How To Scrap A Television – Scrapping a TV

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It’s amazing how easy it is to make money from things we were about to throw out. (Check out the Scrapper’s Handbook for Scrap Metal Tips).

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This TV is ready for recycling!

Take, for example, old televisions; They are generally worth less than the scrap metal contained inside of them. So before you send them to your local landfill, pull out the scrap copper, scrap aluminum, and scrap circuit boards! Here is how to break them down for their scrap metal value.

If you are unhappy with how much money you are making from scrapping TVs, I suggest you try scrapping Computer Monitors instead. They have less glass and more metal.

Tools you will need

  • Screw driver / power drill with screw bits
  • Nut driver / hex (socket) head bit
  • Side cutters, or wire cutters of your choice.
  • A razor knife
  • A few 5 gallon buckets (for sorting metals at the end)
  • Gloves
  • Patience
  1. Remove The Scrap Television’s Back Cover

    In most models, this is just a molded piece of plastic on the back of the TV with a few fasteners holding it on. Every TV is different, so it requires a little trial and error. (If you’ve ever disassembled an old tube tv, you know exactly what I am talking about.) 

    Often times the fasteners are 3/8” hex head screws, and there is at least one in every corner of the back cover. Once you remove these screws, the cover will usually just pop off. If this is not the case, and you have a larger style TV, my only universal suggestion is to keep removing screws until you can see the “guts” of the TV.

    In some TV models, the power cable may need to be cut off before the cover comes off. Either way, cut the copper power cable and set it off to the side.

  2.  Discharge the TV’s capacitor

    All devices containing  large capacitors – microwaves, TV, etc – can hold an electrical charge that is powerful enough to hurt you! (Some would even say kill you.) It’s danger is often exaggerated, but it could still give you a very nasty shock!

    If the TV you plan on scrapping was plugged-in any time during the previous week, then it could still hold a charge. Conversely, if it was unplugged for over a week, then you can pretty much expect the capacitors to have lost their charge. So no worries.

    This is a really great guide to discharging a CRT.

    If you electrocuted yourself while scrapping a TV, please leave a comment at the end of this post so we can learn from your mistakes!

  3.  Cut Out Scrap Circuit Boards

    There are at least two circuit boards in a scrap TV; one of them is attached to the narrow top of the tube (the “electron gun”) and the other is the large board that usually rests at the TV bottom. Both boards can get separated from the TV usually by hand, but sometimes it requires cutting zip-ties or undoing screws.

    The printed circuit board connected to the electron gun just above the copper yoke is usually held on with some soft calking that acts as an electrical insulator. Pull this board off carefully, without breaking the glass on the TV.

    Once you have isolated the scrap circuit boards from the rest of the TV, you will be able to pull off any attachments that you think are more valuable, for example: small scrap transformers, small inductors, small aluminum heat sinks, and small precious-metal-bearing IC chips.

  4.  Disassemble the Scrap Copper Yoke

    The copper yoke is a cone-shaped coil of wires at the end of the tube. It’s easy to pull all the copper out once you separate it from the tube.

    Most scrap copper yokes have 1 or 2 stainless steel screws/clips holding them onto the tube. If you simply undo these screws, you will we home free. Just give the scrap copper yoke a firm twist, and it should slide off the tube. (Sometimes it’s a bit sticky, but just keep twisting, and it should come off just fine).

    As a LAST RESORT you can use a hammer to break the yoke off of the glass. This is horribly messy, and dangerous. Once the glass is broken, it will be difficult to dispose of without cutting up your gloves or hands. Don’t break the yoke from the tube with a hammer. Once it is removed from the tube, however, that is a different story…

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    So much copper!!!

  5.  Breaking Apart the Scrap Copper Yoke

    After removing the yoke from the tube, you will want to separate all of the copper from its ferrite core. Ferrite is a type of magnetic ceramic, and will break very easily when hit with a hammer. Use this to your advantage!

    My method for separating the copper is simple: Set all of the copper yokes you have on their side in a wide based bucket. Then, with a sledge-hammer, firmly tamp down on them from above with the top of the sledge-hammer pointing down, just like you are leveling a foundation. (Actually, if you have a tamping tool, that would work just as well.)

    Pulverize the black ferrite that the copper is wound around; This will make separating the copper from the rest of the bucket’s contents much easier.

    After you have broken the yokes completely apart, it only takes a second to pull the copper from the mess that’s left. Your scrap yard may or may not want anything else that is in the bucket, but check before recycling it’s contents.

  6.  Separating And Stripping The Scrap Degaussing Coil

    The scrap degaussing coil is a thick gauge wire that runs around the front of the tube. The degaussing cable is normally covered with a thick, sticky, black electrical tape. It is generally copper, but can be made of aluminum. (If it is aluminum, then it will feel much lighter than equivalent copper wire)

    Near the degaussing cable will be some tinned copper wire (It is usually braided). This is worth copper #2 at most scrap yards, so cut it from the tube with your wire cutters along with the degaussing cable.

