This meetup was suggested over a year ago (see the original suggestion text below). Good news, we finally have it scheduled!
Thanks goes out to member Maker Bill C. for loaning us his solder pot. This is a fantastic tool which makes scavenging parts significantly easier.
Attendee Makers, please bring:
* safety glasses (if you don't already wear glasses)
* long sleeve shirt
(really, the bits of molten solder do spray about as we often have to apply force to remove parts after the solder melts)
* plain old solder iron (even cheap irons and solder guns)
(Don't bring torches, they generally do too much damage)
* both large and fine pliers and cutters
* fancy desoldering equipment you might have (solder tweezers, hot-air rework stations, etc).
* And last but not least, old, scrap or used electronics.
Have fun with this part. Bring everything you can. You might be surprised what you, or someone else finds in "common" electronic devices.
Don't just think resistors and capacitors...
Switches, connectors, displays, ribbon or flex cables, transformers, power supplies, mounting brackets, fuse holders, misc nuts, bolts and stand-offs. There's a whole world inside these boxes. And don't forget to see parts for their creative and artistic values as well as the technical ones.
Where to get stuff? Well after you go through your garage and attic, be sure to visit places like PC Recycle and Value Village. And while you hunt, don't forget the saying:
"One man's trash is another man's treasure"
This would combine a Issue of General Community Interest (Recycling and technical trash management) with an issue of group interest (forensic recycling of technological objects, and practical parts scavenging).
Also, it would help to synergize the activities of beginning Make-ers with higher skill Make-ers. Take apart stoves for thermocouples and selector knobs, old radios, tvs, strip power supplies.
What companies or junkyards would be best to try to work with?