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Where to get basic materials

Anyone know a site that lists what household item contain useful materials to use in various instructables? I'm not explaining it too well but I live in a small town and can't get many of the materials needed to make things like the LED cubes, so I was hoping there was a site that tells where I can find things like LEDs, 100 ohm resistors or momentary button switches in everyday objects. like NiChrome wire in toasters or 330volt capacitors in disposable cameras.

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Kiteman9 years ago
Momentary button switches - behind the buttons on the front of a VCR.
guyfrom7up9 years ago
switches: pretty much every electric device ever made LEDs: many things that have a status light, like a tv or a printer or a camera or a stereo, etc. resistors: any electronic device, no definite thing just has a 100 ohm resistor, you have to look for it clear stuff: glass (not to good though) from pixture frames. hard packaging that stuff comes in, like hdmi cables.
grantdevine (author)  guyfrom7up9 years ago
those are just examples from one project though, I have another half dozen on this site and a handful from other sites which involve materials that I can't get
Try grouping what you want in a google search.

A lot of what you are asking for is found by tearing stuff apart and looking (and knowing what you are looking at). Start with a resistor color chart so you know what you are looking for, and start deconstructing junk.

black=0,brown=1,red=2, orange=3, yellow=4, green=5, blue=6, violet/purple=7, grey=8, white=9 gold=+/- 5% silver=+/- 10% no color=+/- 20% (color)(color)(10color)
lets see relays: look in power supplys inductors: radios resistors: anything really capacitors: again a power supply is a good start plexiglass: just buy some cheap acrylic. its 16 dollars here for 4 square feet. dont buy lucite unless your doing a fish tank mod, and dont buy lexan unless you need its property's
jknight9 years ago
Are you looking to buy online, or find a store to pickup your items?
grantdevine (author)  jknight9 years ago
I'm after a site that'll list what household items hold components that are useful to building many instructables, motors, leds, capacitors, etc