What do I do now?

Had an old laptop that had been rode hard and put away wet, given to me. It had a broken LCD, well I'm not one to just throw something away because it is broken, na, I visit "instructables.com" and find a use for it. It was kind of neat to examine the LCD assembly. Question is, there are so many neat things in there and I don't have the foggest idea of what I can do with them. Items such as: 1. The backlight assembly, aprox 1/16 dia floresent lamp about 10" long with controlor board. How can you determine the voltage, input and output points and such. Sure would be a shame to "blow" this thing using the "by guess and by golly" method to make it work. My guess is it would make a neat light for a picture or something like that. 2. Two sheets of simi-opeic plastic which appear to be horzontial and vertical orienated somethings. 3. A plastic sheet with at least 34,542 dots on it (that's where I quit counting). This alone would make a good "dot-to-dot" playing board for some "very little people". Need a better idea of what to use it for. Any ideas of something these items would be usefull for?

Question by larystoy 9 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


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 10 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


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 9 months ago  |  last reply 9 months ago


Repurpose parts

In the last 6 months, I had a 40" hd tv, a modem, a 27" monitor and a laptop  all quit on me for various reasons.  I'm wondering if I take them apart if there are any parts that are worth salvaging.  I have only a basic understanding of electronics but love to tinker and want to take up arduino projects.  What would you salvage if it were you? MK

Topic by MalindaK2 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


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 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


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 10 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


These are the part that I salvaged from a broken I Home. I was wondering if you knew or had a resource that would explain to me how to control them?

I think I would be able to make something cool from them if I was to figure out how they worked 

Topic by acehunter1337 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


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

Topic by Golftester 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


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 7 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


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 2 years ago


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 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


what can i build with the salvaged parts from a 56 inch big screen tv?

A friend of mine's dad is letting us take apart the old tv and build something with the salvaged parts. thing is, we dont know what to build. i know that i can make easily make a tesla coil, but i'd rather do something else.. anything out there i can do?

Question by lizaagsalud 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


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 10 years ago


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/

Question by XOIIO 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


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 10 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


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 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 months ago


I have a part of a camera

I recently broke my camera-phone and I salvaged the camera piece, can I easily use this in something else?

Topic by Texas1845 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


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 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Useful parts in mini fridge?

Hi folks, ive got a small, fully functional mini fridge that I have no direct use for. I am either going to donate the thing via Craigslist or free cycle, but was wondering what parts and things might be salvaged out of the thing and re-applied towards other projects? What has been your experience with things like this?

Topic by WayneEarl 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


IR Receiver

I recently ripped apart a Sky+ box that was out of use. Of course, it contained many parts. Quite a few tact switches, a few LEDs, a lot of capacitors, lots of resistors. One of these parts was a little metal cube with a black sphere protruding from the front of it. This is the IR receiver for the remote. I wish to incorporate it into another project. The first problem is I don't know how to use it. It has 3 "legs" - 3 metal contacts. The second problem is I can't easily experiment with it as I inadvertently destroyed my breadboard earlier. A new one will come as soon as I can manage, but until then..... My question is this - any ideas how it would be used? Thanks in advance,     ~H4ZZ

Topic by __DELETED__ 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Is there a way to make Nichrome wire or salvage it from avalible parts ? Answered

If not where can I buy it? Lowes? Its fror rocket ignitors.

Question by imthatguy1125 9 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


Where to get parts for my laptop?

I have a Compaq Presario 2200 laptop that was given to me. It has a dead hard drive and a dead CD/DVD drive. I would like to replace both of the drives for under 40 dollars. I am happy to replace them with used (but still working) hardware. The hard drive doesn't need to be over 20GB and the CD/DVD drive doesn't have to be super high speed. Unfortunately Compaq did what is called a tattoo on the hard drive. This means that the hard drive must be replaced with a compaq hard drive not just any old laptop hard drive. Because of this I was hoping to get an old compaq pressario 2200 laptop that has a dead screen or dead motherboard that still has a good hard drive and CD drive so that I can salvage. I looked on EBAY but haven't had any luck so far. Are there any other online places where I could get another old compaq pressario 2200 laptop to salvage parts from? Does anyone on instructables have one? Thanks for the help. Anyone who helps me get the parts I need gets best answer.

