How To Find Valuable Scrap Metals
With the price of metals rising these days, it’s surprising to find out that most appliances and electronics are actually made with valuable metals. The old appliances that are usually thrown out to the trash can be disassembled by anyone with a few tools. You can then harvest out copper, brass, zinc, even silver Bullion. If you know anyone who is renovating their house or wants to send their appliances and electronics to the scrap yard just for the value of the steel, volunteer to take it off their hands and you can get some extra money out of it in addition to selling the steel to the scrap yard after you’ve removed the valuable metals from it.
Most appliances and electronics will have a good bit of copper wire inside. Old fashioned large computer monitors will have a large amount of copper wire inside them, as well as stoves, refrigerators, desktop computers, washers and dryers, and dishwashers. For most appliances, this will be high grade 75% copper wire. Large CRT televisions also have a good amount of copper. While copper isn’t worth as much as other metals, it can be easily found in those old appliances that are outdated and starting to not be worth repairing. You can start a copper pile in a secure location and take it all down to the scrap yard for a nice pay day down the road.
Brass is another metal that is worth taking out of appliances before you sell them off to the scrap yard. Many people have brass door knobs or drawer pulls, and shooting ranges may allow you to pick up used brass shells for free. Once cleaned, these can all be scrapped for brass. While you’re clearing out the copper of those old major appliances, most of the connectors that connect the copper wire are also made of brass. Brass isn’t worth as much a copper, but with metal prices constantly inflating, it could be a good investment to keep around.
Scrap silver is by far worth the much, and also a bit harder to find. If you live in a big area, it may be worth your time to buy a small pocket-sized scale and head to yard sales. Look for any old, tarnished jewelry that may be made of silver and weigh to verify. Estate sales are great for this. Make sure and also ask the owner if they have any tarnished jewelry or silverware that might be silver, they may not have thought to sell it because of its ugly appearance. Also, if there has been a very recent spike in silver prices, you can usually find silver for sale cheaper at thrift stores that priced their items at silver value days or weeks ago. Many electronics also have small amounts of silver contacts in them that can be recovered. These may not be high quality silver, and it’s recommended that if you try and also recover silver from the appliances and electronics you’re scrapping that you get a silver tester.