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Great DIY Electronics Repair Guide

Updated on August 14, 2010

DIY Electronics Repair Guide

 DIY or do-it-yourself electronics repair is very popular because it brings costs down since there is no need for a professional, there is no risk of possible theft involved and because, for some, it makes a good hobby.  Before doing any do-it-yourself electronics repairs, there are several things to consider.  If you have a warranty, you should take the electronic device back to your vendor because once you have removed the cover, the warranty becomes void.  If you do not have skills in electronics repairs or user’s manuals to guide you, do not attempt to repair the device because you may cause more damage and there is a risk being electrocuted.  Consider your schedule before deciding on DIY electronics repair to avoid leaving the jobs to gather dust.  Invest in the appropriate tools before doing DIY electronics repairs.

 There are many courses in electronics repair, some online and others offline.  You can take the course online or offline, but hands-on experience is better.  These courses ensure that your actions do not lead to further damage to your electronics and that you reduce the risk of electric shock.  Electronics repair courses are also important in that you can make money repairing electronic devices for others.  There are many electronic devises and it is important that as you search for an electronics repair course, to go for a course that covers whatever you are interested in repairing.

 One thing you will learn as part of your electronics repair is how to solder and de-solder.  You will lean to interpret schematics and this will help you as you analyze electric circuits.  From the course, you will learn basic circuit theory.  You will be able to reduce the noise in transformers, to replace components that are damaged, to locate and replace components that make your fuses blow, and you will be able to locate and replace bad connections.  You will also be able to understand the markings used in circuit boards and user manuals and you will therefore be in a better position to do repairs.

 To do DIY electronics repair, you need to be careful about your safety and the safety of the electronic device.  To do this, disconnect the power to eliminate the risk of electric shock and electric fires.  Always put the back cover back before testing an electronic device to prevent electrocution.  Use insulated materials to avoid shorts after removing circuit boards and wear protective gear such as safety goggles and gloves where necessary.


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