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  1. #1

    Mar 2008
    Washington, DC
    29

    Copper wire -- how much does it take to make a pound?

    All,

    Found this today while online. Thought some might find info interesting if estimating scrap take. This is for bare bright copper wire feet per pound by gauge.

    GAUGE FEET
    (AWG) PER
    LB
    12 50
    14 80
    16 126
    18 199
    20 315
    22 501
    24 793
    26 1,260
    28 1,990
    30 3,140
    32 7,860
    34 8,120
    36 12,800
    38 19,200
    40 24,000

    KW

  2. #2

    Nov 2007
    somewhere between here and there, south of over there but north of that place
    titan 3000xd/seahunter mk ll/Ace 250/whites 6000XL Pro
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    Re: Copper wire -- how much does it take to make a pound?

    wow, just WOW, someone has too much time on their hands...............yep, entirely too much time on their hands.
    Belief in a cruel God makes a cruel man. Thomas Paine

  3. #3
    us
    Dec 2007
    Just south of St. Louis, Mo.
    Garrett GTAX 1000
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    Re: Copper wire -- how much does it take to make a pound?

    What about wires bigger than 12 AWG.
    If it's not nailed down it's mine.
    If I can pry it loose it's not nailed down.

  4. #4

    Mar 2008
    Washington, DC
    29

    Re: Copper wire -- how much does it take to make a pound?

    2ms,

    Sorry, chart I found onlinedidn't show larger gauge.

    KW

  5. #5

    Jun 2007
    236
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    Re: Copper wire -- how much does it take to make a pound?

    Try this link,

    http://www.interfacebus.com/Copper_Wire_AWG_SIze.html

    Everything from 0000 to 50 gague

    old_okie

  6. #6
    us
    Jul 2005
    West Virginia
    918
    2 times

    Re: Copper wire -- how much does it take to make a pound?

    I strip everything! I am only selling #2. The #1 I am hoarding up because I believe the price will double in two years.
    Just because it did not work does not mean it was not a good plan!

  7. #7

    Jul 2007
    86

    Re: Copper wire -- how much does it take to make a pound?


    It is REALLY beginning to look like metals hold their value more than the dollar.

    But if a worldwide recession hits, the demand is going to dry up. Free market economy at work.

  8. #8

    May 2008
    7

    Re: Copper wire -- how much does it take to make a pound?

    How do you tell if copper is #1 copper or #2 copper?

    My local scrap yard said they buy unstripped copper for 10 cents a pound and stripped copper for 90 cents a pound. According to everyones rates posted here it sounds like this scrap yard is trying to rip me off.

    I live in Hawaii maybe that makes a difference.

    Scott

  9. #9

    Mar 2008
    Washington, DC
    29

    Re: Copper wire -- how much does it take to make a pound?

    I'll leave it to the more experienced to define difference between #1 and 2. In metro DC unstripped goes for .80/lb and bare brite goes for 2.40/pound as of last Saturday. Sounds like your prices are really low. And, aren't you closer to China?

    PS, I'm native Hawaii, born in Kapiolani Hospital many years ago -- Dad is a retired navy submariner.

  10. #10

    Jul 2007
    86

    Re: Copper wire -- how much does it take to make a pound?

    #1.....#2... How do you know?

    I started calling and asking. Where I live 14 guage and up is#1. Call and ask.




  11. #11

    May 2008
    7

    Re: Copper wire -- how much does it take to make a pound?

    Hi Kittywitty, Thanks for the info. I think we are actually in the middle of no where. So everything we want to buy costs extra and everything we want to sell gets deducted by the shipping cost. lol

    I am not orginally from Hawaii like you, but I did live on Oahu for 6 years and now on Kauai for 7 years. I love Kauai much more than Oahu but we pay the price to live in paridise.

    Thanks for the info.

    Dosamigos I will call and check. Thanks.

    abyss

  12. #12
    us
    Aug 2009
    1

    Re: Copper wire -- how much does it take to make a pound?

    Glad I found this when I did. The 12lbs. of unstripped coax scraps I have laying around will actually end up getting me more unstripped vs. stripping them down.

  13. #13

    Aug 2007
    16

    Re: Copper wire -- how much does it take to make a pound?

    I have always used a pencil lead as a gauge smaller is #2 larger is #1 works for me. wardon

  14. #14
    us
    May 2009
    central, Illinois
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    Re: Copper wire -- how much does it take to make a pound?

    i get 1.10 a pound for wire with the insulation on it
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