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Understanding the Scales at a Scrapyard

2021-02-23T02:23:03-06:00Categories: How To|

Most people who scrap for metal go into it as a hobby. They’re handy and looking for something to do in their spare time that will earn a little cash. They love to see how things are built and break them down. Smashing things apart can be a great stress reliever after work, and the hunt for scrap can be a lot of fun. A lot of scrappers may not be in it for the money, but no one wants to leave money on the table, right? Hobbyists and professionals alike are drawn to metal scrapping because there’s always the chance you can have fun doing something you enjoy and make some money at the same time. But you need to know how the money is made first. Understanding how scrapyard scales can maximize your effort and save you from unnecessary tasks.

How to Set up a Scrapping Workshop in Your Garage

2021-02-23T02:28:34-06:00Categories: How To|

So many people these days are looking for ways to earn a little extra cash. The gig economy in America is booming, but it’s not all roses. Folks driving for ride sharing companies, delivering food, or charging electric scooters put in a lot of work for small returns. They end up feeling like they’ve wasted a lot of time and effort making large companies richer. It’s led a lot of people to reassess what they want out of a side job. More and more they’re searching for how to turn a hobby or something fun into a small money-making venture. Metal scrapping is a great way people who love working with their hands can learn a skill and make some cash.

Should You Take It Apart?

2021-02-23T02:43:57-06:00Categories: How To|

Everything you take into your local scrap yard should be cleaned and sorted to the best of your abilities: it helps you make the most money, and also ensures the safety of the employees at the scrap yard. It might just impress your local scrap yard (and your scrapping friends), too. However, sometimes you'll come across items that are quite challenging—and in some cases even dangerous—to properly take apart. In these situations, you have to ask yourself about your expertise, the tools you have on hand, and your willingness to put in the work. Of course, you'll also have to consider the additional profits you'll make from taking an item apart before scrapping it.

Weights and Measures: A Few Key Things to Know About Scrapping

2021-02-23T02:47:06-06:00Categories: How To|

Getting the most out of your recyclable scrap metal often means simply knowing what you have—and part of knowing what you have is knowing your weights and measures, and how they affect your bottom line. We all know what a pound is, and most of the time when you see scrap metal prices displayed, they'll be in dollars per pound. However, there's a lot more that goes into truly understanding scrap metal recycling weights and measures.

Staying Cool While Scrapping

2021-02-23T02:48:23-06:00Categories: How To|Tags: |

The weather is heating up again, which means it's important to take some time to think about how to stay cool while you're gathering and working with scrap. It's not just a comfort concern, but a safety one as well! While there are plenty of dangers when it comes to collecting, sorting, and cleaning scrap, overheating is one of the most common ways people injure themselves. Follow some of the tips in this post to keep yourself cool!

Taking Care of Your Scrap Truck

2021-02-23T02:49:22-06:00Categories: How To|Tags: |

You might use your scrap truck for work or pleasure as well as your scrapping enterprise, or you might have a truck just for scrapping. Either way, you rely on your scrap truck when it's time to get the job done—whether you're out collecting scrap or hauling it to the yard. Taking the time to take care of your scrap truck properly can keep it dependable for years to come. That means less transportation expense for you and an easier time scrapping for the foreseeable future. In addition to general good advice for taking care of any vehicle, there are a few other things you should consider for trucks used for scrap in particular.

Scrapping Your Tools

2021-02-23T02:53:18-06:00Categories: How To|Tags: |

If you're a scrapper, you keep a lot of tools around—and if you're a contractor, construction worker, or landscaper, you've got even more tools. A lot of businesses keep tools around, too. However, tools don't last forever, and there's a much more responsible and economical way to get rid of the old ones than chucking them in the trash.

How to Scrap a Stereo

2021-02-23T03:01:05-06:00Categories: How To|Tags: , , |

When a car or home stereo goes bad, rather than throw it out, it's worth the effort to take it apart at least a little bit and get at some of the potentially valuable scrap metal inside. In this post, we'll give you some tips and tricks to make the process of dismantling a stereo easier. Metals such as copper and even gold (in small amounts) are often available inside stereos, and even the wiring and motherboards can have significant value.

How to Tell the Difference Between Aluminum and Stainless Steel

2021-02-23T03:01:47-06:00Categories: How To|Tags: , |

Stainless steel and aluminum are both worth collecting, but we all know that their values are different—and, of course, you're going to get more money for each scrap haul if you sort different types of scrap out from one another. However, telling the difference between aluminum and stainless steel can be very challenging, especially when you're out in the field without a ton of tools to help you in identifying different metals. Here's a short, helpful article on how to tell the difference.

How to Pick a Scrap Metal Yard

2021-02-23T03:02:36-06:00Categories: How To|Tags: |

Stainless steel and aluminum are both worth collecting, but we all know that their values are different—and, of course, you're going to get more money for each scrap haul if you sort different types of scrap out from one another. However, telling the difference between aluminum and stainless steel can be very challenging, especially when you're out in the field without a ton of tools to help you in identifying different metals. Here's a short, helpful article on how to tell the difference.

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