Question by nurdee1 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Is there a trick to saving money on breadboards, ICs, chip programmers (the devices, not the people), etc.?

I used to have access to a lot through the EE program and just in general, through the university I was at for 8+ years....now we're on an extremely tight budget, and I'd just like to figure out ways of getting parts for projects without having to come up with much/any cash. Any suggestions will be much appreciated!

Question by sykotik 10 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


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 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


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?

Question by pleabargain 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


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 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


DVD, VCR, DVR Parts

Dream Box of Goodies? I have a box full of circuit boards, motors, gears, lasers, power supplies, LED displays from several VCRs and DVD players, as well as internal parts from a DirecTV DVR with Tivo (not including the hard drive). All circuit boards contain chips, resisters, capacitors, etc intact on the boards. If you have interest in this or can point me to a place where I can get some value out of this lot, please let me know. Would most like to sell all together, but will consider selling piece-by-piece. Or maybe someone could direct me as to what parts to salvage. At this point, I have removed the boards and mechanics from the the enclosures in order to save space. I have recycled the steel/plastic enclosures. I am in the Dallas, TX metropolitan area. I would appreciate any offers or constructive advice.

Topic by aw0 7 years ago


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 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


How to understand electronic part datasheets??

As a winter chore I'm taking electronic components of circuit boards from salvaged power supplies, printers etc (The toxic work which is usually outsourced to Bangladesh etc....). The purpose is to end up with nicely sorted parts, to be used for future projects. I google the numbers on the 'transistors', but the info on datasheets is almost completely meaningless to me. (I rather would find a short description what one can do with it...)

Question by BobS 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


NE Oklahoma Electronics hobbyists: Do you know about Affiliated Electronics?

I just wanted to sing the praises of Affiliated Electronics, a supplier in Tulsa that sells all kinds of electronic components, from basic resistors and capacitors to breadboards, tools, wires and everything else.  In the back of the store they have a wild assortment of salvaged computer and electronic equipment.  It's a heck of a cool place to browse, and everyone is very friendly and knowledgeable. If you're within a reasonable drive from Tulsa, it's worth your time to check it out.  They don't have a website to speak of, but they are listed on Google Maps.  Needless to say I disagree with the review that's posted there. :-) This is their new location.  They moved a year or two ago from a shopping center that was razed.  The new shop is smaller and better organized.

Topic by yoyology 8 years ago


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 9 years ago


Why does my LM386N-1 amplifier chip get hot when using mp3 player as input, but is fine when guitar is the input source? Answered

I made the amplifier in this instructable https://www.instructables.com/id/Make-a-Sweet-Portable-Guitar-Amp/ and it is currently in breadboard stage. I had a few problems after adapting the circuit to have a switched dc input jack as well as battery. But after some trouble shooting i fixed these errors. I ran it off battery and dc input (9v) wall adapter (a universal 500mA regulated ac/dc transformer set to 9V) with a guitar as the input and it worked fine (as far as i know). Then as it said in the instructable that you could use it with and ipod or mp3 input too, i thought i'd try it and see what it was like. I used the dc input adapter when i did this and plugged in my mp3 into the input jack using a 3.5mm to 1/4" adapter. Then when i swithced on the circuit i didn't hear my music through the speaker, just a bit of hum and then i smelled a slight electrical burny smell so i turned off the power as quickly as i could. Then i felt around and it was the lm386n-1 chip that was getting hot. Firstly can anybody diagnose the problem? Secondly, is it likely to have permanently damaged my chip? Thirdly, do you think it will be because of the power source not being a battery? I don't think so, it worked fine with both with guitar input. But i suppose it could be related to that

Question by mdog93 8 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Suggestions for a cheap, simple robot unicorn build

