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Free Scrap Metal, Scrap Electronics, E-Scrap, Salvage and Recycling How to Get Started Guide for Beginners

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Free Scrap Metal, Scrap Electronics, E-Scrap, Salvage and Recycling How to Get Started Guide for Beginners

   My wife and I have been scrappers for years, collecting everything from   copper and brass to sterling silver.  We recently realized a profit of more than $225 from scrap silver and nearly $40 from copper fittings that was thrown away by a neighbor.  If you don’t mind getting a little sweat equity and searching through thrift stores, garage sales and trash piles, you can make money.

This is an overview or beginner's guide so that you can get into the salvage, recycling, scrap metal and scrap electronics fields with as little pain as possible. When I started in the business over 30 years ago there was no internet, but there were a lot of very helpful people that helped me to get started and to succeed. This is one way for me to pay back all those folks who helped me out.

I'm gathering more and more resources here to help you get into the scrap metal, scrap electronics, salvage and recycling home based business. My intent is to make it as easy as possible to get up to speed in the business.

Scrap Metal Salvage and Scrapping - Ferrous and Non-Ferrous

Detailed descriptions of various ferrous and non-ferrous scrap metals including: copper, brass, aluminum, steel and the various types and varieties within these broad categories.

Very nice photos of various varieties of more common metals like aluminum, copper, brass, insulated copper wire, zinc, lead, steel, stainless, steel. Also good photos of e-scrap. They also help out learning more about the more exotic metals like magnesium, carbide, titanium, inconel, nickel and catalytic converters (for their platinum and palladium content). Great compliment to link above.

E-Scrap, Computer and Electronics Scrap and Recycling

If you are into e-scrap (computer, electronics and telecommunication scrap) here are some interesting resources:

Amount of gold in fairly common CPUs Gold Content List in CPU Chips Slow to load but worth the wait.

And another, Gold value in Computer Chips. Please note that a given CPU may have more or less than this, but as an average these seem to be good estimates.

Note that there are 31.1034768 grams in a troy ounce, so if the gold spot price is $1,500 for a troy ounce, a gram is worth $48.23**

I always advocate that scrapping things is the last resort. Here are some resources for finding the values of various older computers, CPUs and computer chips. Some are very valuable to collectors.

Michael Meuser bootstrapped his way into the salvage and recycling business in the early 1980s. He began with building deconstruction and scrap metals and then moved into electronics, computer and telecommunications scrap where he learned to recover gold and other precious metal. I’ve been reading his newsletter for several years and you can learn more at his site and consider purchasing his how-to book.

eBook Download - How to Make Money in the Home Based Salvage and Recycling Business Learn More

Free Report - Tons of Gold in Thrown Away Cell Phones Learn More

**1 US ounce=28.349 grams

1 Troy ounce=31.103 grams

Metal             Melting Temperature
24k gold               1945° F
18k gold               1700° F
14k gold               1625° F
10k gold               1665° F
Pure silver            1761° F
Sterling silver       1640° F
Platinum               3224° F
Palladium             2831° F

Silver is measured in troy ounces. For reference when buying or selling, there are 12 troy ounces to 1 troy pound. There are approximately 31 grams to 1 troy ounce.

·         Real silver rings. Either flick the silver coin into the air or tap it with another coin to produce a sound. The sound you should hear in hear silver is a ringing sound, high-pitched and bell-like. If you flip a 1932-1964 quarter (90% silver) and a post 1965 quarter (90% copper), you should hear the difference immediately.[2]

·         Real silver melts ice. Place an ice cube on a block of silver or a silver coin and watch the ice cube melt faster than it would if it were merely left out at room temperature. Silver melts ice quickly because it has very high thermal conductivity.

·         Real silver isn't magnetic. Get a rare-earth neodymium magnet. Angle your silver bar at 45° and let the neodymium magnet slide down. On real silver, the magnet will make a slow descent down the bar. On non-silver materials, it will either stick to the top of the bar or slide down very quickly.


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Larry said...

We're always on the look out for scrap metal but lately prices have come down but we still manage to find some gold and silver...

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Sounds good to me but in reality, most people are probably to lazy to do this just as most won't bend over to pick up a penny!

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