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How To Make Money Scrapping Metal For Beginners - Scrap Metal Tips, What To Look For

Jun 10, 2021
It's a

scrap

ped Dima, folks, it's always a very exciting day for me, but this time I hope it's not my car. This time I thought we'd do things a little differently because it was mentioned to me that while there is no shortage of

scrap

ping videos on YouTube. It can be fun to do a quick start, just the basics, how to guide someone who's thinking about getting into this or isn't really sure where to start. I know a lot of people who watch my channel already have a lot of experience in scraping, and if that's the case, well, this won't be anything you guys don't already know, but thanks for hanging out anyway, let's do this now to to get started you will need some tools and I wouldn't suggest anything less than a magnet a couple of wire cutters sometimes I prefer these they are a bit bulky and to be honest tin snips like these are not the right tool for the job they will They'll be boring if you use them to cut wires all day, but when they're sharp, they

make

things go fast and smooth, so I still prefer them.
how to make money scrapping metal for beginners   scrap metal tips what to look for
You also need a quality pair of grips and these are my personal choice. I know there are a lot of different ones on the market but I like these because they have a lot of grip a very wide mouth if needed they adjust quickly and I didn't think I would wear them as often as they did but when I lost my first pair I replaced them immediately. I like these and a multi head screwdriver at the very least, there is one improvement, this is the way to use the cordless system, it saves you a lot of effort and time and

make

sure you bring it with the longest Phillips head you have to maximize its usefulness.
how to make money scrapping metal for beginners   scrap metal tips what to look for

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how to make money scrapping metal for beginners scrap metal tips what to look for...

I had one and I lost it because it was very useful, I had it with me all the time anyway, your magnet here is definitely the first and most important because it helps identify ferrous

metal

s, that is, they contain iron and that is the type of

metal

most common that you will find anywhere you can find mountains of it. rusting everywhere now for any serious full time junk or that rusty stuff will be your bread and butter, you will find it everywhere and if you have a truck or trailer you can expect to fill it up and get it.
how to make money scrapping metal for beginners   scrap metal tips what to look for
Between $40 and $100 a load, and you can probably do it twice a day if you're just picking up old washers, dryers, stoves, microwaves, computer cases, all of that would go in a built-in shredder and the nice thing about that is you don't need to worry about cleaning it, go ahead and leave all the stickers, plastic junk and fasteners, it doesn't matter, they don't care about the same

money

, you might want to remove the goodies like the copper that's in the microwave or the stainless steel. Steel drum that will be in a washing machine, but that is totally up to you.
how to make money scrapping metal for beginners   scrap metal tips what to look for
If you want to spend your time doing it, it's not necessary. I'm sure they'll be happy to take it down after you leave. Personally, this is all the space I have, so I usually don't bother with that stuff. The most I got from a steel run on this was 40 bucks and I was focusing on the densest pieces I could find so talking about heavy bars and bed frames and I had some computer cases and some microwaves but I think It was a bearded diver who suggested this to me. They were completely full, with bits of steel, so all the screws, the little corners and just the junk that was metal.
Put them inside the boxes so they were very heavy little metal boxes and 40 bucks is decent so there's really nothing wrong with that but I certainly don't focus as much on the steel because the stack gets pretty big and Pretty fast, although that's its value. one more tool you might want to make sure you bring it's a luxury item but it's pretty nice a pair of gloves wouldn't be without it that's just me now the only piece of steel he grabs every time is these things now i used to ignore them brake The drums and the brake rotors are cast iron so the value is a little bit higher about one to three dollars a piece so it may not seem like much but everyone leaves them lying around and it doesn't take much time create a large quantity. a lot and when you find one you usually find two or four, so it's one of the easiest five to ten dollars you'll make.
I wouldn't leave them lying around in other common places where you'll find cast iron, which I don't do. I don't have any examples right in front of me: the grates of some barbecues, although they have to be heavy and thick, and the old bathtubs with legs, yes, that's why they are so heavy, most of them are not made, of course, and In reality, we are covered in cast iron. I don't know

what

they are covered in now with the ferrous steel in a secluded place. Let's talk about the things a magnet won't stick to. This is

