Dremel just stopped

Hi I was using my Dremel with a saw attachment cutting wood half way in the Dremel just stopped. The spindle rotates cleanly I have checked the fuse etc which is fine   There were noises at all love my Dremel helps me a lot in my hobby repairing and repanting Model buses cash a little shirt so I can’t just go out and buy a new one 

Posted by Gefcon 6 months ago

Web Repair - Low Rates

Back in 1998 Nina Katchadourian spent a number of weeks repairing broken spiderwebs with red thread. Interestingly, the spiders would reject the thread over the course of the night and repair it themselves by morning. Definitely check out her work.

Posted by randofo 10 years ago

Repair handle on bounce horse

I am needing to repair the handle of this children's bouncing horse.  I don't know if the handle is original but it is the one that came with it.  I need advice on how to attach the handle.  

Posted by carolb4 3 years ago


How do you repair a power plug on a kindle e reader

Posted by tigger66688 4 years ago

sewing machine repair

I dumpster scored an old Sears/Kenmore sewing machine recently and don't quite know where to start to wire it for power and replace the foot pedal. Anyone done this? Cheaply?

Posted by el eliel 9 years ago

weedeater repair and stuff

how would you fix a weedeater where it wont suck any gas in it has lost compression and you can actually hear grinding in the cylinder when the piston moves up and down and a screw stripped on the crankcase? and you cant get off the exhaust because it was like welded on.

Posted by BIGHAIRYDUDE 7 years ago

Stool Caster Repair

I have a short stainless steel stool on wheeled casters. The caster itself is in two parts; the wheel with a long prong that inserts into a receptacle which together fit into the leg of the stool . See attached jpeg of the receptacle in question. I need 4 of these receptacles. Can anyone direct me to where they can be had? Thank you in advance for any consideration you give this matter. dtpostel generic layperson

Posted by dtpostel 6 years ago

Fixing Kodak EasyShare C653

I have a Kodak EasyShare C653 that was left outdoors for a few days. With new batteries in it, it won't work. When I turn it on, I just get the red light that normally indicates the battery is low. Any ideas on what it could be? The cost of repair is probably more than the camera itself. Thanks!

Posted by lkh 9 years ago

Brass Vietnam Zippo repair.. Help!

Any one experienced with repair of small gauge hinge's, or is familiar with Zippo's repair? I need help... :) Please... I have two '67 '68 Vietnam brass Zippo's... They have been authenticated. One of which, has a broken hinge. I was interested in repairing it, as on the base side it has disintergrated. I am hesitant to send it to Zippo... As I believe, it is still under warranty yet I am worried that a standard hinge replacement would look odd.... as they won't age the brass etc... Could come back looking bad... Although I know, Zippo is great at servicing them! It already has ALOT, of pewter throughout the brass... Obviously fairly rusted out at some stage... And I was wondering, has anyone used pewter to mend brass before? I'm sure it's not common practice, because of colour differences etc.. Perhaps I should call Zippo to find out first hand.... Just for interest sake... Has anyone got the same inscription... I haven't seem the second of these before... I'd be interested if it is a generic quote or written be the owner... "I'VE LOVED EVERY INCH OF THE LAND I STAND, I'LL DIE BEFORE I RUN" Tactical Air Command:- "CAME DOWN THE HELL, FELL DOWN THE GOD" Any help would appreciated. Thanks! ;) Sorry about the cruddy phone pics... Doesn't really do them justice... :(

Posted by Lftndbt 10 years ago

How to fix a cars air conditioning.

Alright, so my sisters cars air conditioning is no longer working. She took it to a mechanic and he said the repair would be around 3 grand to fix, but understandably she would rater fix it herself. So, I am trying to fix it for her, but I wanted to know if there was a way that I can remove the compressor without pouring Freon all over the place?

Posted by Sedgewick17 10 years ago

Repairing an Ipod connection

I have a 5th gen IPOD video and while I was replacing the hard drive some of the prongs on a circuit board connection (the thing the ribbon wire connects to) broke off. Now the ribbon wire will not stay in place, the ribbon wire goes in but is not very secure. I was wondering if there was any quick and easy way to fix it. I may need to replace the part and solder a new one in..I personally do not know how to do that but I know someone who can. I just don't know where I could pick up a new part...any ideas?

