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Suggestions on where to find scrap to practice

Postby dgapilot » Fri Aug 04, 2017 1:01 pm

Hi,
Just getting back into welding after a long time away. I was wondering if anyone has any suggestions on finding material for practice. The closest steel supply house is an hour away, and I really hate to buy "good" sheet metal just to practice. Years ago you used to be able to go to metal recycle places and pick stuff up and buy it for scrap value. All the scrap places here in MD won't let you do that anymore.

I'm looking primarily for sheet metal for welding practice, and bar ends to make stuff in the lathe with.

Any suggestions would be appreciated!

Location is Frederick County MD.

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Re: Suggestions on where to find scrap to practice

Postby PeteM » Fri Aug 04, 2017 1:58 pm

Check any sheet metal fabricators for the drop ends.

https://www.google.com/search?q=frederi ... e&ie=UTF-8

Who knows? Ask nice and they might let you clean out the back of their shear. Nobody ever wants to do that while they're working.

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Re: Suggestions on where to find scrap to practice

Postby ldbtx » Fri Aug 04, 2017 2:10 pm

My local metal supplier has a small part of their yard dedicated to scraps and drop. From what I've seen that's pretty typical. At least here in Texas.
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Re: Suggestions on where to find scrap to practice

Postby homeboy » Fri Aug 04, 2017 9:16 pm

Where I am in SW Ontario Canada our local land fill has a big sign - Reuse, Recycle at the gate. Some sites allow this ,some don't. It's like bees to honey at the steel scrap pile where a lot of decent material can be found if you're quick. Is there any chance you have a local site that allows picking? If it's in another jurisdiction maybe you know someone there who could ferry you in. :?: 8-)
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Re: Suggestions on where to find scrap to practice

Postby dgapilot » Sat Aug 05, 2017 8:09 am

homeboy wrote:Where I am in SW Ontario Canada our local land fill has a big sign - Reuse, Recycle at the gate. Some sites allow this ,some don't. It's like bees to honey at the steel scrap pile where a lot of decent material can be found if you're quick. Is there any chance you have a local site that allows picking? If it's in another jurisdiction maybe you know someone there who could ferry you in. :?: 8-)


All the ones around here won't allow picking- insurance reasons! There is a new one that opened a little while ago that I haven't checked with. I'll have to check them out.


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Re: Suggestions on where to find scrap to practice

Postby cj737 » Sat Aug 05, 2017 11:23 am

David - If you look online for the nearest MetalSuperMarkets, they often have scrap bins from their shear, punch, or saw jobs. This material is typically recycled for scrap metal weight. But, you can introduce yourself to the franchise owner, explain you'd like to practice weld on some decent pieces, then return them for their benefit. Often, this works out for both sides: you get free stuff to practice on, they get the material back (even heavier than when it left due to weld filler). It might even land you a few side jobs or simple weld tasks.

My eldest works at the location by us, and my 2nd son built a hopper they snatch, we pick thru, and they practice on. It all works out beautifully. Some of the scrap actually gets put into use for permanent jobs ;)
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Re: Suggestions on where to find scrap to practice

Postby dgapilot » Sat Aug 05, 2017 5:07 pm

cj737 wrote:David - If you look online for the nearest MetalSuperMarkets, they often have scrap bins from their shear, punch, or saw jobs. This material is typically recycled for scrap metal weight. But, you can introduce yourself to the franchise owner, explain you'd like to practice weld on some decent pieces, then return them for their benefit. Often, this works out for both sides: you get free stuff to practice on, they get the material back (even heavier than when it left due to weld filler). It might even land you a few side jobs or simple weld tasks.

My eldest works at the location by us, and my 2nd son built a hopper they snatch, we pick thru, and they practice on. It all works out beautifully. Some of the scrap actually gets put into use for permanent jobs ;)


That may be an option, the closest one is an hour away though, in Beltsville MD.


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Re: Suggestions on where to find scrap to practice

Postby Louie1961 » Sun Aug 06, 2017 8:13 am

Jody did a video on this a while back. Go the James F Lincoln Foundation and pick up a bunch of their metal project kits. You get 3x3 inch 1/4 inch steel plates, and 2x6 inch 1/8 inch steel plates. I buy in bulk, and can get a box of 10 kits delivered for about $60. That's a lot of coupons and they are already cut. They are great for MIG, TIG and stick. Jody was using these in his latest video on 6013 stick welding. its cold rolled steel too, so much easier prep for TIG welding. http://www.jflf.org/ProductDetails.asp? ... Code=METAL
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Re: Suggestions on where to find scrap to practice

Postby dgapilot » Sun Aug 06, 2017 10:04 am

Thanks for that, just ordered some!


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Re: Suggestions on where to find scrap to practice

Postby Artie F. Emm » Mon Aug 07, 2017 3:58 am

Hi from just around the beltway (NoVA near Reston). Another way to find ends and drops is to check in with a welding or machine shop near you, and ask to pick through their scrap bin. They may need to sell it, since recouping scrap value is part of their business model, but you might get lucky, too.
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