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There are tons of free copper wire rite under your nose and you dont even know it, hidden at the widest part of a CRT television/monitor held in by springs. There is a square black cable wrapped in tape. What many people dont seem to know is that its full of magnet wire!
All you gotta do is mess up a TV and cut it out. http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-take-apart-TV/

-=please dont comment on the dangers of taking apart TVs and such, that is discussed in the link above. this Instructable has nothing to do with taking apart TVs just an extra thing to get out of a TV when you take one apart=-
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Step 1: You will need

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not much,
a pare of scissors,
a wire spool
and a chair to sit down in and relax for a while.

as well as the wire! 

Step 2: Unwind the tape

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This is the hardest part as well as the most boring!
The tape usually starts where the two wires go in or sometimes about 6 inches down.
You may want to upload a YouTube video before you start because its going to take a long time!
If you want to keep the tape you could wrap it around a pencil or something.
use the scissors to cut excess tape and the two main wires but DONT cut the magnet wire!!!

Step 3: Unwind the copper

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this part is more fun, but takes just as long.
do it however you want, i put the wire over my knee and turned it and wrapped at around the spool. 
As you can see Im not very good at winding the wire but thats cause it takes much to long to do it neatly. 
Different TVs will have different gauges and colors but i like the red wire best.

Step 4: And your done

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now you got tons of wire to make transformers, electromagnets, coil guns, etc. whatever you want with it!
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Wew I love this guy and this instructable.

JeffB291 month ago

Thanks, did it!

JeffB291 month ago
comradekev1 year ago

Yes, but how do you REMOVE the enamel from the wire? it makes the wire worth more to scrap. I've tried lye, denatured alcohol, varnish remover, and other things but nothing works - and some like the lye ate the wire. :(

fire works fine

you can always break the plastic spool with a sledge hammer or whatever you choose and remove the cooper that way vs spending time unraveling .... right?

Cormaxzyz1 year ago
Thanks for posting this. I tried to wind the wire faster by chucking the spool in a drill, which worked great until the whole thing turned into a tangled mess :P
KwamesJunk2 years ago
Thank you for this. However, it kills me to know that I've thrown away so much free wire!
alphatron4 years ago
Im concerned about the lethal voltages that are stored in these tubes for a period of time after they are turned off.Do you know how long you would have to wait before tinkering with one of these tubes ?
And also could you do the same with an old computer tube type monitor?
Length of wait for safety is INFINITE.
ALWAYS use standard tube discharge procedures. I
f you didn't just discharge the tube yourself, it's not safe.
The longest I've seen a tube hold a measurable charge was just under one year...larger tubes may hold for longer. I dunno, and am not gonna risk it.

Dischargiong is SIMPLE, and safe, when done properly. no reason to avoid it.

As to the computer CRT question... YES.
Some REALLY old monitors don't have the coils, but pretty much anything with a VGA connector will. Same tube discharge rules apply to Monitors as to tv's. 
All guns are always loaded and all capacitors are always charged. Rules to live long by.
do you have scrap
Jimmy Proton (author)  jon0023 years ago
I have lots of scrap
.  +1.
.  Waiting for the charge to dissipate is not a good idea - it takes "forever" and doesn't always work well. Follow the procedures to safely discharge the tube.
Jimmy Proton (author)  alphatron4 years ago
Again, this instructable has nothing to do with taking apart TVs. I dont know how long its takes, probably a few months. Any CRT display screen will have at least one.
lemonie4 years ago

Yes, it is a good source.

Jimmy Proton (author)  lemonie4 years ago
did you already have that or did you find it out from this?

I did it months ago, but got tired of trying to wind it neatly on a VHS reel.

Jimmy Proton (author)  lemonie4 years ago
oh, ok. well its better than buying it!
how much
jon002 lemonie3 years ago
do you have junck
rimar20004 years ago
You omit the joke (spanish yugo). It is even a better source of copper wire. 
Jimmy Proton (author)  rimar20004 years ago
yes, i know but this isnt about that.
bout wat
From www.todoexpertos.com:
i want some
i want some
jensenr304 years ago
you "Raped" it around the spool? isn't that a felony?
you fine
watch your spelling
ew u nasty make
Jimmy Proton (author)  jensenr304 years ago
only if you get caught
haha lol
Jimmy Proton (author)  jensenr304 years ago
i blame google spell check! lol
I think that's sort of like the old "over a barrel" proverb, but on a much smaller scale...
jensenr303 years ago
nice. the spelling error was no big deal. I must have just been in a trolling mood that day. great instructable!
kylekosan233 years ago
hey guys heres a way to earn money for all that coppor wire ok take all of it to your local phone copany and they il give u like 20 bucks a pound its fantastic!!
Jimmy Proton (author)  kylekosan233 years ago
wow i have a box full of scrap copper but i dont know where to take it, thanks!
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