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Copper Hits All Time High
July 14, 2008
9:07 AM
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James
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demopro;9273 said:
Its been hard to keep the guys on site away from the copper and working on task, how is everyone dealing with that?

I know of a company around hear that has bins that hold all their copper/wiring, once it goes in the workers can’t get it back out. It a bin that has a like a 2″-3″ tube where there wire goes in and it’s hard to grab it back out.

I am not sure you can stop it completely, but they also include a bonus if the projetc comes in under budget and the workers will split the recycling cash. So it does give them some type of incentive.

July 14, 2008
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You know, there is something wrong when the Midas muffler shop has a guard and the bank doesn’t.

July 17, 2008
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NukeWorker;9331 said:
You know, there is something wrong when the Midas muffler shop has a guard and the bank doesn’t.

That’s funny. There’s a ring around here that were going under parked cars and removing the catalytic converters right in people’s driveways. It’s crazy!

July 23, 2008
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We are doing some consulting work involving scrapping the Russian Submarine fleet and did you know that the average sub contains 200,000 lbs of copper?
I had to do some head scratching on that one.

July 30, 2008
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guy in my neck of the woods died from cutting live powerline with a hacksaw

July 30, 2008
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was working in St. Louis about a decade ago and any abandoned building we were demo-n copper was already gone

December 7, 2008
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Now it’s back down to it’s lowest level in 4 years. What a ride that was!

December 8, 2008
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It is crazy indeed!

September 8, 2009
11:08 AM
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Copper will always be my favorite metal to scrap

January 4, 2014
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JonRecycle;12696 said:
Copper will always be my favorite metal to scrap

You sure wouldn’t want to scrap something like these removed from a hotel demolition, there were 180 of them embedded into the rooftop cornice, I happen to own one that I bought about 5 years back for $2500, I’ve even had people email me asking to buy it, one woman offered me $3,500 for it about 3 years ago, now you can see what some of these high society antique outfits feel these are worth, and they get it too- I saw a similar one on another antique dealer’s site marked SOLD, they are 41″ x 33″ sheet copper and weigh about 15#, at $4/# for scrap that’s $60 v/s $8,900 for it as ART:

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Mine on the wall:

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The antique dealer who was smart enough to buy the 180 of these cheap from the demolition contractor literally made a fortune on these, selling them to various people around the globe, it was mentioned in more than a few articles on his salvage business that these were what launched his business. I think he paid $200 each for them or less.

February 22, 2014
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Here’s another example, I just bought this on Ebay the other day from a seller who bought it in the 80s from a demo job in NYC, it is 15″ x 15″ cut out of the rooftop cornice which was all copper obviously. Back then copper was around 60 cents a pound, this piece weighs about 4 pounds, so for the copper value today it would be worth about $12 for scrap, it was $850 and there were 21 bidders for this, I got the top bid obviously, so if any demo guys happen to come across something like this I would be interested.

They simply cut the section out, the seller only had to drop this off at a near to him UPSstore who did all the packing and shipping details to get it to me for about $40.

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