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Prisms to salvage?

Any ideas on where I can salvage some prisms? I wondering there is some sort of piece of equipment with prisms in it I might be able scrounge

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Salvage on the net

TearDowns that never get put together, a lot of information on salvage:http://www.opencircuits.com/Free_From_Salvage Links to info on the net.Consider contributing there as well as here.

Topic by russ_hensel  


salvage a radio?

I found an old portable sterio but the cd player and tape deck did not work but the radio did so i took the pc board out that has the radio guts on but now im lost  the wires coming out of it say s/m rch lch gnd +B Has anyone got a clue what thease mean  im guessing  rch and lch is right and left chanal for the speakers but the s/m and +b is throughing me

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Salvage old psp

Im sure someone has thought of this but i really dont know how to do it. I recently got a new psp and now my old one is collecting dust. Is there a way where i can use the parts to make a game system that rely on content in the memory than whatever else it does with umds. if anyone has any ideas let me know

Topic by psychodeathmonkey  


Can these batteries be salvaged? Answered

I was given these two Gel batteries but they are not taking a charge. Is there some way to recondition them so they can be usable again? These were installed in a solar cell  and wind generator remote radio relay tower. They were new when put in. The wind charger was at first hooked up wrong (Not me who did that) and the batteries kept going flat until it was corrected. They did freeze once but after being pulled and brought inside they took a charge and worked just fine. They only had a few months of operation when the tower was blown down and the project was scrapped. The batteries and all the other stuff went into a store basement. Now, 2 years later, I am given these batteries but they will not charge. I don't know what might have happened to them in storage. Physically they are in perfect shape. I left one on a battery charger for 1 1/2 days and its still dead. My meter does show it has 10.3 volts across the terminals but there is no real amperage. The other one I put on a better charger and set it to recondition the battery. It ran for 24 hours and that one is also still dead.  These are sealed, non spillable, maintenance free batteries. Is there any way to bring them back from the dead and get them working again?

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Is this LCD salvageable/usable?

Hi, I got an old piece of scientific equipment from ~1988 to 1991 range. Its got a pretty large LCD and I was wondering if I could use it later when I become better with electronics/hacking. Behind the lcd is a set of 8 (maybe 10, can't recall) HDM44104 chips. The lcd board is connect via ribbon cable to another board with 20 pins to connect to the instruments main board. Any ideas? ================================================================================= EDIT: I did some research and its a 10 pin LCD but how do i figure out the dimensions? Also, the board the LCD directly contains a RAM chip. What's that for? Thanks

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finding and salvageing micro controllers

Hello i was thinking about getting in to micro controller programing and i was wondering if it was possible to salvage (and use) micro controllers from old electronics. If so where should I look for them, and how do I identify to micro controllers I find.

Topic by clasic_traveller_diehard    |  last reply


Salvage a dead laptop screen?

I'd like to reuse the lcd screen from a very dead Dell Inspiron laptop(14"screen) as a remote monitor (wired) for my netbook. I guess what I need is a schematic for the screen leads and to create a power cable and a 15 pin moniter cable. Anyone ever tried this ? Al

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Salvaging copper from transformers?

I am trying to salvage copper wire from transformers. I get these tranformers from old elctronic waste. I wondered if anyone had suggestions or thoghts about doing this. Has anybody on here done this? Thanks

Question by nurdee1    |  last reply


salvaged parts: instructable ideas?

I found a nonfunctional UPS at a church yard sale and was able to salvage the following items: 1 class h transformer (about 5 cubic inches if that means anything) 1network transient protector plug-in 4 4 x 3 aluminum plate heat sinks 4 6v 11a gel-cell pb acid batteries and the circuit board may have some components that aren't fried too. anything practical would be great.

Question by harlyquin    |  last reply


Salvaging Toy Laser Gun?

I have these two old toy laser guns As Seen Here, Overpriced, and was wondering if anyone knows if there is anything worth salvaging out of it. The guns turn on and stuff, but the sensor to "reload" is on the blink, and even I can't set it off, let alone my 4 and 5 year old nephews. Thanks.Btw, what type of "laser" do you think it is ? An infared beam, like a remote?

