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Posted by Mary in PA on 12/10/2010

I had my first visit to a scrap yard today. It was very interesting, and I quite enjoyed myself. Take note though, if you ever go to a scrap yard, don’t call it a “junkyard”. Apparently that’s appallingly bad etiquette to those in the scrap-yard-know, my husband being one of them. As I have since learned; a junkyard is where trashed cars are kept for spare parts while a scrap yard is where metal is sorted and recycled – or in our case, acquired for building all sorts of new and useful things. Have I drunk the Kool-Aid or what?

Our target for this trip was a stack of new, still strapped to its pallet, steel siding located in an out-of-the-way corner. John positioned the trailer as close as possible to the pallet racks so he could stand on the racking and slide pieces down to me. We needed 32 pieces of the 16-ft-long ‘tin’ to use for the ceiling in the farm shop. The previous day’s rain had frozen the sheets together, which slowed down our effort a bit.

After we were done loading and securing our find we pulled the truck aside so we could have a walk about the yard. There were mountains of scrap metal, literally as big as our house! Giant shears were cutting the metal into pieces and processing it in a seemingly-endless maze of humongous piles. But what really caught my eye was a small section of stainless-steel scrap items. There were some tanks of unknown industrial origin, possibly food processing, but I’m not sure. And some commercial sinks with and without integrated counters. All of these items would be sold by weight, and for stainless it is currently about $2 per pound. I admit it, I have a thing for stainless. In fact, my first Craig’s List purchase was a pristine 600-gallon stainless steel tank (from a dairy) for a ridiculously low price. I’ve got future plans for it, but that’s a different post altogether. So the stainless at the scrap yard glinting there in the afternoon sun was truly calling out to me... but I resisted.

After our walk in the scrap yard, we piled back into the truck for the 45-minute drive to the property, loaded trailer in tow. We unpacked and stacked the material in the shop and called it a day.

Photos

Set up to load
MOUNTAINS of metal
Back at the shop to unload
First drive onto shop slab!



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