My 5yo daughter has figured out that her mad-Scientist daddy can make crazy things come true.  For her birthday, she got a real unicorn and a princess crown (see picture attached).  Now for Christmas, she has her heart set on a ROBOT unicorn, and I think I'm going to try to tackle this, but I need to keep the scope tight so that when Christmas arrives, I'll have a deliverable for her. (My instinct always leap to grandiose ideas like actual quadrupedalism that would balloon the time/effort/money inputs into the stratosphere.   My biggest obstacle to make this work for Christmas is to stick with K.I.S.S. principles.  I can do basic welding, woodworking, fabricating, stitching, etc.  I'm reasonably good at electronics, and am a professional programmer with a degree in Aerospace Engineering.) Here is my rough  build plan:  (Completely open to improvement suggestions) 1)  Build frame out of 1/2" square steel tubing and weld together.  Leave large torso cavity for electronics and batteries.  Feet will have wheels concealed by a hoof shroud.  Feet will be upgradable (see tech features below) 2)  Use blue foam to rough out body shape.  3)  Cover with about 1/2" of soft foam covered with felt.  Use yarn for mane and tail.  Cover should be removable and washable. I'm trying to figure out tiers of work so that as long as I get the basic frame and covering down, I'll be able to increase/decrease the scope to ensure I'll have a deliverable for Christmas.  Here are the tiered robotic features I am envisioning: Tier 1: Make the saddle bounce at about .5Hz with an amplitude of roughly 1/2".  Possibly make head/neck bob up/down in sync. Tier 2:  Add horse sound effects Tier 3:  Build sensors for the reigns and stirrups.  Monitor if stirrups get pushed inward in a basic kick the horse motion.  Monitor if one reign or both are being pulled.  Make sounds effects based on inputs.  (E.G.  Clop, clop of hooves begins when stirrups are pushed in, and stop when reigns are pulled.)  NOTE:  Since they have access to real horses, keeping the controls reasonably close to riding a real horse will make this double as a trainer/simulator for her and her friends. Tier 4:  Upgrade wheels to powered.  Move based on reign and stirrup inputs.   Max speed will be very slow (40fps or so), so that it can be used inside safely.  Movement is mostly just to augment her imagination, not to move like a real horse. Tier 5:  (Not much chance I'll get this far prior to Christmas)  Upgrade software, sound effects, etc. Current back of napkin ideas: Frame will probably have 3 pieces: legs/torso, neck/head, Saddle/back  Saddle/back removable for electronics access. Neck/head will be joined to torso in 3 spots:  the top point will be anchored with a chain link between two eye-bolts, the other two points would be on the sides of the bottom, with compression springs pushing the neck and torso away from each other, limited by a mechanical linkage.  This should give reasonable motion ability, and allow the two base points to become the sensors for the reigns being pulled. I'm thinking a small 12V deep cycle battery, and 12v salvage DC motors powering the wheels.  Depending on the motor torque, I'll either power the back two feet and keep the front feet as swivel casters, or power all four and turn tank-style. The budget needs to stay reasonable, say $100ish.  This is a kids toy, and I've got lots of other mad-scientist projects to pump money towards. Outstanding questions: Motor selection, cheapest with high enough torque Good, cheap way to make seat and possibly head oscillate.  Mechanism needs to not break even if a 200lbs rider sits on it.  (Doesn't need to work when overloaded, just can't be permanently damaged when overloaded.) Locate inexpensive 12v charger that won't overcharge if left connected, but will charge a 3ah battery reasonably quickly.  (Or schematics to build one)  Essentially, looking for a best bang-for-buck charger. Least expensive way to play audio clips?  I've got plenty of horse-sound clips located, but I need a way to play them economically. Not sure how much force will be needed for movement.  I'm assuming a 70lbs rider/robot max and that it will primarily operate on flat surfaces, potentially on carpet.  Can't burn out if overloaded.  Suggestions on simplifying this?  Suggestions on simple improvements?  Ways to keep the costs down?  Sources for economical parts?

