Can You Scrap Nails & Screws?

scrapping screws

Many people have asked us about nail and screw recycling, and we think this is a great place to discuss it. Many times, whether it is garage cleanouts or just extra inventory from job sites, it may seem tough to get rid of these nails…and it can be. Most nails/screws are generally made of galvanized steel, but they may often be something different.

Aluminum screws and nails are common in roofing and are used because they do not rust and will be able to last longer when used on rooftops and anywhere that is exposed to the elements. These will be great because you can mix them in with your Sheet Aluminum.

brass screws

Brass screws are often used in decorative and marine applications. Because the brass will not rust (it will corrode because of the copper),  brass screws are a great item to look for during garage cleanouts and even in your own basement. Most of the time, you can include these in with your normal Yellow Brass items that you scrap.

Steel/Galvanized screws are the last type that we will go over today and are also the most common. These are used for putting drywall to the wood/steel studs inside your house and putting up plywood and other more common items like decks together.

Hope this gives you a few nuts and bolts to play around with…scrap ya later!