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2004\07\24@211917 by Jinx

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> It's the same with parts - if you buy just the components you need
> for a project, you've got nothing to mess about with, or for replacing
> parts that got fried, or that need experimenting with.  You need to
> build up a bit of stock, or you'll spend much more time obtaining
> parts than actually working on projects

Dare I get the wheelbarrow out again ?

Busted or unloved appliances are an excellent source of materials
and helpful in keeping your money where it belongs. VCRs, TVs,
printers, faxes, PCs, etc. Both for the often used components like
caps, resistors, LEDs, and for the pricey items like motors/drivers,
switches, LCDs, PSUs, leads, ICs (eg RAM/EEPROM/regs), pots,
IR modules, metal/plastic for cases/faceplates, screws/bolts........

And yes, you can do more experimenting when you posses a pile of
free components rather than humming and aaahhhing about whether
to shell out on what could be a whim

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2004\07\24@213201 by Spehro Pefhany

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At 01:19 PM 7/25/2004 +1200, you wrote:
> > It's the same with parts - if you buy just the components you need
> > for a project, you've got nothing to mess about with, or for replacing
> > parts that got fried, or that need experimenting with.  You need to
> > build up a bit of stock, or you'll spend much more time obtaining
> > parts than actually working on projects
>
>Dare I get the wheelbarrow out again ?
>
>Busted or unloved appliances are an excellent source of materials
>and helpful in keeping your money where it belongs. VCRs, TVs,
>printers, faxes, PCs, etc. Both for the often used components like
>caps, resistors, LEDs, and for the pricey items like motors/drivers,
>switches, LCDs, PSUs, leads, ICs (eg RAM/EEPROM/regs), pots,
>IR modules, metal/plastic for cases/faceplates, screws/bolts........
>
>And yes, you can do more experimenting when you posses a pile of
>free components rather than humming and aaahhhing about whether
>to shell out on what could be a whim

I suggest that a much more compact pile of disposable currency can
substitute for the pile of 'free' components.

:-)

OTOH, there is much to be learned about design for production by
dissecting products. The sort of stuff that doesn't generally show
up in books and NEVER (IME) is part of a formal engineering education.

Best regards,

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2004\07\24@213203 by Anthony Toft

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> Busted or unloved appliances are an excellent source of materials
> and helpful in keeping your money where it belongs. VCRs, TVs,

As is e-bay, look for the "Wholesale Lots" of components...

I got a box of all kinds of stuff for 4 USD, some of it even useful.

One thing backing up Jinx, you must work on getting a reputation of
collecting 'crap', that way the stuff will just find it's way to you.
However I personally won't touch a 'spent' TV, I don't know enough to
handle it safely...

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2004\07\24@215515 by Jinx

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> One thing backing up Jinx, you must work on getting a reputation of
> collecting 'crap', that way the stuff will just find it's way to you

"Build a field and they will come"

So true - this week, without word of a lie, I've been given 100m of
heavy-duty cable, a dehumidifier, two heaters (oil/element), a fan,
a vacuum cleaner (all with minor faults), a Nokia industrial mobile
phone switch box (which includes several channels of frequency-
shifters based around steppers and waveguides, and there's more
on the way, all gold-plated, originally valued at many thousands of
dollars, yum-yum), and I could get my hands on any number of dead
PCs and related products. But I'm pretty much sated for the time
being

Q. "I was going to throw this in the rubbish anyway - do you want it ?"

A. Yes please

> However I personally won't touch a 'spent' TV, I don't know enough to
> handle it safely...

Good for hardware though. I did have a bonding session with a
nephew last year trashing monitor tubes. Ah, fun in the sun. Kept
the screen meshes - no idea why but basically if I threw them out
I wouldn't have them any more !

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2004\07\24@220552 by Anthony Toft

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> dollars, yum-yum), and I could get my hands on any number of dead
> PCs and related products. But I'm pretty much sated for the time
> being

I thought I was doing well with 4 FRS radios completely working, they
will go nice on the paintball field :)

> Q. "I was going to throw this in the rubbish anyway - do you want it ?"
>
> A. Yes please

Or my favourite, "here, you collect crap, take this"

> the screen meshes - no idea why but basically if I threw them out
> I wouldn't have them any more !

