Technojunk salvage tips

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Technojunk salvage tips

Here are some useful tips on salvaging components from old electronics. I especially like the idea of using the bottoms of water bottles to create clear, stackable parts bins.

Tool Tip: How to Salvage PCB Parts – Link

12 thoughts on “Technojunk salvage tips

  1. Pete Marchetto says:

    Has anyone ever seen how in a few episodes of Firefly, they use exactly this sort of thing (cut down water bottles) as glasses in bars? Talk about propmaking on the cheap!

  2. Almost_There says:

    I usually just get the joint good and hot, then quickly slap the PCB on the table. Momentum makes the liquid solder splatter on the table and (after repeating two or three times) you can easily remove the part.

  3. thomas veil says:

    So what about ESD?
    It’s a good idea for resistors and such, but never put your active component in regular plastic box or you risk to fry them.
    At least, put a grounded plate at the bottom.

  4. John Honniball says:

    The comment about ESD (electro-static discharge) is a good one. Most modern chips can be damaged by static electricity, such as you might generate with plastic containers like this. You could keep the chips in conductive foam (usually black in colour) or you could use aluminium foil.

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Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. His free weekly-ish maker tips newsletter can be found at

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