By Ed Sobey
Ideal for the do-it-yourselfer, this useful advisor to loved ones electronics provides the weekend workbench fanatic a mess of rules on the best way to salvage useful elements from previous electronics and switch them into helpful devices once again. This guide is loaded with details and worthy tips for disassembling outdated and damaged electronics. all the greater than 50 deconstruction tasks incorporates a “treasures cache” of the parts to be stumbled on, a required instruments record, and step by step directions with pictures on the best way to appropriately extract the operating elements. tasks comprise development a table lamp from an previous flatbed scanner, a barbecue supercharger from a Dustbuster impeller, and a robotic from the gears, rollers, and stepper motor present in an ink-jet printer. Now, previous VHS gamers and fax machines will locate new existence with those enjoyable rules.
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The on/off slide switch fell out along with its returnto-position spring. 6 DC volts to recharge the batteries. Latches hold the battery case together. A flathead screwdriver inserted between the two halves of the battery case pries it open. Pulling the batteries out is like extracting sausages from a plastic bag. Out and out they came: 13 C-sized NiCad batteries. 6 volts. ) The batteries in this DustBuster work, so they can be pulled apart and used in applications that require rechargeable C cells.
Motors, shafts, pulleys, and gears are useful in many small projects. The metal case could make a nice open cabinet or drawer for holding tools. I’ve used the laser assembly and ribbon cable to decorate holiday presents— they’re much more interesting than standard bows. Some people use brushless motors in radio-controlled models. However, if you decide to take the motor apart, the magnetic disk from the brushless motor is quite powerful; if nothing else, it will do a nice job of holding your photos to the refrigerator door.
The autofocus is probably provided by an infrared LED mounted on the front of the camera. Be sure to dispose of the battery properly. What Now? The three tiny motors could be powered by solar cells. They could drive very small, solar-powered kinetic sculptures. The autofocus motor and gearing are intriguing. To be useful, this component might have to stay in the camera body, but the wires could come out and be connected to a switch and power. 16 Unscrewed The Invention of the Digital Camera Working for Kodak in 1974, Steven Sasson was given a CCD (charge-coupled device) and told to experiment with it.