Topic by SvdSinner 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


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. 

Topic by Ryan53090 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


trying to make a simple motion sensor to be fitted on a car wheel ?

I'm trying to make a very simple motion sensor which will turn on and off a few LED lights with the movement of the car wheel, the only tough part is it needs to be installed inside a cars wheel cap and i can only use salvaged parts. i need to make it waterproof and shock proof too so that the parts don't just fall off if the car is moving at a high speed...

Question by randomizator 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


pinout help for my salvaged ir sensor/photo diode from mouse.?

I have salvaged ir emitter sensor pair from an old optical mouse. ir led glows fine on testing with mutimeter but the sensor part has 3 legs and i have always worked with 2 leged photodiodes . what is this specifically called? how can i know its pinout by testing with multimeter?

Question by Atul009 5 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


I have a salvaged poker machine which a part that I cannot understand. Could someone help me understand it?

All that can be said is it has in puts and out puts, lots of transistors, resistors, and microcontrollers. It requires the same plug needed to power a Floppy drive, it has 2 places for USB one that connects directly to the mother board and anothother that is standard USB.  it has written in small letters, PSG PCI 1/0 USB 11/11/2004 REV .04 Could someone please tell me what this part is and what I can use it for? I dont have anymore information about it but I can take more pictures if needed

Question by fastcar123 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


PYROGRAPHIC TOOL HEAT REGULATOR

How Can I make a Homemade pyrographic heat regulator using salvaged parts??

Topic by smallludwig2 11 years ago


what is a farad? Answered

Im just wondering if anyone can put it in terms that a less experienced person would understand what is a farad

Question by albylovesscience 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


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 8 years ago


Laptop DVD Drive to External?

I recently salvaged a dvd drive from a broken laptop. I was wondering what I would have to do/ buy to convert it to an external usb one. Here are some pics of the plug in part and the specs. PS(I do not want to buy one of those kits.)

Question by DELETED_MakerNinja 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


iPod Amp Belt

I need help trying to find the parts to make the cheapest iPod amp. I plan on salvaging the parts from everyday electronics, and turn the amp into a belt buckle. Can anyone tell me a good place to start?

Topic by ongissim 12 years ago  |  last reply 12 years ago


Charity Shops - A Bountiful Haven for Project Parts

I've been a member of Instructables for some time now, and browse the site daily, but I have never really engaged in the Community, So this is my First Community Post!I wanted to share with you a great source of Parts for all you projects, ideas, plans and schemes. Charity Shops! Any decent sized town or city will have at least one, if not several different charity shops which are almost all run by volunteers. These shops get hundreds of items donated to them each week, all of which have to be catalogued, tested, cleaned, priced and sold. Working as a volunteer in one of these shops not only helps a worthy charity, it can also give you experience in fixing/testing electronics and other items. And typically, you can have your pick of any items deemed unsuitable for sale, which would otherwise be binned. These shops are almost always desperate for Volunteers, and will be happy to have new people to help.Charity Shop - Do's and Don'tsDoHelp out because you want to help the charity, this is not just for freebies!Donate any of your old or unwanted items/clothes/books to the shop.Volunteer as many hours as you can.Get to know the other Volunteers, these are your coworkers, treat them with respect.Don'tExpect to take things, ask politely and ensure that is is OK with your supervisor.Take too much, take only what you need, this isn't a free for all.Be annoyed if nothing turns up in the first few weeks, You're helping a worthy charity, freebies are only an added bonus.Personally I work in Save the Children which has a local shop in my town. I typically worked for several hours on a Wednesday afternoon, as an initiative within my School. I also worked Saturday mornings, and ran collections whenever they were required. All of the other volunteers are really friendly, it is a great source for components for my projects, they have an extensive book selection, and I can use my two years experience there as Retail Experience for Job Applications. In my two years of Volunteering, I have been given/salvaged a lot of awesome things, but there are a few highlights:> Full Size Projector Screen - Almost New Condition, amazing for Movies/Games> Mini-Television - Given to me because they could not Sell it, Works perfectly, with all Cables> Numerous broken Electronic Toys - Great source of Components>Board Game Parts - Scrabble Tiles, Dice, Game Pieces - Great for Craft Projects/SparesI hope that you have found this information useful, and I hope that you go out and help a worthy charity near you.Best of Luck, Tj Cosgrove

Topic by cosgrove 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


I need help using a salvaged laser diode.

