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#72343 - 11/24/06 10:15 PM Are you saving short pieces of wire?
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I am always looking in my wife's construction dumpsters and I do come up with amazing stuff now and then. I am particularly drawn to wire. A year or so ago it was not uncommon to find most of a box of coax or cat 5 that "bird nested" on the installer and they didn't want to screw with it. Once I found about 300 feet of "flooded" phone cable in a wad. I also would find 20 or 30 feet of Romex or MC. These days I am not seeing anything. I wasn't sure if it was just scrap scavengers or if the electricians were saving it.
I like 12 and 14 copper for all sorts of things around the shop. Sometimes I even run electricity through it
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#72344 - 11/25/06 04:52 AM Re: Are you saving short pieces of wire?
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Must be the price of copper.

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#72345 - 11/25/06 04:56 AM Re: Are you saving short pieces of wire?
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I have spool upon spool of #12,14,16 THHN with small amounts of wire on them. I save them for a job where I have to extend a circuit a short distance. I generally get disgusted though and clean out the really short ones when the pile gets to big

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#72346 - 11/25/06 05:23 PM Re: Are you saving short pieces of wire?
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Same here Walrus. I generally keep any piece 5 feet or longer and bring a box of small pieces on the job to use up. Shorter pieces are given to a relative who's a "copper hound", and I get a little kickback of cash for it now and then.
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#72347 - 11/25/06 09:43 PM Re: Are you saving short pieces of wire?
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Our company 86's rolls of 6 and smaller when they have less than about 30-50' left on them.. Our customer has huge recycle bins for scrap wire it all goes into and gets hauled off by a metal scrapper. Bigger stuff gets saved if it's over 10'

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#72348 - 11/26/06 10:48 PM Re: Are you saving short pieces of wire?
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Registered: 02/28/06
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I have always saved short peices of wire. I hate having to cut a 2' peice off of a full spool to connect something short. I also have a nice (huge) box of coax and cat5 scraps. I usually whip up some quick 5' or 6' patch cables and leave them with my customers when I do data installs. Cheap and easy but a real crowd pleaser.

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#72349 - 12/02/06 11:41 AM Re: Are you saving short pieces of wire?
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I don't have as much as I did a while ago.
My wife and some of the neighborhood ladies plucked almost every piece of scrap red and green wire from the white bucket I kept it in.
Christmas decorating.
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#72350 - 12/02/06 08:41 PM Re: Are you saving short pieces of wire?
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I'll have to get a picture tomorrow of me with my "short" pieces of wire.

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