If your job does not require the use of prime materials, you may want to consider using surplus pipe for your next project. Not only will used and surplus steel save you in material costs, but it is also a great way to do your part by helping to reduce the demand for virgin, raw materials within the region. Scrap metal recycling in Southeastern Massachusetts is in high demand, providing manufacturers and other local businesses with a quality supply of options for purchasing used and surplus pipe.
This can be a virtually untapped goldmine for businesses that are willing to think outside the box. When most people think about used steel pipe, they imagine it will be rusted or corroded. In most cases, pipe that has been maintained and utilized properly, will allow it to be reconditioned or recovered to be used in a number of different construction industry applications.
Common Uses for Used Steel Pipe
Used or secondary steel pipe has many applications. It is available in a variety of different lengths, dimensions and styles. Used pipe can be welded, painted, cleaned and cut to the exact specifications FOR your project. This type of steel pipe can be used to create sign poles, dock piles, pipe piling, road bore casings and other structural construction applications. It can also be used for barriers, ballards and bumpers, and for temporary staging work.
Common Topics Involving the use of Surplus Steel Pipe
Surplus pipe in New England is pipe that cannot be sold as “prime” pipe for one reason or another. It can be either new or otherwise unused pipe, such as excess steel pipe leftover from another project. There are a lot of ways to use surplus pipe in the construction industry. Anything that requires a dense under girding to add additional strength or needs to be shored up can use secondary or surplus steel, such as bulkheads or foundations. Similar to used steel, surplus steel pipe can also be used to build sign poles and fence posts, as well as culverts, bridge railings and other types of railings.
Where Does Used and Surplus Steel Come From?
Some of the suppliers of used and surplus piping may surprise you. Because of laws and regulations regarding the classification and uses of used and surplus pipe in New England, much of it is new, unused, excess or lightly used. For example, excess pipe that comes from pipeline jobs that was used to replace worn sections by an energy or utility company qualifies as used or surplus, even if it was never used. This could include lengths of pipe that were never even cut prior to delivery.
Steel pipe that comes from milling operations that cannot be used due to repairs or issues with tolerance due to yields or chemistries, can also be sold as surplus or used materials. Obsolete or surplus pipe that comes from various manufacturers and contractors throughout New England, however, is one of the largest suppliers of used pipe in the area.
Lastly, steel mills that manufacture prime steel pipe quite often generate pipe that for one reason or another is marketed as “excess prime,” meaning, quite literally, that it is brand new pipe but does not have mil certification or “pedigree” paperwork accompanying it, for marketing or other pricing/availability issues.
Where to Get the Best Prices on Used and Surplus Steel
When it comes to used and surplus steel, it helps to go to the experts. Mid City Steel buys large quantities of new, prime pipe from major pipe and steel mills throughout North America, and therefore is able to also buy surplus, reject, or excess prime pipe and steel from those same steel mills and significant cost savings that it can poss on to its customers. Furthermore, Mid City Steel is a sister company of Mid City Scrap, one of the largest and oldest scrap metal recycling companies in New England. Because of that reason, Mid City Steel is able to tap into sources of used and demolition and secondary pipe from local demolition and construction jobs and have a readily available inventory of secondary pipe for sale.