Topic by Bran    |  last reply


Salvaging an Old Phone Parts

I have an Old Sony Xperia Z3 and used it for couple of weeks. Unfortunately I forgot to cover its port, got wet inside and broke. I wonder if I can still use its parts like the Camera, Speakers, Mic to a new project? Anyone expert in this kind of field?

Question by richardaguilar0305    |  last reply


Salvaged smd micro controlers.

Hello everyone, i just salvaged some great finds i think i have a surface mount PIC16F72-1/SO and a PIC16F877A, plus a few other componets. i am wondering what do i need to be able to program and use these PIC's i have very limited knowledge on micro controlers, i am currently learning with the Arduino UNO. and help would be appreciated. and also i have salvaged some other parts kia324f "quad amp" will this work like the more commonly used op amp's i see in other instructables, ATMEL346 not sure what i can use this for. i have more parts that i am unsure of what if anything i can use them for but i dont want to bother everyone with my list =) ill try and post them a little at a time. and agian thank you in advance for your information.

Topic by omnacron    |  last reply


What to salvage from oven

We're getting rid of our electric oven/ range today because 3 out of the 4 burners don't work. I  figured that in that whole oven, there must be some useful materials, So what should I pull from it, and if you have any ideas, what could I do with it? As you can imagine, search results were very broad when I looked for "Oven" and "Stove". Any suggestions are welcome.

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An Opps Purchase on Ebay Is it Salvageable?

So i have an 1998 dodge ram 1500 i purchase with no power options at all so i got power window regulators and replaced the door panels and bam I've got power windows. and since the door panels had lock buttons i bought some cheap 12v actuators off eBay and wired them up and bam. power locks.. THEN in all my creativity i was like i'll just buy an RF 4 channel kit and make it key-less. so i ordered this kit not realizing what type it was http://www.ebay.com/itm/320783435624?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649#ht_2920wt_1185 to summarize this kit requires you press one button to activate the a channel and press a second button to disable the active channel.. not at all what i was looking for.  Is there any way i can convert the kit i've already paid for into a momentary style. so as long as i'm holding the channel button down its active. ????  here are all the chip/ component numbers. 4x SRA-12VDC-CL 1x  SC2272-L4 - BD25D5D1 1x 9530FH~~~~~~ unreadable some residue on the chip a few caps a few resistors and an LED..  anyone think this is doable or should i just shelf it and get a diff kit?

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Where to find salvagable materials (working or non-working) when there are no salvage yards?

Pardon me if I'm in the wrong forum place to ask, but I don't know where else to look where I live for odds and ends for projects. Short version first--what common places or facilities should I check for cool parts for stuff? To add detail, I am new here but routinely follow this site now and especially the Steampunk category, though this applies to any made thing that has extra things to "look cool".  Ok so if I want old parts or things to represent or look like old  or other things, I would think to check at a scrapyard, salvage center, flea market and Ebay.  My problem is that in my region, there seem to be no salvage yards, only recycling centers that buy specific junk.  Ebay gets expensive and is specific enough to not have any wholesale or discount by volume situation.  I live near the state capital so our flea market is as good as I will get and it hasn't been useful yet. I have read instructables a number of times in which the author writes something like, "I was lucky to find this piece at a local junkyard" or something like that. Am I missing good options to find old or "junk" parts that have junk prices?

Topic by Mechabadger    |  last reply


Recommended tools for salvaging electronic components? Answered

I've been holding on to a couple of old wireless routers and a VCR and am now ready to do some damage and get out the servos and etc. Any recommended tools you would consider 'must-have' when salvaging electronic parts?

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Salvaging parts from a guitar amp.

