Lets talk Copper!
Ever wondered some of the different types of coppers that your typical scrap yard will take?
First, let’s look at #1 and #2 copper!
So #1 copper is one of the highest quality copper we get here at our yard and it should be free from any impurities, it should not have any copper or brass fittings, and should have no paint or sauder
On the other hand, if there is paint and sauder on it and it does have fittings then that is what we would consider our #2. And right now we are paying customers $3.00 for #1 copper and $2.75 for #2
Next, we have insulated copper wire which we also separate between a #1 and #2 categories.
We can usually tell it is #1 insulated copper just by feeling the wire, if its firm
and holds its shape when you move then it will be #1, we also look for a waxy outside coating like this for example, which is usually a good indicator that its #1
#2 insulated copper on the other hand is typically more flimsy when you bend it and this is just because it has less copper in it so it can’t hold its shape as well as #1 wire.
It is all about the copper content when looking at the insulated coppers, and because #1 wire has a significant amount more copper than #2, we pay a much higher price for it. Right now we are paying $1.70 for #1 insulated copper and $.65 for #2.
Stay tuned for the next video where we will go over the rest of the coppers your typical scrap yard will take!