Posted by breaddemon 9 years ago

DVD player: Burned circuit repair

My old-ish dvd player (with surround amp) suddenly broke as I turned it on. The speakers began to hum, and as I immediately switched it off, a column of smoke actually rose from underneath it's hood, stinking off fried component... I've opened the player/amp, and immediately located 2 user-accessible fuses that are definitely bust. However, something elsewhere must have broken/shorted, thus causing these fuses to blow (obviously). Is it possible to locate the source of the problems, and perhaps replace the components? I was hoping to find some unmistakable signs of fire, or some exploded caps. Some components do seem to be fried, but how can I be sure I've found the damaged ones? Also, from my intermediate engineer's point of view, my diagnosis is that someone has, at some time, spilled something into the player (note the pools of goo highlighted in the photos attached to this post), which may have shorted out some components. If anyone has some tips to help me along, it would be great! Please have a look at the photo :) - JK

Posted by joakimk 10 years ago

Fixing A CRT TV

I am planning on buying some classic consoles soon, (NES,SNES,SEGA Genesis,N64, etc) and I want to be able to play them on the kind of screen they were made for, a CRT. I have one that a friend gave me, but due to being moved a lot, and probably not gently, the picture has fallen out of alignment. Specifically it cuts off a large portion of the screen on the left, (leaving a thick space of black on the right) and is at a slight angle. It is not all that big of a shift, but it is a real pain in games with items in that section, because ammo counts, health bars, treasure chests, and even chunks of text can be hidden in that space. Could anyone tell me how to fix this issue? And how hard it is to do?

Posted by Damnation 7 years ago

What laptop fan do I need, and where I can I get it for a good price in the UK?

I think this is actually my first post here, although I've been following Instructables for a long time. Anyway, I thought someone here might be able to help me find the right parts. I have an Acer Aspire 7520 laptop.  I think the fan might be going south--it makes a horrible noise when it first starts up, then after a while it calms down but it seems to turn on and off more frequently than it should.  According to the computer itself (monitored with lm-sensors on Fedora) the temperatures of the various parts are within the normal range, so my guess is that the fan itself is malfunctioning. I'm a total novice but I think, based on previous experience, that I can take a shot at replacing the fan myself if I can figure out what part to buy and where to get it.  My google-fu seems to be failing me, though, and the only place I see to buy it is some random company called shop1mall, which I don't really trust, or various places in the US.  Acer customer service is useless--they will only book it in for a repair, not tell me the part number. Where can an ignorant person such as myself find a suitable replacement part?  I'm fairly new to the UK so I don't know all the places to look here, but so far Misco, Maplin, and PC World don't seem to carry a suitable part, or at least, I don't know how to tell whether the fans they sell will work with this laptop. Geez, sorry for the rambling message.  Any help is appreciated, though.