     I have an AXL Rouge guitar amp that my friend gave me. Either the driver or the amp is messed up because when I plug a guitar in it doesn't make noise. To hear the guitar I have to turn on OD, turn up the gain to 10, and turn the volume to 10. Then it just sounds like a bunch of static with a faint note in the background.      That  being said, I want to try to salvage as much as I can from it to make a new speaker to use with my iPod. I have disassembled the majority of it, and I don't see any major problems inside it except that everything is hardwired/soldered instead of being easy to remove. The cone appears to be in good shape, and I don't see any damaged wires (other than the ones I cut) or any electrical burns or other signs of shorts.       The real reason I am asking this question is to find out what parts would be broken, what would be worth saving, and what I could do with aforementioned parts. Upon closer inspection I noticed that the amp jack does not have a metal sleeve inside, which is probably the reason it had a bad signal.       So yeah, any tips, tricks advice, encouragement, criticism you could give me would be great. 

Question by countryboysc    |  last reply


What is the solution recipe for reverse electroplating gold??? Answered

I have ALOT of pins and boards so I need the ratio of chemicals for the bath of electrolytes

Question by Draconus24    |  last reply


Jewelry - Salvaged Barbie Doll Parts

This is one of the more unique re-purposed jewelry ideas that I have seen.  At first I thought the faces and body parts were photos or maybe paintings.   However, the interesting and comical compositions are created using Barbie parts! The Plastic Body Series designed by Margaux Lange is a jewelry line that combines salvaged Barbie doll parts with sterling silver and pigmented resins. You actually HAVE to check out this link; I am so amused by this!

Topic by Carleyy    |  last reply


What parts to salvage from detectors?

Hey all - at the place I manage I have 15 defective Kidde smoke detectors coming back - now obviously there's something wrong with them but it won't be every part that's garbage. It IS however a good opportunity to get some multiples of same parts.  SO - if this was you and they are in the garbage otherwise..which parts would you salvage?  I'm willing to invest  maybe 2 hours of desolder time.  Other than the resistors and the LEDs, i'm not as familiar with the components used on these boards. suggestions appreciated, This looks like the closest model: http://www.kiddecanada.com/utcfs/Templates/Pages/Template-53/0,8062,pageId%3D28537%26siteId%3D463,00.html

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Broken LCD televisions - Is there anything salvageable? Answered

Hi. My 1st time viewiing this site.  You creative folk out there are AMAZING. I'm a grandma who has no technical training but am fascinated with what can be created by the human mind. I have a 32" and a 19" LCD TV. The 32" was water damaged and the 19" fell over on a brunt object .  The picture on the 32 is filled with stripes and blogs.  The 19" has 3/4 of viewing area - unviewable.  Should I save anything or just get rid of them properly? I used to save the old fashioned small appliances and stuff that got broken for my sons to take apart.  Thats too dangerous nowadays.

Question by Chuza    |  last reply


Where can i get an oscillator for cheap or salvage?

Anything that would work for this instructable:https://www.instructables.com/id/Radio-Jammer/?ALLSTEPS

Question by XOIIO    |  last reply


is there a guide,list or photo pool of parts one could salvage out of stuff your throwing away or see in the trash?

For instance as much of a pack rack as i am, i am getting ready to toss a couple of older cordless phones, an infrared foot massager, tossed an old all in one printer a couple weeks back. if there are good, all purpose usable parts i would salvage  and save the parts.  the foot massager must have  a motor or vibrater.   The cordless phones i saved the 9vdc bricks, i use i lot of stuff that runs off 9vdc.

Question by escapefromyonkers    |  last reply


Where to find a 2 HP Electric Motor?

I am looking to build a belt grinder.  Anyone know where I could salvage a 2 HP Electric Motor?  I initially thought treadmill as you can get them next to nothing on kijiji but depending on if its AC or DC I guess you need a bunch of other things to go along with it.

Question by newfiebackflip    |  last reply


Where can i get a small SCR? Answered

 I checked the Radio shack website and haven't found any mention of SCR's.  I also found out that Radio shack is the only electronics store nearby.  I don't really want to have to order it in because my parents are really finicky about ordering things in and I was wondering if anyone knew of any common or cheap products that carry a small Silicon controlled rectifiers for me to salvage.

