Check Your Newer Scrap Copper Fittings!

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iScrappers, What’s Up!?

We want to talk about copper fittings today. We know that you have all seen many copper fittings in your day, but we want you to know that there is a new type out there that you need to watch out for. There are new “solder-less fittings” that have rubber gaskets inside of them. These gaskets are hard to see…but make plumbers’ jobs much easier because there is no more soldering many hard-to-reach pipes. The problem comes when they are scrapped.

The rubber ring that is inside is quite hard to see, and as a scrapper, you might have a bunch of these fittings on pipes and say to yourself, “No solder…that means clean copper tubing.” In this case, you will be wrong, and if you try to sell them as clean copper, you will get either bumped down to a lower price or rejected from your scrap yard.

So, if you are collecting copper fittings for scrap and they are newer, they may look like clean copper, but take a look inside. The rubber rings on the inside will downgrade the material at your scrap yard. So be sure to keep it separate from the rest of your copper pipe and wire, and you can get a #2 or slightly better price with your copper fitting scrap.

Hope this tip helps out!

Scrap ya later!!!