what

I focus on.
Because it takes up much less space, the next most common type of scrap you will find is aluminum and wire. Let's start with insulated copper wire, which means it still has the plastic insulation. There are basically three categories: number one, number two and number three insulated copper, they are classified based on the percentage of their total weight that your scrapyard will get from them in real copper. number one is the best and a decent rule of thumb here is if you fold it and it stays folded. He's probably a decent number one solid core. Now, different scrapyards sometimes have a different interpretation of what exactly insulated number one copper wire is, so it's best to ask them to give you an example of the smaller things they will accept as copper one now number two. those are your everyday things the snicklefritz the power cords the little connective cables inside the appliances you can see adapters like all kinds of everything else that's where it goes now the number three is of course the lowest of the low we're talking about of Christmas light bulbs in a small plastic The stuck pieces simply shine and render of all this.
A while ago I made a video where I experimented with different types of Christmas lights to see how much you increase your payment for the hour you spend cutting all the bulbs and in short, if you are going to do it, only do it with the ones with big bulbs, it seems a bit counterintuitive, but with those you'll get about $7 an hour if you work fast and so if you have a big stack of them and you have It's okay personally, I'll bring them like this because that's all the time I have in my life for the Christmas lights, now number two, everything else, my yard wants to be cleaned like everything is cut, there are no connectors.
I'll have to get a pair of scissors and take this off because that's not good enough for them, but to give me a good price on the Latta stack, pretty much everything I want on stack number two, as long as it's not coax, no one want coax. don't let it get in here in pile number two because your junkyard won't be happy, that's what we plug in TVs and old video game systems. It

look

s like it has a nice solid copper core, but that solid copper event center runs right through it. It's actually a steel wire, it's copper coated and worthless, don't even pick it up now, outside of those here are a couple types of wire that your junkyard might pay more for if you keep them separate from the first, cat5, to talk about ethernet cables.
You'll have to cut the ends of this, but places that want to part ways with you will give you a higher price. I think it's because it has five small strands of very I don't know why, but they pay a little. plus the other one, this BX cable, they think is the right name, it has an aluminum casing on the outside and the inside is a nice solid core and that adds up quickly because it's heavy, some places they'll pay more for this. Cables for casings as well and this type of thing that has a high copper content with an aluminum foil so they will give you a totally different grade for that too, there is one to keep in mind to keep an eye out for or you could be fooled,

look

This, yeah, looks like a really nice, overly thick piece of wire, but it's a little fishy because it's super flexible and it doesn't actually weigh much, so if you take the scissors and look inside, you'll see that silver.
Shine there, yes this is aluminum wire with a copper coating which is another thing you throw away, it doesn't want you to go into copper insulated container number two and honestly unless you have a lot of space I would even return it to these. Things here look like they have copper, which is copper-coated steel and is also worthless in Shred. If you have a shrimp now, if you find a bunch of aluminum wire at once, I wouldn't leave it lying around. because it's worth

money

, but it takes a while to accumulate, so unless you have more space than you know what to do with or somehow find it all the time, I wouldn't feel bad about leaving it behind and that will guide us. very well into the most common scrap and in fact the most common metal in the world, aluminum, now aluminum is quite easy to identify because of three different reasons: the first is that it is extremely light, the second is that it is extremely flexible and the third is its almost whitish silver color.
There are many more types than you might think, but for

