Do you have some metals laying around for no reason or maybe looking for some quick cash? Scraping metal might be the perfect solution for you. We want to help you get every extra buck out of your scrap metal. Here, we give you few simple tricks that experienced scrappers developed over many years of daily routine.
- Stainless steel Vs. Aluminum Test: by simply scratching the surface of the metal you will see the difference immediately. Aluminum will scratch very easily and stainless steel will take much more effort to do so. This will help you to sort your metals beforehand and get more value for them.
- Searching for Carbide: Carbide is a metal commonly found in drill bits that can get you a good deal of money when bringing to a scrap metal yard. Many machine shops will use these drill bits and tips for cutting blades due to their ability to cut better and longer.
- Magnetic Broom: A magnetic broom is a great investment if you are an active scrapper. Investing in a $100-$150 tool you can use to sweep the ground and pull out the small hunks of metal or screws that are left alone on the ground.
- Warm Wire in the Sun: During the summer, the hot sun can warm the plastic around the wire and help you strip it off easier. If the wire is cool or even room temperature it can be difficult to strip off the plastic. Be aware, if you leave it in direct sun light for too long it can melt the plastic to the wire and make it dirty.
- Steel Sinks: Stainless Steel is one of the toughest items to scrap and to get a clean price. When it comes to stainless steel sinks get a chisel and make sure all of the steel/rubber and other garbage is off the sinks. With a chisel and hammer you can get the steel ring off the sinks. That simple trick can help to upgrade your scrap and its price at least 3x.
- Clean your metals: Cleaning your metals beforehand can save the scrap metal yard a good deal of work, this savings is then passed onto you in the form of extra cash. Working with your scrap yard is a win-win deal for everybody.