    The copper degaussing cable is, in most people’s eyes, worth stripping to the core. This can be done with some time and a razor cutter. Do not unwrap the electrical tape by hand; it is a waste of time. 

    After carefully (and patiently) cutting a slot down the extent of the degaussing cable (without cutting yourself), pull the copper out! It will most likely be sticky from the electrical tape.

    I have found, after extensive trial and error, that most of the small gauge wire is worth the same at my scrap yard whether it is stripped or not. If your scrap yard pays great insulated wire prices, then it may not be worth stripping.

  7.  Disposing of the Leaded Glass TV Tube

    Now that all of the salvageable items are out of the TV, you will want to get rid of the tube. This may be tricky in some states, which require businesses to dispose of their CRT tubes in an environmentally conscious manner. If you are not technically a business, then you have nothing to worry about!
    In general, it will be just fine for you to wrap them in a trash bag and set them to the curb with the rest of your trash. (After all, you were going to set it out there anyway.)
    I have disposed of my CRTs, among other ways, by bringing them to Best Buy, which has a buy back program that works as follows: They take the CRT if you pay them $10, but they give you a $10 gift card in return.

 Don’t Forget to be safe!

  • Leave the CRT unplugged for a while before scrapping. This will assure the capacitor has enough time to bleed its charge away.
  • Always were gloves! This is especially important when dealing with any broken glass.
  • Don’t break the glass! Be careful not to smash anything against the tubes.
  • Place finished tubes in a safe area, away from where you are working. If you were to fall on the tubes, you could seriously hurt yourself, or impale yourself.

Give comment, send feedback, or share your stories and question in our Scrapper’s Forum!

{ 88 comments… read them below or add one }

Matt Howard September 29, 2011 at 5:10 am

I have found that if you scrap alot of tv like I do I do anywhere from 500- 1000 per month I break up the glass in a old refridgerator and shovel it into a trash can for the garbage man and its got an added bonus of metal inside the tv tube. Just so you all know the lead is built into the glass not just laying around in the tube.

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ScrapMetalJunkie September 29, 2011 at 6:19 pm

This sounds like a great system.

Also, wow! 1000 TV a month? Thats a pretty high volume, especially for a one man show. Do you have anybody working for you? Thats like $4k-$5k a month. (4-5 dollars per TV I’m guessing, more if you have some monitors thrown in.) Although with the recent drop in copper, I guess it should end up being less then that.

Keep up the good work!

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Alex Vega September 30, 2011 at 4:06 pm

Not too smart on the tube disposal. It is full of mercury and lead. Read before you write.

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Chris October 3, 2011 at 4:01 am

Hi!, i have been collecting tv yokes and monitor yokes in roadside junk collection i have about 50 how much will that be worth? thanks

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ScrapMetalJunkie October 3, 2011 at 5:04 am

That’s tough to say, because each yoke is completely different. TV yokes have less copper then monitor yokes, and are harder to harvest the copper from.

But, if copper is worth $2.30/lbs in your area, then I would guess your scrap is worth, at the very bare minimum, $30. On average, about $55. As a maximum? Maybe $90.

Copper prices right now are going crazy, so its very difficult for me to give you a specific price.

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Josh October 4, 2011 at 7:25 am

Hey! I’ve been a really big fan of your site for a while now. This site was actually the one that taught me everything I needed to know when I was first starting out. Just wanted to share with everyone about my shocking story from a tv.

I was dismantling one and forgot to discharge it so when I went to cut the red wire from the glass I had a shock that I felt go up my arm and it almost felt like it went out my other arm. After that my heart was racing but I was able to get it back down after a few minutes of sitting down. Needless to say, I ALWAYS discharge now. I like to use an insulated screw driver with jumper cables attached to ground the currant.

Also, I was wondering if you had any advice about flat screen tvs? Are they worth the effort or should I just take the cord and be done with it? I currently have a 50″ that I found in a dumpster. It turns on but the screen is completely shattered on the inside.

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Brent October 10, 2011 at 9:13 am

just started electrical recycling about a month ago. this site has been very informative,thanks. So what can be done with all the hard plastic from TV,pc and other things? smash it grind it any resale value? Where,s a good place to look for stuff to get the most bang for ur buck?

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ScrapMetalJunkie October 10, 2011 at 1:15 pm

Thanks for the comment Brent! I’m glad you like the site. The “most bang for your buck” is entirely dependent on what is near you. It going to be a bit of a wild goose chase, but try to find plastic buyers in your area. The plastic is worth anywhere from 2¢ to 10¢ per pound depending on who is buying and how much you have – The TV covers are made from ABS plastic. This grade of plastic is great for recycle.