I recently took apart a broken original xbox, can you believe people just throw these things away? anyways i got a few nifty parts, including the power supply which i'm tempted to turn into my bench's power supply, a hard drive which quickly became the first hard drive i have ever taken apart, and a laser diode salvaged from the cd drive. I'm going to go out on a limb and say it's a bit more sturdy than say a processor chip so would i kill it if i started probing the contacts with a 3 volt power supply? also there are three contacts, set in like a triangle type deal, the only thing connecting it was a small film that connected it to a nearby board, i snipped the small tape so the leads are separated. how can i identify what leads do what and how can i find the right voltage to get this diode kicking? also as a bonus question, could i just plug the power supply in and use it straight like that or would i need to short a lead?

Question by waldosan 8 years ago


HP Laserjet Laser Answered

I salvaged a HP Laserjet 2100 printer for parts and want to know if I could use the laser for a cnc laser cutter project, or is it not powerful enough?

Question by Multhjoned 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


What can I do, and/or what parts can I salvage and use with these two CRTs and one LCD that I've got?

I've got two CRTs for parts, as well as a 20" LCD tv, whose screen is toast. What can I do with them/their parts? I've thought of a guitar amp project with the lcd (speakers/amp of the tv) but that seems like a waste, if there's more great stuff that I can use them for. I know CRTs have tons of stuff to salvage...just not sure how to rip it all out (both CRTs have been unplugged for >month, so their capacitors should be safe, right?) There are a million ibles I want to work on, so I thought I'd see what I could do with what I've got....I don't have enough lights or fans...just these monitors and tv for now. So, what would you do if you were me? Ok, thanks!?

Question by sykotik 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


What can I do with a keyboard from a broken laptop? Answered

I recently took apart a broken laptop and salvaged some of the parts. I wanted to convert the keyboard into a usb one to use for a raspberry pi but I was told it is not worth the trouble. What can I do with the keyboard. Any ideas?

Question by DELETED_MakerNinja 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


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 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Need to regulate wattage based on resistance of an exchangeable part.

Ok, have a request. I need to make a compact device that will be DC powered (batteries) and produces a set wattage between 4.2watts and 12.7 ish. Can be a little lower a little higher on the scale. I'll be putting different attachments ont he end of this device that will have different resistance between 3-4ohm down to around 1.0ohm. I need the device to read the resistance and adjust the voltage coming from the DC battery to match the wattage I set. Basically if I set it to 10watts I want it to always be 10watts no matter what resistance attachement is on it. I hope that makes sense. I'm sure there's a pre-existing board made by some one out there that does this or that could be salvaged from another device but I can't find one. I know how to do variable voltage with a regulator but I need an auto sensing system where you set the output wattage. That goes a little beyond my expertise. Any help would be greatly appreciated, thanks in advance.

Topic by wallenc 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


What can I do with this salvaged laptop LCD panel? Answered

So I pulled apart a non-working laptop from the 90s a while back, and while (being a computer nerd) I made great use of other components, I don't know how to use this LCD panel. I know the basics of computer hardware, but there really isn't a standard application for this LCD panel in my basket of stuff. The exact model is a 13.3" Samsung LT133X7-124 pulled from an old Sony VAIO laptop. It has a 1024x768 max resolution (not bad). Only the panel (intact), no wires for the most part or case. Bare screen, as seen in the pic. I was thinking of making a digital wall picture frame or digital clock, but most all of the existing DIYs or Instructables list an actual, complete monitor as the display component. Thus, I'm hoping somebody can help point me in the right direction with this hopeful project,

Question by DELETED_krazykipa 9 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago