I found this microwave (pictured) lying around in the streets, I took it home with me and took it apart, meanwhile, I decided to make an instructable so you can get an idea of how to take apart a microwave and what its parts can be used for.
Step 1: What equipment you will need...
- A set of screw drivers with different shapes and sizes.
- Wire cutters
- Alligator clip
- Hammer (you don't need this unless something needs to be banged apart)
Step 2: Warning!
There is an high voltage capacitor in there that can be still charge and can give out an lethal shock.
Step 3: Begin taking off the cover
Step 4: Discharge the capacitor
You may get an loud "SNAP" (which is unlikely) and that indicate the capacitor is discharged, do this a few more time to really make sure the capacitor is discharged..
And you're done! The microwave is safe to gut out!
Step 6: What to do with all of this stuff?
Step 7: The magnetron
There is hardly any use for this device, but the magnetron have two very large and powerful ceramic magnets! You can hack the magnetron open and extract the magnets and use them for your other projects.
Step 8: The high voltage transformer
The transformer give out 2Kv (2000) AC with outputs of 500mA to 2 amps, far more than enough to instantly kill a person...
The transformer can be put to good use for many high power projects, but most often, people would mod them, and use them to draw arcs for fun... But that is going to be another instructable...
Here is an video of me drawing arcs and lighting sparklers with the microwave transformers.
For some very odd reason, after the sparkler is burnt out, the arcs are much longer, I don't know why it is doing it... Can any body give me an explanation?
Step 9: Capacitor and diode
Step 11: Cooling fan
I used it as a ventilation fan for my workshop to get rid of all or the solder fumes and other smokes...
Step 12: Turntable motor
Step 13: Power relay and light bulb
Step 15: Thermal fuses
Step 16: Safety switches
Step 17: Heating tubes
If you have those tubes, you could use it to make your own heater, or you can salvage the tubes for the nichrome wire (heating element) and use it for some of your other experiments...