Question by DemonicRoss    |  last reply


Do you have any suggestions or ideas on how to convert this clothes dryer into something useful and cool?

I rescued this from the trashpile, and I really think I could turn this into something cool and unique for my mid-century home. I just can't think of anything yet. Do you have any ideas?

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Help me create a salvage/component list

Don't get me wrong I love going to RadioShack to purchase things I need for my projects, but I usually prefer to scrap older or broken electronics for my components. If you've ever scrapped to find a specific component, most likely it takes you a few very frustrating times if that. That's why I am going to create a list to post online or create a webpage for it, you can steal my idea if you wanna create it. It's going to be a list that will be alphanumerically listing: component type/ component part number/ a short explanation/s of what its used in/for, and then electronics that you can find them in. Ex: IC 16-pins         Uln2009           *motor driver         Found in: *manufacturer name* scanner model: #### So if you know any electronics that contain components commonly looked for please post the details here so I can frequently update it for everyone. 

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Were to find salvage yards and decostruction sites?

I have been trying to find some salvage yards and deconstruction sites in my area for some time now,and so far have had no luck.I was wondering if anyone knows of any websites that can tell me where a salvage yard is or of future deconstruction sites?

Topic by Sedgewick17    |  last reply


Is there any way to salvage cell phone parts?

I have an old picture phone that I took apart. Is there any way to salvage the screen and camera without the whole cell phone?

Question by Default117    |  last reply


Need help wiring salvaged electric motor

Hello, I have an electric motor I salvaged from a clothes dryer. I would like to add a three prong plug to it. However, I'm not experienced enough to read a schematic and I can't find any other tutorials that use the same motor. It's from a 2014 Whirlpool Dryer. I need to know where to connect the black, white and green wires. Any help is appreciated.

Topic by ttemple2    |  last reply


External HD using salvaged Laptop HD Answered

I want to build an external hard drive using a Laptop HD, and power it via USB. Is this conceivable? I don't have a problem getting or making an external cover. I'm more concerned with powering it solely from a USB drive.

Question by StickStoneBone    |  last reply


Printer Salvage - What I saw on PCW

So PCWorld has determined that in some cases it is cheaper to buy a new printer rather than new ink.  That means that you can use the old printer's spare parts for all sorts of shenanigans.  Just thought I'd throw that out there so people could scavenge their old printers or their friends' old printers. Here is the original article

Topic by killersquirel11  


Where to salvage/find an External Gear Pump?

Hello, Have a great idea for an instructable but need to find a small external gear pump for water/hydraulic use, it doesn't even need to work! Help would be in the way of what uses these, I think some cars have them but cant find anything on the web so any ideas about where to salvage one would be awesome. Thanks loads Dave

Question by davelarave    |  last reply


How to use these salvaged cell phone parts?

I found a busted up LG Chocolate the other day (it still turned on but it had no network or anything so I took it) and decided to take it apart and use what I could find. What I got was: -A camera -A microphone -A nice speaker (the loud one that the ringtone plays through) -A little silver circle (what is it!?) -And all of the IC's. I really want to know how I can use the camera, can anyone point me in the right direction? Also, the phone has GPS, but I doubt I'll be able to remove the module without destroying it (especially since I don't know which one it is..) And where is the vibrating motor?!

Topic by Login258    |  last reply


Where can I find old salvaged painted wood?

 I'm looking for the type of wood you would see on an old farm house, with the paint peeling off.  Everywhere I try for salvaged wood is just stuff for flooring, but I want something that is beautiful all by itself and I can use to make furniture...  The best stuff would be something very rustic and even damaged.  I keep seeing it in people's yards, but I don't know where I can find it elsewhere.  Does anyone know where to find this type of wood?

Question by noctolater    |  last reply


how would i go about creating an electronics parts salvage list/database?

As everyone should be doing some form of recycling I'm Planning on creating a sort of database of electronic parts and where they could be salvaged them from. I was wondering how I might do it and if anyone else had done this?

