Dead Weight Scams

Published by: ScrapWare    On: October 22nd, 2013    In: Blog, Non-Ferrous Scrap Metal

Our customers are always on the lookout for scams to increase the weight of a load of material.

The usually occurs, but is not limited to, material purchased from retail vendors.

With ferrous loads (iron and steel) such as obsolete cars or white goods, we have seen sand, bricks and rocks placed in spaces that are hard to inspect.

In general, non-ferrous materials (copper, aluminum, brass, etc.) tend to be easier to inspect, since there is not a lot of places where dead weight could be hidden.

Recently, one of our customers was made aware of a very clever dead weight scam from one of their trading partners.

From the outside, the image below shows ordinary copper piping that is soldered together.   Our customers buy this all day long.

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Upon further inspection, the image below shows an AA battery was hidden in the tubing.

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Upon detailed inspection and dis-assembly of the piping structure, many AA batteries were found.

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It makes you wonder how many pounds of copper tubing may have been sabotaged in this manner, and how much money was paid for the extra dead weight.

Our ScrapWare software performs many functions to protect scrapyard owners from various scams that could be inflicted by retail or commercial vendors.

However, a scam like this could only have been prevented by additional vigilance of scale personnel.


The Washington Monument – Covered in Scaffolding

Published by: ScrapWare    On: May 13th, 2013    In: Non-Ferrous Scrap Metal

ScrapWare Corporation is located north of Washington, DC.

As a result, and from time to time, we find ourselves downtown.

In August 2011, Washington, DC experienced a rare temblor.

This event damaged the Washington Monument.

The stonework that comprises the monument was subject to cracking both inside and out.

Basis above, the monument was declared unsafe and closed to visitors since then.

A detailed survey of the monument was then performed, and all of the damage was documented.

Recently, aluminum or steel scaffolding was installed around the iconic obelisk.

The scaffolding was installed at a rate of ten (10) feet per day and was recently completed.

The most difficult part of the job was covering the top of the obelisk.

Now that the scaffolding is in place, it will allow the stonemasons to perform repairs.

The work is expected to take about two (2) years.

The monument is literally a pile of stones.  There is no existing mortar between them.

There is now more metal surrounding the monument than there is inside of it.

It makes us wonder which local scrap yard will purchase the scaffolding once the project is completed?

The photo below was taken near the intersection of 14th Street and Independence Ave.


Quick Facts – Non-Ferrous Scrap Metal

Published by: ScrapWare    On: April 2nd, 2013    In: Blog, Non-Ferrous Scrap Metal

Examples of nonferrous metals include Aluminum, Copper, Lead, Nickel, Zinc and several others.

They don’t lose their chemical or physical properties during the recycling process.

Basis the above, they can be recycled infinitely.

Nonferrous scrap is consumed by secondary smelters, refiners, ingot makers and foundries worldwide.

Nonferrous metals are used in a vast array of finished products – from batteries, to automobiles to appliances to construction materials.

Some of the most expensive metal thefts we have heard about involve nonferrous metals.

This is the reason nonferrous scrap is subject to an ever-increasing array of anti-theft laws on a state by state basis.


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