How to Scrap Aluminum Windows & Doors

Written by doug berthon
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Whether your reason is ecological or financial, it makes good sense to scrap aluminium windows and doors. Scrapping leaves more room in your dumpster for other debris, which could save you a lot of money. There is preparation work to prepare aluminium doors and windows for scrapping, but the payback is usually worth it. The price you receive for scrapping aluminium fluctuates, so you may want to check the going price before you make the trip to the scrap yard.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Hammer
  • Screw driver or drill
  • Pliers
  • Hacksaw

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Remove all non-aluminium parts, such as wood, screws, nails, plastic, screens and glass from the frame. Aluminium doors and windows are often fastened together with screws and are usually dismantled easily. If the aluminium is attached to the wood of a window, use a flat bar to free it.

  2. 2

    Place the longer pieces in a vehicle or trailer and place the smaller pieces in a garbage can or other container. Use a hacksaw or reciprocating saw to shorten or lighten longer and heavier pieces.

  3. 3

    Bring the aluminium to the scrap yard, place it on the scale and collect your money.

Tips and warnings

  • If you are also bringing other types of metal to recycle, separate them to shorten the amount of time it takes to drop off the materials. There may be several people waiting to use the scale.
  • Wear gloves and safety glasses to protect your hands and eyes.
  • Scrap yards look like construction zones with road hazards, such as screws and other objects, that could puncture your tires.

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