Cleaning burnt copper wire

Discussion in 'UK DIY' started by Al M, Sep 15, 2007.

  1. Al M

    Al M Guest

    I've got some burnt copper cable for scrap and want to get a good
    price for it.
    I've been cleaning it with water from a hose while it's still hot and
    tried battery acid on it too. It finishes up clean, with that dull
    pinkish copper colour, but lots of the stuff I see at the scrap yard
    is bright and shiney. How do other sellers get it so clean and bright.
    Any ideas or am I being too fussy?

    AL
    Al M, Sep 15, 2007
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  2. Al M

    Stuart B Guest

    On Sat, 15 Sep 2007 15:47:36 -0700, Al M <>
    wrote:

    >I've got some burnt copper cable for scrap and want to get a good
    >price for it.
    > I've been cleaning it with water from a hose while it's still hot and
    >tried battery acid on it too. It finishes up clean, with that dull
    >pinkish copper colour, but lots of the stuff I see at the scrap yard
    >is bright and shiney. How do other sellers get it so clean and bright.
    >Any ideas or am I being too fussy?
    >
    >AL


    That reminds me I have an old HWC lying around and some copper pipe
    pieces .
    How much do they buy copper for now ?
    Stuart B, Sep 16, 2007
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  3. Al M

    Adrian C Guest

    Stuart B wrote:

    > That reminds me I have an old HWC lying around and some copper pipe
    > pieces .


    Hmmm... How much copper wire is used in the field coils around the yoke
    of the average CRT television set?

    > How much do they buy copper for now ?


    <http://www.letsrecycle.com/prices/metalsPrices.jsp>
    Non-ferrous scrap metal prices: £ per tonne on 11 Sept 2007
    dry bright wire £3200
    heavy copper £2800
    No 2 copper wire £2500
    braziery copper £2300
    insulated copper cable 45% £900

    --
    Adrian C
    Adrian C, Sep 16, 2007
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  4. Al M

    tony sayer Guest

    In article <>, Al M
    <> scribeth thus
    >I've got some burnt copper cable for scrap and want to get a good
    >price for it.
    > I've been cleaning it with water from a hose while it's still hot and
    >tried battery acid on it too. It finishes up clean, with that dull
    >pinkish copper colour, but lots of the stuff I see at the scrap yard
    >is bright and shiney. How do other sellers get it so clean and bright.
    >Any ideas or am I being too fussy?
    >
    >AL
    >


    No what you see there has been more likely than not been nicked!.

    Let them have it in its raw state.....
    --
    Tony Sayer
    tony sayer, Sep 16, 2007
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  5. Al M

    soup Guest

    Al M wrote:
    > I've got some burnt copper cable for scrap and want to get a good
    > price for it.
    > I've been cleaning it with water from a hose while it's still hot and
    > tried battery acid on it too. It finishes up clean, with that dull
    > pinkish copper colour, but lots of the stuff I see at the scrap yard
    > is bright and shiney. How do other sellers get it so clean and bright.
    > Any ideas or am I being too fussy?


    The local refuse collection chappies do not burn the insulation off,
    what they do is use a knife to remove the first foot or so of insulation
    then tie/wrap the (bared) end to the steering wheel of their vans then
    they pull the wire out of its insulation sheath . They then sell the
    copper thus liberated. Along with the money made from cans and other
    bits of scrap they (well certain of them) have no need of wages

    --
    'S rioghal mo dhream
    Ciamar a tha sibh
    www.cheesesoup.myby.co.uk
    soup, Sep 16, 2007
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  6. Al M

    Huge Guest

    On 2007-09-16, soup <> wrote:
    > Al M wrote:
    >> I've got some burnt copper cable for scrap and want to get a good
    >> price for it.
    >> I've been cleaning it with water from a hose while it's still hot and
    >> tried battery acid on it too. It finishes up clean, with that dull
    >> pinkish copper colour, but lots of the stuff I see at the scrap yard
    >> is bright and shiney. How do other sellers get it so clean and bright.
    >> Any ideas or am I being too fussy?

    >
    > The local refuse collection chappies do not burn the insulation off,
    > what they do is use a knife to remove the first foot or so of insulation
    > then tie/wrap the (bared) end to the steering wheel of their vans then
    > they pull the wire out of its insulation sheath . They then sell the
    > copper thus liberated.


    And then dump the insulation in the pond at the end of my lane.

    :eek:(


    --
    "Religion poisons everything."
    [email me at huge {at} huge (dot) org <dot> uk]
    Huge, Sep 16, 2007
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