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

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Perfect for the do-it-yourselfer, this handy guide to household electronics gives the weekend workbench enthusiast a multitude of ideas on how to salvage valuable parts from old electronics and turn them into useful gadgets once more. This handbook is loaded with information and helpful tips for disassembling old and broken electronics. Each of the more than 50 deconstruct ...more
ebook, 224 pages
Published June 1st 2011 by Chicago Review Press (first published January 1st 2011)
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Josh
May 28, 2012 Josh rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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to'c
Sep 27, 2015 to'c rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone that likes to work with their hands
Shelves: robot-fun
This is a good book for the beginner maker. Or anyone who's never taken things apart and might be afraid to do so. There are some good tips here. But the main reason I would recommend it is because it encourages you to crack that case open and poke around. Then to take what you find and make something else out of it.

This is not a book meant for those who are very happy to dig into and rip apart anything electronic or mechanical. Not at all. You'll most like find nit=picky things to complain abou
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Mathew Carruthers
Oct 07, 2012 Mathew Carruthers rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Cammy Koch
This is going to be super helpful when I work on taking my old digital camera and laptop apart.
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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
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