Repair

Desoldering iron

In electronics, desoldering is the removal of solder and components from a circuit board for troubleshooting, repair, replacement, and salvage. There are many techniques how to desolder. Check out videos How to Desolder Through-Hole Parts, Why Some Joints are Difficult and Desoldering Components – Tips and Tricks. Desoldering tools and materials include the following: Solder

Capacitor testing

Test with multi-meter that it is not short circuited. Test with capacitance meter that capacitance value is correct. If this is an electrolytic capacitor I measure ESR. With some electrolytics I charge them to nominal voltage with power supply and measure charging leakage current or the rate it self duscharges. If it is a small

IFixit tools on Apple launch event

The Right To Repair is a big issue. IFixit and Louis Rossman have spread the word out how Apple making it difficult to repair products outside their service centers. On Tuesday, Apple hosted its ‘One More thing’ event, unveiling three brand new Apple Silicon Macs running on Apple’s new M1 chip “by far the most

DT830 multimeters

Saw in Facebook discussionhttps://www.facebook.com/groups/electronichobycircuits/permalink/3657982357559780/ https://www.facebook.com/438304376511718/posts/1304575383217942/ Another meter is fried again today!!! I have six meters blown in 2 years, while reading high voltage AC. I guess I will find a better alternative for such reading. Is there a way of fixing spoilt meters!?. We are talking about this kind of DT830 type multimeters: My answer:

Windows 10 fixes for 100% disk usage

My computer feels slow even though I have enoug memory and powerful CPU. Got 100% disk usage in Windows 10? So your computer is hanging and freezing because of it. You want to fix this vexing Windows issue. The following article gives several potential fixes! It promises to solve the issue with 15 tricks list.

Ecodesign and right to repair in Europe

Hackaday article Europeans Now Have The Right To Repair – And That Means The Rest Of Us Probably Will Too talks about an important topic: right to repair. The right to repair what we own has been a hot topic for many years. Many modern devices seem to be surprisingly difficult to fix. In many

Replacing electrolytic capacitors

I had one Elisa viihde base WLAN station + ADSL modem that was unreliable. I had earlier done tear-down of it that I posted to this blog. Now it is time to try to fix it, because it was making whining noise and was a bit unreliable as WLAN base station. So it looks like

Microphone hardware hacking with a hammer

I have had for a long time an AKG D60 S microphone. The AKG D60S is advertised as an unidirectional semiprofessional dynamic microphone with smooth frequency response, a rugged all-metal body, an on/off switch, and removable wire-mesh grill.  It was proven to be a decent semiprofessional all-round microphone with hypercardioid polar pattern. Hypercardioid microphones are

Omron blood pressure monitor teardown

This is a teardown of an Omron M6 Comfort blood pressure monitor. This was several years old model (newer looks different). This teardown was done because this was no longer reliable – the display was missing most of graphics. Let’s open it. Open two screws and use pry tool to open plastic case. Let’s go