Introduction: Scavenging Old Electronics

I rarely buy parts for the project's, I prefer  useing  the old PCB boards as a source of parts.My favorite source of parts are:PC power supply,  devices are placed in a metal container, old RC cars and etc.Many parts are damaged in the process of removing them, so you need to be careful.
Pc power supply can give you nice amount of electronic parts, the metal contanier which can be used as a project box, fan and cabels.
I've saved a lot of money by scavenging old electronics that I bought on flea market.

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Gelfling6 (author)2013-10-31

I've repurposed a LOT of things this way.. I have two converted bench supplies from a 350W & a 200W ATX supplies. I've made tie-down straps from old shoulder belts discarded from a bus yard I used to work for, by simply adding a clip from the camping goods section at Walmart. One thing I keep extracting from a lot of old power supplies, are Opto-isolators, (they look like a IC chip, except only 4 pins on the sides of the DIP. like a condensed version of the 6-pin. :[ ]: ) I've pulled regulators, capacitors, resistors.. It's all like you say, being careful, as parts will damage easily. (just tried to extract 12 small red LED's from a big controller board, and only had 5 survive.. either pulled pins, melted plastic, or over-cooked.) Ground-down IC pins, are a bigger peeve. If they grind down the pins, or cut them once they're soldered, they're impossible to insert back into a breadboard. I've gone from 3 different approaches to removing parts in bulk.. Blowtorch, Propane camp stove, and gasoline camp stove...

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