I have found this statement to be relationship unfriendly :) my
girlfriend is always asking me why I have so much stuff, can't wait
until I can have a shed again

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2004\07\24@221422 by Jinx

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> I have found this statement to be relationship unfriendly :) my
> girlfriend is always asking me why I have so much stuff, can't wait
> until I can have a shed again

Hmm, OK, girlfriend gets put out of the way in the shed (pull up a
lawnmower poppet, make yourself comfy), where does all your
crap go ?

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2004\07\24@223745 by Anthony Toft

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> Hmm, OK, girlfriend gets put out of the way in the shed (pull up a
> lawnmower poppet, make yourself comfy), where does all your
> crap go ?

I wasn't thinking of going this far, I was thinking of taking the stove,
dishwasher and food fridge out there, putting my stuff in the newly
vacated kitchen
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2004\07\24@232223 by Jinx
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> I wasn't thinking of going this far, I was thinking of taking the stove,
> dishwasher and food fridge out there, putting my stuff in the newly
> vacated kitchen

Leaving room to work on a motorbike in the lounge.........

BTW, I don't confine my scavenging to electronic bits and pieces

http://home.clear.net.nz/pages/joecolquitt/0crap.html

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2004\07\25@054049 by Howard Winter

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Jinx,

On Sun, 25 Jul 2004 13:57:17 +1200, Jinx wrote:

> I did have a bonding session with a
> nephew last year trashing monitor tubes. Ah, fun in
the sun. Kept
> the screen meshes - no idea why but basically if I
threw them out
> I wouldn't have them any more !

At last!  I *knew* there was someone in the World who
was more of a packrat than I am...

:-)

I gave up dismantling circuit boards for the parts when
I found that my desoldering skills weren't good enough
to be able to use the parts recovered that way, and
anyway it really isn't worth my time to recover a
resistor that only costs a penny new!

So now I go for whole machines and just keep the
mechanical bits like motors, shafts, bearings, gears and
so on.

Cheers,


Howard Winter
St.Albans, England

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2004\07\25@100033 by John Ferrell

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Some parts are not worth the effort but some are.
When memory chips were both soldered and precious I heated the back of the
PC board with a propane torch and slammed it on the edge of a picnic table
(components down) and it ejected the chips! Outside, face shield, upwind,
etc.

Don't worry about salvaging everthing, just the stuff you can identify and
don't already have. Photosensors, buttons and switches are among my
favorites!

When you acknowledge you are in "hobby" mode, good places to shop are toy
stores, second hand stores and discount stores. You can get a pretty good
keypad in any of those places for $5. You just have to free it from its
current duty.

Not too bad of an idea for low budget prototypes either.
John Ferrell
http://DixieNC.US

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2004\07\25@140317 by Engineering Info

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Packrat?  Someone call for packrat??  Do I win??

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Howard Winter wrote:

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2004\07\25@143507 by John Ferrell

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You are way too organized to qualify as a PackRat!

John Ferrell
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> Packrat?  Someone call for packrat??  Do I win??
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2004\07\26@060306 by Alan B. Pearce

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>BTW, I don't confine my scavenging to electronic bits and pieces
>
>http://home.clear.net.nz/pages/joecolquitt/0crap.html

Umm, Jinx, did they not tell you that for the gas bottle to help propel your
trailer, it needs to face the other way :))))

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2004\07\26@060920 by Alan B. Pearce

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>You are way too organized to qualify as a PackRat!

