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Rebuild and reuse? Answered

I was just thinking today. I want to get a soldering gun with a desoldering bulb or some kind of device to suck up solder so I can remove parts. I have nearly heaps of old computer motherboards, video cards, ram, and all sort of other things taking up space. And I'm not talking like pentium 3 or old p4 parts, more like P1 and even a few tandy and 486 parts kicking around. I've seen people making earrings and wreaths out of these old parts, but I'm thinking more practical, like what could I be building out of these components. I've never really gotten into things like pic programming and building things on bread boards, however I do have the know how to operate a soldering gun and I wanna get into these things. Could someone point me in the right direction or point me to a forum at least?? It'd be greatly appreciated because I really need a new hobby to do in my spare time instead of blowing my amps.

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Sandisk1duo

10 years ago

Lol blowing up amps.... just take apart the psu it has a bunch of capacitors, and who doesn't like a high voltage capacitor? Those circuit boards that you pull out of those computers have a bunch of components, pnps, npns, voltage regulators, resistors, capacitors, inductors just keep the circuit boards for future use. bread boarding isn't fun if you don't have a pack of resistors :' ( bread boards are like $8 at radioshack, resistor packs are $12 while your at radioshack buy a pnp&npn (transistors) 2n3904-npn 2n3906-pnp i took an electronics class, and that's how i got into bread boarding

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PunkguytaSandisk1duo

Reply 10 years ago

I actually am starting to get a collection of small capacitors going but my 25W soldering gun sucks and it burned me so I ended up cutting the cord off and whipping it into the garbage just a couple days ago. I know that there's a wealth of components on the pcb's but I don't exactly know how to make use of all these diff components. I know resistors are a must, if I can get my hands on a good soldering iron and a desoldering bulb I'm gonna pull the 200+ resistors off these amps, then I should be set.

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Big BwanaPunkguyta

Reply 10 years ago

Use a propane torch just heat the whole PCB upside down, move the torch across the board quickly and try to cover a few square inches at a time, and once it's warm enough give it a sharp whack against your work desk and watch the parts fall.. But watch for solder splatter (( And most solder is toxic so be careful to clean it up ))

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Sandisk1duoBig Bwana

Reply 10 years ago

how much are they? like $10 for the nozzel? and $10 for fuel?

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Big BwanaSandisk1duo

Reply 10 years ago

I use one for soldering pipe I think it was $12 for it all at walmart.... (( I've had it for about 6 years now so they might be more ))

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Sandisk1duoPunkguyta

Reply 10 years ago

um, soldering irons do burn you/me at times take your rage out on something else... just keep the circuit boards, so when you need something, you can look through them and pull out a component