What is the best place to shop for parts for projects?

I would like to know some of the better sites to use for buying motors, wires, ect. 

Asked by cooldude01 3 years ago

where can i buy electronic parts in uruguay or have them shipped there?

Im having a tough time finding a store to buy leds, resistors etc.  I need to find a good supply house in the states that will ship here or any supply house in Montevideo would be helpful.  Thanks

Asked by cms1478 7 years ago

where do i get lasers ?

Asked by everettk 3 years ago

i need people with idears what to do with thease parts

I have a digital and analog multi meter and the board has blew up but evreything elce on it works but what could i use the digital screen the analog pointer and the rest of the guts for? i want to build a custom pc so if they could be used for that even better

Asked by nonamesleft 7 years ago

any body got old pagers toys with working motors small wheels?

If so send to josh steed kaitlyn lane 45154 mt.orab ohio

Asked by roboteen 9 years ago


Does anybody know where to get cheap parts in lakeland florida?

Posted by evilboy9494 10 years ago

Is it important to store electronic parts in a controlled dust-free and air conditioned atmosphere? If so, why? Answered

I have been notified that my parts and service area will be shrunk and no air conditioning will be installed in the new building we are moving to in a year and a half.  I need some information as to the condition of my parts when exposed to the heat, humidity, cold, etc.  Can you let me know because if there's a problem, I have several hundred thousand dollars in parts that are at risk! Thank-you!

Asked by loishen1 8 years ago

Were do you get your parts

Hey guys what is your favorite place to find electronic parts.  Here is my list, I have ordered parts from every site below without any problems.  Im always looking for more places to check out, let me know what I missed. Endlessparts.com Caryshop.com Alleletroncis.com Mpja.com Suplusecenter.com sciplus.com allelectronics.com goldmine-elec-products

Posted by justinc41 2 years ago

what are the most important electronic parts to have in your toolbox for any project?

Like its stated i need to know what are the basic, most important electronics parts to have in a toolbox for any project. i want to start learning about electronics and i need parts to do projects and i didnt know you ya'll keep basic parts that everyone else have like a common type of LED or something. know what i mean? if nobody knows or doesnt do this, what are some parts to look for that a beginner like me could use later for starting small projects that will help me learn electronics?

Asked by leader1 9 years ago

Swevil part for swing arm lamp

I need help in finding a replacement part for a swing arm magnifying lamp. I have search far and wide online but could not find any. I have also tried the company that I had purchase from (2 Years ago) they do not carry replacement parts. The lamp is a Alvin lamp desk clamp, the lamp is in excellent and working condition. The only problem is the swevil part that connects the lamp head to the the swing arm. ( see pics)  Any alternative idea or sudsititude would be helpful.  Thanks

Posted by RamonC2 2 years ago

Where do I found replacement parts for a Chicago Electric Power Tools

Chicago Electric Power Tools 7" orbital sander, model number:92623. I need to replace the variable speed switch?

Asked by 8 years ago

How to order parts for this circuit?

I'm a new to building circuits and trying to help my son with a school project.  Here is the circuit to hack the wireless doorbell into snail mail notifier (http://mimeproject.blogspot.com/2011/01/mail-notifier.html).  I'm lost here though it appears to be a simple circiut.  (attached the circuit as image file) Please help me with ordering parts and the proper sequence to solder them. Thanks in advance. - Al

Posted by thousandeyes 4 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.

Asked by escapefromyonkers 8 years ago

Broken washing machine and DIY parts

Hi, Unfortunately our washing machine stopped working the other day… It’s a seven years old Upo TL1200D for those who cares. It’s quite small and old, so my wife and I have decided to buy a new one. My question is, are there any valuable/notable parts I should disassemble for future DIY projects, before we throw it out? I know I could always open it up my self and have a look (plan b). Since our apartment is a bit space constrained, the idea of having lots of parts laying around is not so popular… :) I have overlooked good quality parts in the past when I have throwned stuff away, and I thought maybe someone in here have any ideas of what to toss and what to keep?

