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Tools I Use To Strip Electronics

Updated: Sep 12


Tools To Take Electronic Boards Apart

Here we go again with another one of our DIY projects. I came across a backup battery system for a computer system for a bank and decided to strip it down for copper and other parts. This is my list of tools we used to disassemble the electronic portion. I recommend doing this just to see how things are made. It is mind blowing that a human mind can come up with how to build electronic boards and devices.



1. Portable Torch

I use the Benzomatic brand. I have never been let down with using the Benzomatic brand torches. The Portable Torch will be used to heat the back of the Electronic boards and melt the solder to release the computer chip, diodes or capacitors.




2. Screwdriver Set

The Screwdriver Set will help in removing the small screws and help do some prying of electronic parts apart. I would purchase a small and normal size Screwdriver Set.




3. Plier Set

The Plier Set is used to cut and pull electronic boards and devices apart. Get the Plier Set with the Diagonal and Needle Nose Pliers.




4. Cordless Drill

As always the cordless drill will speed up the disassembly of any of your DIY projects. I prefer any 20 Volt Cordless drill. Purchase the Cordless Drill with the extra battery and a charger.




5. Tweezers

The Tweezers will be needed to grab the smaller capacitors and other objects that you remove from the electronic boards you are stripping apart. I prefer a long handle pair because the tend to heat up when using them in conjunction with the Portable Torch.




Bonus Tool

Gloves

Now I would purchase a heat resistant pair of gloves if I was going to do this a lot. But a good pair of leather gloves will do the trick.




Check out this 19 second video on heating up and removing parts from circuit boards.




Summary

I hope this list helps you get started in disassembling electronic boards and devices. As always there are a lot of other tools that can be used but this is what we used. Always use the proper PPE for the project you are doing and be safe in everything you do. Check out my other blog posts on www.top5toolstouse.com

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