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 Post subject: New To This
PostPosted: Wed Oct 19, 2016 4:27 pm 

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I grew up scrapping aluminum cans and mixed steel. I recently started taking stuff apart to get at the circuit boards and wire to make a little extra. I'm a stay at home dad and hope to add a little income to the family.

But I have little idea what I'm looking at. I've just been taking out all the screws and sorting out as best I can. I have a stack of circuit boards, a bucket of wire, a pail of aluminum, a small stack of old cell phone batteries, etc. Before I disassemble much more I thought I'd check with people who do know what they're doing so I don't get things to jumbled from the start.

How much cell phone disassembly is necessary? I've taken the plastic casing off of the boards, removed the cameras, removed the batteries. Is all the necessary to sell them or could I just be tossing phones into a pile as is?

When I crack open the box part of a wire that plugs into the wall there is a small circuit board. How does this rate and is it worth removing?

Other small appliances like vacuums, bread machines, fans all have circuit boards in them but I wasn't sure how to classify and sort them. I assume they are classified differently than the boards that come out of computers?

Once I have a board removed from a device how much stuff should be taken off, or should I just put it in the appropriate stack and ship as is?

There's a lot to learn about all this but I feel like there's a fair amount of money being thrown out or dropped off at best buy in the form of remote controls and small appliances. Any and all help is needed. Thank you in advance!


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 Post subject: Re: New To This
PostPosted: Wed Oct 19, 2016 5:09 pm 

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Your best bet is to post pictures so we can attempt to grade your material.


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 Post subject: Re: New To This
PostPosted: Wed Oct 19, 2016 11:16 pm 

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I'll start by apologising because this deserves far more attention than I'm going to give it . So I'll basically hit your points one by one.

First; on cell phones.
The vast majority of cellphones with removable batteries are better paid when sent whole as cell phone without battery.
Here's where that changes.
Any sealed phone with a non-swappable battery. If you have more than 5 you'll be better served breaking them down and pulling the battery.
Any flip phone of the brick style: analogue. As long as you have a local non ferromagnetic buyer to supplement boardsort you'll get more having it in pieces. Many have silveride blocks in them that pay almost $15 per lb. the giant plug connectors can be removed (gold pins for review) the board still gets cell class and you you have a gold plate or silver plate antenna as well.
Finally bulk. If you have more than, I've found, 20-25 lbs of phones you'll be well served stripping them. Along with the analogue flips above slim digital flip phones tend to be aluminium or Magnesium bodies. Easily removable gold plated contacts. Cell class boards, manganese skeletons in the candy bar phones. Etc. Volume makes the difference.

Appliances: boards range from low grade to peripheral in general. Modern microwave ovens often have a small telco class board. The giant aluminium shell capacitor is worth 70c per lb. just be careful. A tube tv isn't likely to kill you unless you JUST unplugged it. But a microwave capacitor could put you 6 feet under 6 years later. But the range is there.

Yes remote controllers are waisted. Boards are either midgrade or peripheral 99% of the time.
Once you get the hang of the different types, there's 7, the most common; 3 screw, 4 screw, 1 screw (battery compartment) snap, and screwless snap; easy money. Takes me 10 seconds to go from remote to sorted scrap. Literally.

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 Post subject: Re: New To This
PostPosted: Thu Oct 20, 2016 1:03 am 

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My starting point suggestions

READ the forums. Every thread.
No, really. The very first shipment I sent had many mistakes. I was gently guided to the forums which I read oldest first . Everything; every single one. Some People will be annoyed with this but it really is one of the largest repositories of USEFUL info. Conflict of interest aside there is no better specialised community on the net for escrap: period.

2) ask questions! Post pictures. I'm well past my 20th year of recycling/scrapping. When combined the moderators here have over 50 YEARS of experience. Well past that! Add our most active users and we've got half a century in scrap info. Be it escrap for boardsort or strange metallic rock that fell from space. We've got an answer. You may stump one or two of us but combined someone on these threads has seen it.
And there's a few company owners here too so no matter what you have given a few days there'll be a answer.

3rd and finally. Garbage doesn't exist. If you've got something no one around you wants create a thread and post a pic.
You may not get a buyer but one of us can always put you with someone who won't charge you to get rid of it. Be it a hundred tonnes of paper or 500lbs of glass, or 10 lbs of pig poo. (Yes, true story for another time)!

Commodities is a cut of throat business and second hand recycling is the largest portion of it.
I do NOT work for boardsort and do not get paid for being here. But I'd literally fight to the end to protect their reputation.
Somewhere between 7/10 and 10/10 companies will screw you.
In 18 states and 20+ years I've found 3 honest yards I trust blindly, and boardsort.
I've never looked back.

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 Post subject: Re: New To This
PostPosted: Thu Oct 20, 2016 10:16 am 

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Thanks for the replies, guys. I love all the info on these forums and plan on working my way through them.

For now I'll start with some pictures for identification. Once I have a few figured out things will start going faster on my end.

This is the front and back of a board that came out of a wall adapter. Would this be a mid grade board? What all needs removed and scrapped separately?


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 Post subject: Re: New To This
PostPosted: Thu Oct 20, 2016 10:18 am 

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This one came from an old portable CD player. Again, mid grade? What else should be removed?


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 Post subject: Re: New To This
PostPosted: Thu Oct 20, 2016 2:35 pm 

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The first one is midgrade. Not much you can do for value there.

As is the second one is midgrade BUT
You can pull the drive unit motor and laser assembly and the board will be peripheral it's held down on the board by small screws, Philips or tri-bit. Usually size zero or 00.

If you want to take about 10 minutes or so on your first try you can go further with the removed assembly.
It's not much but if you're board there's a breakdown in my what's inside it threads. Look at the index to find it easier.

There's a gold laser diode in there. Stuck in the aluminium or magnesium base unit. If you can pull it out you'll get 50c-$1 for it. If not I get around 75c for the entire base. About one in five can be pulled out easily in my history.
If it was added after the fact a good tug with lock jaws can rip the glue. If it was set in a wet mold you'll never get it out without cutting.
There's a tiny DLP (CCD) that goes in peripheral. A fair bit of extremely light wiring. Some brass, bronze, or copper rings. ...

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