Posted by manderw 7 years ago

PCB Repair Process of 3 different kind of circuits

1 Power Supply Circuit: During the circuit board repair process, power supply part should be inspected at the first hand and then come to the other part. +/-5V, Power supply failure can occur under below several situation: (1) NO power supply voltage or power supply voltage is deficiency, NC system is often used +/-5V, +/-12V, +/-15V and +/-24V, a few of them use +3.3V, and the varied or unstable voltage of power supply will cause the system working impropery; (2) Use voltmeter to test the voltage of power supply, and the result show is normal. Voltage waveform detected by oscillograph has shown the existence of big ripple. This situation maybe caused by open circuit of Filtering capacitance, bad rectifier diode or cold soldering, but sometimes it could be caused by an overloaded component which has been brokendown and damaged by power. (3) System can run properly when it is just being opened, after a while of operating, the voltage begin to drop off. This is usually caused by voltage stabilizing circuit and large power triode. (4) The voltage decrease accompany with temperature increase maybe cause by component cold soldering, it is electrical connection can be affected negatively when the temperature high up. (5) NO power supply voltage or supply voltage decreases significantly will cause the system to interrupt or stop working, this fault can be detected and spotted easier. (6) When the capacity of power supply load drop off or filter circuit become invalid, it will cause the system halt suddenly, this situation which is very difficult to justify can bring damage to the equipment and facility even get personnel wound. 2 Clock Circuit: Clock circuit mainly exist on the systematic motherboard, it is the foundation of large-scale integrated circuit system through which it can work, it can generate the constant square signal in the circuit base upon the crystal oscillator (commonly known as crystal), Once the crystal oscillator stop working, it is same as the heart of human being stop beating, the whole system will fall into the status of paralyzed, only after crystal can work under normal condition, the systematic circuit can operate under the command of CPU according to the frequency of crystal. The number and frequency of the crystal could be different due to the variety of numerical control system, but generally will at least one crystal, different clock frequencies required by the other circuit can be solved by frequency dividing circuit or other crystal. Crystal possess a higher rate of failure or damage, below are some malfuntions of crystal: (1) Leakage: Use multimeter and switch to P*10K level to test it, if the resistance is infinite, then it can be viewed as normal; (2) Internal OPEN CIRCUIT: Value of resistance is infinite tested by Use multimeter, can fail to generate oscillating pulse in the circuit; (3) Alternative crystal: Due to the transformation of crytal will cause its internal parameter change which can only be detected by osillagraph or cymometer. Although the crystal can still has oscillation, but the clock frequency is deviated from its nominal value, and the still existing oscillation pulse can’t make system circuit work properly due to the value of oscillation is wrong. Only cymometer can test its tolerance now. (4) In clock circuit, the both ends of crystal would be connected to ground by one ceramic capacitor value range from several picofarads to tens picofarads, failure of the clock circuit result from this capacitor leakage, deterioration is also more common. The best tool to test whether the crystal is good or bad could be oscillagraph or cymometer, multimeter is very difficult to detect the root cause. 3 Reset Circuit Reset circuit also exist in the circuit system of motherboard, it is unique set of large-scale digital integrated circuit. Microprocessor and interface circuit are all possess reset terminal. Reset pulse generate by reset circuit will clear the progam counter, force CPU recall the orginal files from the memory, execute initiation process on all the controller chips, system will occurs the phenomenon of disorder or crash as a result of faulty reset circuit, the method of using cymometer to illustrate the reset pulse is turn on/off power supply repeatly, observe and record the pulse value at the right moment of power supply on/off since it should be the normal square wave-form. If there is no existence of reset pulse, all the resistor, capacitor and transistor in the reset circuit should be detected. The reset terminal of integrated circuit should be regular low or high electrical level, or else, it is probably the malfunctional reset circuit or damaged integrated circuit.http://www.circuit-engineering.com

Posted by circuiteng 7 years ago

Specific Tool Repair Requests?

New to Instructables here and totally stoked to be on board! Just want to see if anyone has any requests for some repair how to's or videos. That's what we specialize in, so if we can help anyone out let me know!! Brandon Replacement Parts for Anything and Everything! www.eReplacementParts.com

Posted by toolrepair 7 years ago

Vizio repair

HI, im new to this site and need some help!!! my Vizio tv will no longer communicate with my remotes :( Does anyone know how to fix this problem???

Posted by Dizzy Dwarf 2 years ago

R. PC Repair Twitter account

Visit our business twitter, owned by my dad. https://twitter.com/RigleyPCRepair

Posted by Yerboogieman 9 years ago

Trying to repair micronta 22-164

I have a micronta talking multi meter 22-164 and after I put fresh batteries in it it keeps saying replace batteries. I found out other people have the same problem. 

Posted by tim4 4 years ago

Want to know how to repair DS Lites?

Do you have a ds lite that doesn't turn on at all? does your ds try to turn on but a screen flashes then it turns off? Does it not charge at all? are games not recognised? No sound? Mic not working? Do you feel you can do repairs successfully if you had the know how? Then email me.  dslrepairman@hotmail.co.uk

Posted by ds lite fixer 6 years ago

Can I Repair These Video Cameras!

I've got a Magnavox Video Escort and a JVC Compact VHS. Both cameras are dumpster finds. Neither work and I'm wondering if anyone can suggest tests/repairs or whatnot to get them to work. I realize these cameras were tossed because they don't work but sometimes things get thrown away because the owners don't want to take the time to find out WHY they don't work. The Escort is utterly inert. I haven't got a way to recharge the battery, assuming that it would if I did and an adaptor I know works has no effect on this camera. The JVC works but the view finder remains black.

