reached the level of care needed to
refrain from destroying delicate electronic components.
Rule 6: Store scrounged parts
so that they can be found again.
There is no use spending an hour or
so unscrewing and desoldering parts
and accessories from PCBs and the
like if you can’t find them when you
need them. To explain this further, if
you put all of your parts into a big
cardboard box, along with a mass of
wires, you are wasting your time.
Ensure that parts are stored in
labeled containers (preferably stack-able parts drawers, available quite
inexpensively from hardware stores),
so that they can be found with a
quick glance. You can store them
along with your purchased parts, of
course, so label drawers with names
like “resistors,” “diodes,” “relays,”
and the like.
I consider this process follow-up.
You get to know where your parts are,
so you can find them in a matter of
seconds, rather than a matter of terse
hours. Also, storing parts in a neat
and clean fashion has advantages
other than easy recollection; it makes
your garage or workshop look a lot
neater, while keeping the “other half”
I hope that you will take these few
simple rules into mind next time you
drag home for stripping your next
dump-found broken appliance. They
will make your life so much easier, I
assure you, and you will save a lot of
money. It may be easier to remember
the quick version of the rules: safety,
rarity, quality, wick, diversity, and
Scrounging is a hobby in itself,
but you should scrounge only for
what you’ll really use. Please keep in
mind that safety always comes first.
Nothing is so important that you
should take unnecessary risks. If you
have any further questions or comments on this article, feel free to
email me at justfordantheman@tel
stra.com I will usually reply within a
day or two, if I’m not busy scrounging! NV
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