DPRG List  

[DPRG] Its about materials

Subject: [DPRG] Its about materials
From: Quinones, Jose jquinones at ti.com
Date: Thu Feb 25 06:21:32 CST 2010

Hi Group,

I am going to give these guys a call today again as it is pretty much clear it was a misunderstanding. If it is 40 cents a pound, then we are back in business. They did make it clear the material is not considered scrap or junk. They called it "seconds". So I imagine is materials that got cut off from larger pieces and can no longer be sold as NEW.

Will keep the group posted as to whether the place is viable or not, although to be honest with the great deal of places you have mentioned it looks like I have more than one place to shop at. Thanks for all this input!

I am glad my posting resulted pleasing to most of you. Always trying to be as funny as possible in case I get laid off and need to get me a part time as a stand up comedian at the local club. At least I am under the impression I should not get too many eggs thrown at me...

Best regards,

From: Paul Burrell [mailto:peburrell at yahoo.com]
Sent: Wednesday, February 24, 2010 10:57 PM
To: Quinones, Jose; dprglist at dprg.org
Subject: Re: [DPRG] Its about materials

I know it is not Austin, but we have some steel places here (Portland) that sell formed steel (tubes, squares, plates) from $0.40/lb to $0.75/lb.   And yes, some of it is stored outside with a little rust on it.


From: "Quinones, Jose" <jquinones at ti.com>
To: "dprglist at dprg.org" <dprglist at dprg.org>
Sent: Wed, February 24, 2010 9:00:16 AM
Subject: [DPRG] Its about materials
Hi Group,

Sorry to change the subject a little bit, but since (and thanks to all of you) I am now closer to be a PID "expert", I wanted to switch gears from software and mathematics to materials. Specifically, metals.

I went to a place in Denton which I was told has like a scrap yard of sorts in which I can find cheaper metals for my CNC project. They do have a good variety, but apparently they quit the Kinder Garden Chemistry class and are under the impression that outdoors and under the elements is an awesome place to store metals. Which is why this place specializes in Stainlot Rusteel.

I figured I could get some of these pieces at discount and get busy with my sand paper to get the rusteelium out, when I am told the cost for rusteel is $40.00 a pound. Right there my brain was smashed against the fan. FORTY DOLLARS PER POUND??? I lifted one of the rods I was interested and I am thinking it was about 50 pounds. So say about $2000.00 for a piece of rod and rust.

Could this be true? I am positive I can buy an industrial grade rod with all sorts of warranties out from McMaster for way much less. So I know you will be thinking maybe they meant 40 cents/pound. And so I thought as well, which is why I asked again, to a totally different person, and the same $40/pound came to be.

Is this possible and I am tripping, or is Master Rip-off and Metal Con Yard trying to get my paycheck for a few hyperatoms of embellished carbonized iron? Which is of course a molecule... DUH!

What places do you recommend to buy metals? Already went to Garland Steel, which looked more like a MEGA-DUMP in which I feared for my life and Fulton Metal at Denton . My plan is never to return to either of these places, unless I become suicidal and wish for my life to end by acquiring tetanus as a big pile of metal is dropped on me. Could it be that buying this stuff from the web is the best way to go? In Rochester I had a nice place in which I could buy small parts and surplus. How is it possible there is not such a thing in Dallas , a place a few gazillion times larger than Rochester NY will ever hope to be?

As always, thanks for your comments!

Best regards,


-------------- next part --------------
An HTML attachment was scrubbed...
URL: http://list.dprg.org/pipermail/dprglist/attachments/20100225/d9492c1f/attachment.html

More information about the DPRG mailing list