If you want to get payed the absolute best prices, some places will pay more if you pull off or cut out any type of sticker that is on the plastic shells. You will get paid more if you first run the plastic through a chipper, as this cuts down on shipping costs.

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Mechanic688 November 13, 2011 at 5:09 am

I’ve done a lot of checking around and plastic will usually pay about steel price, the bad side is you need at least 500-1000 lbs. before any plastic buyers will talk to you

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Rick May 28, 2012 at 4:31 pm

I just recycle the plastics with my local recycling program. Its fast and easy, aspecially if you don’t do 500-1000 tv’s a month, like Matt.

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Richard williams October 13, 2011 at 2:25 am

are big screen televisions worth more to scrap than a smaller tube television???

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ScrapMetalJunkie October 13, 2011 at 8:15 pm

Generally, yes they are. But not necessarily.

An older big screen usually TV has three small tubes, and more printed circuit boards, as well as many non-metal components, like wood or foam.

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SomeScrapper October 15, 2011 at 11:04 pm

If you must use a hammer to break the yoke, try breaking it inside a container to contain the mess. Always wear eye protection when scrapping.

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ScrapMetalJunkie October 16, 2011 at 2:54 am

Yes, eye protection is a must.

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Adam November 18, 2011 at 2:26 am

How do you discharge the capacitor on tv’s? I want to know for the obvious reason of not getting shocked.

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ScrapMetalJunkie December 12, 2011 at 9:40 am

I link to a great tutorial in the article.

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Josh K December 2, 2011 at 5:10 am

I sometimes work at my brothers job he recycles electronics and i do the projection screen tv’s they have lots of wood and plastic, but the good thing is it only usually has one thing to break which would be the mirror which is usually connected to the back pannel that you take off first also there is a stand with three lights on it the stand is metal but be careful with the lights if you wanna bust them open i would do it over a bucket because they have a very slippery liquid in them that will leave you slidin for days (i know from experience, not fun) also there are tons of wires connecting the speakers lights and main circut board together also there are two huge circut boards at the bottom and as i said lots of wires ps if u wanna take apart a projection screen tv u may wanna know that it take a while

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Robin December 19, 2011 at 9:22 pm

On #8: Keep in mind the EPA CRT Rule and Universal Waste rule for lamps (in larger flat screens). Those are federal rules that apply in all states. True, if you do this as an individual for your own TV, it’s one thing. If you do this at scale, for other people’s TVs, that meets EPA definition of business whether you are incorporated or not. Also worth knowing the MSDS sheets for which CRTs have cadmium and yttrium phospors.

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andrew sabol December 28, 2011 at 2:21 pm

i was unbolting an old RCA picture tube for the wood frame and got shocked went from my right hand where i was holding the wrench to my left hand. not a major shock but got my attention the tv was unplugged for 24 hours. It has been 3 days now and no symptoms. Why would i get shocked from the outside of the tv and is this enough voltage to hurt me . Thank you

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ScrapMetalJunkie December 29, 2011 at 11:58 pm

It is not enough to kill most people, but there are exceptions. Better safe then sorry.

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Rick May 28, 2012 at 4:38 pm

It should be noted that Volts(age) will not kill you. It’s Amps. One (1) Amp is all it takes to kill you.

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Donald Harvey December 30, 2011 at 4:28 pm

Disposing of your excess CRT glass in the trash may be legal, but that doesn’t make it right. Throwing CRT glass into the landfill is horrible for the environment. These tubes contain massive quantities of lead that while may not be “loose” leaches out into the water supply after exposure to the elements. There are numerous ways of properly disposing of these tubes in an environmentally friendly way.

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Tom January 14, 2012 at 5:03 am

What are the ways?

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leonard November 1, 2012 at 9:11 pm

if anything was to leach out into the watersupply at a landfill, then the landfill is in violation of all kinds of laws. the one in my county was closed many years ago because of following the regulations. the whole idea of a landfill is the SAFE containment of solid waste. even when a landfill closes and have been sealed there are monitoring wells that are monitored regularly and if the water is contaminated it has to be pumped out. that being sais, if crt glass in a landfill was hazardious, then so would be any container that had any chemical such as oven cleaner, nail polish remover, etc…
that being said, we all need to find a buyer for crt glass or at least someone that will take the stuff off our hands. it is a valuable resourse that is being wasted by being thrown into landfills, old cars destioned for the crusher that eventualy gets shreaded and melted, but if thrown along the road side it is detrimentasl to everything it comes into contact with. this stuff does not break like regular glass, it fractures into shards like flint knives. the edges are sharper than a new scapel. they will shread any thing you try to handle it with. i personaly have gotten rid of many tons of the stuff, mostly by giving it to a person that scraps cars to use as ballast. i sujest talking to fellow scrappers and find one that has room to store a large quantity of it. a pvc hoop house can be built to keep the stuff out of the weather. epa regulations say that a crt tube is not considdered hazardus unless it is broken. then while storing the unbroken tubes a buyer can be located. if the buyer required 30 ton mimium , it wouldnt take many tubes toweigh that much.
recycling qualifies for federal grant money, a communinity need to find someone capable of writing a grant aplication to build a recycling facility for crt’s. a grant could be given to build a facility in your area and give you an outlet for safe disposal of crt’s . a call placed to a local regulating body such as the dnr would be thrilled to help direct you to information that you would need to set this up. (it justifies their job)
personaly i would gladly give such a facility my crt’s still intact includeing the steel and tin inside them to keep them out of the enviroment. untill such a facility is available, mine will continue to be given to the car crusher in buckets and ill sell the steel. and im leaving this state in 5 months, but will start such a process in the stste im going to.. if you want a cushy job working for yourself, you can be a pencil pusher at your own recycling center.

