Are electronics recycling facilities good for getting parts?

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Are electronics recycling facilities good for getting parts?

Postby cm0n3y34 » Sun Nov 18, 2012 8:28 am

...like broken devices for scrapping components from or getting complex assemblies that are only found in certain devices? Does anyone know if these places let you go through broken stuff or anything like that, for free or cheap, like junk yards but with electronics?

I ask because my financial situation doesn't allow for buying much more than some solder, so besides an occasional rare find on the side of the road, and stuff that irreparably breaks around here, I don't have many sources for parts and stuff. I have tons of ideas, but very few of them I have ever been able to actually make.

I am also trying to get ahold of an tgimboej or 2. I do have a bunch of parts I have no use for to put into the box(es), and I posted on the box of junk USA thread.

Are there any other people here who like to make and modify things, but can't afford new components/parts/cases/etc?
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Postby cm0n3y34 » Sun Nov 18, 2012 6:38 pm

Those are some good ideas! I'll have to try those, and call some of the recycle places.

To answer your questions, I would love to play with anything that used an embedded computer, some camcorders (a few motors, and the viewfinders that are way easier to drive than I thought when I tossed a bunch out years ago :'C ), and possibly some broken tools, that I could fix and add to my kit :D. But I've always taken anything, even half of a random circuit board lol

I did try my hand at a makeshift solder pot (using a rusted out cast iron pan on my stove...yeah no one appreciated the smells lol)
Done correctly, you don't lose too many parts. I lost about 4 components (that weren't tiny and turned to ash when it accidently fell in lol) due to overheating a smaller board, and the perma-heatsinks on the board of a PSU caused more problems and smells than its worth.

As for recycling, I try to reuse as much as possible, down to reusable pieces of metal lol

And what do you mean by teach, like teach someone how to make something or how to use a computer, and get their junk or something?
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Postby cm0n3y34 » Sun Nov 18, 2012 8:09 pm

I didn't think about that. I wonder if there are any of these warehouses near here...

I was thinking about starting a review series on youtube for awhile now, I wonder if that would work. I suppose I could look into the legality of doing reviews on stuff I already use, and go from there.

I am intrigued by the idea of these places just tossing this stuff out. Like the thought of them tossing lots of working stuff just amazes me lol

And I know about the sampling thing, I got a few ICs from TI before, but I forgot to make sure they weren't extremely tiny SMD chips >_< . I try not to abuse the process with these places, only asking for stuff I can use, and only occasionally. Do you know of any places other than TI and Serpac that have a samples?

As for what I like to make, usually case mods, and modifications to how devices work, swapping components or adding components to enhance it's function or add some new function or enable something disabled. And LEDs. Lots of LEDs. But sometimes I will either realize I could make something to make some process easier, or of course there's the random ideas from my junk box. However I've always been pretty limited in tools and parts (I didn't even have a soldering iron until a few years ago!) but I still try to make stuff with what I have on hand. I haven't been able to make too much impressive stuff. A couple minty boosts, a portable 3DS speaker dock, a modified PSU for powering devices for testing, a gaming hand cooler (aka 2 80mm fans bolted to the back of my keyboard tray :D ), that level of stuff. Nothing programmable, almost no board based projects, unless the board existed for something else already and could be adapted.

I have one project I REALLY want to do, a pretty new idea, a complex game console case mod (which I am keeping secret until I can actually do it, I don't want someone to beat me to it!), and of course, I've always wanted to get my hands on an Arduino or some other development board and turn it into a robot, but of course everything costs money.

Most of my usable parts are normal through-hole hardware parts, and some small motors. I have a bunch of random chips, but none of them seem too useful for anything right now. All of them are for some one specific purpose and I cant think of any use for them.
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Re: Are electronics recycling facilities good for getting pa

Postby cm0n3y34 » Sun Nov 18, 2012 10:32 pm

Thanks for all the suggestions and information! I'll have to look into all this stuff. Especially the cheap development chips and kits.

Why wouldn't you recommend stores with junkbox electronics?

Oh, and I just turned 21 today, so not too much worry about eyesight (I'm near sighted anyway), but I don't have an iron suitable for surface mount soldering (and I'm really pushing this old tip, it badly needs replacing lol), and I can't really afford to have boards sourced. More often than not, unless I'm adapting another board for reuse, I just use wire and through hole parts, once in awhile with those radio shack proto boards for the more complex stuff and stuff that needs support (the plain boards with the grid of pads, that you either use with wires, or you can draw traces with solder if you are careful)
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Postby cm0n3y34 » Sun Nov 18, 2012 11:19 pm

Not often but I prefer to be safe and have a pile of spare parts for anything I may come across. I also hate to toss working parts, even when they are inside a broken device lol.

I looked at the TI launchpad, and it's still ~5$, one or 2 of those, and a couple DIP sockets should be a good place to start, right?
Ialso looked at tayda electronics and I can't believe how much cheaper they are than radioshack, even after shipping! (I knew radioshack was more expensive but holy crap!) I may try to get ~30$ to boost my parts for my projects and to improve the projects I have already started or finished.

And looking at that link you just left, I have a LOT of browsing to do!

One more question, where would you suggest getting good quality tools for cheap, I could use an upgrade to my soldering iron (7$ walmart one) and maybe my multimeter(15$ walmart digital one, reliable but doesn't measure caps or anything like that), and the case mod project I'll need hot glue or something along those lines.

And thanks for all the help!
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Re: Are electronics recycling facilities good for getting pa

Postby cm0n3y34 » Tue Nov 20, 2012 12:09 am

I am intrigued by the kit lol, but I would prefer a pre-assembled one anyway. I am thinking about a gun shaped one instead of a pencil shaped one, but idk if I want to get used to a new shape lol. Anyway yeah the one I use, the tips were a little big to begin with, and I didnt take good care of them so they degraded pretty quick...
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