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Discussion in 'Electronic Repair' started by ServCarpenter, Nov 12, 2005.

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  1. Hey I am a 15 year old kid and loving taking electronics apart! I have
    taken apart and rebuilt 2 laptops, and made my own Desktop PC, I've
    taken apart 4 Different Gameboys, My 3 CD players, fixed one, and
    multiple Calculators and miniature games. I was wondering, is there a
    site were people contribute on how they took things apart, possibly
    with pictures? If not, I was thinking of making one so that people
    could take things apart and take pictures for others to see what do you
    think?
     
  2. Ray L. Volts

    Ray L. Volts Guest

    That's how a lot of us got started, in addition to building things in kit
    form.
    If you don't find a site to your liking, you could create a freebie yahoo or
    msn group just for this purpose. They give ya plenty of space for storing
    pics and posting messages. Good luck and happy tinkering!
     
  3. James Sweet

    James Sweet Guest


    www.howstuffworks.com has quite a bit of info of this sort on it,
    careful though, it's easy to get sucked in for hours.
     
  4. Sounds good to me. That's how many of us got started. :)

    Now you have the Internet!

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  5. Guest

    You're one of what seems to be a dying breed.

    I wish more engineering students felt this way. Most of them today have
    never bothered to take something apart to see what was inside. It makes
    me wonder what posessed them to study engineering in the first place.

    Keep it up! You may be driving your parents crazy, but you're picking
    up skills and experience that will be incredibly valuable to you some
    day if you enter a technical career. And even if you decide to live
    your life as a fisherman or a sculptor, you'll still have a great
    hobby.
     
  6. And Universities don't help. Many EE departments think that doing
    computer simulations is equivalent to hands-on experience. Remember
    all those ideal inductors? :)

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  7. Arfa Daily

    Arfa Daily Guest

    Have you considered getting yourself an amateur radio license ? Thre's still
    a lot of us that are genuinely technical, and are happy to see new
    technically minded licensees come on the air. You get to talk to a bunch of
    friendly people, world wide, and also get to have the satisfaction of making
    those contacts either on kit you wholly built yourself, or at least using
    accessories and antennas that you built for yourself. Great way to pursue
    your hobby and interest, and meet new people as well.

    Arfa
     
  8. Puckdropper

    Puckdropper Guest

    There are some sites out there like that, but they're usually device-
    specific.

    For example, this is the Apple Newton 2000/2100 disassembly guide:
    http://www.pda-soft.de/body_2x00_disassemble.html

    Comments usually to go to the email group list that many Newton users
    know about. (NewtonTalk.)

    Puckdropper
    --
    www.uncreativelabs.net

    Old computers are getting to be a lost art. Here at Uncreative Labs, we
    still enjoy using the old computers. Sometimes we want to see how far a
    particular system can go, other times we use a stock system to remind
    ourselves of what we once had.

    To email me directly, send a message to puckdropper (at) fastmail.fm
     
  9. Skype_man

    Skype_man Guest

    Man, I wish we had the gear available to work on, back when I
    was your age! Seems like your'e on the right track, & doing very
    well already! Good for you! Keep in mind, soon...there will be
    little need for repair people, in T.V., VCR...if they still have them.
    I still love it, & hope you stick with it, but try to get another
    trade also, even related to what your'e doing now, because you
    WILL NOT make a lot of money at it. Learn computers, PLC,
    three phase frequecny drives, some electrical, & study, study,
    study, on your own. I'll send you some great sites, when I dig
    them out. You will be floored by what you can learn online, &
    from the guys here. Also check out these newsgroups. There
    lots of posts with sites to look up. BE CAREFUL not to get
    electrocuted!!! Alway discharge (with the unit unplugged), the
    main filter capacitors. Take care, Sky.

    sci.electronics.repair, misc, equipment, design, components,
    basics, & sci.electronics.
     
  10. sck0006

    sck0006 Guest


    I agree. I just finished school a year ago, and none of the students
    with the exception of one or two seemed to even care about
    electronics. Most of them were in it because they thought they could
    make lots of easy money. I've always been a tinkerer, starting out
    very similarly to what the o.p. stated, , and I admit I was
    disappointed when I finished school, both in the lack of interest in
    the future generations of engineers and for the lack of demand for
    people like us, but seeing websites such as Mike's Electric Stuff and
    Power Labs reminded me there is hope. I knew repair shops were on the
    downhill, seeing many of the close around me steered me towards other
    fields, but I found a cal lab that does repair work, so now I'm a
    calibration/repair tech and I couldn't be happier. I get to work
    with expensive equipment all day that I'd otherwise have no exposure
    to, and get to fix much of it. There is still some hope out there,
    but hobbyists are quickly dying.

    I've gone off babbling,...

    Steve
     
  11. Mark

    Mark Guest

    go for it...and don't get discouraged....

    I took apart and broke lots of stuff for good before I managed to
    actually "fix" something....

    Mark
     
  12. James Sweet

    James Sweet Guest


    Well the time has never been better to get stuff to practice on, every
    day more and more equipment is getting junked due to trivial problems.
     
  13. Dana

    Dana Guest

    I agree. I am a blind person and I started out that way. I was always
    curious how things worked.
     
  14. Dana

    Dana Guest

    Yep, great idea. I got my amateur ticket when i was about 11 or so.
     
  15. Asimov

    Asimov Guest

    "Dana" bravely wrote to "All" (26 Nov 05 21:57:50)
    --- on the heady topic of "Re: Taking Things Apart"

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    Da> Xref: core-easynews sci.electronics.repair:349652

    Da> I agree. I am a blind person and I started out that way. I was always
    Da> curious how things worked.

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    .... I worked hard to attach the electrodes to it.
     
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