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John July 10, 2014 at 10:04 am

CRT Tubes contain about 20% lead content in the “funnel” part of the tube. (The panel part is the piece you look at while watching TV). It is illegal in most States to dispose in the trash. Other contributor is correct in that once a CRT tube is broken it is considered hazardous waste. Another contributor is correct is that the lead will leach out over time in a landfill, and should never be in a municipal landfill. In fact CRT glass is disposed in *hazardous* landfill sites that are designed to prevent leaking toxics into the environment. However, this is a loss for CRTs –

Nulife Glass in Dunkirk, NY is building a furnace to extract the lead from CRT tubes. This furnace separates 99+% the lead from the glass. The lead is used in batteries, and glass used in construction blocks. There is a cost to recycle them, but it is far less costly in terms of the environment and hazmat landfill costs to have it properly recycled.

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Craig January 25, 2012 at 3:26 am

What are the two clips that hold the yoke to the tube made from?

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ScrapMetalJunkie January 25, 2012 at 8:19 pm

I discussed this in section 4, Disassemble the Scrap Copper Yoke, but to reiterate, the two clips are made of stainless steel.

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ryan March 2, 2012 at 6:37 pm

How would you go about getting the lead from the tube? Or is this even worth the trouble. My dad is always looking for lead to make bullets.

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ScrapMetalJunkie March 2, 2012 at 8:08 pm

You just don’t. Its costs more money to separate the glass and lead then they are both worth. (The glass and lead are mixed together.)

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Scarecrow May 24, 2012 at 4:12 am

They are now encasing used nuclear material by fusing it at extreme high temps to produce a ceramic/glass like substance so it can safely be stored away until it decays to safe(er) levels. Lead in glass is NOT a problem, never was. Ever hear of leaded crystal goblets?
The phosphorus’ in the tube ARE a concern, and some cathodes are ‘enhanced’ with a slightly radioactive substance, which might be of some concern too, but NOT the lead. It can’t leach out. Period. People have been drinking out of leaded glass for hundreds of years. And not ONE was ever poisoned by doing so. You can STILL

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Scarecrow May 24, 2012 at 4:24 am

They are now encasing used nuclear material by fusing it at extreme high temps to produce a ceramic/glass like substance so it can safely be stored away until it decays to safe(er) levels. Lead in glass is NOT a problem, never was. Ever hear of leaded crystal goblets?
The phosphorus’ in the tube ARE a concern, and some cathodes are ‘enhanced’ with a slightly radioactive substance, which might be of some concern too, but NOT the lead. It can’t leach out. Period. People have been drinking out of leaded glass for hundreds of years. And not ONE was ever poisoned by doing so. You can STILL buy leaded crystal glasses to drink from to this very day. (In fact, it’s the addition of lead that MAKES it “crystal” instead of just plain old glass) Lead is still used in glazes too, for pottery and such… And at the high temps that pottery is fired at, it fuses in and becomes a part of the ceramic structure. IE: Inert. The laws that legislators are making are ‘feel good’ but ‘do nothing’ laws, only profiting the ‘special’ companies who dispose of it… by reselling it to the glass industry! It’s all about MONEY, not science. Lead has gotten a bad rap, and in many cases, it deserved it. But that does NOT mean ANY and ALL lead is ‘Bad’… If one can not get the lead out to make bullets, (And I too cast my own for black powder shooting) how the heck is it supposed to get into the water supply? In a million years? Nope, not even then. They find pottery from as far back as there has been humankind, it is STILL pottery, or shards of it. It has NOT devolved into something else. THINK, people! Before condemning something sight unseen!

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Hank March 4, 2012 at 1:46 pm

I have been collecting a few TV’s and find that I cannot get rid of the CRT’s after I have remove all of the valuable metals as described. It seems this would be a good way to make even more money as people will PAY to have them taken away. Certainly there must be a way for us to SAFELY and LEGALLY deal with the lead and other toxic materials with out purchasing a $15,000. CRT crushing/recycling machine.

