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Are there any good electronics shops in New York City to go to? Im looking for like components resistors capacitors switches encosures etc etc. And I will be around times sqaure and manhattan.

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randofo (author)2009-03-20

This is a secret (I guess not anymore)... I think its 269 Canal St... there is a booth in the back of one of the flea markets that sells knock off luggage. They sell ICs, transistors and components. There should be a small sign that says "VCR repair" hanging in the front of the market. You may need to argue about (watch) the pricing, but he has a large selection. This place was still there last I checked a year and a half ago. Argo Electronics on Canal St has some random junk if you're not looking for anything in particular.

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Lithium Rain (author)randofo2009-03-29

Canal St! My favorite place to shop (maybe just my favorite place, period) ever! :-D

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caitlinsdad (author)Lithium Rain2009-03-29

I won't ask how many "designer" handbags you own...

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Lithium Rain (author)caitlinsdad2009-03-29

Hehehe. The last time I was there, all I got was an "I <3 NY" T-shirt (size small). Classic white with red heart and black lettering of course. I miss the city now! :D

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caitlinsdad (author)Lithium Rain2009-03-29

If you need anything, let me know...but then again, I don't know if FEDEX delivers to secret locations like the Fortress of Solitude or the Bat-cave.

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jackillac92 (author)randofo2009-03-20

Yeah last time i was there I wandered in and bought a couple LEDs from him nice enough guy

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randofo (author)randofo2009-03-20

Oh... and the NYU computer store has a small section. Ask for the ITP physical computing stuff. There used to be a robot shop in the 80s... they mostly sell robot kits for rich kids.

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caitlinsdad (author)2009-03-18

Sad to say, even in a big city like like New York, there really aren't any good electronics part shops. The leap to available and affordable PCs in the 80's probably brought down the hobbyist electronics tinkerer with disposable consumer goods. Back then, Radio Shack was the place to get parts (then Tandy, Lafayette) and the electronics junk stores on Canal Street were the place to go to get parts (tubes and VCR components). There may be one left but not even worth going to unless you want some old B&W; CRT or 8-track car stereo. Most people order online (mouser, jameco, digikey) and can get good prices including shipping. Besides, it justs makes it harder for terrorists to get parts to build something here. Good luck.

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caitlinsdad (author)110100101102009-03-19

Back in the day...kids had hobbies that made you think. I learned a lot by watching my brother who tinkered with HAM radio stuff. The great space race to the moon fueled our interest in rocketry. Ask any kid how any part of their DS, gameboy, wii, or video game works and they wouldn't have a clue where to start. I don't see Cooking Circuits as a game. Walk into a Radio Shack, it is 99% consumer junk. Yeah, really sad.

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Lithium Rain (author)caitlinsdad2009-03-29

I think part of it is that, to me anyway, electronics is just quite intimidating. It seems like understanding them is too daunting, and I'd need a much higher level of intelligence to genuinely understand precisely how the electronic things I own work. It's not a lack of desire for me, it just seems overwhelming.

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caitlinsdad (author)Lithium Rain2009-03-29

Even a basic integrated circuit (IC) may contain hundreds, thousands or even more repetitive basic building blocks of your basic transistor. You really just need to be able to visualize the path or logic that a circuit takes to understand how something works. Designing one is tougher but most parts are plug and play if you can follow a schematic.

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Padlock (author)caitlinsdad2009-03-29

Hey! That is soo judgmental. I am 13, and I consider myself pretty knowledgeable about electronics.

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caitlinsdad (author)Padlock2009-03-29

OK, I'll change that to ask any kid that does not know about Instructables. And, good for you, you have a thirst for knowledge.

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Goodhart (author)caitlinsdad2009-03-19

Even most of the passive components Radio Shack does have are hidden away in a drawer that only a handful of GEEKS know where to look.

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caitlinsdad (author)Goodhart2009-03-19

What's it down to now, 2 bins for parts? I wandered in there looking for a torroid, just to build a simple joule thief. Parts were all over the place and couldn't find what I was looking for and nevermind asking for help. It's just as bad going to a Home Depot to find the right plumbing repair part...

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Goodhart (author)caitlinsdad2009-03-19

2-3 drawers with about 8 -12 compartments per drawer. Some standard resistors, a few caps, a handful of ICs etc.

Asking for help LOL; yeah, last time I did that at a RS, I asked if they had any 100:50 audio transformers, and the guy pointed to the wall warts in a small display LOL (can you spell W-o-r-t-h-l-e-s-s ? I knew you could). *sigh*

Oh yes, if you have an old plumbing problem to fix, you HAVE to have an Ace hardware (or something similar) in the area or you are doomed. My local Ace still has plumbing some parts from the 1940'-50's etc.

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jackillac92 (author)Goodhart2009-03-29

So our hobby is pretty much screwed then?

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Goodhart (author)jackillac922009-03-29

If you can't get stuff in the mail....yeah. Dumpster diving is still popular in some areas, and there are a LOT of mail order companies, most of them online also, that are fairly inexpensive...

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Brennn10 (author)2009-03-18

I found this: World Electronics 118 W 27th St, New York, NY‎ - (212) 352-1010‎ Give them a call and ask them if they have components.

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jackillac92 (author)Brennn102009-03-20

Thanks I found a place though! Its called "Argo electronics" its on canal street and its a junk dealership yay!

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11010010110 (author)2009-03-18

most of it can be recycled from trash electronics. you dont have to buy

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Goodhart (author)110100101102009-03-18

It is REALLY hard to desolder an old thru-hole soldered IC without ruining it many times. It is nearly impossible to use a heat sink in the process, and if the parts are SOT it can be even trickier.

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gmoon (author)Goodhart2009-03-19

For the old-school packages (pre SMD), you might try grabbing the IC gently with a vice-grip, then hitting the underside with a propane torch. Usually melts all the solder in about a second (too quick for thermal damage), and the IC will pop right off. Probably not something that should be done indoors... @jackillac92: Good luck. I've recycled a lot of components, but couldn't finish most builds without a combination of new and old parts.

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11010010110 (author)gmoon2009-03-19

my way is add solder to the points to make a drop that covers 2 - 3 entries while heating it slam the board with its side on the floor drop gets away and nearly no solder is left on the board (entries are completely free or remaining solder very thin and will break easily) do it on all the entries of the chip and remove it if you make it fast enough and let the chip cool down between attempts it wont be damaged for boards that you dont mind cracking you may throw the entire board on the floor from above

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gmoon (author)gmoon2009-03-19

Oh, I forgot--hold the PCB in bench vice while you're roasting it.

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Goodhart (author)gmoon2009-03-19

Yeah, some of the older boards it is hard to even imagine how they soldered it in the first place without harming the components (and that awful smelling potting material can't be completely removed - blech !).

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11010010110 (author)Goodhart2009-03-19

there is way that usually works with small ics (up to +- 20 pin dip)

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