Bright and shiny stripped copper wire only. Tarnish, corrosion, any other material excludes it from this grade. VERY strict
#1 copper – stripped copper wire with no thinning. Bright and shiny wire can go with this but if separated is worth more.
#1 – Clean Pipe
#1 copper – clean pipe, wire, and bright and shiny flashing. No glue, paint, solder, or any other material is permitted in any amount
#1 copper – corrosion is ok until is it so severe that you can’t tell if solder is present. In that case, it becomes #2 copper
#1 and #2
#1 or #2 – once cut off from steel plate – #1 if very clean, #2 if soot, corrosion present. This example would be #1.
# 2 copper
#2 copper – rubber gasket inside crimp makes this #2
#2 copper – copper with small amounts of other materials such as chrome, solder, paint, glue, but not steel
#2 copper – examples of solder paint and glue
#2 copper – a small amount of solder – a wipe or drop makes this #2
lite copper(sheet copper)
Lite copper – clean flashing (paint tar ok in very small amounts) copper pots, trays, copper lamps. No other materials. Look for and remove steel in rims of pots.
Lite copper – copper lamps – verify not brass by scratching. Yellow is brass, orange is copper. All steel, glass, and sockets need to be removed.
dirty lite – ice dam
Ice dam in any amount makes this dirty sheet copper. If you have a large piece with a small bit of ice dam it’s worth cutting it off.
dirty lite – wood
sheet copper/ copper flashing with other materials attached. Typically paid at 1/3 of clean sheet price
Composition bronze – alloys with 85% copper or higher. Most DWV and cast sweat fittings, many valves if any brass or other material has been removed
bronze and copper screens
are paid as brass
Brass – copper pot with steel rod around the rim. Brass handle frames. porcelain would need to be removed to be paid as brass. If brass handle and steel rod removed this would go in sheet copper with clean flashing
brass with no other materials chromed ok – very strict
Brass of all types with small amounts of other materials. Remove handles and it is clean brass and a higher price.
aluminum radiators – as aluminum if clean. Worth about 1/4 of aluminum if plastic is still attached.
80% copper wire
THHN or any copper wire larger than 14ga and less than 5/8 inch diameter conductor with thin insulation. Wire with thick insulation or tinned will be a lower value grade
Thick rubber insulated wire. very often tinned so once stripped would be #2. Not typically worth stripping and about the same price as data, telecom wire
data, tel, power cords
low % copper wire – thermostat, telephone, data, power cords, extension cords, larger diameter wire with very thick insulation, jumper cables, welding leads, dryer power cords
worth about 25% more than aluminum. 6061 alloy is most common. shapes made through a die that can’t be made from folding.
Aluminum bx with copper wires inside.
clean lead – very small amount of paint tar or silicone ok. Ice dam makes this worth zero.
we will take dirty lead but not pay for it
silver plated flatware, trays, bowls, etc. no steel.
steel bx with copper wire inside