With our new series of Featured iScrappers, we wanted to start off with a bang with our good friend Moose Scrapper from YouTube. He has some great information to help new and experienced scrappers in his videos with step-by-step instructions and tutorials. He also accepted our Ice Bucket Challenge in 2014 so two points for that! Check out some of his answers to our hard-packed questions:
iSA: When did you start scrapping?
MS: I started scrapping around 2005 at a very very small scale. Around 2009 I picked up the scrapping a bit for the income.
iSA: Why did you start scrapping?
MS: I first started scrapping when I went to dispose of a computer at my local recycling center and they wanted to charge me $10. I thought that was crazy so I brought it back home and started looking into scrapping more. Soon I found Mike the Scrapper, Jack the Scrapper, and The Bigger Hammer and started to take things apart. Very soon after that I got into gold recovery that same way.
iSA: What is your vehicle of choice when scrapping?
MS: For the first several years I used a 4 door Chevy Malibu I dubbed “The Scrap Mobile” because it too should have been scrapped. In the summer of 2014 I bought a 2000 Chevy Silverado extended cab and could not be happier that I made the switch!
iSA: What can you never leave the house without when scrapping?
MS: There are a few things I could never leave the house without. A lot of people say a magnet but I pick up EVERYTHING and break it down at home so magnets are not that useful to me on the road. I think when I am out and about it is a toss up between the two wheeled truck or dolly, and my cordless drill.
iSA: Coffee or Tea?
MS: Coffee…good god almighty the scrappin’ ain’t happenin’ without a cup of Dunkin…black…4 Splenda…
iSA: What is your favorite material to scrap?
MS: My favorite material to scrap is computers. Lots of great stuff in there, lots of scrap and resale value as well as gold plated stuff for my hobby of gold recovery.
iSA: Least favorite?
MS: Thats easy. Hands down, no questions, vacuum cleaners. Cut the friggin’ cord and run. Roaches, dust mites, bed bugs, dog hair, ants, spiders, pot seeds, and every other lung clogging cancer causing particulate of filth is found in those things. I’d rather scrap forced hot water radiator that has spent the last 20 years next to a urinal in a blind teen center.
iSA: If you had to give one piece of advice to a new scrapper what would it be?
MS: If I had to give one piece of advice to a scrapper that was just starting out it would be keep learning. The day you think you know it all is the day you start losing money. Watch videos, ask your scrap yards questions, keep learning what is inside stuff. Don’t worry about spending money on all kinds of fancy tools. Knowledge first…after safety of course…
iSA: You are trapped in a scrap yard for the night and you can use any kind of equipment or machine, what would you use and why?
MS: If I was trapped in a scrap yard for the night, I would be running that big ol’ crane with the electro magnet cuz I am a kid at heart and love using big machinery. SO far I have had the opportunity to put in a few hours on tractors and bulldozers but never a crane.