Posted by 2lazy2work2nervous2steal 10 years ago


Hallo guys, I have a proble torching me last days. My wife owns a laptop made in Poland (aktino). Anyway iam fixing this so cause is about 8 years old running XP and i restorating, fixing all broken plastic parts, battery, i also put a wifi stick inside the empty space of the floppy disk. All work nice and also repaint all the case and added new stickers like new. once i will uploade the repairing moments but now my biggest proble is the external case of the monitor. Is broken appart in 3 pieces and the 2 of them I succeded to glue then very secure and tight but the third for an unknown reason wond be glued and this a kind of problem. Its not posible be different material than the whole case wich is glued perfectly please iam looking forward your suggestions and recommendations thanks in advance Agis68

Posted by agis68 5 years ago

11th doctor screwdriver broke

The slide part on my 11th doctor replica screwdriver wont stay in please help

Posted by minecraftpotato 3 years ago

Windows XP Registry Repair

If your Windows XP has landed to a position where it has become nearly impossible to efficiently do any work, or it frequently crashes up or the system has obtained a habit of being hanged up in the middle of crucial activities. All these are symptoms that the registry has caused serious errors and the system requires registry repair. Occurring of registry errors is quite common in those operating systems which programs through Windows technology because as the system is being used, many programs are being installed and uninstalled, various hardware applications are added and removed, data files are created and deleted and various other such functions. A registry can be defined as the central point on any PC and is responsible to store the entire data which constitutes the core elements of the operating unit plus each and every other setting that is required during the course of using it. The time at which the data saved within the registry becomes corrupt, errors starts piling up in the back of the system which eventually surfaces with the passage of time. This can also be the main cause behind the slow startup of the Windows, random occurrences of Windows shutdown or several program errors that occur randomly and frequently. A Windows XP registry repair becomes necessary as the system ages because the quantity of programs and applications operated on it increases too. This increase in programming capabilities will create errors within the registry because of the accidents or mistakes made during the programming process. An example of this is that when the user is installing a new application and accidently the system turns off due to power failure or accidently unplugging of it. Since the downloading was still under process and was stopped abruptly, there are chances that some installation files are stored and incomplete configuration settings is now present in the registry because no way was provided to it to roll back to the application. These files, since are of no use for the system occupies not only space on the registry but can also create errors within it. In the course of performing a Windows XP registry repair, there are several options for doing this. The first way can be do it yourself by the use of primitive tools provided free of cost. The second option can be to buy registry cleaner software through which the registry will be cleaned automatically or the third way can be to render the services of a PC specialist and let him do the work for you. All the three options have some pros and cons in it. Performing a registry clean by yourself can be quite complicated as it is a very large area and fixing errors at your own might take a lot of time. Purchasing a registry cleaner on the other hand, is a good option if it has the features of analyzing and fixing the whole registry rather than certain area only. Rendering services of a specialist is also a good option but, it might be quite expensive touching to the limits of buying a new system in that price. About Author: This article is written by Jason Kelly, who also writes for www.registry-repair-tools.net, a site emphasizing on registry repair tool, windows registry repair, and windows xp registry repair.

Posted by franciscopmyers4 6 years ago

quick / cheap fix for parquet floor ?

Hello all, The plastik-ish thing that covers my parquet floor is peeling off. Is there a cheap and easy way to repair that? It doesn't have to be perfect, it just needs to look decent. Some spray perhaps? Something safe for a baby too. Some liquid that you apply with a mop? I've been "googling" but of course all that comes up is advertisement and PR. Even the DIY advices are like "you need to sand and you need to rent this machine ..." Simpler is better. Thanks! J.

Posted by jbar 10 years ago


This could become an instructable, but these days, juggling photo files from cell phone to email to comp to ibles is so dang cumbersome..    anyway, this is how i fixed ceiling fan. fan has a rubber plate between motor and blades. apparently a bit of wiggle room for blades is a desirable thing. but that rubber plate was cracking. the fan blades had begun to hang low and drag against the light fixture below em. so i removed the lights that hang below fan. removed all 5blades,  blasted dust off rubber plate with compressed air, and used used gel superglue from loctite brand to glue cracks in rubber plate. i specifically got glue in a tube, not a bottle, since ihad to apply it upwards.  i never removed fan motor from ceiling, so, the work was overhead. the glue says its good for rubber, and so far, it has held up. the fan is reassembled, and working again.

