From one of our most recent Scrapper Tips Emails we put together some great quick tips that would allow you to quickly make the most from your scrap if you were in a rush. See some of the great tips we have below and be sure to sign up for our Scrapper Tips Emails.
Working Quickly & Efficiently Will Make You More Money
Sometimes scrappers need to make a quick buck before going onto their next job. Your truck bed may be filled and you don’t have too much time to separate.
- “The Quick Pick” – If you don’t have a lot of time to scrap using the “quick pick” may help. Go through a pile of scrap with a magnet and get all of the good stuff out, copper, brass, aluminum, insulated wire, and other non-ferrous. Remember the magnet will stick to steel and not to the non-ferrous. When price are a bit lower it’s important to take this tip and use it to determine what will be worth your time and ultimately the worth in scrap.
- “The Weighting Game” – Scrappers will spend time taking apart one computer tower for scrap and only make a few extra cents on it. If you have only a small amount of something you would normally take apart, waste less time and just scrap it as is. If you have a large amount of weight of the material, then it is wise to take time to separate. When you only have a small amount of items that can be taken apart for scrap, the excess plastic and steel will take away a lot of the weight that you could normally be cashing in on. When you have a large quantity of computer towers, you can take them apart and separate the components inside.
- “Strip Tease” – While generally, it is worth it to strip your copper wires, if you are in a rush and don’t have a lot of material it may not be worth it. A general rule of thumb is if you have less than 100 lbs. of wire, don’t strip it, you can lose too much weight on the scale by removing the insulation. If you have time and have a lot of wire then it is a good decision to take time to strip it. It is important to know what kind of tools and ways you can strip your copper wire for scrap.
- “Magnetic Broom” – Scrappers are often taking things apart with screws, nails, bolts and other small objects coming off. An easy way to go through your scrapping area to collect these small steel pieces would be to attach a large magnet to the top or bottom of flat mop. You can then “sweep” the area to pick up any pieces to throw in the steel pile. Also be sure to keep your eye out for these kinds of items at your scrap yard to avoid any damage to your tires and your foot.
For more helpful quick tips on scrapping check out our videos on our YouTube Channel. If you have any tips of your own or questions be sure to check out our FREE iScrap Metal Forum and start in on the “scrapversation”.