scrapping

it is mainly grouped into three different categories. The first one we see here is old aluminum. It's very skinny. It has probably been hammered or milled in some way. It is used in things like lining baking sheets and pots and pans. The fact that pots and pans are a very common source of this stuff doesn't weigh much, so it takes a while to add up, but fill a container and you'll probably have 10 or 20 dollars worth and it's very common. You will find it everywhere, so it won't take you as long as you could see it now.
The next and easiest one to get excited about aluminum extrusion or extruded aluminum try to ignore the plastic parts in these aluminum extrusions is a process where they take a piece of aluminum material, heat it up and force it through. through a shaped die so that it comes out the other side in the shape they want, this somehow makes it stronger and it is usually a much purer grade of aluminum so it is worth a bit more, you can tell this mainly by looking the shape and if you see these machined edges like they have been cut and there are no seams connecting things or they have little indentations or shapes where things will stick. for them that is aluminum extrusion, the most common sources of these will be fence posts, hairs to get free pieces, the legs will be aluminum extrusion and also something like this extruded material is much denser so it builds up a lot faster, but I could mistake it for steel if it wasn't non-magnetic and so easy to scratch, now the other one is cast aluminum.
You can tell it's cast because it's lightweight and has a complicated shape, so you'll commonly find it on waffle irons as well as barbecues and something like this saw base, if you're not sure if it's cast just tap it with a hammer, it is very fragile. Oh, another point about aluminum extrusion, there are actually quite a few different grades of this material. I went to a junkyard and they wanted me. To separate everything there were like four different containers that wanted everything they wanted took forever. I don't carry aluminum to that yard anymore because I honestly don't have time for that stuff.
I'm going to a word that just allows me to throw all the extrusion into a band gives me a price, it's great, there's another type of aluminum that's actually pretty common and you want yeah and aluminum rim, we just take a minute to appreciate what messy as this is, it wasn't me and me. I have no idea how he did that OOP. I have some water here. The aluminum wheel is actually an alloy, so it has a different grade and a different price, but it is a good price, so maybe it has it, and most of the radiators and cars are also made of aluminum. all the new ones are and those are of a different grade too.
Now I find that aluminum is one of the most important scrap metals to clean and I'm not talking about using a brush and soap and water, I'm talking about removing any of them. of Lumina chunks because it's worth about three times as much this way, something like this piece I'm not really sure if I'm going to bother cleaning it up or not because it just has some of those junkyards that have a certain percentage. of contaminants that are allowed in the containers they sell to their buyers, so if I have a big enough pile of aluminum and that's included in it, I think I could convince them to sort it with the rest of the stuff.
They told me 5%, which is actually quite a lot, the only problem is that aluminum is very light, so just a little bit of steel can get you over 5%, we'll find out either way. I won't spend all day taking them off. something like this, these rivets are aluminum, they don't stick, but that plastic will ruin it now, this PVC can be quite strong, but if I can break it with a hammer, that will save me a lot of time, well, work now if it is very dirty . I'll call it aluminum breakage, which isn't worth much, but the thing is, aluminum breakage is something that has aluminum in it.
I once went into a dumpster and found these two really big aluminum framed windows that still had all the wood.The thing they were built on and around was sticking to them and I didn't want to spend all day removing screws and nails taking that thing apart, so I just threw it away, my car took it to scrap here as it was, they didn't do it. I like them with the glass there, so I smashed it against a bucket. I still have $30 for a quick run, so the lumen break isn't all bad, you just have to make sure it's heavy enough to make it worth it now. less common things that you should definitely keep an eye out for because they are worth a lot more than aluminum, let's talk about copper and brass, that was very loud, you won't find copper very often because everyone looks for it because everyone knows it's worth money, but it's easy to identify Due to its color, it is copper or green patina and smells like blood, it is also heavy and flexible.
We use this material in pipes because since it's so soft and flexible, it's easy to fuse, but it also doesn't contaminate the water with rust or anything like that. They switch to plastic for a lot of applications because it's become so expensive because it's so amazing, seriously, it's an amazing metal, it doesn't rust, it's really malleable, it's a really nice color and it's extremely conductive so it's incredibly useful for so many different things, it's common on microwaves and old tube TVs, but if you're going to throw it away You'll only get about $4 for each of those, so honestly I don't make them anymore, but if you're going to, you I suggest you stack a bunch of microwaves and do it very quickly, like the old tube TVs.
The good part is not what you might think, it's nothing yoke, the really obvious copper part is the copper, it's the degaussing wire that surrounds the glass on the inside. Now copper also has three different grades. There is copper number two, which means it has contaminants like. solder or paint, there's copper number one that's like this one here, it's a little dirty but it doesn't have any contaminants or even this one because it has a green patina but it's still a pure piece and then shiny bare that really shows the beauty of these things and it has to be exactly what it sounds like bear and break the wire the drop is the same rack these things number one these things are shiny now these things are pretty heavy so you want to spend time separating number two from number one.