Question by cyberraxx    |  last reply


Q: how to remove/salvage fixed magnets from dead HDDs?

Does anyone have any tips for removing the powerful magnets from dead hard drives? I have the hardest time prying them off the metal part they're mounted on once I've disassembled the drive. I've shattered one or two trying to drive a wedge under one with a hammer. Thanks!

Topic by gionwhorphin    |  last reply


DIY Electronic Salvaging Database / Website [team needed]

Hello, I am a web developer by trade and have fallen in love with physically computing things. I use Instructables regularly to gain inspiration for my out projects here at home.  The magic of Instructables, for me, is the sheer massive amount of ways to re purpose our electronics. Some articles here document devices more thoroughly than the manufacturers themselves. When I was following TinkerNut's Instructable to make a 3D printer I had a spark of an idea, and I've never bought electronics the same since. While deconstructing DVD drives, and regular paper printer I was playing the stepper motor lottery. This printer has a stepper, this one doesn't. Well, I can basically walk into a Goodwill now and pick up a stepper motor any time I want now that I know what to look for. When I was following an Instructable to make a joule thief I knew that somewhere in my head of dead tech I had to have a NPN transistor. I just had to! But I had no clue where to begin looking. There were transistors of all shapes and sizes, some with text some without. I learned a lot of different transistors this way.  I am currently working on a Beta for a website I want to make. I don't want to buy the domain just yet until I get some feedback. This is a content driven database so I am looking for some help. Teamwork Makes the Dream Work! The Idea Well, the idea is to create a website / database that you can go to and type in Stepper Motor and be presented with a list of different stepper motors. When you click on a type of stepper motor you will see a list of products that contain this or similar stepper motor. Then you can hit a thrift store (my local Goodwill always has a ton) and grab the right thing, the first time. On this list of stepper motors there will be a list of Instructables using this part. In this way the site will work alongside Instructables to enhance and instruct the community. (note: I hope this isn't seen as a threat by Instructables, because its not) Also, now when buying tech I am able to analyze the product for its value, resale value, and re-purposing value. I can snag a cheap LCD from the Dollar Store or even NPN transistor if need be. Possibilities Users can salvage and sell themselves? Partner with Instructable community? Horde salvaging - (user 1 wants C02 cartridges, (user 2, 3, 4, 5 send cartridges to us (free box) and we send them to people putting them to use. Looking for some people to help me nail down the idea and beta test database functionality. Let me know if you have any ideas or want to join the effort. I really think this could be extremely useful to us who don't like to waste, especially precision instruments such as stepper motors and NPN transistors. This is for way more than just those though. Cheers! 

Topic by AlphaNomad  


How do you figure out polarity for some salvaged circuit components, like resistors, etc? Answered

I took some resistors off a board and noticed that the board said positive at one lead but I didn't pay attention so how do I figure out which is which

Question by phillyj    |  last reply


what can I do with a big sheet of fresnel magnifier plexiglass?

My neighbor through out his old rear-projection television, and I salvaged the pane of  plexiglass with ridges in concentric circles used to magnify? or focus? the image.  I am sure I could figure out how to solar heat something with it.. but I thought you all would like to know that I am open to suggestions.

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I need a project to use up these parts.

This is the slideshow with all the parts i got:https://www.instructables.com/id/Scrapping-A-Lightsaber/

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Suggested projects for older wireless routers? Answered

I'd like to hear your ideas on what can be done with old wireless routers? Any projects you can think of that could reuse the antennas or the internal circuitry? What of the cat5 or USB ports?

Question by pleabargain    |  last reply


Solder sucker?

