Scrapping Metals and Other Raw Materials for a Big Profit

You, like Jeff Friend, can make a profit off of scrapping in your local dumps for raw materials by following these instructions.



Bronze Scrap Metal
Bronze, also known as red metal, is a worthwhile scrap metal to be looking for while out scrapping. We’ll also discuss brass, copper, cast iron and much more.
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Old Radiator
Old radiators are good examples of saleable cast iron perfect for scrapping.
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Two Happy Scrappers
Two happy guys scrapping some metal for a few welcome extra bucks.
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Scrap Steel
Scrap steel is plentiful in many dumps if you know what you're looking for.
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Scrap Metal in Wheelbarrow
A wheelbarrow full of scrap aluminum.
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Junk Copper
Examples of No. 1 and No. 2 junk copper that will fetch a high price with junk dealers.
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Scrap Metal in Trash Barrel
Scrap metal can be found in many different places including trash barrels, dumps, around old barns and on construction sites.
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Yellow Brass
Yellow brass is a tricky metal to identify because it often resembles red brass.
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This table shows the prices paid for each scrap metal in Virginia in April of 1977.
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Samples of different scrap metals which can be found basically anywhere that you can get permission to "clean up" an eyesore in return for carting off the recyclable materials that you are after.
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Weighing of the Scrap Metal
Small quantities of scrap metal are weighed on a roll-around platform scale at a dealer's yard.
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This "Metal Identification Chart" is a quick guide for how to distinguish the different scrap metals from each other and other raw materials.
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