This weld is useless, but if you cut it right here, the entire length becomes number one and then at the end it still has weld. Don't just throw it at the number. two, I have a little pipe cutter, it's a tool that locks and then turns and turns and turns and turns, but I want to sleep, that takes forever, the material is soft enough, you probably can, if you have a sharp enough X, just cut it. with an ax on a cutting board, but chances are you'll just hit it with something heavy until it's flat and bend it and bend it and bend it and it'll come off, it's easy, the next one we'll talk about best is brass , we can find it. in all the same places they would have used copper, but copper was too soft, so things like this faucet head, all the fittings and threaded parts are brass because copper is too soft, but it's still pipe copper most of the time, silver.
The bits will also be chrome or zinc plated brass, but you'll have to remove that layer before you can really say you can use a file, you can use a saw, but when I'm in the field, I just grind them. a piece of pavement and oh look, look, that golden yellow got us a piece of brass now the brass is another one of those that you really want to clean, that is, remove all the steel and the plastic and everything that is not brass because okay about three times as much when you do things like this, unfortunately it can be really hard to separate so a lot of times I leave it in a pile because it hurts my feelings to bring it as is and hardly get any money.
Knowing that it's worth a little more to me now to take those things apart, a jigsaw would be a dream come true because then you could cut right through the difficult threaded parts and it would fall apart, so if you have access to one of those, well, It's also pretty common for door handles, but unless it's a big, heavy piece like this, I find it too complicated to take them apart and you'll want to do the magnet test on the hardware as well because a lot of times those are sinuses, elsewhere you will find brass, these plugs lay down like dirty brass, but they add up and even the ones that don't appear to be brass, if you do a scratch test on them, I found that these are simply coated with something to make them silver and more visually appealing, they are still from brass.
Many home decorative items are brass or disguised brass, even this candle holder is in fact brass. That sexy white brass is one of my favorites. It's extremely common if you know where to look for it and it's worth a lot because it's basically copper in disguise, it's an alloy of copper and nickel. I think it's nickel, so copper is worth over $2 a pound and brass isn't far behind. It costs about a dollar and a half, but brass beats copper where they use it, it's usually in big, heavy chunks, so things add up quickly. All we want is to be good at finding a brass that identifies it, like on car radiators like they used to. make them, they used to be made from big chunks of brass and copper, those are money, if you can find one you will need to do a scratch test to identify them.
Generally, something this old will look completely black on all sides. The brass and copper pieces look this very muddy green, but you'll be happy when you find one, trust me, they're out there, oh, talk about big, chunky things that add up quickly. You don't want to come across some. lead yes, I'm talking about lead-acid batteries, you can identify them quite easily because it will say right above lead-acid battery is exactly what it sounds like, like it's a battery made of lead and acid, something to do with the way electricity works. Ask a bee. Don't know. You will also find built-in acid batteries.
Things like these portable chargers. Anything that needs to transport energy. Entebbe, it has a battery. It may have an LED light. You should check it out, but these things are very heavy. They add up quickly and people throw them away all the time so keep an eye out for them and check a few different junkyards to find the best price because if anyone gives you less than 30 cents they will probably rip you off, that's Canadian. I don't know about you guys, in the hills, other sources of shine, a leaded glass window, it's not just a fancy name, this one is frozen to the ground, I would show you, but it's a sheet of lead they used to use on roofs and doors and it's a fireproof kind of thing.
Lead is pretty easy to identify because it's very heavy but it's also very soft, of course, the wheel weights, you know, what they balance your tires on and then even rarer metals than that actually. More common than you think, platinum, silver and gold. Yes, we are talking about a waste. Now I have to say that Canada is a little behind on this one. People to the United States, you have many more places to bring them. It seems like all the junkyards there accept low, medium and high quality circuit boards, so call because you might have someone local and it would be a lot easier.
You will find these things all the time. I'm talking about computers, laptops, cell phones. To be honest, I don't have much experience with that stuff because I've never sold anything, but dumpster Marcus seems to be in that game and, on his advice, I've been stocking up on Ram Goldfinger motherboards. cards video card some sound cards and hard drives and cell phones, so those are the ones I'm stacking in a bin and someday I'll sell them. There is a guy that contacted me that was in Ontario and apparently he is buying them and there might even be one in Vancouver now I'm not sure so even as a Canadian hold on to them, someone wants them.
