Two solid weeks I spent chopping leftover rebar into 4' lengths, after talking scrap steel prices with a recycler in Las Vegas.(They give the best price if the rebar is 4' or shorter.) I decided it was worth trailering these up to him, so I bent my back to the task.
I made a rack and stacked up 4 piles, 1000 lbs. each, about half of what I chopped up. My trailer is rated to carry 5K, so I thought I'd better not push it. #6 rebar, 3/4", weighs 1.5 lbs/ft. I weighed one of the 4' pieces, and my digital scale said 5.8 lbs. Close enough. Two trips.
A friend of mine suggested I check scrap prices in Victorville, California, just to keep the Vegas guy honest. So I called Victorville first. They weren't interested, in spite of their Yellow Pages ad that said they were. Hmmmmm. OK, so I call the Vegas guy and ask him what his current price is. He said, and I quote, "The market is in freefall. I'll buy your rebar, but you won't like the price."
So I caused a commodity market crash, all by myself. Now, if I could just figure out how to crash the market for politicians, the Military-Industrial Complex, Welfare-as-we-know-it, Welfare-as-Corporations-know-it, etc., well then, I could call it a day.
Posted by Dave