Has anyone done this yet?

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Billy March 10, 2012 at 4:56 am

I just took apart a TV that didn’t have the clamps (or clips as you call them) on the stem of the tube. The whole darned yoke was glued to the glass. I was able to get the copper wound around the ferrite off with no real problem but the copper inside the plastic was glued to the TV. Broke the stem while pulling it off one side and left the other side alone. Taking a hammer to it is not an option for me.

I did see a lable saying not to attempt to remove the yoke but I figured they were full of it. Turns out they’re not. Live and learn, I guess.

As for being rid of the CRT tubes, it depends on which state you live in. In my state, the manufacturers are required to accept certain e-waste returns at no charge to the consumer. Some Goodwill stores will accept CRT monitors in any condition and some also accept CRT TVs, but you have to check first. After I finish pulling all the goodies out, I put the plastic back on with a few screws to make it easier to meet the conditions for returning them. Better to lose a little shred than to pay $10.00 to dispose of the tube.

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Harry Heiny April 11, 2012 at 6:11 am

Re: gloves & eye protection . . . . . . Just like many occupations, scrapping requires certain Personal Protective Gear (PPG). I don’t go ANYWHERE without my tools and I don’t work without my PPG.

Re: Lead in glass . . . . . There may be some nasty chems ON the glass, but I find it really hard to believe that lead mixed IN the glass itself will leach out. Show me the research. If it can leach out, does it take less than 10,000 years – and that works out to how many grams per year?

Re: ABS . . . . It has about the same density as water, but if shredded I would guess it packs with at least 50% air. That means it weighs about 30#/ft^3 = (4#/gal)*(7.5gal/ft^3). One gaylord is about 50ft^3. With these assumptions, a gaylord of shredded ABS will hold about 1000#. HMMM

What I do? I look for tv’s dumped in ditches, at deadend roads, etc. I remove the goodies and leave everything else. I can open a TV back in about 15seconds by hitting it with a hatchet right at the screws. I finesse the hits and have never yet broke the CRT glass.

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Dan April 15, 2012 at 11:27 pm

How much, on average, is a single tv worth in scrap metal? How much does the yoke weight? who will take the metals in the circuit boards?

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ScrapMetalJunkie April 16, 2012 at 3:01 am

Every computer monitor and tube TV is different. A good estimate will be at least $5 of metal, and vary rarely it will have $15. The circuit boards are bought whole by most scrap yards, but they can also be sold on eBay or to special e-scrap merchants. The yoke needs to get broken up to harvest the copper before selling.

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Dan April 16, 2012 at 2:44 pm

What are the capacitors made out of? Are they worth anything?

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ScrapMetalJunkie April 16, 2012 at 9:25 pm

The standard capacitors are made of an aluminum shell filled with aluminum foil and oil, but there are many different types of variations.

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Gerald Myers May 25, 2012 at 6:14 am

Learn from my mistake: Plugged it in, worked like crap and decided to scrap without reading what to do, and got a good shock. IT HURTS TRUST ME!

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Rick May 28, 2012 at 4:55 pm

What is the “Probe” that is attached to the yoke, which protrudes into the CRT. Type of metal?

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cory May 30, 2012 at 4:19 am

I definitely just electrocuted myself pulling a RCA tube TV I picked up on the side of the road. The red wire that goes into the TV that has a rubber protecter I pulled back and it shocked the crap out of me…forget scrapping TVs.

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yousef May 31, 2012 at 8:14 pm

hi there …
i wanna to ask if the Broken Lead Glass can be sell and how much per/ton?
i have 100 ton of Broken Lead Glass and i dont know how to sell it and whom going to bay it ?

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John July 14, 2014 at 9:53 am

Do you still have the 100 ton of Broken Lead Glass?

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Chris June 25, 2012 at 5:49 am

I have a question about the old flat screans, While taking them apart I noticed that the said something about X-Ray Radition. Should i be concerned?

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Thatoneguy June 25, 2012 at 4:23 pm

I heard from somebody a long time ago that some newer tvs that are 3d have small amounts of platinum in them. Can this be confirmed?

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keith September 20, 2012 at 2:49 am

i have come across alot of red copper, what grade would this fall under?

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User October 10, 2012 at 1:21 pm

The red colored copper usually used in the degaussing coil of the TV is most likely just aluminum coated in a varnish and not copper at all.

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ScrapMetalJunkie October 11, 2012 at 7:58 pm

My experiences don’t exactly agree with you. I find copper degaussing could far more often than aluminum ones. The dark red colored varnish is, however, a tell tale sign that the wire is aluminum underneath.

