Topic Category: Insulated Wire

Harness Wire

Description Harness wire is found within the electrical system of vehicles.  It is easily identifiable as it is mostly wrapped with a black plastic conduit.  Harness wire will range in copper recovery between 40-50% depending on the number of attachments.  Upgrade potential Removing plastic attachments and conduit can bring this material into a #2 ICW, …

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Christmas Lights

Description Believe it or not, Xmas lights are a common scrap commodity.  Typically Xmas lights have a copper recovery of around 22%, so they are considered #3 ICW.  While they can be mixed with other ICW, it is better to keep them separate since they’re easily identifiable. Upgrade potential Different types of ICW can be …

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BX Cable

Description BX Cable is another common grade of insulated copper wire.  To the untrained eye, BX might look like aluminum strands; however, several strands of #1 ICW can be seen when the end is cut open.  Due to the aluminum conduit and uniform recovery, BX should not be mixed with other ICW. Upgrade potential Similar …

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EC Aluminum [Tall | Talon]

Description EC Aluminum is clean 1000 series aluminum. EC Wire [Talon] is typically produced by stripping the insulation from IAW or Aluminum Teck Cable. This material deserves a premium when sold on its own; however, as this is not a common grade, it can be mixed and shipped with New Aluminum [Tough/Taboo]. Upgrade potential EC …

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URD Concentric

Description Underground Residential Distribution (URD) or Concentric is a common type of wire used by utility companies.  This wire is typically identifiable due to its black rubber insulation with a red stripe on the outside.  This wire has insulated aluminum wire on the inside, with copper strands or foil on the outside that is then …

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Teck Cable

Description Teck cable consists of several layers of insulation.  The inside contains strands of either IAW or ICW, and sometimes strands of EC wire or #1 Bright and Shiny [Barley].  These strands are then wrapped inside rubber insulation, and that insulation is then surrounded by aluminum or steel conduit coated with rubber insulation. Upgrade potential …

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Insulated Aluminum Wire

Description Insulated Aluminum Wire (IAW) has become a common item at any scrapyard. Due to the cost of copper wire, many electricians have switched to aluminum wire. The most common IAW is an aluminum wire coated with rubber or plastic, also known as Messenger cable or Triplex. IAW can be found inside aluminum Teck cable. …

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