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    I am in no hurry to sell the copper, I will wait for the price to come up. My question now is if I clean it and bale it how much will it tarnish and how will that effect the value of the copper.
    I am ready to get started cleaning it, but it’s pretty well protected now.

    Going after the 5th tower in the morning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rbent View Post
    ..spending money most of the time is against their religion.
    Confirm THAT! Saw a pair of salvaged goodies in a DSB/SSB rack ages ago:

    "Bob? Your Marconi's are mounted upside-down!"

    "No they aren't. Brit's used Russian switch logic. Fixed that!'

    "Russian?'

    "Yeah. Old Tsarist secret police provocateur. Colonel Upizoff."

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    Quote Originally Posted by true temper View Post
    I am in no hurry to sell the copper, I will wait for the price to come up. My question now is if I clean it and bale it how much will it tarnish and how will that effect the value of the copper.
    I am ready to get started cleaning it, but it’s pretty well protected now.

    Going after the 5th tower in the morning.
    AT my scrapyard, burned copper gets downgraded.

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    Set them up on 10' centers and jack the shop up to above "floodstage".....

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    Before destroying the coaxial feed line you might want to check the amateur radio market. That size feed line is very low loss stuff at UHF frequencies and many dollars per foot. The end connectors even more so. I recently installed a ham tower using 1-1/4 diameter feed line from a paging tower that had been de-commissioned. Connectors alone for that size heliax are probably $150.00 new. I paid $40.00 on E-bay fo one 1-1/4" connector and was very happy with that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paul39 View Post
    I have seen that type of structure used for hanging lights at outdoor theater.

    https://i.pinimg.com/564x/78/b9/fe/7...6ec6b7f722.jpg

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    While there is a Superficial likeness to entertainment and staging tower truss, there is absolutely NO way anyone with 1/2 a brain would hang stuff over a crowd on unknown, used, random junk.

    These were also felled like a tree, would you stand under a 600 lb driver array (“speakers”) or a 160 lb remote follow spot hanging 60’ over your head on these? How many of the welds busted when this smacked on the ground? No thanks.

    ( ps there is going to be a lot of the real tower truss, 4 cord certified name brand aluminum like Tate’s towers going for SUPER cheap right about now, not many shows and festivals going to be using them for a bit!)

    tt, as to a light tarnish affecting the value, you should be fine If you store it clean indoors and dry, As long as it isn’t dark brown, ( or obviously green and fuzzy). In normal times anyway, if there is a glut, they may get really picky.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paul39 View Post
    I have seen that type of structure used for hanging lights at outdoor theater.

    https://i.pinimg.com/564x/78/b9/fe/7...6ec6b7f722.jpg

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    its a truss but not all the same, weight and engineering wise.

    We used to make the connector plates for vertical three side truss towers. Bid on making the whole towers but someone wanted it more. The parts we made were for towers up to maybe 7' or 8' at the bottom and taper all the way up, 10' sections. They also went for hot dip galvanizing after welding. The connector plates at the bottom were 2" thick and got thinner as it went up, as did the dia on verticals. 2.5" dia at the bottom iirc. The were always made from solid bar. I thought tubing would have given a better strength to weight ratio, but they explained they only ever made from solid so if there was any corrosion it would obvious from an inspection

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    I had a bunch of that "coax".

    The scrap guy here in town took it to where he sells stuff... and they took it as is!
    No work involved. I can't recall the amount, but it was a pretty penny for me doing no work other than loading it in a trailer. He said that wherever it was going, they were going to run it through their shredder.

    The coax is for microwaves, from how it was explained to me.

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    That coax being blue is high power near kw range so likely 2-way paging.

    Microwave is usually wave guide, empty inside

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    Our local scrap yard has 3 copper grades, Bare Bright (shinny spotless copper wire), #1 (still clean copper of larger sizes, can be tarnished but not burnt. #2 ( burnt copper, or even smaller sized clean copper, or otherwise trashy). I'd say what you have is #1. I'm not real sure it's all that cost effective to strip it, if it's only producing 8 lb per 20', but if you don't have anything better to do I guess it would be ok.

    Somebody mentioned using a table saw, but you'll loose quite a bit of copper in the kerf. I know the local sawmills around here cut their valuable lumber with bandsaws, even though they are less than half as fast as a circle saw, just because of the lumber savings due to kerf size.

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    Use them to build a 20' tall drinking fort?

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    Picked me up a scrap haul Friday. Plant said they just wanted it gone. 15,000 lbs of 316 stainless. Scrap yard quoted me 38 cents a pound.
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