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    Due to get new bathroom next month (not DIY). Means taking out old boiler and copper tank. Lots of people have told me to make sure I scrap it myself and not the builder.

    Good advice but practical realities in life. HOW?

    Will it fit in the boot of a car and do I just drive it to nearest scrap yard and take whatever offered first time?

    Does anyone know roghtly how much they are worth, and is it worth the bother

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    I actually didnt know that!! We got rid of our old boiler and tank when the combi boiler got installed and the installers took it away!

    wont fit in boot but will fit in your car tho id imagine worth about £20

    It's a very good way of annoying your builder, being a heating engineer myself I consider the scrap as part of the job. Are you expecting him to clear the site of the old stuff?

    Just take it to your local scrap yard and they will give you around £50 for it.

    Last year had to replace our tank, local scrap yard weighed tank and received £54 for it (Large tank also no scale inside). Local yard may be willing to pick up, copper is at a premium so don't just give it away.

    pinkleponkle

    Being a heating engineer myself I consider the scrap as part of the job.



    i.e. ripping the customer off even further.

    Original Poster

    £20, not worth the hassle

    £50 and above....will ask builder to knock it off what I owe him !!

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    iglimpse

    £20, not worth the hassle£50 and above....will ask builder to knock it o … £20, not worth the hassle£50 and above....will ask builder to knock it off what I owe him !!



    I look at that as simply a perk of the jerk. Obviously, their xmas tip money (once they cash it in) will come to several thousand. But a one off, its not worth the hassle and I'd imagine if you asked him to knock £50 off the bill, he'd tell you to dispose yourself. (In fact I'd wager it will be the case, but probably not so polite!)

    its worth £25-30 quid, as its a thin copper shell, the filament in the tank is most of the weight

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    iglimpse

    £20, not worth the hassle£50 and above....will ask builder to knock it o … £20, not worth the hassle£50 and above....will ask builder to knock it off what I owe him !!

    are you serious, you expect the builder to give you the scrap value and spend his time taking it to the scrapyard using his diesel, you have no idea about econonics have you ?? unbelievable

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    Recently a contractor was asked to take down two large steel chimney stacks at work, I can't even begin to think how much they got for scrapping the metal.

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    lumoruk

    Recently a contractor was asked to take down two large steel chimney … Recently a contractor was asked to take down two large steel chimney stacks at work, I can't even begin to think how much they got for scrapping the metal.

    probably costed in and covers the cost of the haulage etc , I often take out aluminium windows and doors and the customer expects it all taken away and disposed, for this I pay for a waste carriers license, and the scrap money I see as a perk for doing my bit for the planet ie recycling materials

    Its a bit of a grey area, it is by law your property unless otherwise stated in the builders contract, but the builder will have in his mind that its £50 in his back pocket and by you asking him for it means hes lost £50 he thought he had.

    Ask him about what he does with the scrap as if hes taking the boiler our theres proberly more scrap to go with it and say you have been told to weigh it in yourself.

    If hes honest ask him if he will go halfs with you on the scrap, let him do the work and take a small cut of the profits or find a small job that needs doing in the house and use the scrap as a swap.

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    just whack it with a club hammer so it fits in the boot. its not hard.

    Original Poster

    Whoah........do these things mean nothing these days...!!

    I obviously tried toooo hard at being sarcastic...or have I hit a raw nerve?

    If a customer wanted to keep the scrap then that's fine but dont expect me to rip it out then. I would work round it, and don't expect me to clear site either.
    Edited by: "pinkleponkle" 5th Aug 2010

    pinkleponkle

    If a customer wanted to keep the scrap then that's fine but dont expect … If a customer wanted to keep the scrap then that's fine but dont expect me to rip it out then. I would work round it, and don't expect me to clear site either.



    Lol you serious?

    Ah well, at least we don't use you eh.

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    pinkleponkle

    If a customer wanted to keep the scrap then that's fine but dont expect … If a customer wanted to keep the scrap then that's fine but dont expect me to rip it out then. I would work round it, and don't expect me to clear site either.


    there shouldnt be any scrap if you dont rip it out lol. Good luck working around a copper tank whilst replacing it at the same time.

    Glad you're not my plumber with that attitude!

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    csiman

    there shouldnt be any scrap if you dont rip it out lol. Good luck working … there shouldnt be any scrap if you dont rip it out lol. Good luck working around a copper tank whilst replacing it at the same time.Glad you're not my plumber with that attitude!



    You do have to wonder sometimes how some self employed people get any work!

    I cannot believe he just typed that tbh.

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