Scrap yard in Chicago South side?

Old 11-04-04, 06:58 PM
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Hello everybody!
I am new to this forum and to welding too. I do some metal sculptures and currently buy my materials at Metal Supermarkets and Home Depot. They have some nice sheet metal but I wander if I could find less expensive source. Does anybody know any good scrap yard in the Chicago area, preferably South side?
Thank you for your help.
Old 11-05-04, 12:10 PM
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Dont know what gauge your after here. But Id try some of the sheet metal and welding shops first for scrap. Why go to a yard.Get it where it comes from.

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Thanks Ed, I didn't think of welding shops. Good idea! I'm mostly interested in 18 - 14 Gauge mild steel (sheet), and 1/8 in. flats and angles.
Old 11-07-04, 08:24 AM
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Well, I tryed calling a few welding shops in the area and they all say that they don't accumulate much of scrap mettal to be usefull for anything.
Old 11-07-04, 02:08 PM
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Economics of scrap

My local scrap metal source dried up several years ago. I asked the owner why.

Due to the falling prices for scrap steel, it was costing more to have it hauled off than the value of the metal would bring. As a result, it was cheaper to discard it along with wood scraps and other items.

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