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Re: [TCML] MOTs
Do you have a community recycling center, or a junkyard around? Most
scrapyards find MWO's an unattractive item, 'cause it's time consuming
to get the "good stuff" separated from the useless plastic and
unprofitable scrap steel. They won't even pay anything for them if you
bring them in around here. I can find two or three ovens in the
dumpster every weekend at my village recycling center, though they no
longer let me scrap them 'cause they are "too valuable" to the village.
I still manage to pick up at least one a week at the curb on trash day,
though you aren't supposed to put them out as trash. Technically, it's
illegal to appropriate trash that's left at the curb here, but there are
a lot of pickers in town who make a nice supplemental income driving
around the neighborhood before sunrise on trash day.
You can run an ad in the local Pennysaver or whatever advertising
newspaper is in the neighborhood, offering $5.00 each for every dead
microwave. Get one of those "Magic Jack" phone hookups for $19.95 a
year, and connect it to an answering machine to collect the phone
responses. Patience is a virtue.
I've found microwave oven transformers listed on eBay for more than the
cost of a whole oven. I don't know how many of them sell at the prices
asked, especially when the shipping and handling charges double the
price. You are probably better off finding your own.
Unfortunately, the days of the 1100 watt transformers are pretty much
over. All the current cheap Asian imports seem to have wimpy little
transformers in the 500-800 watt range now. I have Christmas lights
with more robust wiring that what I'm finding in the current production
However, you can parallel series strings of transformers that are
relatively close in output voltage, and you can get a little more
current out of them if you drive out the magnetic shunt laminations that
you will find in the core spaces between the primary and secondary
On 7/28/2012 6:32 PM, jjr wrote:
On 07/28/2012 12:00 AM, BrianB wrote:
Thanks for the advice but, I live in the middle of nowhere. If someone
here can not help me I will have to go the ebay route.
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