Salvaging Components---Where Do YOU Get Them?

Franc Zabkar wrote:


The Australian Greens propose to legalise untested, recreational, mind

Rubbish. Read the actual policy statement rather than the tabloid crayon interpretation. BTW - agree - the spare situation for elctronics gear is hopeless, if it aint a simple 20min fix with standard componets, forget it - the $200 laser block for the $50 DVD player is all too common - and this is after spending HOURS trying to track down said part - and BTW - it will take 6 months to get here...
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On 4 Aug 2006 07:49:40 -0700, "Andrew VK3BFA"

The following are excerpts from their actual policy statement prior to the last federal election:
================================================================3.20 the controlled availability of cannabis at appropriate venues ================================================================3.25 investigations of options for the regulated supply of social drugs such as ecstasy in controlled environments, where information will be available about health and other effects of drug use. ===================================================================3.19 the decriminalisation and regulation of cannabis cultivation and possession for personal use, while monitoring its effects on the health of young people. ==================================================================As you can see, the Greens are quite happy to make mind altering drugs such as ecstasy and cannabis readily available, and study their effects later, but they come down hard against GM food because, in their opinion, its effects have not been sufficiently researched.
BTW, I consider myself a pragmatic conservationist, ie one that can see a balance between technology and nature. In contrast, the Australian Greens are just a gaggle of bigoted, self indulgent, flat earthers. They are interested in political gain for its own sake rather than any genuine ideal. To this end they are prepared to solicit the votes of drug lusers and other electoral dross.

I rarely bother working on any CD or DVD player that is exhibiting skipping problems. I recently wasted several hours trying to salvage a bad CD pickup for a friend. A new assembly would have cost in excess of AU$100. I'm left to wonder, who actually buys these laser blocks? Why would any specialist spare parts business bother stocking stuff they couldn't possibly sell? AFAICS, a $100 laser assembly for a 10 year old player will spend the rest of its life on the shelf, and eventually find its way, unused, into landfill.
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Talking about salvaged components...here's a special one....
http://cgi.ebay.com/1908-DEFOREST-AUDION-ORIGINAL-BOX-RARE_W0QQitemZ190011265822QQihZ009QQcategoryZ38033QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem
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Too_Many_Tools wrote:

There are a lot of place in the DFW area. One of the more, ummm, notorious is Nortex. http://www.montagar.com/~patj/nortex.htm
The pictures don't do it justice. Spelunking rules apply. Bring a buddy and watch for cave-ins.
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Surplus Sales of Nebraska sort of looks like that, at least the floors I was on.
There was also a business called The Radio TV Laboratory in Chicago that seemed to have an infinite selection of older electronic components. They actually stocked "new" parts for antique wire recorders. The aisles were so narrow you had to sometimes back out of the store to let other customers in.
The "main" surplus place in Chicago was American Science and Surplus/Jerryco, but is really just a toy store (literally) at this point. Up until maybe 10 years ago you could think of a project, walk in and leave with all the parts.
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Too_Many_Tools wrote:

People call me and say, I have another truckload (or more) for you, can you pick it up today? Three thrift stores, a local Catholic school, the local County Government, and smaller loads from individuals call every time the local paper mentions that I repair and recycle donated computers to give to other disabled Veterans. I only have about 2000 square feet of storage, and I'm almost out of space. (again)
30*40 = 1200 SF Four bay garage 18*28 = 504 SF Storage building / machine shop 12*12 = 144 SF Outbuilding #1 12*12 = 144 SF Outbuilding #2 ----------------------------------------------- 1992 SF Total
Then there is the work area of another 1000 SF. I need more room! :(
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On Tue, 01 Aug 2006 20:51:25 GMT, "Michael A. Terrell"
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Yes, I've read what your service to my country consisted of. Run your DD214 up your ass, there's more than a few of us who actually served and don't need a fuckin' .sig file to wave around like a steenkin' CrackerJack prize.
I also note that you've been drummed out of every usenet ng you post to... coincidence? I don't think so binky. A google search on your dumb ass is quite revealing.
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snipped-for-privacy@trippin.net wrote:

Let me guess. 66fourdoor AKA trippintooeighttrack, AKA Charlie Nudeo the Ebay spammer and scammer. Also you're pissed because I bounced another of your whinny e-mails without downloading it this morning.
As far as a "Google Search", I'm man enough to use my real name, and I have only used one ID since I got back on line. The rest of your lies are obvious to anyone who wants to bother to check them out, including the obvious forgeries where someone changed my sig file and posted messages to slur my name. That coward was posting through an anonymous remailer, but I was canceling the messages as fast as he was posting them. I then cleaned out a few that made it to Google Groups archive, other than those that were replies to the fake message.
Why don't you grow up and get a life?
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Too_Many_Tools wrote:

So far this week I have picked up 12 working UPS (10 APC, one Belkin, and another I didn't log in), seven video monitors, eight hard drives, three all in one printer scanner copiers, a computer, 30 keyboards, dozens of power cords, some networking equipment, and about 100 assorted cards for computers, all from one place. I have to go back tomorrow morning to pick up six more working monitors.
Over the last month or so, I have picked up a couple pickup truck loads of bed rails to use for shelving and carts. I have enough springs for four or five trampolines, and picked up over 100 pounds of old hardware. All you have to do is spread the word. It will not only be offered, but some people will even drop things off for you. I have to cut up all the bed rails and fire up the torch to make more shelves for the garage. I have a lead on a couple pallets of rejected 3/4" plywood to cut up for shelves and to repair a couple damaged workbenches, and a pallet of reject 2"*4"*8' lumber. This is from a local mill that makes plywood and plywood beams.
I want to build a single 40' bench across the back of the garage so that i don't have to set up or tear down anything to do different jobs.
I am designing a computer controlled coil winding machine to make replacement Oscillator, RF, and IF coils for old tube radios. Each part will be stored as a profile by part number, and the machine will hold about 20 different rolls of magnet wire. It can also be used as a wire measuring machine to re-spool partial reels of wire for inventory, or when someone drops a reel and breaks it. At least one large electrical contractor is interested in renting it for his end of year physical inventory. Meanwhile, I am looking for more of the early Akro-Mills 50 drawer parts cabinets to sort small parts and hardware. I have over 20 already full, and its a real blessing to just pull out a drawer and get what you need.
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