Introduction: The Fridge Magnet of Awesomeness!

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This Instructable shows you a new way of repurposing obsolete technology to make a cool looking fridge magnet that can also be used as a wall decoration/stud finder.

Step 1: Find an Old 5 1/4 Floppy Disc Drive From an Old PC.

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The component we are looking for is the Stepper Motor coil assembly.

Step 2: Time to Deconstruct This to Extract the Coil Assembly

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Start by releasing the plastic clips with a screwdriver or some other tool such as a paper clip etc.
Separating the metal covers is made easy with the tool I posted previously, alternatively you can use any slim prying tool . Once you have the covers off, you will need a #0 philips screwdriver and a #1-2 philips screwdriver to expose the stepper motor.

Step 3: Remove the Board That Powers the Disc Stepper Motor.

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Use a Flat/Standard Screwdriver to remove the top of the stepper motor. Make sure you are carefull to stay away from the stepper coil assembly as you pry the cover away. I find that the cover and the Circuit board has to be destroyed to remove it.

Step 4: Extracting the Coil Assembly 2

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The First picture shows that the circuit board has been broken. This picture also shows that the stepper coil cover assy has been destroyed . In the second Picture you can see where the #0 philips screwdriver is needed. Pic. #3 shows the Stepper coil assy. on it's own.

Step 5: Stepper Coil Assy... Meets K Razy Magnetism.

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There will be three thin enameled wires that connect the Coil assy. to the circuit board. Tear the coil assy. away from the circuit board. Then add a high powered magnet to the center and stick it wherever you want.

Step 6: Wall Deco's

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Just an example of how these look stuck to the wall.

Comments

AndyGadget (author)2013-11-30

 
I've got several of these pinned to my desk partition where I work, along with the thin ethernet adaptor sculpture and the peeled mouse balls hanging from HDD magnets. 
I haven't checked back yet, but I'm pretty sure I saw a floppy drive stator like this on the side of the Gallifreyan Super Weapon in 'The Day Of The Doctor'.  Nothing can outdo Blake's 7 though - Their Super Weapon was a hairdryer attached to to motorcycle top-box with a curly lead.  BBC props department at their best (within a budget, of course #;¬)

Homepwner (author)AndyGadget2013-11-30

Although I admire your dexterity, peeling mouse balls is not a hobby you want to share with others.

LynxSys (author)Homepwner2014-02-02

I agree. And yet, I'm morbidly curious...

Seriously though, why?

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