SILVERTEC ELECTRONICS AUSTRALIA

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RECYCLING

Electronic Components can be quite expensive when purchased new. Quite often, perfectly good and re-usable components can be salvaged from redundant or dead electronic equipment. It is surprising, just what can be salvaged from "junk" to be re-used in constructing new projects. We show you what components you might be able to find in what sort of "junk".
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WRECKING A DEAD COMPUTER POWER SUPPLY FOR PARTS

So, your computer's power supply just died and you fitted a new one and you are going to bin the old one. Hang on a minute. There's a lot of good parts in that power supply, so it could be well worth wrecking it for parts before you toss it.


But wait! – Isn't it dangerous to open a computer power supply? YES, It can be if you don't take proper precautions!


See what parts you can find inside a computer power supply and find out what safety precautions need to be taken to dismantle it without risking your life.

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WRECKING A DEAD MOTHERBOARD FOR PARTS

If your computer died and you had to replace the motherboard, what's next? Now that the computer is working well again, it only remains as to what to do with the dead motherboard. 


You could just bin it, or you could wreck it for parts and get a bunch of useful components from it for the junk box before tossing the skeleton.


We show you what parts you can find on a dead motherboard and the best way to remove those components.

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WRECKING A CRT MONITOR FOR PARTS

What!!?? You've still got that old CRT monitor lying around collecting dust and taking up space, after pensioning it off five years ago. It gave many years of reliable service, but it became obsolete and unwanted when you got your new LCD monitor. 


You'll never use it again, so why hang onto it any longer? It's now well and truly time to bin it, but not yet; AFTER wrecking it for parts first. How do we go about that? Won't the picture tube EXPLODE if we break it??


See how to go about safely dismantling the monitor and salvaging a heap of useful parts from it.

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WRECKING TWO DOT MATRIX PRINTERS FOR PARTS

You were cleaning out your shed and you found that old Dot Matrix Printer that you bought brand new in 1995 and retired in 2002, when you bought a new USB printer. It's been gathering dust all that time and it's got a broken lid! Time to bin it. 


Well, maybe there's some good parts inside it, so we'd better have a look and see what we can find, before we toss it out. You wreck that printer, then your neighbour gives you another dot matrix printer to wreck.


See what parts you might find in these old printers and how to retrieve them.

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WRECKING AN INKJET PRINTER FOR PARTS

Sometimes, when cleaning out your shed, you find old junk lying around collecting dust, that should have been tossed out years ago, like these old Ink-jet Printers. They use ancient parallel port technology, so they will never be needed again, because everything is USB now. The print heads are probably blocked up by now anyway, so they are unlikely to even work anymore. 


There's no point in hanging onto them any longer. However, there could be some useful parts inside them, so it might be worthwhile wrecking them for parts, before tossing out the junk and recycling anything like any steel parts and the cartridges.


See what useful parts were in these particular obsolete printers.

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WRECKING A DEAD LAPTOP FOR PARTS

What!!!!, you've still got that old laptop in your shed that died several years ago and you haven't binned it yet? Well, it's so obsolete that it wouldn't be much use now anyway, even if it was still working, so better bin it now. Well, not quite yet, it's well worth wrecking it for parts before you toss the junk.


What useful parts could be inside a laptop? That will vary a bit, depending on the brand of the laptop and how old it is. But, there's sure to be something useful in an old laptop, so it's well worth wrecking it for parts, before binning the junk.


See what you might be able to salvage from an old laptop and what use it can be.



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WRECKING A VCR FOR PARTS

In the not-too-distant-past, video cassette recorders were relatively commonplace, with almost every home having at least one unit, but since Digital Television has become the standard, VCRs are fast becoming a rarity. However, if you still have a good working VCR, it can be put to good use to record High Definition Digital Television signals by connecting it to a High Definition Set Top Box.


But what if your VCR has died or it's chewing tapes. It's certainly not economical to have the unit repaired these days, with the high cost of servicing, the complex nature of a VCR, the rarity of spare parts and the limited usefulness of the unit.