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marvin stone October 18, 2012 at 10:04 pm

have 300#-400# tv boards & 200# of computer boords & chips, ect. . like to know who will buy them at a fare metal price, such as gold, silver, etc.
thank you,
marvin stone

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jose November 11, 2012 at 10:10 pm

is there gold on lcd tv’s ?

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danielle November 14, 2012 at 12:34 am

ok as silly as this may sound to you because i havent a clue wtf im talking about lol… i just found a tv disassembled in a alley.. the “circut board”? drew in my attention. i thought what a badass charm bracelet i could make with its different shapes and colored thing a bobs.. brought it home pulled em out carefully one by one.. the smell was comparable to a electric fire and now i have a incredible headache.. so my question is did i just expose myself to some heavy duty toxins and theres no way in hell i should be wearing a braclet made of the stuff or is the green circut board where the problem lies ooor.. am i just being a hypocondriac and need to knock it off already lol.. thanks for any and all help :)

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ScrapMetalJunkie November 20, 2012 at 10:43 am

You’re fine! :)

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Towjim June 25, 2013 at 7:19 am

They’re right, you should have no ill effects from this, but in the future, the time to ask about something you’re not sure of is before you expose yourself to a potential hazard. I’ve owned my own recycling business for over 10 years now, and I’ve seen things you would never believe people would do. That’s why I am all for the manditory licensing and insuring of recyclers. I worked as a consultant for a guy on a large machine shop job that once I saw how he did business, I cut ties and ran. He was recycling all the machines from a machine shop and started dumping all the oil and coolants in a hole in the ground outside, and was using cutting torches to cut ccopper and brass without resporators. He put 3 guys in the hospital with inhalation copper poison with no insurance. The land owners were then responsible for all of it. After a year of EPA & OSHA investigations and tens of thousands of dollars in fines, the owners called my company in to finish the job. I removed all the oils from the machines and recycled it for $.75/ gal at 6000 gallons, gave the coolant to another machine shop, and had the project complete in 2weeks. I guess what I’m saying is that if you don’t know what you’re getting into, you can do more harm than good.

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phD John. November 16, 2013 at 12:09 am

You condition is probebly caused by Flame retardant on the pcb.
It can cause anything from breathing problems, itching and headaces.
Always use gloves when salvageing and try to use some kind of mask when dealing with older electronics.

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David November 29, 2012 at 3:27 pm

Lately I’m seeing loads of TVs by the roadside as people switch to flat screens, and on all of them it looks like people are simply breaking the back shell and snapping the yoke off the tube–perhaps by kicking it. I assume they’re getting $3 to $5 for the yoke alone…does that sound right?

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ScrapMetalJunkie December 3, 2012 at 7:37 am

The yoke in a TV is very small compared to a Scrap Computer Monitor. They are generally not even getting $3 for the TV yoke, more like $1.50. The rest of the copper can be found in the Scrap Degaussing Cables.

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bluezone cowboy December 5, 2012 at 6:01 am

I don’t know where you guys (and gals) are from but in my neck of the woods certain scrap yards buy the tv’s and crt’s whole or still buy them after you have stripped them because they buy them for the picture tube. I got lucky and found this out just before bringing a load to the dump. Just wanted to make sure you check so you can make some extra money and save the room in the dumps.

Cheers
Bluezone Cowboy

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ScrapMetalJunkie December 6, 2012 at 1:57 am

Can you give us an example of a yard? Specific yards?

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bluezone cowboy December 6, 2012 at 3:32 am

I live in Ontario Canada. I was given a price of 6 cents per pound for unstripped tv’s and 3 cents per pound for stripped ones from Attar Metals in Fort Erie and Mississauga Ontario. But I tripped on a place called Shift Recycling in Mississauga that paid me 12 cents per pound I sold 526 pounds of tv’s for 63.12 I hope this helps you out. And by all means let me know if I can help more. Thank you for your informative site. I am trying to find a place to sell heating elements right now. :)

Cheers
Bluezone Cowboy

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Seth Huttner December 28, 2012 at 5:39 pm

I have found it not to take me very long to unwrap the degaussing cables. After they are free of tape, the copper is easy to fold up in order to keep it all in one small chunk.

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bluezone cowboy December 30, 2012 at 1:14 am

I personally have found that I can take an olfa knife and carefully but quickly (took a little practice) :) slice the tape cover of the degaussing cable right down the center. It comes off quickly and doesn’t leave a big mess. And to add to ScrapMetalJunkie’s comment, I have found purple colored wire in them and it too is aluminum. Once you have scrapped enough tv’s you can pretty much tell by the weight before you strip it.