Posted by papirkopi 7 years ago

What the hell is this?

I have taken apart my projector and found the part that has been giving me problems but i have no idea what it is called or anything.. any help? it came out of a hannstar K MV-4  94v-0  underneath it it says E89382 091 6 see picture of blue piece  the third and forth picture is the part i want to identify and replace

Posted by phunky_phantom 6 years ago

Where can I find a cheap motorcycle frame?

I am looking for a motorcycle frame (whatever condition) for under $100. It can have all of the parts, some of them or none of them, it doesn't matter. It does not need an engine or carburator.

Asked by Lucidman 8 years ago


I got a new knex set today. I got the double-sawblade ride. Now I get a whole **** load of blue rods, yellow rods, gray rods, and especially red rods (I only had 6 red rods before I got this set.)And I get much more yellow, white, blue, green, and gray connectors too. I think I may be able to build the sear rifle I have been hyping up in the chatroom for some time now. but This isnt really an end to my part limitations. I did not get a whole lot of short green rods, and the connectors only took one bag. Now my 550 tub is overflowing with the knex parts I have.Double sawblade is a good part booster.

Posted by DJ Radio 9 years ago

Building a PC

I am trying to build a computer with more knowledge than last time i was trying to do it, here are my parts listProcessorMotherboardHard DriveCD/DVD DriveMemoryCaseI have a Gateway computer company Vista OS from my old gateway computer, will this work with a non Gateway interface computer? If not, then i will probably download linux to my usb and upload it to the computer. P.S. i already have a monitor

Posted by Caveman477 9 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

Asked by XOIIO 9 years ago

Flat Wall Plug Adapter? (for DIY extension Cords)

There is an extension cord (3 wire) which has a flat wall connector - great for tight spaces.  I've bought some over the years (about $12 each at Amazon) - but want a supply of the plugs so I can make my own custom/length cords.  I looked at a few electric parts places but no luck.  Any ideas/sources for a less expensive flat plug adapter? One option  is to replacc the wall outlet with a recessed outlet - but that does not work for me. thanks

Posted by 222fbj 7 years ago

where can i get some free electronics without telling them what i need them for?

Where can i get some free electronics without telling the company what i need the samples for?

Asked by jibatsu 8 years ago

Scrapping electronics, What should I look for???

       When I was like 10, I would take apart all of my electronics that were broken, or not broken. Then I would play around with the parts with great curiosity. I once rigged alarm to my bedroom door, by fixing a string from in front of the door. When Someone broke it, the string would loosen a weight that would connect a wire to a motor, which would set off an old fashion alarm clock. It was tough to make, and as you know i would have to re string everytime someone came in my room. Recently while in a forum, someone mentioned Robomaniac`s tutorial of the beatle-bot. And this tutorial resparked an old intrest lying deep within.. Well my question is: Whenever I am taking an electronic object apart. What should I keep?? And what should I ditch?? 

Posted by fight4gipper1 7 years ago

Twist open plastic balls

Hey all, I'm looking for milky/fogged/hazy (I'm not sure what the right term) twist open plastic balls, like the one on the first picture. My plan is to put some LEDs in them to make glowing balls, but all I can find is clear plastic, as in the second picture. Any suggestion where can I get something like this? The size should be about  2" (diameter). -Greg

Posted by shinjin 3 years ago

UK based WEEE recycler - do you want any bits and pieces?

Hey there instructables fans. I've been reviewing your site for a while now, loving all the cool projects. I saw one project that was using some disused IDE connectors from a PC and it got me thinking.... part of my day job is running a WEEE recycling company in the South West of the UK. We process an awful lot of computers and although we re-use as much as we can of the computer stuff we recycle there is still a lot that goes to be shredded for material recovery. I'm always looking for new ways in which bits and pieces could get themselves a second life. Would this community be interested in any old computers bits and pieces? I'm not asking for money just enough to cover postage, perhaps some brave soul in the UK would like to take on a 'bulk order' and then distribute around? It's just a thought and my apologies if I've stepped on any toes or forum rules, I have no interest in making money from this just simply to get make a few small bits and pieces useful once again :) Please message back if interested!

