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    Gee ... the AC unit was a nice little score. It...

    Gee ... the AC unit was a nice little score. It seems like every ACR is a little different but i like to cut the loops off with a circular saw that has a metal cutting blade installed. It gives a...
  2. I think they would be a throwaway item for a...

    I think they would be a throwaway item for a larger contractor. It's all part of the electrician's bid. More cost efficient to throw in a new one than carry them from job to job.

    It might be a...
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    I was on the other side of it as a self employed...

    I was on the other side of it as a self employed tradesman for many years. It creates a lot of problems when neighbors and family try to insert themselves into the mix. I always tried to handle it...
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    This thead is a question - I would love to see how it's done at the highest...

    I would love to see how it's done at the highest level.

    Imagine the savings on shipping for the bigger buyers on the forum if they could pre-process the boards down to a semi-refined powder using...
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    Mike: I'm not sure how to explain without...

    Mike:

    I'm not sure how to explain without hurting your feelings but i'll try.

    The ac guy is there to do a job. The mortgage company is the one paying him so they probably required a job...
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    This thead is a question - I would agree. That would be especially so with...

    I would agree. That would be especially so with processors, ram and gold plated connectors.

    Printed circuit boards are a different situation. I was watching the "How It works" documentary and the...
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    This thead is a question - As with any other kind of investment .... timing...

    As with any other kind of investment .... timing is everything.

    Just a guesstimate, but the ideal time to start up a refining operation would have been somewhere around thirty years ago ?

    My...
  8. It was really more about my own situation. Ewaste...

    It was really more about my own situation. Ewaste my thing and i passed off the brass,copper, and ali to other scrappers in the area that i knew could use it.

    I remember when steel prices...
  9. Ummm ... yeah. Workplaces and enterprises would...

    Ummm ... yeah. Workplaces and enterprises would be a good source. One might keep an eye out for "all-in-ones". Business class laptops are pretty common for use on the job too.

    It's kind of a hobby...
  10. Thread: Taking a break?

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    this thread has a poll - It breaks my heart. There seems to be a political...

    It breaks my heart. There seems to be a political divide here where those who refuse to wear masks are shaming those with masks. Others are halfway in and halfway out. They'll wear the mask pulled...
  11. That's a good breakdown on an average scrap PC...

    That's a good breakdown on an average scrap PC tower.

    Of course .... every place is different .... but i get a mixed bag of computer towers. Some of them are fairly new and others date back into...
  12. Thread: Howdy from HTX

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    This is a how-to thread - :P Not really derailed but maybe a little...

    :P

    Not really derailed but maybe a little sidetracked. o:)

    We took care of the OP first. He's got plenty of good leads on how to get started.

    The shipping stuff might be useful for him...
  13. Thread: Howdy from HTX

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    This is a how-to thread - Yeah, i think you could run the numbers on a...

    Yeah, i think you could run the numbers on a single, low end, tower and that would give you rough idea of a good price to pay for them. Probably the same with servers. They had a thread here on total...
  14. Thread: Howdy from HTX

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    This is a how-to thread - Sorry for the thread derail. I was really curious...

    Sorry for the thread derail. I was really curious about how all of the numbers worked out with your first pallet load. It's hard to do the ewaste thing profitably here and i'm always trying to work...
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    This is a how-to thread - Tower computer breakdowns are pretty...

    Tower computer breakdowns are pretty straightforward. They generally take about 7-10 minutes each. They could be used as "fill in" type work if the yard is having a slow day. One of my favorite...
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    I'm okay with tower fans. They're not terribly...

    I'm okay with tower fans. They're not terribly hard to do and net about 1/3 lb of #2 copper.

    In general: Scrapping is mostly about chasing pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters. It doesn't make...
  17. Thread: Taking a break?

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    this thread has a poll - Ayuh ! I'll mug up for that one Cappy ! ...

    Ayuh ! I'll mug up for that one Cappy !

    Translated from Downeast : It's coffee break time. I'll raise a mug and toast to that one my friend.

    It looks like i'll be working on the wood pile...
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    I wonder if T. could strip out the romex and BX...

    I wonder if T. could strip out the romex and BX for the bare bright inside. Could make a little extra that way.

    The trend is to go 4 prong on 220 V. these days. Not up on the codes but i think...
  19. Thread: Taking a break?

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    this thread has a poll - Yeah ... some of our offshore islands tried to...

    Yeah ... some of our offshore islands tried to close their borders in the early part of this but the Governor landed on em' pretty quick. She was our former AG and knows the law inside and out. Turns...
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    Sometimes you've got to bite the bullet and do...

    Sometimes you've got to bite the bullet and do the practical thing T. An item is only worth what somebody is willing to pay for it. I have stripped them out for the stranded copper inside before but...
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    Gee ... the air chisel idea is pretty good. I...

    Gee ... the air chisel idea is pretty good.

    I had a really stubborn rotor this afternoon. I don't have air tools but i had Bosch SDS hammer drill with a chipping point. Set it just on hammer mode...
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    this thread has a poll - Similar thing here. Memorial Day is the...

    Similar thing here. Memorial Day is the traditional start of our summer tourist season but our seasonal residents started filtering in a couple of months ago.

    Jeez .... that's all we need. More...
  23. Thread: Taking a break?

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    this thread has a poll - Well .... i decided to take a break from my...

    Well .... i decided to take a break from my regular job. It's a shame ... i really liked that job till Covid-19 came along. Then it got sucky. There was just way too much risk for an older guy to be...
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    I'm trying to put myself in the shoes of my...

    I'm trying to put myself in the shoes of my potential buyer. I think i would be okay buying copper in a form that i'm used to buying. Stuff like pipes and wire. It would probably be alright if it...
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    Been checking spot copper for a couple of months...

    Been checking spot copper for a couple of months now. Given the overall picture .... it looks like copper and brass are down due to lack of demand. Imo ... this isn't a good time to sell unless...
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