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Any safety issues dismantling these various pieces of equipment?

I was asked to haul these away and dismantle for metal content. I don't think any are computer related. I know computer power supply and monitor can have safety risk.

Any others you see here?

Large gel-cell type batteries, each close to 100 pounds.

Uninterruptible power supply with copper wire, transformers, aluminum case.

Microfilm reader.
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Dirtpatch-JenkinsCommented:
Dont mess with the batteries, call local sanitation dept. and they will tell you how to legally dispose of them in your area
The rest is ok, be careful with the power supply unless you know for certain its not charged - and even then, be carefull as capacitors can retain power for a while.
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dbruntonCommented:
Microfilm reader - none that I am aware of

Uninterruptible power supply - may be batteries in them so disconnect and remove them, capacitors may still hold a charge but that depends on how long since used.

I suspect a monitor would be more unsafe than the previous two.

Can't speak about the batteries.
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nickg5Author Commented:
The power supply is estimated to be 150 pounds so it is a big one.
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Dirtpatch-JenkinsCommented:
Take the supply apart, and salvage what you can, but take the battery in it  to an approved dump site or recycler.
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dbruntonCommented:
>>  The power supply is estimated to be 150 pounds so it is a big one.

The battery will be a good proportion of that weight.  Your UPS manufacturer may recycle the battery.  Have a read of http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2011/02/ask-ars-what-do-i-do-with-a-dead-ups/
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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
"Computer related" is not the key, at least not in California.  You need to take all but the microfilm reader to an approved recycling place.  More info about E-waste: http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/Electronics/

Batteries and large capacitors are in the category of Hazardous Waste.  Batteries of that size use sulphuric acid as the electrolyte which can cause very serious burns.  Large capacitors have an electrolyte in them also but I don't know what it is these days.  Do Not try to open them.  It is illegal to put them in the regular garbage.
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nickg5Author Commented:
Our local scrap yard buys all the above. They are headed there.
Anything they can not take will bne taken to one of our re-cycle centers which do take batteries such as car batteries.
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nickg5Author Commented:
Moderator, I have been unable to changes points from X to Y on all my threads since last week.
What is the fix?
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dbruntonCommented:
Post that question here nickgs

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Community_Support/

You'll probably get the question answered quicker there.  And post a link to here http://www.experts-exchange.com/Hardware/Misc/Q_28350435.html#a39826963 as well when you do.
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nickg5Author Commented:
The power supply had been out of service for over a year. It took me close to an hour to get the transformer out and I can not even pick it up it's so heavy.
All the equipment is dismantled and headed to the scrap yard.
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nickg5Author Commented:
All of it was accepted by a scrap metal yard that buys all types of metal and batteries.
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