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Copper Hits All Time High
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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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.

September 8, 2009
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Copper will always be my favorite metal to scrap

December 8, 2008
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It is crazy indeed!

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

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

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 14, 2008
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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 5, 2008
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The only problem is processing & trucking the copper hits & all time high!!!!

July 3, 2008
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Its been hard to keep the guys on site away from the copper and working on task, how is everyone dealing with that?

May 23, 2008
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I just heard that a Medical studdy proved copper kills bacteria. It can only last on copper for no more than 2 hrs. Once this gets out copper is going to go even higher

April 30, 2008
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My neighbor just had one of his job sites hit over this past weekend.

April 9, 2008
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Man that is insane! Surprised

April 7, 2008
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Just the other day a bunch of thieves broke into transfer substation and cleaned it out completely.

And you know if one them were killed, they would be suing the city for not protecting the area.

April 6, 2008
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Here in CA theives are stealing the runs between streetlites on the freeway. Also a signal lite contractor has had the wires to the new signals they're installing stolen 3 times.
At what point is a security guard cheaper then all the copper and labor? :confused:

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April 3, 2008
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You got to admit, they are getting more and more brave and inventive.

April 2, 2008
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We are seeing pretty close to those numbers here also.

March 31, 2008
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where is it $8.800 per ton.

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