Posted by yakboy 10 years ago

What is the best package for what type of knex?

Say for instance i need a lot of tan clips, what knex set supplyes a lot of these without going into too much expense? PLeas elist all that you can so we can all have a good loock, im always short one some pieces XD ( i know about ebay but i want to buy from scratch) ( i know about the singe buy from the knex book but i want to buy in a small package) Thanks

Posted by deanlaing123 8 years ago

Broken Parts

Well i've had knex for a long time and i've broken alot of parts... This is most of my broken parts.

Posted by The Nomlack 7 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/

Asked by XOIIO 9 years ago

Can someone tell me the exact parts of this 'ible? Answered

I really want to make this instructable, but I dont know what parts to buy. Can anyone help? Thanks!

Asked by kcls 8 years ago

Help with a project brainstorm.

 I am building an automated parts storage thingy. I envision having a catalog of parts with numbers next to them. I enter a number on a keypad that corresponds to the part, and the drawer containing the part slides out* and the smaller compartment containing the part's lid flips open** and I enter the amount I took or put in and it logs it*** and notifies me when I am low on a part**** *How would I make it slide out? **How would I do this? Electromagnets, maybe? ***How would it remember? Compact flash or SD memory? ****How would it notify me? Network to the printer? I think i would press a button that said "STOCK" and it would tell me what to stock up on.

Asked by 16zzundel5 8 years ago

Wanted computer parts

Hi if you have any computer parts lying around such as a motherboard, CPU, cooling fans ect... I can take it off your hands for you free of charge. If so please send me a reply telling me what you have and is it working or not working  and I will be happy to come pick it up thanks.

Posted by theitnerd_withnomoney 6 years ago

online resource?

Is there a site that will take a schematic and pull your parts for you? maybe even make a pcb for  it? for hobbyist.

Asked by NMSquirrel 4 years ago

What do ya think??

I finally went out and bought some pins today, push pins, for the wall of course. When I figure out how to steady a tripod on top of a matress, and I find the rest of my junker parts (these are just old parts or stuff needing repair), I'll bring more pics.

Posted by Punkguyta 9 years ago

Fellow community members, I am looking for some old outdated broken computers (laptop) preferred

Please send info on Pentinum Class 4 computers or even just parts

Asked by Carl_007 6 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.

Asked by harlyquin 9 years ago

I have disassembled an old TV. Can anyone lead me in the right direction to find what some of these things are? Answered

I have disassembled an old TV parts info.  I've been able to catalog most of the components, but, I have transformers, transistors, chokes/loops, and others that I can not get info on.  I've tried Googling the part numbers, but, I'm getting no where.  Can someone please help in leading me in the right direction?  Thanks.

Asked by bigdaddy8951 6 years ago

Where can you buy laser diodes and circiut drivers ?

Laser DIY didn't send the parts we needed do you know where else to get  laser diodes and circiut drivers for the cheapy lighter laser burner ?

Posted by saltwaterfarmtoo 7 years ago

From where I can buy the require tools of a project?

Since we don't have any place to sell even recycled parts any site I can order? especially for robots projects here in instructable.com

Asked by ims geek 8 years ago

I broke a phone charger,searched online see what these components are but nope. Anyone got an idea what the parts are?

BTL804A1WS TL431A 42850 COSMO 1010 B17 E41 C 58014 C23 LM 358 0505 59015 C 118 IRF 870I

Asked by rammstein2 8 years ago

Online supplies?

Hey guys, question for you guys. Im looking for a good online sotre for electronics parts. Ive looked at a few but it seems i can't find a store that has everything. LED's, resistors, tools, capacitors, etc. Plus the cheaper the better. Anyone have some ideas? EDIT: Can someone also suggest a good size of LED's for general building and work. Thanks

Posted by BraedenNaylor 9 years ago

"Organ donors"... or: sources for tube project parts...

