it would be 1.8lb per 3lb. For it to be only 1lb per 3lbs the recovery rate would be 33 percent. I know for a fact it's more than 33 percent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mike1 View Post
    i was wondering if i was to get 14 gauge 3 wire romex and i had 300lbs of it insulated how much would there be in bare wire? i saw somewhere that 3lbs of insulated is 1lb of bare is that true for romex?
    Romex is roughly 65 percent copper. 300 pounds should yeild 195 pounds of bare bright.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mthomasdev View Post
    Romex is roughly 65 percent copper. 300 pounds should yeild 195 pounds of bare bright.
    ah so that would yeild me a extra 90$ u know some people dont bother stripping romex or extension cords? i think thats strange. i always strip extension cords and any wire except for anything smaller than cat 3 wich i think is 24gauge wire? ok how many feet of romex would that be if it was one long section of romex and not cut? that way i would know how many feet is in 300lbs of romex 14gauge wire.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mike1 View Post
    ah so that would yeild me a extra 90$ u know some people dont bother stripping romex or extension cords? i think thats strange. i always strip extension cords and any wire except for anything smaller than cat 3 wich i think is 24gauge wire? ok how many feet of romex would that be if it was one long section of romex and not cut? that way i would know how many feet is in 300lbs of romex 14gauge wire.
    There are resources posted in the threads many times about how ft/lb for wire. Also easily googleable. And lots of people don't strip much or even all wire, preferring to spend that time instead sourcing more wire to sell as is. Deciding on which strategy works best probably hinges upon material availability and hauling capacity.

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    ah i see thanks for the info=)

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    Quote Originally Posted by mike1 View Post
    ah so that would yeild me a extra 90$ u know some people dont bother stripping romex or extension cords? i think thats strange. i always strip extension cords and any wire except for anything smaller than cat 3 wich i think is 24gauge wire? ok how many feet of romex would that be if it was one long section of romex and not cut? that way i would know how many feet is in 300lbs of romex 14gauge wire.
    I currently don't strip any wire. I have some 500 mcm copper that I'm not stripping. When you can get dealer pricing, it isn't always worth the time to process stuff. If I had a high quality stripper or granualtor, that would be a different story.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 520 View Post
    We can't sell stripped wire here in AZ
    ...whaaaaa??? OK then so how do they recycle it? It's only legal for the yards to remove the insulation? In order to recycle it, the insulation has to come off either stripping or melting it etc... and there has to be a buyer somewhere...
    Last edited by SKWrapper; 12-18-2018 at 03:52 PM.

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    I don't bother stripping any wire either, Romex or otherwise. I get payed a little more for Romex and CAT 5. A bit less money for insulated wire, but being the insulation adds a good bit of weight, I don't see I'm losing enough to warrant the time / energy cutting off insulation. Some of the wire I get, I'd bet the insulation weighs as much or more than the copper, so the extra weight there "somewhat" gets me closer to what I'd get stripped. At the end of the day, I have no desire to manually strip wire, just not worth it to me.



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