Disassembly

Sometimes you have to take things. Sometimes it’s to improve or repair and existing device. Sometimes it’s to learn what another maker did. And yes; sometimes, it’s just to get more spare parts!

Disassembly (partial) and clean Epson C88+ Printer

Have an ‘old-ish’ Epson C88+ inkjet printer that was leaving ink marks on the end of every page printed.  Figured I could take it partially apart and try to clean the print-head and perhaps eliminate the obtrusive ink marks. Getting under the print-head without some disassembly was impossible, so I figured to take off the …

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Night Owl security bullet camera

Recently had to dismember a Night Owl security bullet camera as the mechanical IR cut filter was sticking, but that started with, what the heck is a Mechanical IR cut filter? Well… turns out that the sensor in CCD cameras is fairly sensitive to IR light as well as visual light. That ‘feature’ means great …

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Light Sensor is really a Temperature Sensor?

While back I stuck a CDS light sensor on the front porch light. Wired it up myself based on one of these “Trinity Lighting Post Sensors” that I picked up from Lowes. Well it finally died and had to be replaced. So opportunity to disassemble something! Strange what I found. This light sensor really is …

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Disassemble a 2P025-08 Solenoid Valve

If you ever need to disassemble a 2P025-08 Solenoid Valve, here’s a step by step pictorial. The assembled valve looks like this First thing to note is that the valve actually is two major components. The coil and the valve mechanism. You can safely remove the coil even while the valve itself is connected to …

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Belkin F6C800 UPS

So your Belkin F6C800 UPS died and no longer holds a charge? Does it give you like 5 seconds of run-time and then quit? Probably the battery is dead. They typically only last 3 years or less. That’s exactly what happened to me recently. So… what do you do with something that states “no user …

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X-10 Switch

Disassembly Here’s an X-10 light switch I opened up for power-supply investigation for the AVR Switch project. Not a whole lot to see. Custom IC? Anyone know? After some research all I did find some interesting ideas on modding an X-10 wall switch here

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Phone Charger

Here’s one of those really tiny phone chargers. I took it apart while investigating various power supply options for the AVR Switch project. Check out the TinySwitch-II family of parts from Power Integrations. That’s a TNY266PN in the middle left below picture. Very small 5W-15W power supplies are possible utilizing this chip.

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Motorola H500

Here’s the start of the dis-assembly of the Motorola H500 Bluetooth headset and this is where you’re most likely to damage the case if you’re not careful. First insert a thin blade screwdriver underneath the rounded section of the silver insert as shown in the photograph. You’ll need to carefully pry up. There’s at tab …

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