Posted by Toga_Dan 4 years ago

Bent Bike Frame

Yeah, so, my brother bought a mid-80s Schwinn World Sport. It's a nice bike. I spent about 10 hours overhauling every piece of that bike. Unfortunately, when I got it all put back together and test rode it, the bike had a nasty pull to the right. Bent Frame. He didn't check that when he bought it (didn't know anything about it, I daresay).  Anybody know anything about repairing a bent frame? The frame's tubes don't seem to be damaged or crimped or dented.  I'm thinking of using a car jack and some straps to straighten it out. Any thoughts?

Posted by marcward86 7 years ago

Resoling Shoes?

I am interesting in learning how to resole my cowboy and motorcycle boots. I did see one instructable on resoling Crocs. but that doesn't really apply. Anyone have any experience with this? Maybe a desire to create an instructable? Best, Chris

Posted by Soulproperty 10 years ago

question about kitchenaid mixers

My family has a 250watt k45ss kitchenaid mixer that my family uses to mix up stuff to bake. My mom with in the past 2 or 3 months has started using it to grind wheat, and she is concerned that she is wearing the thing out. She wants to know if the thing needs oil since it is making a grinding like noise at low speed, and an unfamiliar hum a high speed. so is there anything to be concerned about? (note: the mixer is about 20 years old)

Posted by clasic_traveller_diehard 9 years ago

Fix Rattan/Bamboo furniture - NOT WICKER!!!

I recently bought a mid-century rattan dining table with four chairs.  I want to replace the cushions on the chairs - two piece, but they have snaps to keep the cushions in place.  I do not plan on having snaps on the new cushions, but that leaves me with the male part of the snaps.  If I pull them out, which I want to do, I will be left with a bunch of holes and no clue how to fix them, and since I haven't removed them yet, I have no idea how deep the holes will be.  I am open to any and all suggestions.   Thank you!   PS, I've tried to upload photos, but it's not working.  

Posted by Luny 1 year ago

getting cover off sewing machine

I am trying to look inside my machine to see if I can fix what is likely a problem with a belt. This video shows my machine and the problem. The machine is a  Singer computer 7900 , which as far as I can tell is a Japanese only machine, though it appears similar to other computer machines. What I want to do right now is to remove the cover, but I haven't figure out how to do it. I have taken off two screws on the back top, and I can take off the bottom, and a small screw near the power cord. BUT I can't figure out what else I would need to to get the top off. Any hints?

Posted by asllearner 4 years ago

Oscilloscope not focusing (Telequipment DM63)

I have a Telequipment DM63 CRT storage oscilloscope, and it has been working correctly for the past few months. Usually after 5-10 minutes to warm up, I have a sharp trace on a dark screen, but recently it has stopped focusing correctly. The screen now stays fully illuminated indefinately, and the dot is stuck as a 1/4 by 1/8 rectangle. The intensity and astig controls appear to be working correctly, but the focus does not appear to be doing anything. I've found a couple of old threads on other forums suggesting that the issue is likely to be a damaged resistor between the power supply and the focus control, or noise from the power supply itself. Thanks in advance for any ideas or suggestions.

Posted by The Skinnerz 6 years ago

fixing my brothers theremin

My brother who has no electronics history bought a theremin kit from an Australian electronics store called jay car and or course it didn't work when he finished it, sp he gave it to me but in the electronics department i can only build kits with all the instructions there for me i dont know how to fix a problem with one. I have a multimeter here but im still completely not sure how to use it to find out whats wrong with the kit, it sounds dumb but i could post a picture of it but im pretty scure that would be pointless cos you wouldn't be able to see the components values. Can anyone give me some help in trying to figure out how to fix it cos i dont want to have to rebuy it and built it for him

Posted by craig3 10 years ago

Can a cracked guitar neck be fixed?

