Salvage and Reuse Motors, Gears, Switches, and More from Your Old Electronics
By Ed Sobey


224 Pages, 6 x 9

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ISBN 9781569768945

Rights: WOR

Chicago Review Press (Jun 2011)


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The ultimate guide to technological and electronic reuse

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 deconstruction projects includes a “treasures cache” of the components to be found, a required tools list, and step-by-step instructions with photos on how to safely extract the working components. Projects include building a desk lamp from an old flatbed scanner, a barbeque supercharger from a Dustbuster impeller, and a robot from the gears, rollers, and stepper motor found in an ink-jet printer. Now, old VHS players and fax machines will find new life with these fun ideas.


"Tinkerers, do-it-yourselfers, and hobbyists will get a kick out of this new book...Great fun for the Popular Electronics crowd."  —Booklist

"Where others see trash bound for the landfill, intelligent tinkerer Ed Sobey sees gold, and Unscrewed is the bridge between useless junk and precious raw material."  —William Gurstelle, author of Backyard Ballistics

"Unscrewed by Ed Sobey is a great resource for computer geeks, techno-users, workbench hobbyists, DIYers and those who simply feel compelled to take things apart."  —BookPage

Author Biography

Ed Sobey is the founder of the National Inventors Hall of Fame and the author of A Field Guide to Household Technology, The Way Kitchens Work, and The Way Toys Work. He lives in Redmond, Washington.