Introduction: Fun With a Heat Sink: Geekify Your Home

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I salvaged this green anodized heat sink a while back. It was too cool looking to throw away, so I tossed it in my box of parts. Today, while adding more to the box, I noticed it and got to thinking how it could be used. My first idea was sorting mail on my desk, then it just went from there to the kitchen, bath & my mini art collection of ATC's.

There's many ways to remove heat sinks from old pc component boards. It all depends on how they're attached. Sometimes they have screws, clips or sliders...or any combination of those. Some heat sinks have solid fins, rather than the pegs like mine. The pen holder idea won't work for those, but the other ideas should work fine.


GrumpyOldGoat (author)2010-01-03

When soldering LED circuits, bend one fin out a little and use an alligator clip to clamp the LED to it.
It makes a stable holding platform as well as an awesome heatsink for the little guys.
How many LEDs have you fried this week?

Great Instructable.

Tayl90mm (author)GrumpyOldGoat2010-01-29

one led is gone because of me this week...  T.T

GrumpyOldGoat (author)Tayl90mm2010-01-29

I ended up cutting a fin from a heatsink into a strip the same width as the alligator clip mouth, and a short taper to about 1/16th inch and epoxied one to each jaw of the alligator clip.
Now I have a heatsink that isn't a pain to work around.

Tayl90mm (author)GrumpyOldGoat2010-09-30

I love it!

incorrigible packrat (author)2008-03-13

Here's another use: Stem holder for ichibana flower arrangement

You mean i/ke/bana.

I've seen both spellings...  Quick check...  Wiki and ebay both seem to prefer the ke spelling.  Can a person edit previous posts?

Didn't mean to sound harsh, it's a popular misnomer. Just thought I'd point it out. I like the idea, anyway. :)

Not sure if edit is possible here.

Robot Brain (author)2008-03-12

How about if you glued the bottom to a flat stick and used it as a hair brush?

dfc849 (author)Robot Brain2008-06-12

Ha! Trust me, they don't work =/

ReCreate (author)dfc8492009-02-07

processors do though,but don't go and rip out your Intel duo core 3.5GHz processor to do it (did i say it right? )

dfc849 (author)ReCreate2009-02-07

Ahaha, yes. Very true, processors make nice hairbrushes.

dombeef (author)dfc8492009-04-09

Yeah They do , I even have one right now

arduinoe (author)dombeef2009-04-24

processors ? , the pins !! lol

dombeef (author)arduinoe2009-04-24

Yeah.... lol

Zippy_Pyromaniac (author)2009-01-19

Back scratcher?

balisticjoe (author)2008-06-13

I have one just like that, witch I use to hold preset slides for my microscope. great Idea.

gmjhowe (author)2008-03-13

you missed my favorate use! Cable holder! stick it to your desk, then use it to stoop cables falling down the back! Great slideshow btw

dfc849 (author)gmjhowe2008-06-12

Hahah! I was reading through the comments and was planning on posting that exact idea. I've been using the heat sink since I got my HP DV6400CTO in August 2007. Great Instructable, sideways! Each creative idea displayed in the pictures is very clear to understand, and was a quick, easy project.

sideways (author)gmjhowe2008-03-13

Thanks :) The cable holder is a great idea. I had another idea.....use one for a soap dish. The pegs/fins will hold the bar up above the surface so the water drains away. And usually the sinks are made of non-rusting metal, so the water hurt it.

gmjhowe (author)sideways2008-03-13

neverending possibilities.

Scammah (author)2008-05-09

I was able to salvage a heat sink and something else kinda similar to a head sink from an old xbox. They weren't a cool color like yours so I Just painted them instead.

rodlundd (author)2008-03-21

Strap some to the bottom of some shoes and walk on ice.

!Andrew_Modder! (author)2008-03-12

i use my salvaged playstation 2 heatsinks i welded together as a big drink coaster lol . (did this a while back, and i still use and love it!)

sideways (author)!Andrew_Modder!2008-03-13

Heh, sounds like you've got the mother of all coasters. You've given me another idea.....put some cork or felt on the bottom, use a sink for a hot pad to keep hot pans off a table surface.

!Andrew_Modder! (author)sideways2008-03-13

ya that works to

GorillazMiko (author)2008-03-12

Heat sinks are so cool! I might have to do this once I get some salvaged, great job. +1 rating.

Enventer (author)2008-03-12

This is cool! Now I have a use for my heat sinks...though they are not as classy as yours.

PocketSized (author)2008-03-12

They are some cool ideas. It's about time I started using my heatsinks for something useful... Nice One!

stonehenge360 (author)2008-03-12

I love those things but I never knew what to do with them! +1

sideways (author)stonehenge3602008-03-12

Metal prices have gone up, esp copper and aluminum. If you have a significant amount weight-wise, might be worthwhile taking them to a scrap metal place. Or....hold onto them and when sinks go up a lot in price, sell them on ebay.

Tool Using Animal (author)2008-03-12

I have that exact same heatsink, I used to use it as a business card hlder when I had a job.

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