Topic Category: Lead & Zinc

Zinc Dross [Seal | Seam]

Description Zinc Dross is produced during the galvanizing process at a galvanizing facility.  Top Zinc Dross [Seal] is skimmed from the top of the tank and often contains impurities resulting in a lower price.  Bottom Zinc Dross [Seam] is almost pure zinc as it rests at the bottom of the tank.  The price gap is …

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Zinc Anodes

Description Zinc Anodes are the most common form of zinc found in a scrap yard.  While these can be considered dirty zinc due to the iron bar down the center, they should be kept separate due to their uniform recovery.  Zinc anodes typically come from marine applications as they are used to prevent corrosion to …

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Dirty [Irony] Zinc

Description Zinc is often screwed or clamped onto other pieces of metal for corrosion resistance.  When these are left attached, the material is then considered dirty or irony zinc.  Upgrade potential Removing the steel attachments is one potential upgrade and another is the possibility of finding Cast Aluminum [Tense] mixed in with the other zinc …

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Clean Zinc [Score]

Description Clean zinc is typically found in a shape due to the casting process.  It will look very similar to cast aluminum so it is very important to confirm the source or make use of an analyzer. Upgrade potential As mentioned above, zinc looks similar to cast aluminum so it is entirely possible to find …

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Ballast Lead/Hard Lead [Radio]

Description Ballast Lead can come in many different forms and sizes, ranging from lead ingots, lead balls, lead blocks, and boat keels, to name a few. Hard Lead is usually lead that has been alloyed with antimony and tin to increase hardness and mechanical strength and should always be tested with an analyzer to confirm …

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Reda Cable [Relay]

Description Reda Cable [Relay] is lead covered copper cable used in oil exploration, meaning it powers inground (downhole) motors. There are several styles, but the composition is relatively the same. Several strands of #1 ICW are wrapped in lead and then wrapped in steel conduit. The copper & lead recovery varies so it is important …

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Wheel Weights [Ropes]

Description The most common method of balancing vehicle wheels is with the use of lead wheel weights.  These weights are found on the inside of the rim. Due to new regulations, lead has been phased out in favor of steel and zinc wheel weights.  It is very important to sample the composition of a wheel …

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