Have you ever needed a part, but didn't have the money to buy it? After coming across this problem a million times, I discovered this cheap quick solution. Many people have electronics lying around that they don't use anymore, why not go green and recycle the parts in these?
You will need these tools:
-Assorted screwdrivers (including the Mini ones)
Step 1: Scavenging
First, you need to go around your house, and find objects that require electrical energy, that you don't use anymore. There are more of these things lying around than most people think.
Here are some examples:
Then, take them apart. you might need to break the outside of these, but try not to damage any of the electrical parts inside.
Step 2: Setting Up
Now that you have all your electrical parts that you would like harvest, you need to set up your work station. its very simple, this is what you need:
-Plenty of light
-A comfortable seat and table/desk
-Ventilation (Like a window)
-Container for the little pieces.
I used a Muffin tin to Keep the little parts in place. it works great.
Step 3: Harvesting
Now your ready to begin. take your soldering iron, and press it into the solder holding down the desired part. Wait until the solder melts, then pull the part out with your other hand. Its that simple. You can use this to get resistors, LEDs, Capacitors, and pretty much anything held on with solder, even the breadboard.
*** Do not keep the Iron on the solder for a long time, because you can damage the part, the board, or your fingers.***
Now your probably thinking, wow this guy sucks, a 5 year old could have thought of that. well as you think this, look around you. chances are there is at least one thing within sight that you don't use anymore. Go ahead, its calling your name. Recycle. This is one of the many ways to do it that people overlook.