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General Chat Thread, Old Copper Piping in General; I am getting a complete new Central Heating System installed. The old Copper Pipes are getting ripped out and someone ...
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    Old Copper Piping

    I am getting a complete new Central Heating System installed. The old Copper Pipes are getting ripped out and someone said I could get some cash for them. Anyone know if this is true. Also have the old Indirect hot water cylinder.
    Are they worth hanging onto and taking to a Scrap Merchant?

    I guess old radiators arent worth anything?

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    Metal seems to be worth money these days so yes I think you will get something for all of it.

    Try looking for metal recycling sites in your area...try looking here British Metals Recycling Association (BMRA) - find your nearest scrapyard, scrap merchant or scrap metal dealer

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    Coper yes, couple of grand per tonn.

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    You'll probably find that the person installing it will take it as granted that he will take away all the old stuff and weigh it in.

    The cylinders will be worth some but will probably also be full of scale.

    Ben

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    Quote Originally Posted by plexer View Post
    You'll probably find that the person installing it will take it as granted that he will take away all the old stuff and weigh it in.

    The cylinders will be worth some but will probably also be full of scale.

    Ben
    And as such it may be part of their factored "quote" , but unless that's on their quote it's yours to get the value from.

    Rob

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    Quote Originally Posted by plexer View Post
    You'll probably find that the person installing it will take it as granted that he will take away all the old stuff and weigh it in.

    The cylinders will be worth some but will probably also be full of scale.

    Ben
    No he is leaving everything for me as that is what we agreed.

    Not sure how much a house worth of copper will weigh but hopefully I should get a few quid?

    Should I hang on to the Radiators too?

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    Find out if they are steel/cast or copper first. Then take them allong. If they are ferous you won't get anythign significant but it's the easiest place to get shot.

    If the water tank is pre-insulated on the outside then they may not bother to weigh it and just use a guide price.


    If there is more than one Scrap merchant in the vacinity then it may be worth getting a price off both. Depends on how much fuel you burn runnign arround.

    Rob

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    Quote Originally Posted by fiza View Post
    No he is leaving everything for me as that is what we agreed.

    Not sure how much a house worth of copper will weigh but hopefully I should get a few quid?

    Should I hang on to the Radiators too?

    I got about 95 from my old copper tank alone. Bloke who stopped the leak tried to take away, very kind of him. Wasnt part of the deal, unless he was paying me.

    If you're going down the scrappy, always worth taking the rads down too.

    I'm in the wrong job.

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    the scrappys around here pay approx 900-1100/tonne for copper and about 50-70 a tonne for scrap steel/iron, but for radiators they will often give more than the weight in steel indicates as they often have brass fittings which are worth more.

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    I recently had all new central heating.

    To get the best price, separate the copper from the brass as the brass is more valuable. Remove the lagging from the tank just leaving bare copper.

    It's worth phoning around as scrap prices vary from place to place, but i got 175 for my tank, brass connectors and copper micro bore piping.

    The best prices are usually just the non ferous metals places so they won't take your rads. Steel is only about 200 a ton.

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    Our electricians said they usually get about 1,40 per kilo for old Cat5e!
    So piping is worth considerably more

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    Actually you'd be surprised - radiators are pretty hefty taken in with all the pipe work and cylinder you'll be in for a few quid - especially if you have some of the really old big rads.

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    especially if you have some of the really old big rads
    Those types you will get more at a reclamation place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cpjitservices View Post
    Actually you'd be surprised - radiators are pretty hefty taken in with all the pipe work and cylinder you'll be in for a few quid - especially if you have some of the really old big rads.
    They look like normal radiators to me. Some doubles and a couple of singles.

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