Frequently Asked Questions

How Much Does the Average Washing Machine Weigh?2019-02-11T14:45:37-06:00

Washing machine weight depends on the manufacturer, washing capacity and whether it is a top-load or front-load model. Large-capacity, front-load washers vary in weight from 155 to 230 pounds, while medium-capacity, front-load machines average 180 pounds. Small-capacity front-loaders weigh in at 145 to 150 pounds.

The smallest capacity top-load machines, measuring 2.1 cubic feet or less, weigh 65 to 70 pounds. The average weight of washers with 3.0 to 4.0 cubic feet of capacity is 135 pounds. Medium-capacity top-loaders range from 140 to 150 pounds, and the largest capacity washers average 160 to 170 pounds. The type of material used to construct the washer and features like steamers or internal heaters also affect the machine’s weight.

What Is The Difference Between Clean & Dirty?2019-03-21T17:34:21-05:00

Clean metals are those that are free of any other metals or materials. For example a copper pipe that has not fittings or or material on it.

Dirty metals are those that have another material along with the metals we are looking for. For example copper wire with a plastic casing around it would be considered dirty. A tube of copper with brass fittings on it would also be considered dirty.

What Do You Mean When You Say “Alloy”?2019-03-21T17:35:37-05:00

“An alloy is any mixture of 2 or more base metals melted together so that their atoms are fused into a new aggregate molecule usually designed to achieve some new metallurgical property, such as the example of several dozen specific alloys of stainless steel being the mixture chromium, nickel, & iron to achieve an alloy that will not rust under normal conditions; thus the moniker “Stainless”.”

I Had Some Metal Stolen, What Should I Do?2019-03-21T17:37:06-05:00

Call the police to report your material stolen and then CONTACT US. The faster we are made aware of your theft, the best chance we have to identify the materials if they are brought in.

Do I Have To Be A U.S. Citizen To Sell Scrap Metal?2019-03-21T17:38:18-05:00

Not necessarily, but you will need an US government issued ID

Can I sell scrap metal To You? Do I Need Any Papers Or A Special License?2019-03-21T17:40:03-05:00

No special license required — Just a valid US government issued ID

Is It Worth The Effort?2019-03-21T17:42:49-05:00

You set a good example, clean up the community, conserve energy, help the local economy, help the environment, & get paid more money than most people expect to do it! And once you’re here, we’ll have you Weighed, Paid & On your Way in about 15 minutes — We think its well worth it.

Brass Clean2019-03-21T17:46:39-05:00

Not more than 5% non-brass. Copper is fine and does not make brass dirty.

Copper #12019-03-21T17:44:53-05:00

Solid copper that has no brass or significant corrosion. Most copper tubing and copper pipes are Copper #1 if they fittings are already removed and they are not corroded. Copper wire thicker than a pencil lead and with the insulation removed can also be sold as Copper #1.

Copper #22019-03-21T17:45:20-05:00

Solid copper, but can have up to 5% other metal or is significantly corroded and discolored. This can also have sodering on the pipes. Copper pipes with the brass fittings still attached are considered Copper #2. Copper with that is not insulated but thinner than a pencil lead is also considered Copper #2.

Aluminum Sheet Clean2019-03-21T17:48:02-05:00

Pure sheets of aluminum usually made to cover something like a house or structure. Paint is fine, but it can’t have insulation, screws or other metal trim attached to be “clean”. If more than 5% by weight of the scrap is not aluminum sheet than it is considered “dirty”.

Aluminum Sheet Dirty2019-03-21T17:48:15-05:00

Same as Aluminum Sheet Clean, but is more than 5% by weight not aluminum. Corrosion, screws, and other metal attached will make it “dirty”.