I came across a great online tool for house painters and renovators today. The interesting thing is that I was looking at a computer image editing software when I found the tool.

https://photodemon.org/ is a lightweight image editing tool that can be used directly from a USB stick. It is Open Source, and completely free. I was looking at the list of contributors to the software – other software modules that make it work.

Among the list was a software I had not heard of: https://www.easyrgb.com/en/.

EasyRGB provides a unique search engine to professionally handle color data and commercial colors references”

EasyRGB.com

Basically there are a set of tools to help you with paint colours and cross referencing them to different Brand Names.

Just a little picture of how I’m processing these discarded transformers. 

After crushing you separate the copper windings similar to getting the peanut out of the shell to eat – while drinking beer of course!

The end result of 28 transformers in about 3 hours. The steel weight is 45lbs. The copper 9lbs. Using today’s unusually high prices here is the result:

Before ValueAfter Processing
Steel: 45lbs x $0.12/lbs = $5.72
Copper: 9.0 lbs x $4.43/lbs = $39.87
55 lbs x $0.25/lbs = $13.75Net gain: $45.59 – $13.75 =$31.84
Time spent = 2hrs

The last line represents the question: What is your time worth?

You have to recognize that I was “working” for minimum wage – or worse. (Scrap metal prices are quite high in 2nd Q 2022, inflated almost 50% over averages ). I would call it working in the loosest terms since I was doing it my own way [beer / no beer, music loud / music soft ]. I was listening to my favourite show from Twit Networks and having fun. Work? No.

If you plan on doing this for a living, there are much faster ways to process scrap transformers, and these transformers are some of the smallest I have ever broken down. Too small for a full time scrapper to bother with.