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    Heaviest type of copper

    I got to thinking is wire the heaviest form of copper or is it pipes or something else i dont know about?? I always thought wire was heavy untill i got a scale and started weighing it =(. So im gona say pipes are heavier than wire?



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    I mean the weight of copper stays about the same lol. By the density of pre-processed scrap materials in my experience copper solids and copper sheet make for the heaviest gaylords followed by bare bright and Cu motor/transformer windings

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    1 pound of copper wire = 1 pound of copper pipe.

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    It's the airspace between the individual pieces.

    I can fit 50 lbs of bare bright into a 12"x12"x6" box with all of the individual strands being straight and laid together neatly.

    I can fit 50lbs of brass into the same 12x12x6 box because the metal is denser.

    I need a 12"x12"x12" box for 50 lbs of motor windings cause the strands go every which way and there's a lot more air space between the individual strands.

    I'll try the plumbing copper in the same 12x12x12 box this weekend and see how it goes.

    Edited to add: I did up the plumbing copper and it was the same as the motor windings.

    Six of one or half dozen or another ... it's the same density and weight.
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    i remove the copper pieces that are found in the centre of some PC heatsinks- quite dense & heavy

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    In my experience it seems that buckets of a/c coil noodles usually weigh the most compared to wire, pipes and tube

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    Well i fit 60lbs of shiny wire in a 5gal bucket had to step on it though lol. I managed to only fit 5lbs of num 2 wire in a 5 gal bucket it must take up more space than wire i can coil around the bucket haha. So im at 70lbs 6lbs of num 1 wire also.

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    Yeah, the #2 copper motor windings are kinda fluffy.

    I rigged up a 10" x 10" metal foot on my wood splitter to help pack them down.

    Don't know if anyone has seen a kitchen size under-counter trash compactor, but it's the same basic idea.

    20 tons of compressive force helps pack a lot of fluffy stuff into a small space.

    Uggg ... Uggg...Uggg..... More Power !

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    Wow cool nice tool time reference lol. Yeah funny how wire works lol.


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