The "Vacuum Tube" group needs a first forum topic. Here it is... Sorry 'bout the pun... but I could have used Time to get Organized... Be thankful ;-)Vacuum tubes and parts tend to be rather expensive these days. But there's a good source for parts, and it's often free: old tube organs.I picked up a working 1960 Wurlitzer a couple days ago. It's got:-- full complement of tubes (the mother lode!), including9 (nine!) 12AX7 preamp tubes.2 6L6-GC power tubes1 5U4-GB rectifier(there were other tubes: (28!) 12fq8's but they're not so useful for audio...)-- Huge power transformer-- Large (20-25 watt) output tranformer-- two 16 ohm speakers-- lots of carbon-comp resistors, sockets and other reusables.Total cost--just gas, and a sore back.Even the non-tube organs are a good source of speakers, reverb tanks, pedals, etc. The tank, bass pedals and the volume pedal were from a solid-state Conn organ left on the curb...The bass pedals could be made into a MIDI project, and the volume pedal would be a nice start of a wah, or left as-is. Yeah, they are grungy, but that's easy to fix....

Posted by gmoon 9 years ago

weird question - online source for smallish mechanical parts

Hey, I'm new here. I'm an established musician (composing is my focus).  I've gradually decided I'd like to work on a new composition project which involves electro-mechanical instruments of my own design. I have a decent understanding of electronics, and I don't think the mechanical designs will cause me too many problems.  I've had plenty of experience in building hobby stuff - remote controlled planes, etc. What I don't know much about is where to source mechanical parts.  Electronics, no probs.  But things like wee little cranks and levers, hinges, etc, etc... stuff I'd rather not build from scratch but you can't exactly find in a hardware store. Any ideas?  (I know this is off the wall). Many thanks! - Tom

Posted by praxisaxis 5 years ago

How do I make a touchscreen that requires a stylus?

I want to either make a touchscreen or install one (though I don't know where I would source the parts for that).  Basically I don't want the touchscreen to pick up on my hand.  I have a Wacom Bamboo tablet which requires a stylus and that's essentially what I want here.  That would most likely be an inductive touchscreen, so I'd be interested in making something like that.  Preferably mostly see-through if possible. Basically: How would I make that (or where would I buy a raw element for something like that), and how difficult would it be to interface with that (i.e. via microcontroller). Thanks.

Posted by thatgamesguy 1 year ago

What can I do with a magnetron, while still being reasonably safe?

I have recently disassembled a microwave to discover that practically all the internal electronic components are still functional (all except the chassis and bezel - even the lightbulbs were still intact).  That includes the magnetron, transformer, HV capacitor, and high-power diode needed to turn 120VAC into a microwave beam.  So, what sort of interesting, things can one even do with a magnetron, anyway, while being at least reasonably safe. I'm no wimp, but getting widespread internal 2nd degree burns is no picnic either. Any ideas for things I can do with those parts?

Asked by AJMansfield 5 years ago

SMB Connectors

Does Anyone know where I can get a single right angle SMB Connector. This is the type of connector that the satellite radios use for antenna connectors. Digikey and others have bags of them but I only need one. Thanks, Jason

Posted by capt-capsaicin 10 years ago

Hanging Bottle Lamp

Hello! I am try to make a pendant bottle lamp, but want to do it as professionally as possible. I found this picture online with a great polished cap and a bushing for the wire at the top of the bottle but cannot figure what or where to get it from. Any help?? Thanks Paris

Posted by PM Glass 4 years ago

how do u take the bike chainrings off?

hey im trying to build a fixie but wen i took off the cranks i tried to get the chain rings off but it was hard, theres no screws or allen wrench to take it off? if u kno how to take it off hit me up with a comment

Asked by HmOnGbOi 7 years ago