There are a multitude of home-based businesses. One that is often overlooked is collecting scrap metals. This is a job that takes little training and is easy to do. While it is dependent on the market for the particular scrap you are collecting, copper can be a reliable use of your time. The best place to look for scrap copper is in everyday wires. All that is required is that you strip off the insulation and covering.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Wire strippers
- Utility knife
- Wire cutters
Measure the length of the wire from which you want to extract copper. If it is longer than a foot, use a pair of wife cutters and cut the wire into one-foot sections. This will allow for easier stripping.
Hold one end of the section of wire in your non-dominant hand. In your other hand, clamp wire strippers onto the wire. Pull along the length of the wire with the stripper to remove the rubber/plastic coating as well as the insulation. If the wire is especially thick, use a utility knife to score down the length of the wire's covering. Then peel back the cover and insulation by hand.
Weigh the collected copper scrap on a standard kitchen scale until you reach one pound. Bundle the cord together using one of the sections of wire to wrap the bundle securely. Scrap copper is sold at a per-pound rate.
Tips and warnings
- Bring a picture ID when you bring your scrap copper wire to a scrap dealer. Most buyers now copy IDs to help discourage copper thefts.
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