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xtropicox January 5, 2013 at 11:16 pm

HOTEL RENOVATIONS

Perfect way to come up on a couple hundred crt tvs. Now with the help of metaljunkie I make money 2 ways, the removal and the recycle ;) . There is actuallya scrap yard here in Baltimore City that buys the whole tv. Too bad my competitors won’t give me the info but I make more tearing them apart. Plus its good practice for my 3 sons. They love unscrewing my electronis. Makes my cicuit board collecting easy. Oh and the cpu thread taught me something to put me ahead at the scrap yards. I’m now buying complete pcs from other scrappers for steel prices and selling all but the cpus for parts online. Power supplies, fans a nd ram go quick online.

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RHINOMAN November 18, 2013 at 10:15 pm

Where are you using to sell the pc parts. I’d rather do this than see them end up as scrap.

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matt January 12, 2013 at 3:02 pm

what do i do with the tv after i take the scrap metal out, how do i dispose of it, it cost like $5 in my area

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luis January 24, 2013 at 8:17 pm

I was dismantling a tv and I accidentally broke the thinner tube of the tv and heard some kind of gas being released. I was doing some research but could not find an answer that satisfied me. My question is, what was that sound and is it harmful?

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ScrapMetalJunkie February 17, 2013 at 5:30 am

This is a very common question, but I understand why it concerns you. Actually, you have nothing to worry about; there is no gas in the tube, but rather a vacuum. The sound you are hearing is air rushing into the broken tube, not gas being released.

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Shane February 25, 2013 at 3:02 am

Very helpful

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Adam March 8, 2013 at 3:23 am

when i was young, about 14yrs old i pluged in a tv i found in the garbage. not knowing the dangers it held inside i opened it up and stuck my hand in and touched the cooper around the back of the tube. It was shocking me so bad i felt like it was taking my life away, the worst part was that i was trying to pull my hand away and couldn’t,it was like having both your hands slamed in the car door and no one around to help,it was so bad i dont even think i could scream.
it’s something i will never do again, i feel i’m very lucky to be alive.

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xMachineC0r3x February 8, 2014 at 1:34 pm

you ARE lucky. i’ve only been shocked minutely a few times. nothing too strong.

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Hank March 15, 2013 at 7:25 pm

For the record getting rid of those pesky picture tubes, Leaving them for the most part in one piece is the way to go. putting them in the dumpster then they are no longer an issue.That’s how it’s done. I’ve found several sites online with companies that purchase all manner of plastics, all you need do is type ( companies that purchase plastics ) and you’ll get there toot-sweet. Aside from that companies that also purchase the mother boards of any electronic device can also be found using the same method. Just F.Y.I..

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Steve June 23, 2014 at 8:59 pm

A scrapper grabbed my big picture tube about 2 hours after I put it out. They must have some value because they took it really quick.

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Janie May 17, 2013 at 12:14 am

I was taking copper wiring out of something I was chucking (an electric kettle), and not wearing gloves. Now my hand feels funny, kind of tingly, especially the hand I pulled the wire with, all the way to the elbow. Do they coat the wiring with something noxious? I can’t find any online source that suggests that would be the case, but it doesn’t seem unreasonable.

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geedavey May 17, 2013 at 2:31 am

Janie, sounds to me like a ligament slid over a joint and smacked a nerve when you pulled on the wire. Much like a funny bone. I think you’ll be fine.

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Gary June 21, 2013 at 6:35 am

I have done hundreds of tvs and monitors without a shock. The other night I got my first one and it was a good one. On a scale of 1-10 with 10 being a shock from touching a coil wire on a car’s engine to 1 being a static shock I would say it was in the 6 range.

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ian June 21, 2013 at 6:03 pm

Contrary to Scarecrow’s comments, Lead in glass does leach out over time. People can and have been poisoned by drinking alcohol that has been stored in lead crystal decanters. Here is an article that discusses this:

http://www.thenibble.com/reviews/main/wine/lead-crystal.asp

Please keep this in mind while scrapping TV’s!!

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Derek S. July 3, 2013 at 7:02 pm

Is it really true you can mix crt tubes with scrap steel? I was at the dump the other day and the worker told me to put a crt in the steel pile. I looked at him like he was crazy. I threw it in the pile and have been confused ever since.

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sunday akintoye July 12, 2013 at 9:19 pm

AM LOOKING FOR RDLIABLE USED SCRAP

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bubinohio September 7, 2013 at 4:05 am

hey scrap, i really wanna continue scrapping tvs but, i have been shocked 1 time outtta tearin apart 80 tvs!!! i like scrapping and its a nice hobby for me cuz i got unlimited mounts of tvs i can always get near my area!!!! i need to learn how to correctly discharge the tvs cuz i got 3 daughters n a wife n i aint tryin to die over this shit lol my sound dont work on my cp n i also watched the video u had but, im confused and it seems hard to do!!! plz help me

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bubinohio September 7, 2013 at 8:16 pm

i got something from u in an email and i hit the button i was supposed to n now i aint sure what to do!!

