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Offline Belrmar

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Finding broken stuff to repair
« on: December 10, 2017, 10:41:49 am »
I have benn basically repairing everything i could on my home but i have ran out of stuff to repair ::) , any ideas about how to find interesting vingate/ not super complex stuff on the internet?
 

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Re: Finding broken stuff to repair
« Reply #1 on: December 10, 2017, 10:50:24 am »
Ebay. Pick a category that looks interesting, and check the box "for parts or not working".

Be sure never to pay anything close to the price of working equipment. A lot of sellers have a bizarre idea that something which is broken is always "an easy fix for someone who knows what they're doing", and is "therefore" worth close to the same price as if it were working.
 
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Re: Finding broken stuff to repair
« Reply #2 on: December 10, 2017, 11:31:03 am »
Ask your family, friends and neighbors. Open a repair shop. Join a repair café.
 

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Re: Finding broken stuff to repair
« Reply #3 on: December 10, 2017, 12:04:56 pm »
Ask at your local Hackspace or Makerspace. At Bristol Hackspace, we sometimes get donations of partially-working electronic gear, such as BBC Micros with smoking capacitors, or scopes with shorted tantalums.
 
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Re: Finding broken stuff to repair
« Reply #4 on: December 10, 2017, 01:10:22 pm »
Ask at your local Hackspace or Makerspace. At Bristol Hackspace, we sometimes get donations of partially-working electronic gear, such as BBC Micros with smoking capacitors, or scopes with shorted tantalums.

Yes, one of us really ought to get around to replacing the dry PSU electrolytic on the dual-beam storage scope, the Tektronix Telequipment DM63 :) I may even have a spare cap and adaptor PCB, if there isn't a suitable substitute in the crates.

The symptom is pretty obvious: there's a 25Hz ripple in the beam's brightness!
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Re: Finding broken stuff to repair
« Reply #5 on: December 10, 2017, 02:48:10 pm »
Did you tried to visit a repair café ?

You will have a lot of fun and help to reduce the global warming.

https://repaircafe.org/es/

You will find repair cafés at these locations:

Repair Café Asturias (Oviedo)
Lata de Zinc
c/Julian Cañedo, 4
OVIEDO

Repair Café Madrid
MediaLab Prado
Calle Alameda 15
Madrid

Repair Café Toledo
Centro Comercial Zoco Europa, Planta 2, Asociación Emerge Toledo
Calle Viena 2
Toledo

Repair Café Zaragoza
En La Vía Láctea. C/ Doctor Palomar, 25.
Zaragoza
 

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Re: Finding broken stuff to repair
« Reply #6 on: December 10, 2017, 04:19:42 pm »
If you want stuff for free (or at least really cheap), try the local junkyard or E-waste center. Tube up to the 80s are the best canditates (few ASICs or SMD). Also, physical condition != functionality!

If you want to go extreme...

https://www.youtube.com/user/shango066

don't remove the dirt or weeds... >:D
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Re: Finding broken stuff to repair
« Reply #7 on: December 11, 2017, 12:09:31 am »
I'm jealous...I have so much broken stuff here...
 

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Re: Finding broken stuff to repair
« Reply #8 on: December 11, 2017, 06:57:39 pm »
Did you tried to visit a repair café ?

You will have a lot of fun and help to reduce the global warming.

https://repaircafe.org/es/

You will find repair cafés at these locations:


Tx for the info :D
 

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Re: Finding broken stuff to repair
« Reply #9 on: December 11, 2017, 07:54:45 pm »
Hi!

I wish I could get into all those university lab Clearout/skip finds/giveaways everybody else seems to get!

Even looking at "for parts or not working" is no guarantee you'll pick up something at a fair price, more and more wassocks with more credit–card than common sense are starting lousy "bid–wars" on things and even bits of junk in cosmetically very poor condition are starting to change hands for well into three figures, which is frankly just ridiculous!

US Vendors in particular use the nastiest trick in common use, a very reasonable "buy it now price", but they bung £700 on the postage!

Any suggestions for obtaining reasonably priced T & M in the UK for repair or parts only welcomed!
« Last Edit: December 11, 2017, 07:59:56 pm by Chris56000 »
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Re: Finding broken stuff to repair
« Reply #10 on: December 11, 2017, 09:08:58 pm »
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I wish I could get into all those university lab Clearout/skip finds/giveaways everybody else seems to get!

Our community college has tons of old junk lying around. They never seem to want to get rid of it though, but I told them if they ever do to contact me. ;D
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Re: Finding broken stuff to repair
« Reply #11 on: December 11, 2017, 09:32:37 pm »
Have children. Most of your treasured irreplaceable items will be permanently damaged within months. Happy days!
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Re: Finding broken stuff to repair
« Reply #12 on: December 12, 2017, 05:53:24 am »
Have children. Most of your treasured irreplaceable items will be permanently damaged within months. Happy days!

That's what cages are for. >:D
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