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Tools You Need for Collecting Scrap Metal During a Project

Many different kinds of projects have the potential to yield scrap metal, whether it’s construction, demolition, or refurbishment. It’s a good idea, then, to bring the tools you need to be able to extract the scrap in order to be able to raise funds that can further the project or be used otherwise.

Here at Craddock Metal Recycling Limited, we have many years of experience in dealing with scrap metal so we have put this guide together in order to help you to extract scrap metal during your projects. Continue reading to learn more.

Basic Tools

To begin with, basic tools are always useful and this is no different when it comes to salvaging scrap metal.

Hammers are extremely useful for removing nails and knocking things out of things, such as fittings.

Screwdrivers of different sizes are important for removing screws, which are very common in computers for example.

A power drill is useful for similar reasons in that it helps for removing screws, although it will be much quicker than a manual screwdriver and can also help with separating things.

You can use a wrench to help you reach things that you can’t reach with your hands and also for undoing nuts and bolts.

For larger items, you can make the most of a crowbar for extra leverage in separating things.

Finally, WD-40 will help when it comes to removing objects from tight spaces and for keeping your other tools protected.

Magnets and File

Arguably the most important tool in the arsenal of someone gathering scrap metal is, naturally, a magnet. They are perfect for identifying ferrous and non-ferrous metals, with ferrous being magnetic, and can also help to gather clusters of smaller items.

A file is also an essential tool for helping to identify different metals, which can sometimes be covered with different coatings and rust.

Wire Strippers

Wire strippers are another essential tool because one of the most effective sources of scrap copper is through copper wire and cable. Wire strippers make this process much easier and save you drastic amounts of time over using a knife, for example. What’s more, you can often get a better price for copper cables that are already stripped.

Trolley/Straps and Buckets

Once you have collected all of your scrap metal, you’ll need to find a way to transport it to an authorised scrap metal dealership and an upright trolley with ratchet straps and buckets are usually the most effective way to do so.

You’ll need to use the trolley for larger items and the ratchet straps will help to keep them in place, whereas the buckets are ideal for the smaller items you salvage.

Cordless Reciprocating Saw

While the tools we have mentioned up until this point should get you so far with breaking up things as necessary, it is still a good idea to keep a battery-operated reciprocating saw to hand for when more firepower is required. This can include such tasks as cutting brass fittings from copper pipes, which would leave you with the more valuable copper on its own.

Safety Equipment

Last but not definitely least, safety equipment is essential to keep around because there is a certain level of danger when it comes to working with metal. Wearing safety goggles, gloves and a safety mask (when filing) should help keep you safe.

Well Prepared

With all of this equipment at the ready, you should be well-prepared to make the most of the scrap metal that comes as a result of your construction, demolition, or refurbishment project. There can be a good amount of money made from scrap metal, so it’s always a good idea to gather what you can.

Craddock Metal Recycling Limited

If you have scrap metal that you’d like to sell for a great price, look no further than Craddock Metal Recycling Limited. We accept all different kinds of metals, so visit our scrap yard in Redditch or contact us today.

You can call on 01527 668 66 or fill out our simple contact form and a member of our team will be able to help.

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