If you collect scrap metal to sell, then you know that copper will pay out really well. If you can get ahold of copper wire, you can collect it and turn it in when you have plenty of it and get some good money for it. You want to make sure that you get as much money as you can from all that copper, so there are things that you can do to help make sure that you get the best possible return on all your work.
Strip the Wire
All wire comes with a rubberized coating on the outside to act as insulation. That insulation will make sure that the bare wires don't touch and short out or cause problems. However, that insulation will add on weight to your wire and the buyer may take a deduction off since the insulation is still there. They may also pay you less since they are going to have to do the work of stripping all the wire. However, it is something that you can do quite easily. You could even sit in front of your television and do it, depending on how much wire you have. WHen you start stripping your wire, it's important to make sure that you do it as you collect it instead of trying to do a large collection all at once.
To strip it, all you need to do is get some wire strippers from the hardware store and put them to good use. It may take some practice until you get to a point where you just strip off the insulation and not cut the wire, but it should go pretty quickly.
Coil it up
No one wants to be handed a wild bunch of wires, especially the buyer. It's easier for you to handle, them to handle, and to weigh if you bundle the wire up into nice, neat bundles. You can coil it into big circles, just like you would with rope, and then twist the end around the rest of the coil when you get there so that it's secured. If you have a lot of shorter pieces, you can twist the ends together so that you have one larger wire and coil it up that way.
If you sell scrap metal, you probably want to make sure that you get the most money you can. Selling copper wire can help you with that.Share