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JinO    Posted 05-31-2003 at 21:11:00       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I've some scrap copper wire i want to strip off the insulation. Any words of wisdom,aside from burning it off? Mostly 14-16gauge.Do have some big stuff to do.

kyle    Posted 06-01-2003 at 10:55:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
My dad and i have a electric business here in south dakota and we always save our scrap copper put it in big piles and when the pile gets big enuff we set fire to it burn all the insulation off....scrapper has always took it from us and we always got top sure there is other ways but this way works good for us....might try to take a razor knife to it....might take some time but you can get decent money off a good pile of copper

Jerry    Posted 06-01-2003 at 08:25:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
I stripped a bunch of wire once from 16 to 2-0 and found the easiest and fastest way was to stretch it out about 15 feet at a time and tie it off very taught up about waist high between 2 poles and then take a rasor knife and simply lay it on the wire and walk down the length skinning it so to speak. went very fast.

carl    Posted 06-01-2003 at 04:59:01       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We have a small recycling yard.Formerly we had a small machine that fed the wire under a sharpened roller like a glass cutter.After figiring the labor costs we now ship smaller gauge as is.It's worth 50-60% of stripped,but you gain the insulation weight.Larger wire;3gauge to 2.5 inches we use a wire wheel held paralell to the wire.the wire is pulled thru a pvc pipe in a vise.On 1 ga two men can strip over one ton per hour;much faster than the stripper.Don't burn lowers the grade and most places won't buy it.

JDK    Posted 06-01-2003 at 04:20:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
Burning prohibited in a lot of areas,due to toxic/noxious chemicals given off.Dealers around here won't buy burned wire.I been tryin to figure out a mechanical stripper using a couple sickle mower sections and a capstan type roller,but not perfected yet.Also thought of freezing coil w/Co2 and rappin it w/club to shatter the insulation,but need ta do some research.

Harold    Posted 11-13-2005 at 14:24:17       [Reply]  [Send Email]
There is very strict laws on burning in US. I buy wire with insulation, but I have a place to sell so that I don't have to strip it. It will bring me just as much with insulation as without. It is just as good to sell with insulation as without.

JinO    Posted 06-01-2003 at 19:03:27       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Wow, alot of good ideas.I appreciate the help.Thanks alot folks.

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