Agreed, All those parts bins stacked away on shelves don't count. It has to
be an untidy mess on the floor that you have to sift through to find the
fourth screw to match the three you already have that are just the right
length, to count as being a packrat :))))

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2004\07\26@083927 by Jinx

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> >http://home.clear.net.nz/pages/joecolquitt/0crap.html
>
> Umm, Jinx, did they not tell you that for the gas bottle to help
> propel your trailer, it needs to face the other way :))))

Oh sure, but with my little Popeye power-house legs it's acetylene
braking that's more useful. Funny thing though - cars stay a mile
away from some nutter with a gas bottle on a trailer. I actually feel
safer, or I did when the supplier was local to New Lynn. Now I'd
have to go right through the industrial area of Rosebank Rd, and
watching out for trucks and a thousand factory driveways I do not
fancy. Still good for picking up timber and scrap locally though

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2004\07\26@093156 by Alan B. Pearce

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>Oh sure, but with my little Popeye power-house legs it's
>acetylene braking that's more useful. Funny thing though -
>cars stay a mile away from some nutter with a gas bottle
>on a trailer. I actually feel safer, or I did when the
>supplier was local to New Lynn.

Had any interesting conversations with the local constabulary ?? :))

>Now I'd have to go right through the industrial area of
>Rosebank Rd, and watching out for trucks and a thousand
>factory driveways I do not fancy. Still good for picking
>up timber and scrap locally though

yeah, well I guess you cannot have everything :)

P.S. why did you pick a mustard yellow on black for the website lettering??
'Tis a bit hard to read.

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2004\07\26@131102 by Engineering Info

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Ok Ok Ok.  So I'm too organized to be considered a packrat anymore.
(Damm, lost yet another contest).  You should have seen things a year
and a half ago before I lost my job.  Had all my stuff in several large
boxes and would indeed spend 4 hours sifting for that 4th screw. With
the downturn in the economy, I had several MONTHS (9 to be exact) were I
was unemployed and ended up with lots of time to organize.  Trust me
when I say that it indeed did take many many many hours to organize to
that level but is was worth it.  Started sending weblinks of my garage
with my resume and within a few weeks I had two job offers.

Mark Newland
The Overly Organized Packrat

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2004\07\26@184313 by Jinx

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> Had any interesting conversations with the local constabulary ?? :))

One, and shut him up stone dead - I carry a printout of the email
correspondence I had with the LTSA (Min Of Transport) about how
absolutely legal it is. There are no limits here for a bicycle trailer. If
I wanted an 8x6, I could have one. If I wanted to tow a boat, I could.
If I could !

> P.S. why did you pick a mustard yellow on black for the website
lettering??
> 'Tis a bit hard to read

Sorry, an old page, needs redoing. BTW that's gold you swine ;-)

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2004\07\26@211131 by Aaron G.

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One doesn't need to be a packrat when they work close to this place!
http://www.mendelsons.com/the_story.html

Too bad my work hours conflict...

I should go on Saturday and take some pictures.

Aaron


On Mon, 26 Jul 2004 10:11:03 -0700 Engineering Info writes:
> Ok Ok Ok.  So I'm too organized to be considered a packrat anymore.

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2004\07\26@215753 by William Chops Westfield

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On Jul 26, 2004, at 6:10 PM, Aaron G. wrote:

> One doesn't need to be a packrat when they work close to this place!
> http://www.mendelsons.com/the_story.html
>
I was thinking of mentioning that you don't necessarily need to build
up your own "stock" of certain classes of components if you instead
work on learning approximately what is available locally.  True, you
don't want to pay $0.20 each for common resistor types from radio shack
or equivalent, but you can stock up on common values (and learn when
you can substitute), and not have to worry about the "full kit" of
values for the rare occasions when you need an uncommon value...

(that works both ways.  I got a good deal on some 1% SMT resistors on
eBay.  The values were 'odd', resulting in a low price, but I
re-classified them as "about 1k", "about 10k", "about 1M", etc...)

BillW

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2004\07\27@045136 by Nate Duehr

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On Jul 26, 2004, at 4:44 PM, Jinx wrote:
>> P.S. why did you pick a mustard yellow on black for the website
> lettering??
>> 'Tis a bit hard to read
>
> Sorry, an old page, needs redoing. BTW that's gold you swine ;-)

I thought it was just an amber phosphor dumb terminal.  ;-)  Man I
loved those over the green ones!

Nate

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