Hi, I finally signed to Instructables. :) My colleague is a big DIY guy and that's how I came across Instructables. Today, while searching for something I came across homemade recipes for musical instruments and that really hooked me on. Especially the one on turning an 6-string acoustic to bass acc. :) I had tried learning the guitar but didn't want to spend too much on the instrument, so I bought a second hand one from a garage sale (proceeds were for the city's stray dogs - so for me it was a bit of a win-win...almost :) ) What I realised much later is that: 1) The wood under two of the tuners (on the under/ventral side of the guitar) has splinters 2) One of these tuners has lost a fastening screw because the hole in the wood has widened and splintered a bit 3) the base of neck, just before the curve block that connects to the box, has a 1-2mm crack running across it (horizontally) Question is, can these issues be fixed so that a beginner like myself or someone who really doesnt have the money to own a guitar but wants to learn can still use it for some time? I never found the time to go to a music shop to have it checked. I also feel they will probably turn me away because they are more interested in selling guitars than fixing them. I really dont want to just throw it away. Second hand it may be, it just doesn't feel right... Your inputs would be greatly appreciated. Thanks! P.S.: Am at work right now but I will try and post images of the guitar as soon as I can. I had taken photographs of it a looong time ago. As a result, tuning goes off every now and again. On a colder day, tension increases and the crack widens. Update: Terribly sorry for the delay in uploading the pictures. I had a set that I had taken a year or so ago but I seem to have deleted them. Just got some time off work, here are the pictures. The crack, which I had earlier described as horizontal, is in fact, vertical. So much for my memory...

Posted by aristarkhos 6 years ago

How to Repair a Nintendo NES System

This forum will be managed by the repair specialists at the Nintendo Repair Shop Inc. We are happy to provide our customers with top level Nintendo Repair products and services available on our site, and are happy to share our expertise with Instructables visitors by responding to questions you may have on this forum. No question is a bad question, unless its hey sexy repair guy can I have your phone number? Sorry ladies I'm taken. So, on that awkward note, lets get started. What questions do you have for us? Also, be sure to check out our Nintendo Repair Instructable guides and videos on our Instructables channel.

Posted by nintendorepair 7 years ago

Repairing a oscillating fan

Help repairing a fan. Does anyone know how to fix a oscillating fan? it has some power, as in it will start a little when i turn it on, but then stops. Help, please.

Posted by erin b 11 years ago



Posted by sonnymobile 4 years ago

Help to repair battery leak damage in toy

Hello, I know nothing about electronics and would like to learn a little. Starting with the numerous items which have had the battery leak out. I think it has leaked only to the battery compartment (white stuff on the spring). I have cleaned it up and don't know where to go now. Please help! Is this easily repairable? Where would you locate the items used to repair it? Thanking you Amanda

Posted by 7527amanda 10 years ago

tub & shower repair

I punched a hole in my tub, which is fiberglass, ad I need help patching the hole.

Posted by rthomas0010 5 years ago

Advantium Turntable repair

I have a GE Advantium oven, model number SCB2000CBB 03 and the turntable has stopped rotating. Everything else works. Does anyone know how to repair this part of the oven? Thanks dor your help. Jim

Posted by brachs 10 years ago

Repair is the new recycling

I came across this and reallised that I 'totally agree with it!What do you think about this concept, idea?For more info visit Platform 21Thanks! Comodore

Posted by comodore 9 years ago

About repairing the RROD on xbox 360's

Okay, I am thinking about getting me an xbox 360, but it is a bit over my budget so I am going to get a faulty one from ebay. But then when I look up some RROD (red ring of death) repair guides, I got suspicious about how you repair the xbox's, all  you just need to take it apart, replace the thermal paste between the heatsinks and the chips and put it all together. That just doesn't seem right... Does anyone have personal experience using this technique to repair their xbox 360?

Posted by Plasmana 8 years ago

Hat repair

ok,so ive checked local craft stores and i havent been able to find replacement snaps for my hat. searching the web has also turned up zilch. so,i figured if anyone knew where to get them,it'd be you guys. and just to be clear,i want the snaps.not go buy a hat and cut them out.

Posted by jmwintenn 6 years ago

Question on inner workings of quartz watch

I have a musical watch that keeps time but something drains the new battery for the music.  I thought most ($40.00 or so) quartz watches are the same on the inside.  Why would a watchmaker tell me the watch can't be repaired?  If it takes a second battery to run the music and "something" drains that battery why would it be difficult to find the what and fix it?  Am I making watch repair too simple?  Thanks. Gail

Posted by lov2bead53 7 years ago

Help with service/repair manuals

Anyone got any idea where I could find free service manuals on the net? I'm trying to repair my car audio system (Alpine CDA 7998R) but im stuck without much information. If anyone could help, what I'm looking at is a green pcb with D301-313 written on it, and it has a part named Q701 which looks like a very small ic with three legs at the bottom, and one at top, its surface mount and is blown up. It also has a delta sign on it with some design within, I cant read the rest of it cause its blown. Please help anyone, if you can... Whatever you may tell....

