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Pinpointing Recoverable Scrap Metal In Computers

As you prepare to get rid of old computers, keep in mind that there are a lot of recoverable metals inside that could fetch quite a price on the market or help out with saving the environment. From cases to components, you should keep an eye out for a few different metals and decide whether the salvaging is worth the effort. A few metal searching tips can help you find key recoverable points and get what you need without spending too much time on the useless parts.

Case and Container Recovery

Computers aren’t the heavy, steel-framed boxes that they used to be. Even the large cases of aluminum on the outside have begun to slowly fade away, but there is still a lot of metal to be found if you peel back the covers.

In order to reduce weight, some parts of the computer chassis are designed in plastic. For safety, a lot of the components are still made out of at least an aluminum underlay. If you can take off the plastic parts, you’ll be able to see everything that can be scrapped from the chassis.

Most of the plastic parts are connected via tabs and hooks, which can be slid off carefully once you find the binding area. You can violently tear apart faceplates and other parts, but you may cut or gouge yourself in the process. If in doubt, look up a disassembly guide to get to the right parts of your specific computer model.

Trace Materials on Boards

Although there are metals such as gold or tungsten on motherboards and certain cards, it may not be worth your effort unless you have multiple boards ready to recycle.

Trace amounts of gold can be collected over time, and if you have at least 10 or 20 boards you may be able to profit from the removal process. Removing metal contacts from boards is no small task, but the work can be done by a scrap metal professional if you have enough boards to make it worthwhile.

Newer boards may have copper heat sinks of quite worthwhile weight. Remove them by either prying away at the cooling paste or removing the screws that fasten the heat sinks in place. Some of the heat sinks may actually be part of removable components such as processors, which can be easier to remove and scrap.

Contact a scrap metal professional to find out how much your old computers are worth in terms of metal recovery.

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