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Are you saving short pieces of wire? #72343
11/25/06 02:15 AM
11/25/06 02:15 AM
gfretwell  Online Content
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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.
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Re: Are you saving short pieces of wire? #72344
11/25/06 08:52 AM
11/25/06 08:52 AM
Eddy Current  Offline
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Must be the price of copper.

Re: Are you saving short pieces of wire? #72345
11/25/06 08:56 AM
11/25/06 08:56 AM
walrus  Offline
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Posts: 680
Bangor Me. USA
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 [Linked Image]

Re: Are you saving short pieces of wire? #72346
11/25/06 09:23 PM
11/25/06 09:23 PM
Sixer  Offline
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Posts: 265
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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Re: Are you saving short pieces of wire? #72347
11/26/06 01:43 AM
11/26/06 01:43 AM
Lostazhell  Offline
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Posts: 1,431
Bakersfield, CA (Originally Or...
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'

Re: Are you saving short pieces of wire? #72348
11/27/06 02:48 AM
11/27/06 02:48 AM
napervillesoundtech  Offline
Joined: Feb 2006
Posts: 144
Naperville, IL, USA
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.

Re: Are you saving short pieces of wire? #72349
12/02/06 03:41 PM
12/02/06 03:41 PM
gfretwell  Online Content
Joined: Jul 2004
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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.

Greg Fretwell
Re: Are you saving short pieces of wire? #72350
12/03/06 12:41 AM
12/03/06 12:41 AM
Theelectrikid  Offline
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Levittown, PA
I'll have to get a picture tomorrow of me with my "short" pieces of wire.

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