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Discussion in 'Gold Silver (All things Metal)' started by essixx, Feb 13, 2011.



  1. essixx

    essixx New Member

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    Hi all, I tried a search but could not find anything relevant to my question. I have 45 pounds of 6 to 8 percent silver solder. Is there a market for it? Is it something worth keeping around? I would like to sell it since it has been around for many years. I picked it up from an old friend who was a plumber and saved all his little bits.
     
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    Silver Buck Gold Member Gold Chaser

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    Doing some maths:

    45 lbs x 12 troy ozs/lb = 540 troy ozs of total solder.

    540 x .06 (6 percent) = 32.4 troy ozs of Silver.

    32.4 ozs x $29.91 (Kitco price of Silver) per oz = $969.08 worth of Silver in your Silver solder (at the least).

    I don't know what it would cost you to get that refined, or how you would go about finding a buyer, but it seems to me that you may want to hang onto it.

    Price of 95/5 Oatley Solder at Amazon is currently at $33.35 per pound.

    45 lb x $33.35/lb = $1500.

    OK - that's enough mathing and thinking on a Sunday morning before coffee. Hopefully someone else can add to this answer.
     
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    Find a local plumber and sell it to him..
     
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    silverblood Gold Member Gold Chaser

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    Silver brazing wire is usually 15% silver. Silver solder can be as low as 3%. Call a couple of refineries and ask them if they'll refine it.

    I have no idea who these guys are, but a search for "silver solder refinery" turned up this site that will take silver solder, and I'm sure there are others: http://www.northernrefineries.com/Materials.htm

    If you search the forum, you'll find some recommended refiners that people here use. Call them and ask. If you can recover 20 to 30 ozt of silver from that 45 pounds of solder, it'll be a worthwhile endeavor.
     
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    Lugnutzpop Silver Member Silver Miner

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    maybe check with a jeweler...?

    I have a bunch of silver from electrical contactors that i melted off the contacts. 10 oz roughly so far, still have about 300 more contacts to melt off.... A jeweler over here will by it, but not sure how much he'll offer this time. Haven't brought any in for about 10 years. We'll see what he says in a few weeks. Otherwise, it's off to the scrapyard with the 120lbs of brass and 200lbs of copper I've collected recently.......having a warehouse with a bunch of old R22 A/C units is pretty nice, even nicer to have a boss that says "scrap those out and keep what you make from them". :)

    -L
     
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    I'll try to post a picture if I can. I was told today that what I have is really silver brazing rod for Repairing HVAC units.
     
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    Mr. Shiny Silver Member Silver Miner

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    You mixed your troys with your avoirdupois.
    It's actually 655.4ozt (total)
    39.3ozt Ag @ 6% Ag content or $1186 (at post)
     
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    Mr. Shiny Silver Member Silver Miner

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    Unless you (he) can prove the solder's alloy, it's scrap. Their are strict rules on the solders you can use for potable water.
     
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    Silver Buck Gold Member Gold Chaser

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    Yes I did mix them. Solder is sold by the pound avoirdupois. I purchase it all of the time (Kester's #44, a most excellent 63/37 blend!). It even states on the roll 16 oz. (1 lb).
     
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    dacrunch Gold Member Gold Chaser

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    I'd call the scrap yards and see what they'd give... dunno if they're equipped for testing it though... Works for brass & copper... They do run through a lot of electronics so they might be equipped...
     

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