I'm going to make a video of that soon when the time comes, don't rush me now, the other thing you're going to do. You will find that when you throw away these electronic components there is more copper, but you choose your own adventure on that, things like these electric motors, these things are also electric motors, so just throw them in a pile and, as you separate the circuit boards, you will also be I'll find these kinds of things. These are also copper bearing motors, but they are very small, even these ones that seem to have a lot of copper.
I have separated them before and had all the copper wire coming out. of them in my opinion, I wouldn't mind maybe if they had buckets and buckets of them and had a hammer of oil to throw them in, yeah this is up to you, now the most exotic couple we have to talk about before. this video is complete, let's start with stainless steel. You will find this one more often than you think. Identifying it can be a headache, but your handy magnet is your best option. It's not magnetic, but it's also much heavier. Besides aluminum, it will most likely be stainless steel.
You may find that in many different places, such as backsplashes or appliance fronts in kitchens or something like a water fountain that has to be sturdy but also not rusty, it can be difficult to identify because sometimes even stainless steel is magnetic. that's because there are different degrees and I looked for this. I'm no expert nun on this sort of thing, but apparently it has more to do with the crystal structure, I mean, if it were simply a question of whether the thing was magnetic, it would still be magnetic because it's still made of steel. Now apparently the surest way to determine if it's stainless steel or just regular steel is the spark test, this means you use a grinder or something that makes it spark and the length and color of the sparks will tell you now I don't have a big enough operation to plug those tools in and do smart testing on things all the time, so for me it's the most reliable way to identify it and this is true for a lot of things. metals I'm just thinking about it.
I'm thinking about your application. Stainless steel will be used somewhere where it can't rust, but it needs to be very strong, so with that in mind, if it's not copper or brass and it's too heavy to be aluminum, it's probably stainless steel. If it's been out for a while, you can also just look for rust stains because it won't have any now. I used to ignore things because I couldn't find one. yard that would give me a decent price, but once I found one I definitely stacked it because it's worth about the same amount as the weight of aluminum, but it's much heavier so it adds up very quickly, definitely don't pass it up.
So far the other two exotics, one would be a catalytic converter. I don't have any at the moment. I sold all of mine, but they contain platinum, palladium and rhodium. It depends on who made them and how old they are to know how much they are worth. but they range from a little to a lot so I'll put a couple of photos here and if you see the honeycomb pattern on the inside where the exhaust flows through, that's where all the magic happens, that's a really cool thing. so when you see it you will know not to leave them lying in your garden or they will go away.
I wanted to mention that you probably won't find any of these, but the carbide tip drills these things. used in mining which is mainly steel, but the valuable part is these little nubs that are carbide and it's worth about $10 a pound and these things are covered now, that's not something most people come across in their daily life, but there you have it, that's all the basics. I think the only metals you can find are magnesium and nickel, but you probably won't find them even in nickel ones, they are actually mainly made of zinc and, if I may, bold enough to make a suggestion, such Maybe don't throw away your air conditioners, refrigerators and water coolers because you only get four to eight dollars total for each of them and I don't think it's worth it to release all that for free into the atmosphere and degrade it. the ozone layer is just my opinion, that's why I stopped throwing it away.
There are professionals who can recover Freon gas and reuse it and it is actually a valuable resource, but I lost my job and I don't know where. find another one so if anyone who sees this has any suggestions please add them to the comments below because I know there are things I left out and this type of industry is different in different regions; If not, definitely read the comments because that's where some of the best ones are. The information is that I don't know everything, but I learn a lot from the other people who are watching this channel.
Oh well, you're here. Let's talk about stripping wires. I have a piece. I'll show you how I do it. Okay, it's very simple. only a big knife cuts an edge like that so you have something to work with keep it facing the other way stick the knife into the edge you just cut yeah this definitely works better when it'sstraight, keep it at an extreme angle so that the blade itself is just touching the copper and then you can just pull it out and then remove it. It's so bad that it's actually much better with a sharp knife.
Now I only do that with things that are generally thicker than a pencil of this caliber. It's definitely worth the time it takes to strip it, but if you were going to do that I would suggest a wire stripper. Uber immediately strips wires, which they seem very happy with, so I'll link to that and the In fact, check out the video description because I'll link to some of the tools I mentioned and any relevant videos I've made in the past and then you might want to look at how to strip zum-zum cables. so there's more information in the description and in the comments and if you enjoyed this video and think someone else will get something of value please click the like button because otherwise it will disappear.the abyss this is how this works either way, happy scrapping and whatever your scrapping, leave it better than you found it, keep doing the same.

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