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Corey September 16, 2013 at 8:01 pm

Do you take the CRT to best buy after you have cleaned it, or prior too?

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Liz October 18, 2013 at 8:32 pm

I am trying to get rid of a Sony Wega television from the 90′s, this sucker is heavy and I have 29 stairs to walk up any suggestions?
I gutted it and now still left with a heavy tube. I was wondering if I could just take a hammer to it and break it up to dispose of it. I am planning to take the set to a recycle program drop off point, which will be
done tomorrow morning. Help!

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alex October 23, 2013 at 5:23 am

Hey I ran into one that says its got a possible exposure to radiation x. How should I go about working with it if at all?

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John the scrapper November 16, 2013 at 12:47 am

Nice site you have here.
Ive been into scrapping for a few years,
not for the money but to be able to make affordable diy projects.
I must say i find it strange that some states charges people that does
whats best for the enviorment.
In Sweden where i live, leaving stuff to the at the dump is always free.

One important thing to remember when scrappping Tvs and other electronics is that they contain
Everything from Mercury, lead, beryllium and phosphor, and ladt but not least
flame retardant. All of these are very toxic, and when bending cutting etc toxic dust can spread .
If the if the crt glass is broken there will be lead/glass dust all over.
Even if leaded (crystal) glass is still used its not considered safe for storing fluids etc.
As lead will leak from the glass.
The same goes for ha ing it in landfills where “acid”rain etc helps the proccess.

Always use eye/mouth protection and ofc gloves.
Try not to keep electronic scrap inside your housr.
Mop the floors of your working area as often as possible and dont use a vacumcleaner when problems occur.

Keep up the good work and please excuse my spelling.

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HB November 16, 2013 at 1:19 pm

Guys, Hello All… I have just gone into scrap metal business in McAllen ( The so called Valley)… feels like someone threw me in the ocean and now I am trying to stay afloat … ….. will be coming back to read very often ….

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M.E.G. January 3, 2014 at 10:29 pm

To answer concerns about whether lead contained in something (like a CRT) is hazardous or not, EPA requires a TCLP (Toxicity Characteristic Leaching Procedure) test. This is a laboratory analysis to determine if certain toxic metals leach out of a material and the concentration level. If the TCLP level is lower than the established EPA levels, then that particular waste stream is not a hazardous waste. If the TCLP results exceed the established EPA levels for the eight toxic metals, that waste stream is a hazardous waste when commercially generated. Household waste is not required to comply with TCLP standards per EPA regulations. However, local or state regulations vary which may be more stringent than federal regulations. So each scenario of how the waste is generated needs to be assessed per all applicable regulations and guidelines.

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Jackalope January 25, 2014 at 5:44 pm

Found this page after recounting a past experience:

Years ago, as a (foolish) teenager, my best friend & I took his grandmother’s *ancient*, *huge* CRT-TV to the dump. This was one of the biggest TV’s money could buy in those days, complete with the big wooden enclosure around it, making it about the size of a dresser.

Naturally, being teenage boys, we decided to demolish it for fun. As it was early January, we had a good-sized Christmas tree trunk in the same load, & I tried using it as a ram to break the CRT. No dice; that glass was bulletproof, (or so it seemed.) I also tried swinging the tree trunk like an oversized club, also to no avail. It was about then I got an idea: I knew from physics that speed should prove more effective than strength, (also that hardness would prove important,) & I happen to have a long, heavy chain (~20′ of 2″ links) in the back of my truck that I used for securing machinery during transport. I retreived it & faced off with this stubborn TV, now become a challenge to my manliness, lol.

When I drew back, I gave it all I had, trying to get as much of the length into action, & sprang forward with my whole body, like something out of a God Of War videogame cut-scene.

****KEE-RACKKK!!!*** *hurrghh*

As soon as I managed to destroy the television, my right leg convulsed as though it were trying to separate itself from the rest of my body. I dropped the chain & fell to one knee, hands on my thigh. I knew what had happened, but it had been such a surprise: Who knew a CRT was really a huge capacitor? Well, not us, that’s who. But we do now, & so do you.

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GratisCon14 March 30, 2014 at 8:47 am

ScrapMetalJunkie, first time ive tried scrappin a tv and just went at it without any research, just knew that you could get a lil copper out of them, bt while doing one I accidentally fell into and broke the vacum seal and it sounded like it was releasing air/gas or something out of it. i was doing this in my basement and was wondering if its safe and if my house is safe? And how do You know if it is or isnt? Was reading different articles and its said it could release poisonous gases such as Camdium and other toxic elements..

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Steve June 23, 2014 at 8:54 pm

I scrapped my old wide screen from the 80′s and all I have left is about 4 circuit boards and the wooden shell that is about 5 ft high. What do I do with the wooden part? Thanks

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