Harley Says: Everything You Should Know About #1, #2 & Insulated Copper

Wondering how you can make some extra cash with the copper you have laying around?

Don’t fret – our scrap metal expert Harley has got your back on how you can start saving for this year’s vacation by recycling scrap copper.

In this Harley Says blog, Harley will be discussing all things copper – #1 copper, #2 copper, and insulated copper.

What is #1 copper?

Number 1 Copper is the highest grade of scrap copper tubing and is one of the most common types of copper sold to scrap yards.

This type of copper is clean in appearance and is uncoated and unalloyed. It is typically composed of bus bars, clippings, commutator segments and wire of at least 1/16th of an inch in diameter.

You can find this type of copper in stoves, air conditioners and refrigerators.

What is #2 copper?

Unlike #1 copper, #2 copper’s appearance is dirty and consists of miscellaneous unalloyed wire, pipe or solid metal that continues to have solder, paint or any kind of coating on it.

Number 2 copper can be found in old televisions and household appliances.

What is insulated copper?

Insulated cable is a common copper wire used for heavier electrical connections like from a home or building. This type of wire is typically found in large household appliances (washing machines, refrigerators, etc.), underground (mining industry) and in small appliances and extension cords.

How can I earn the most from my copper?

To get the most out of your copper, you’ll want to strip insulation off and remove fittings, insulation, paint, solder and other materials.

Head to the WV Cashin scrapyard with copper in tow, and we’ll make sure you get the best deal!
Be sure to keep an eye out for the next Harley Says video – he knows what he’s talking about when it comes to scrap metal!

If you have questions about these materials or other recyclables, give us a call at 304-755-5187.

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