Unscrewed: Salvage and Reuse Motors, Gears, Switches, and More from Your Old Electronics
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Unscrewed: Salvage and Reuse Motors, Gears, Switches, and More from Your Old Electronics

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Admit it: you love to explore how things work. Screwdriver and pliers in hand, no castoff electronics or old appliances are safe. But once you’ve pulled apart your prey, do you really just want to screw it back together again . . . assuming you could? Unscrewed is the perfect resource for all UIYers—Undo It Yourselfers—looking to salvage hidden treasures or repurpose old j...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published June 1st 2011 by Chicago Review Press (first published January 1st 2011)
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I hate to admit it, but I was hopelessly disappointed and annoyed with this book. The idea of having some kind of handy universal reference/guide for the types of gizmos that are worth stripping and re-using from old equipment was massively attractive, but unhelpful doesn't even begin to describe how little direction and utility this volume offers.

To begin with, the step by step break downs jump around like crazy, the illustrations are tiny, blurry, and monochrome (while the instructions actuall...more
Mathew Carruthers
Thoroughly read the first few chapters, skimmed the rest. If you're an electronics hobbyist or tinkerer or hacker, this book is a must have resource. As this book demonstrates, it's much more cost-effective to salvage parts from discarded equipment than it is to buy new parts for your electronics hobby projects. It gives step-by-step instructions for dismantling several common pieces of electronic gear (hair dryers, cameras, printers, hard drives, scanners, etc.), and rates these items in terms...more
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Ed is curious - he wants to see the world and understand how it works. So he travels (a lot) and takes things apart. And, he enjoys putting things together from building robots to writing books.

As a math and physics major, Ed likes numbers. He's traveled to 61 countries on all 7 continents. He has directed 5 museums (including the National Inventors Hall of Fame and founding the National Toy Hall...more
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