Originally Posted by axxe55
want to hear another sad thing? many of these people who are involved in an accident because they were glued to a cell phone or texting, don't even realize what they were doing was wrong or that they are acting irresponsibily.
Yep. That's all too true. As I mentioned earlier, I'm sure she'll blame someone else. Although, I haven't heard anything yet about her blaming a city employee.
On another topic...
Was cruising around today (mapped a route according to the locations of the cleanest public restrooms. Thank you, Ronin steakhouse) and noticed a man throwing these huge power cables in a dumpster.
I asked what he was doing. He was tossing them because the insulation was dry rotted and they were burned in a few places.
I says "hey, ain't they got copper? Why don't you take 'em to a scrap yard?"
He says, "scrap yard won't take 'em lessen they's been stripped. I ain't got time fo that. You got time fo that?"
I says, "damn straight I do. Throw 'em in da truck."
Now, I'm hanging out in the shop, stripping the insulation from about 200' of power cord about as thick as my thumb. Inside are three individual strands, white, black, green, about 1/4 inch thick, after being stripped individually. I guess that's positive, negative, ground? Don't matter. It all has that pretty copper color... Except in the burnt spots.
I know several years ago, copper was up at over 5 bucks per pound, and there was a HUGE problem in Raleigh NC of people stealing copper.
I checked a couple years ago and it was down to 2.50 ish per pound.
I'll look it up again, and compare that to whatever the guy at the scrap yard tries to rip me off for. Likely I'll sell it regardless. I may melt some down into ingots to store for a rainy day. Hell, I may just melt it all down... Who knows? It could go well over 5 bucks again.
It all weighed nearly 200 (maybe about 170ish) in whole pieces before I started stripping it.