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Too far gone

I couldn’t save this calculator. It was too far gone! The leaky battery corroded a lot of the PCB tracks. Scrapped. RIP.

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Conductive glue

Some manufacturers are just not learning from past manufacturing mistakes.  Or they just don’t care about how long the stuff they make will last. One of the faults with some electronic equipment is a glue used in manufacturing that becomes … Continue reading

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Handy reference chart for plug pinouts

<humour> This is a reference chart for plug pinouts. We can rely on xkcd to give us some good, reliable information. </humour>

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A costly calculator repair

This MS-7LA calculator came in for recycling last year. It did not power on. It is the holidays at present so I thought I would do some holiday hobby work (repairing things is one of my hobbies). I undid the … Continue reading

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A waste of time

These brand new mains cables came in for recycling. Not only was it a waste of time test and tagging brand new cables but they ended up with us for recycling. We get hundreds of these cables both new and … Continue reading

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Electrical tape and extension cords

This cable came in as part of a whole bunch of other stuff from an IT company. Not sure why someone would want to make one of these.  The mains plug to IEC connector is pretty easy to get hold … Continue reading

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2020 International Repair Day

As a means of promoting the repair industry Ecotech Services is offering free repairs or evaluation to a wide range of faulty electrical, electronic and computer equipment on the 2020 International Repair Day. The event will be held at our … Continue reading

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Labour price increase

Effective immediately we are increasing our labour charge out rates since we can no longer absorb the increased costs of the numerous changes and challenges with which we are faced.  Our labour prices had not changed at all since the … Continue reading

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Rubbish manufacturing

Had a no name brand battery charger come in for recycling.  I set it up on the bench to test it.  It powered up but after a bit it turned off.  I took the thing apart.  Pretty easy to do.  … Continue reading

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Water and electricity

This is one of the reasons why this type of mains plug should not be used in wet areas. It had arced between phase, neutral, and earth when wet, which carbonised the plastic of the plug. The other reason is … Continue reading

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