See what useful parts you can salvage from a dead VCR.

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WRECKING COMPUTER COMPONENTS FOR PARTS

What do you do with obsolete and dead computer components? Well, you could just bin them, or you could wreck them for parts. A good idea is to have a “Junk Bin” and toss anything that's no longer needed into it. 


So, what is a Junk Bin? We all know that a Junk Box is a box where you store an assortment of (usually) used parts that might be useful one day. A junk bin is where you toss old and dead stuff, ready for wrecking, to get the parts for your Junk Box.


See what useful parts can be salvaged from these dead and obsolete computer components that are no longer needed.

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WRECKING A SCANNER FOR PARTS

Still got that old parallel port scanner that you used to use with Windows 95 lying around gathering dust? It should have been tossed out a decade ago. Well, now might be the time to get rid of it, because all it's currently doing is taking up space for no reason. But, before you toss it out, you might want to wreck it to see if there's anything useful inside it, before you chuck the junk out.

So, what's inside a scanner that could be useful and how do we go about dismantling a scanner? Well, that depends on the type of scanner you have to start with.

We wrecked two scanners for parts. See what useful parts were in them.

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WRECKING A UPS FOR PARTS

Quite a few people use an Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) with their computer to prevent data loss in case of a sudden blackout. The UPS supplies battery powered backup power for long enough to allow you to save your work and shut down your computer safely. In areas with an unreliable power supply, a UPS is essential.

So, you have a UPS and it came to the end of its life and you replaced it. What are you going to do with the old one? You could just toss it in the recycling bin, or you could wreck it for parts. What useful parts are in a UPS? Well, that depends on the age, brand and model of the UPS, as UPSs vary as to what you might find inside them.


We wrecked two old UPSs for parts. See what useful parts we got from them.

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WRECKING A DVD PLAYER FOR PARTS

Your mate drops in to see you and presents you with a DVD player. You ask him what's the story with it and he tells you that he had it apart fiddling with it and he somehow blew it up and now it's totally dead. He knows you wreck things for parts, so he says you can have it, as he just bought himself a new one.

You tell him it might 
be repairable, but he says it won't be and  he doesn't want it back, either way, as he has no further use for it now. You find it's not repairable after all.

See what useful parts might be inside an old DVD player.

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WRECKING A HI-FI FOR PARTS

Your old Hi-Fi died several years ago and you bought a brand new latest technology Entertainment System and you put the old Hi-Fi out in the shed. It's been gathering dust all this time and it's no longer worthwhile keeping it, so what are you going to do with it now. You could just toss it out, or you could wreck it for parts. There might be some useful parts inside it, that can be salvaged before the junk gets binned.

We found this old Hi-Fi unit in the shed and it was no longer worth repairing it, due to its age and what was wrong with it.

See what useful parts we salvaged from this obsolete unit, before binning the junk.

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WRECKING A RADIO-CASSETTE PLAYER FOR PARTS

You were cleaning out your shed and you found that old radio-cassette player that you used to use decades ago until the cassette door broke. It's no use these days, because you have an MP3 player that fits in your pocket and you don't want to be lugging around a big heavy thing like this anymore. So, you can toss this useless piece of junk out now. But not until you check out what useful bits and pieces might be in it. It's pretty old, but there could still be something useful in it. The picture at left shows just such a unit. The cassette decks were no longer functional, due to the hinges on the doors having broken, but surprisingly, the radio still worked on both AM and FM.

See what useful parts were is this old unit that were well worth salvaging.

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WRECKING A CLOCK-RADIO FOR PARTS

Your old clock-radio now only works on FM Radio. The AM Radio and the clock don't work anymore, so it doesn't serve much of a purpose now. Well, maybe there could be some useful parts in it. It doesn't look like there'd be much worth salvaging in it, but we'd better have a look anyway, just in case there's something useful in it.

First things first. Unplug the unit from the power. It's dangerous to open any mains 
powered device with it still connected to power, so make sure you don't forget this important step. You don't want to kill yourself salvaging a few parts.

See what you might find that's worth salvaging in one of these old clock-radios.

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