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Make A Toy More Quiet

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Every parent knows what it's like when your little one is obsessed with a particular electronic toy, and some of these (especially the really cheap ones) can be downright obnoxious! Here is how to turn down the volume so your little one can still push all the buttons... Without pushing yours.

You Will Need:

-small screwdrivers
-cotton balls
-obnoxiously loud electronic toy

***EDIT: I am NOT an electrician. I have no idea if this is safe to do. A couple of people have commented that placing cotton balls inside an electronic device could pose a fire hazard. DO THIS AT YOUR OWN RISK.
 
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Step 1: Remove The Batteries

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You don't want to zap yourself while disassembling the toy. Plus, it's obnoxiously loud and you're about to pull your hair out. Set the batteries in a safe place out of reach of your child.

Step 2: Open The Toy

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Using a small screwdriver, remove all the screws from the back of the toy and open it up. Obviously, how many screws there are and their locations will vary depending on the toy you are dismantling. Remember to keep the screws organized so you can put the toy back together after.

*** EDIT: be very careful while dismantling/reassembling your toy. Do not pinch any wires. Put everything back exactly how it was. Take pictures along the way so you remember where everything goes.

Step 3: Locate The Speaker

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You may need to remove more screws and some electronic parts to gain access to the toy's ridiculously loud speaker. Remember to keep everything organized. Taking pictures of the process is helpful.

Step 4: Stuffing The Speaker

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Remove the speaker and stuff the speaker cavity with all or part of a cotton ball. This will muffle the sound and make the toy a little more bearable.

***EDIT: some people have commented that cotton balls are flammable and putting them inside an electronic device could pose a fire hazard. Do this at your own risk.

Step 5: Reassemble The Toy

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Replace the speaker, replace all electronic components and close up the toy. Make sure all screws are in the correct locations and are properly tightened. Make sure no screws are missing/have been eaten by toddler.
n01z5 months ago
This seems dangerous..
nalcora5 months ago
This is a terrible idea. Cotten wool balls are extremely flammable and putting them next to electrical connections that can case heat and sparks is a fire hazard. Better of putting in a resistor to limit power to speaker or something
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