Some things I find at the job.

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Old 05-06-16, 08:51 PM
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Some things I find at the job.

These are what I found at a apartment remodel just started last week.

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Junction box was gone from one of the ceiling light. This apartment has old BX wiring, and for some reason some body decided to remove the junction box.
Ceiling light was just screwed to the plaster. Wires just wire nutted in the ceiling. Since junction box is missing, ground connections are broken to outlets in the room.


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Refrigerator outlet is dead for some reason (broken wire somewhere?), the apartment management screw decided the best way to fix it is cutting a extension cord and use it to pull power from another outlet. No romex connector of course.

I sometimes find extension cord inside of the wall for pulling power to the range hood.

Electric range were hardwired, but most free standing ranges are not designed to be hardwired and don't have proper terminal to do so.
At one house, I found terminal has melted inside of the range and just dangling inside.
 
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for some reason some body decided to remove the junction box.
Were any other metal pieces missing such as copper pipes? The junkies steal those things for scrap metal.
 
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Actually I found a bundle of wires inside of the wall for some reason. I might take it out and sell for scrap.
 
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I might take it out and sell for scrap.
Great idea! How do you plan to spend the 25 cents?
 
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35 yrs ago I had a painter on my crew that spent the end of the day picking up wire scraps after the electricians. He'd carry it home, strip it and put it in a 55 gallon drum. It would take him all year to fill the drum but that is how he paid for Christmas
 
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Scrap prices have dropped tremendously. I laughed when they gave me $1.65, for a bicycle. That was less than a year ago. It's worse now.
 
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I went to the local small quantity metal recycler a couple of weeks ago. They were not even paying for steel although they would take it for free. The price for "#2 copper" was $1.40 a pound, down ten cents from last July. They were still paying ten cents a pound for lead-acid batteries.

I can't complain, though. I got rid of several buckets of steel and was paid almost $45 for the copper and batteries. That's $45 more than I had going to the recycler.
 
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Yes... the scrap prices are low. In my area....

steel - .03 lb.
lead acid - .20lb
70% copper wire - .96lb aka #2 copper
50% copper wire - .54lb aka lamp cord and similar
30% copper wire - .35lb aka data/phone wire

Not sure what 100% copper is right now.
 
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