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Old 07-13-2007, 08:31 AM
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Who scraps?

How many guys on here use their PSD's for scrapping? I try to take a load over once every two weeks if I can. I usually just pick up whatever I see on the side of the road (gas grills, aluminum siding, lawn/beach chairs, pipe, appliances, etc...) when I'm driving to and from work. I cut through developments when I know its garbage day. Occasionally I'll happen upon a big score of copper, radiators, or other high dollar stuff, but not too often-especially now that the prices are through the roof. With number one copper going for $2.50 a pound, thieves have been ripping it right out of the walls in some of the rougher parts of town. Same thing in the shore towns-last winter there were guys going through and ripping off the exposed piping for outdoor showers at beach houses. Needless to say some owners got a big surprise when they came down Memorial Day weekend and turned the water on.

Last week my parents had a new central air unit put in and the HVAC guy told them there would be a $100 "disposal fee" to take it away. My dad politely declined and I hacked the thing apart. The heat exchangers (internal and external) plus the copper tubing netted me about $90 alone! People at my office always ask me why I'm carrying around "old junk" in my bed...lol If only they knew...
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Old 07-13-2007, 08:54 AM
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I scrap infact I got a load waiting to go at home. I hope prices are still up on Monday. I need to find a few more cars to scrap out as well.
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Old 07-13-2007, 09:01 AM
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Thats a pretty good way to pay for a tank of fuel.
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Old 07-13-2007, 09:10 AM
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Thats a pretty good way to pay for a tank of fuel.
Amen Brother. There's no better feeling than leaving the scrapyard and filling up right after! In fact, the last load I took (with the AC unit) ended up being just over $300 with some other copper pipe I had laying around, a couple of cast aluminum grill bodies, and some light steel. $90 in the tank and $210 to play poker with-makes losses a little less painful when its not coming out of the old bank account.
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Old 07-13-2007, 09:57 AM
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What's up with that? I thought this thread was about fighting and someone was fixin' to get stomped!
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Old 07-13-2007, 10:21 AM
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I haul a load of about 15000 pounds about every 3 months at work. We usually get #1 short which brings in about $1400.
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Old 07-13-2007, 10:33 AM
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i think i am going to start looking when i am out riding around. i have thrown out small bits and pieces throughout the year, but i think i am going to get a bin and start saving it till i get a good load
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Old 07-13-2007, 10:35 AM
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i think i am going to start looking when i am out riding around. i have thrown out small bits and pieces throughout the year, but i think i am going to get a bin and start saving it till i get a good load

I do something similar just no bin though. I have a pile of scrap behind the barn. When I find a junk car to scrap out. I load as much of the pile into the car. Then take it all in at once. Usually make a good 2-300 dollars this way.
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Old 07-13-2007, 10:51 AM
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I do something similar just no bin though. I have a pile of scrap behind the barn. When I find a junk car to scrap out. I load as much of the pile into the car. Then take it all in at once. Usually make a good 2-300 dollars this way.
usually i give all my decent sized scrap to my buddy that scraps out cars, he is usually in more of a need than i am and he is always helping me out. my father in law had 42 or 43 cars that he had scraped, i am not sure what he got for them, but the guy brought out a protable crusher and went to work. my father in law first removed all aluminim items and cats. i kept trying to talk him into letting me scrap them. i told him i just wanted enough to be able to pay for a nice sized gooseneck and i would give him the rest of the money once the trailer was paid off minus fuel cost of course. obviously it did not happen though
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Old 07-13-2007, 11:10 AM
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My brother's future father-in-law owns a pool shop and does installation/repairs on pool heaters. Those suckers are LOADED with copper and brass. He's got 20 or 30 old units sitting in his shop that he removed from customers' pools plus buckets upon buckets of old copper and brass fittings. I figure he's sitting on 2 G's at least with prices what they are right now!
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