Posted by pro2xy 8 years ago

LCD Monitor Repair

Congrats! Instead of throwing away your broken LCD monitor, you've decided to fix it. What do you have too loose by attempting the repair yourself? It's already heading for the trash can or the e-waste center. By repairing it you will probably save from $100 to $200 or more! If you have done any reading at all on the web, you have already discovered that bad capacitors account for a large percentage of all LCD monitor failures. If your monitor flickers when you start it up, the screen is dim, has strange lines on it, clicks, etc., then this information is just for you! The repair does not require any special knowledge or skill. About the only tools you will need are a putty knife, a screwdriver, a pair of pliers and a Radio Shack soldering iron. Without getting into too much technical jargon, there are two main components inside your monitor, the power board which powers the inverter (lights) and video, and the video board. The power supply circuit board must be removed before you can replace the capacitors. You must open your monitor and examine the capacitors on the power supply board. Each monitor will have a power supply circuit board. Each monitor model will have a slightly different board. They all look about the same. Some have more capacitors, some have less. Most all LCD monitors have a large 400v capacitor. These rarely go bad. There's a video at www.youtube.com/watch that shows you how to disassemble a Viewsonic monitor, and install new capacitors. This is a great video! There's also a good tutorial that shows how to completely disassemble a Samsung 204T LCD Monitor. It's a step by step guide, which also includes a "how to solder" video. Although this tutorial is for a Samsung 204T LCD monitor, the information found here can be applied to almost any monitor. Between the YouTube video on the Viewsonic monitor and the tutorial you should have no problem installing new capacitors in your LCD monitor. Good Luck!

Posted by sghill99 8 years ago


I am going to update this in about another day. To all the people out there, and there are literally millions, I have the very best fix for broken hinges on a lap top. My lap top is an HP Pavilion zv6000, but I understand this is very similar to many other models or makes. I have read many frustrating concerns about this INFERIOR hinge design and I agree the manufacturers should foot the bill to repair them. Of course they wont because it would cost them millions of dollars. I just wanted to let everyone know I will submit a full text explanation and some good pictures. The method requires the normal care as you are handling delicate electronics. The time to do the repair is no longer than 24 hours and most of this is to let things setup. The cost for me was $9 and if you do not have the little extras, I know it would never cost more than about $20. The thing I like about this repair, which I painstakingly studied, is that it preserves all of the components, you do not loose the screen or damage anything. I would even suggest you do this fix even if your hinges are good because it will prevent them from ever breaking. I promise you. So please stand by for the update. I am new at posting on the Internet and I would love the news to get out to all who need it. Cheers for now Andy (Delta, BC, Canada)

Posted by my_buddy 9 years ago

Broken ipods (all kinds)

Hey guys. I'm basically looking for broken ipod classics and nanos, but i'm still interested in all kinds. Would like to hear what you guys have saved in your old drawers for a guy like me.  

Posted by ejohansen1 7 years ago

Telescope repair advice wanted: UPDATED!

This question is more like 2 questions- 1) Am I crazy? 2) Is this feasible? Background: I recently inherited an astronomical reflecting telescope, which I think has been dropped at some point.  The design is as below. Where the eyepiece enters the side of the tube that makes up the body of the scope, the tube is slightly dented.  The eyepiece still points at the secondary mirror and the alignment is good enough that I can point the scope at an object and get an image, but the alignment isn't perfect so the image has a lot of what I'd guess is spherical aberration preventing a decent image. Firstly- is having the eyepiece on-axis and perfectly aligned so important that I will never ever get even a half-decent image from this scope?  If the tolerance involved are 0.1mm and minutes or seconds of angle, I doubt I can restore it that well. Secondly, is having the eyepiece positioned on-axis as important as having it parallel with the ideal axial light path?  As it's held in with three screws I'd imagine I can tweak the alignment with some use of spacers etc. but if it's off-axis I don't think I can shift it back to the perfect position.  In other words, for the mathematicians, is having the eyepiece "translated" as much of a problem as having it "rotated"? (Thirdly- if the reflecting scope is trash, can I get a 150mm diameter 1000mm focus lens and make a straight-through scope with the bits?) UPDATE: it's working perfectly, see pictures below!

Posted by PKM 8 years ago

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Posted by jmacman12 7 years ago