Is Stripping Scrap Romex® Wire Worth It? 

Is it worth it to strip Romex® Wire?

This is one of the most common questions asked by scrappers looking to increase their profit from stripping their wire.

A General Rule…

When deciding what scrap wires are good for stripping, we commonly say that if the wire is thicker than a pencil, you should consider stripping it. But that doesn’t always apply…

Romex® wire is one of the exceptions to the rule. Because of the solid pieces of copper found inside.

Romex® is one of the few wires that we recommend stripping if you have the time and you’re looking to upgrade your material. A couple of really good things could come out of stripping Romex®, as about 2/3 of the weight is in copper.

It’s Worth It For The Copper Wire Inside

Right off the bat, you will have your grounding wire, which should instantly become bare bright wire. After you remove the ground wire, you’ll have two pieces of Insulated Copper Wire left over. Sometimes, it’s worth just selling those pieces as regular THHN, but if you have a wire stripper or the ability and time to strip the wire, you will make more money.


Profit Up To 30% More By Stripping Your Romex Wire

By stripping the Romex® Wire, you can make between 10 and 30% more money, depending on what level of time and investment you put into it. Through talking to multiple scrappers over the years, we have found that about 50% of people sell as is, and 50% will strip it down further. About half of the people stripped down further would only get it down to the THHN, and the other half were completely stripped of everything, turning it into a clean, stripped copper wire.

*Romex® is a branded product by Southwire and other non-metallic sheathed wires.