Hello all.  I had a question about desoldering.  First thing is that I have desoldering wick.  I found out I was using it wrong.  I melted the solder and then placed the end of the wick in the melted solder.  But I watched a youtube video and according to that I should place the wick on the solder and then heat up the wick and solder as one.  But this still has not been working very well for me.  The wick is over a year old and I was wondering if this could be a problem.  But my other question is how well do those spring loaded solder suckers work?  I was thinking about perhaps ordering one off of e-bay.  Yes I know I might find one in a good hardware store but I have some paypal money I could use.  In case you do not know what I am talking about....it is the spring loaded suckers where you cock it, put it next to the melted solder and then press a button and it forms a vacuum and sucks up the solder into it.  I think I can pick one up for a few bucks off-line, so if you people say they work well then I will give it a shot. Also in case you want to know what I am working on.  This would be used for salvaging parts of of circuit boards.  Like right now I am trying to salvage a few capacitors and also a couple of flyback transformers from crt computer monitors.  Also tomorrow I am tearing apart a broken water cooler to see if there is anything I can take out of there. I have also being having a problem getting solder to melt in the first place.  But that probably just has something to do with the 2 soldering irons I am using and I am trying my best to figure it all out.  I know my way around computers as far as building and repairing them.  But soldering and desoldering is something I really want to learn to be able to further my computer repair skills.  Sometimes it would save so much money being able to solder and desolder myself.  Especially those darn ac ports that are soldered right onto the boards sometimes. I have not actually made anything from this site yet.  But this is a wonderful site and after cruzing the forums here I am pretty sure I will get some good replies.  Ok I will stop babbling and I look forward to your replies.  

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is there anything worthwhile inside an old electrolux vaccuum. cleaner

Helped clean out an apartment and took a couple items home. The electrolux was going to be thrown out, so i took it, now i realize i don't have the room for another vacuum cleaner, it came in a box with all the accessories. the box is big 28x17 inches, i really wish they had changed to metric when i was in 3 or 4th grade and it was a big topic. i go crazy buying SAE bolts and their sized. so anything inside the vac worth liberating, i heard it works, i haven't tried it, i was hoping it was an electrolux with that end piece that i have seen sculptures or steam punk stuff out of

Topic by escapefromyonkers    |  last reply


Powering a Salvaged Window Motor with 20v Battery (HELP!!!)

So earlier this month, I replaced the window regulator in my Honda Accord so I can sell it later on. After looking at the old regulator to see what was broken, I saw the motor component was perfectly fine, so I salvaged it for a future project! I do have a few ideas for what to do with this, but my main conundrum is how to power it when I have no 12V batteries lying around.I do have a Black & Decker Cordless Drill that uses 20v Li-Ion rechargeable batteries, and the shape of the battery is pretty compact. Its got 2 POS and NEG leads which you slide the contacts inbetween, and I can 3D print something to hold the battery in place for the project I intend to make with it. However, 20V is clearly overkill for this motor and that means I need to convert 20V to 12V. Does anyone have any ideas how to achieve this?

Question by EngineerJakit    |  last reply


How to make or salvage a humidistat and have it control a device?

I'm using a portable plug-in electric kettle as a humidifier. This is it: http://www.amazon.com/Proctor-Silex-K2070-Automatic-Electric/dp/B00023XCWS I have a separate little handheld hygrometer, so when I see that my room has reached a good humidity level I have to manually turn off the kettle. My question is, what is the cheapest way to make a humidistat, even from parts salvaged from other things, and have it control this? I have experience in electronics, circuitry, soldering etc. but I don't know where to begin on this one. I can provide any info such as specs on the kettle if needed. Appreciate any ideas and thoughts!

Question by rendermatt  


How to charge a salvaged Li-ion battery pack?

I've recently salvaged a 11.1 V Li-ion battery pack from an old laptop battery.  Details : Voltage           :  11.1 V  (  ~ 4400 mAh ) Cell                 :  6 x Samsung 18650 22f  cells  (  3.7 V  and 2200 mAh ) Arrangement  :  3 packs in series , each pack having two cells in parallel  The charging circuit is intact.  How should I safely charge them? I'm well aware of the hazards related with improper charging of Li-ion batteries.  Can anybody please suggest some ways to charge it ? any tips ?   I need to know the proper procedure to safely charge (and discharge ) a Li-ion battery and what does a "protection circuit" do ? Thanks !

Question by electro18    |  last reply