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If you have been steadily growing a collection of scrap metal to sell on to a dealer, you need to ensure that you have properly cleaned it before selling to ensure that you get the best price possible. Some scrap yards are also known to reject metals that are overly dirty, as it adds extra weight (which they then have to pay you for) and it is very detrimental to the melting process of the metal.
If you ever come across the need to melt down some copper wire perhaps you want to create something new out of your scrap metal or you need to attach the wires to another metal surface - you may look at the wiry strands and wonder how on earth you hope to achieve this.
When brass is worked, through bending, hammering or shaping, it can start to harden and become increasingly difficult to work further. If your brass has gotten to this point but you still need to finishing shaping it, you will need to temper the metal in order to return it to its softer state. This process involves heating the brass to a point where the atoms are energized enough to rearrange themselves back into layers and then cooling it.
When it comes down to it, there is a lot about scrap that people just never knew before. This has led to all sorts of misconceptions about the selling and buying of scrap, as well as many myths surrounding the metal's worth. In order to sort out the real from the fabricated