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- Bare Bright: Stripped Electrical wire that is bright and shiny. It must be free of tape and any other impurity.
- Wire (#1): Stripped Electrical Wire that is no longer shiny or bright. It may be green or brown but not black. (It must be free of all other impurities)
- Wire (#2): Stripped Electrical Wire that has any type of impurity on it (eg: tinned, dirty, painted)
- Buss Bar (#1): Electrically conductive solid copper bars. It must be free of any residue or debris It must also be free of tin.
- Buss Bar (#2): Electrically conductive solid copper bars. Consists of tin coating, debris, paint or residue.
- *Note: If an insulated wire has copper that is tin coated it must be separated from all other wire that has bare bright or #1 copper inside. This type of wire is considered #2 insulated.
- Yellow Brass: This brass has a definite yellow color when grinded. May have small amount of steel attached.
- Red Brass: This brass has a silver color when grinded. Must be free of all other metals.
- Bullets casings: Little plastic/dirt/steel attached or residue inside w/out primers.
- Brass Shavings: All shavings must be clean and free of any other metal. Must not contain more than 2% moisture.
Aluminum (from top to low grade)
- EC Wire: Bare aluminum wire with no other impurities
- Extruded: Aluminum formed or shaped by a machine. Thick and ridged typically used for structural support or encasement. The pieces should be free of all impurities. Bare and clean.
- Litho: No paper/plastic/ink or other contaminants
- Rims: Free of rubber tire/dirt/attachments. Free of lead wheel weights.
- Clips: Aluminum jacket from BX wire. Free of impurities (keep colored clips separate).
- Cans: Free of foil/tin/plastic/liquid/ garbage/etc. Can be crushed or whole.
- Rads: All aluminum radiators from cars. The plastic ends must be removed to receive top value.
- Cast: Any aluminum that has been formed by using a mold. Typically it has a rough texture.
- Sheet: Thin aluminum typically siding.
- Old Sheet: Thin aluminum with no more than 5% of the total weight can be steel.
- Turnings: Aluminum shaving free of any other metal or debris. Must have less than 2% oil moisture.
- Iron Alum: Any aluminum product that has more than 25% iron or steel attached.