The widespread function of this relatively valuable metal in this particular form and its important roles in various applications make the search for a good quality copper rod almost as much of a skill as the manufacturing of the product itself. As a general rule of thumb, always make sure that the supplier is accredited with valid certification to ensure the quality provided. Very advanced technological equipment is used in the production of copper rods and several different experts are involved in the various stages of production. Do not take shortcuts with purchasing or fall back on cheaper knock-offs, because it is likely that you will pay the price later on down the line.
Off the shelf or custom made
Because of the many different varieties of copper rod that are constantly in demand, hardware stores and most home improvement stores will usually stock a good number of varieties based on metal density, malleability, rod shape, and length. If your local store does not have the specifications you require it is always worth asking about a custom-made service as they may be able to get the rod you need through a custom order.
If your needs are too specific for a store and ordering from source is essential, the same quality checks apply. Don’t assume that just because the manufacturer seems big that they are certified. Always request a sample to test before having a full batch made. The slightest misjudgment could turn out to be a very costly mistake. Equally, when the final order comes through make sure you check everything for quality and accuracy. Providers should guarantee consistency throughout the batch and will replace any product that is not up to scratch.
Which questions should you be asking?
Whichever source being used, the following checklist should be satisfied before parting with any cash. Are industry certification and standards met? A company that covers standards across more industries will overall deliver a better product. What guarantees are made on the quality of product? This includes its conductivity, a silly point perhaps but worth checking. How do their prices compare to market averages? If prices are noticeably high, what is your extra money paying for? If they are noticeably low, what shortcuts (if any) are being taken to allow the company to sell their copper rods so cheaply?
What is everyone else saying?
At the end of the day, there’s no endorsement better than a satisfied customer and reputable companies will be more than happy to provide these for you. If given the opportunity to contact a previous or existing customer who had a similar order, take it. If you’re not offered this, do not be afraid to ask. Quoted testimonials on a company website or on the front page of their brochure will look impressive and imply transparency but until you know what exactly was delivered to the quoted quality, you really do not know how good the company will be in servicing your needs.
This article on buying a copper rod was supplied by the freelance writer Blizzerand.