Electronic Repair Guide for Beginners

If you wish to save money by doing electronic repairs yourself, you will need to prepare a good workshop area in your residence.  Good ventilation, bright lighting, and several 3 hole electrical outlets are the three most crucial things your work area will need.  You need the outlets with three holes because that is the type of grounded outlet most of your tools will use.  Ideally, you should use surge protectors, plug power strips into those, and plug the tools into the strips.  The good lighting is needed because you will be identifying components by looking at often very small writing, and the ventilation is needed to keep the area cool.  A magnifying glass, a fire extinguisher, additional power cords, and a first aid kit are other items you should have.

Most people don’t attempt to do their own repairs because they think they will need a lot of technical knowledge.  But in reality, there are numerous electronic problems that have quite simple causes that anybody can check for.  Dirty connectors, old cables, and loose screws are some good examples of these.  And to repair a lot of other problems, only a basic understanding of electronics is needed.

The first thing you do is diagnose a problem, and for that you need to obtain some testing equipment, which is not expensive, and a book on how to do testing.  One very good guide, available at Amazon.com, is written by Delton T. Horn.  At the same website you can also find other good authors of this type of guide, such as R. A. Penfold and Robert J. Traister.  Buy the testing equipment that is recommended, after you have read more than one of these guides.

If your testing indicates that a simple cause like the ones mentioned above is the culprit, you have just saved yourself a lot of money.  And in addition, if you look online at an electronic repair guide for a specific product, many times it turns out that no repairs are needed at all.  For instance, when a cell phone is dropped in water most people take it in for repairs, but if you read a guide on  repair of cell phones you learn that it’s usually not necessary.  You simply need to quickly open the phone and take out the battery, and then dry both items thoroughly, and normally the phone will be undamaged.  For other problems that do require you to know something about electronics, inform yourself by reading a beginner’s electronic repair guide.

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