Originally Posted by

**mike1**
I just got a minimal amount wow that low of percentage huh. I tried to calculate percentage of a cord once got 60% rate mite be wrong though maybe my scale is off? It was 2lbs 9oz whole and i got 1lb 5oz bare i think it was 4/4 not sure but im close to the percentage right? How do you calculate the percentage ? I wonder if its how i do it. Also why would i get 70% for 12 romex and 58% for 10 romex wouldnt 10 gauge have a higher percentage rate? I thought the lower the number gauge like 10,6,4,ect the higher the recovery its not true then?

Calculating % is simple math, stripped weight divided by whole weight. (1# 5oz) 21 oz divided by (2# 9oz) 41 oz = .512 or 51.2%. Remember the larger the wire size the heavier the insulation. My yard pays at 45% for cords, sometimes 50% with other wire mixed in. My yard pays for romex as #1 insulated at 70%. I don't strip any wires under battery cable size, my TIME is too valuable. I don't mind getting paid for the weight of the insulation, and not spending any extra time on it !!! You can always do your own test if you get a large quantity of a certain wire, and sell it at whatever % it is.

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