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Create a Livable Outdoor Space by Adding a Deck

Outdoor livable space is a popular trend. You can set up an outdoor seating area, outdoor kitchen or outdoor dining space. This allows you to entertain guests outside or host a larger party than what your home can hold. This trend inspired my wife and I to build our own outdoor livable space. However, one of the biggest decisions we faced was what the base for our space would be. We could use concrete, lay pavers or construct a deck. After doing a lot of research, we decided on a deck. It was a challenging decision, but we are pleased with the outcome. In fact, we are so happy we decided to start this blog and help educate other people on decks and livable spaces. Learn the benefits, learn the downside, learn how to care for your and learn what kinds of wood are best for an outdoor deck.


Create a Livable Outdoor Space by Adding a Deck

A Beginner's Guide To Selling Scrap Metal

by Kelly Simmons

Changes in technology have allowed what was once useless scrap metal to become a valuable commodity. Metal companies like Bloch Steel Industries and other metal and recycling companies are happy to pay for old metal.  Recycled metals are saving the environment from the unnecessary air and water pollution associated with mining virgin materials and reduce what's laying around in landfills. Recycling metals can also help your wallet "go green" by giving you some handy cash. Here's a beginner's guide to scrapping metal for profit.

Know How To Sort Your Scrap

Knowing how to sort metal before you sell it for scrap is key to getting the best price.

You have to remove all plastic, wood, glass, rubber and cardboard "contaminants" from the metal before you sell it to a scrapyard. You also need to sort the metal into types, if you want to get the best price for your scrap.

In order to do that, you need to recognize the differences between ferrous and non-ferrous metals, because one is worth a lot more than the other.

Ferrous Vs. Nonferrous Material

Ferrous materials contain iron and non-ferrous materials don't.

While both have value, non-ferrous metals are usually worth more than ferrous ones and are purchased by the pound. Non-ferrous metals are also harder to come by and more difficult to prepare for processing by the scrapyard than ferrous metals.

  • Examples of non-ferrous materials include: aluminum, brass, copper, tin, nickel, some types of steel, and lead. Non-ferrous materials are usually lighter than those with iron, which is why they're found in wires and electronics.

Ferrous scrap metal is usually easier to find, and usually easier to prepare for processing. Ferrous metals are also purchased by the ton, not the pound.

  • Examples of ferrous metals include: steel from old cars, farm equipment, household appliances like washers and dryers, structural steel, exhaust systems, industrial containers, cast iron plumbing pipes, backyard grills, lawn furniture and old tools.

Using Magnets And Rust As A Guide

How do you know which type of metal you are looking at if you aren't sure what something is? That can be a common problem, especially if you are scavenging old dump-sites down hillsides for recyclable metals.

A magnet is a critical tool for anybody who is thinking of selling scrap for profit, because the quickest way to identify an item that contains iron is to check it with a magnet. If the metal is magnetic, it has an iron base.

Another sign that you are looking at ferrous material is to look for rust. Most ferrous metals are vulnerable to rust, though pure wrought iron isn't and stainless steel is designed to be rust-resistant. Still, if you see the brownish-red tint of rust on old metal that you're scavenging, you're probably looking at ferrous material. Because they don't have iron, non-ferrous metals like copper resist rust.

Finding Sources For Scrap Metal

Although non-ferrous metal does sell for a bigger price, keep in mind that you still have to gather a lot of it in order to make any money, and that can be difficult to do unless you are running a full-time scrap metal business.

Scrap iron and other ferrous metals are far easier to come by. In fact, many people are more than glad to let you have their old, broken oven for its scrap value, if you'll haul it away from their house for them! An ad in your local paper, online bulletin board, or even word-of-mouth can reveal many private sources for scrap metal.

Another source that's gradually gaining in importance: illegal dump sites on public land are often great places to scavenge for scrap. A lot of old cars and discarded washing machines get chucked over the sides of hills and stay there, due to a lack of funds that can be used for cleanup. Check the laws of your city and state before you start to remove scrap metal from public property, but most places are glad to let you.

If you've never sold scrap metal before, you shouldn't go into the business expecting to make a fast fortune, but you can expect it to be worth your time and effort, even with very little experience. Plus, you have the satisfaction of knowing that you're doing a good service for your environment as well!