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. The three top requirements for your workshop are a few electrical outlets with three holes, adequate ventilation, and good, bright lighting. The outlets are needed because most of your tools will require this kind of grounded outlet. Ideally, you should use surge protectors, plug power strips into those, and plug the tools into the strips. The ventilation is important to keep the work area cool, and the bright lights are needed because you will be looking at some very small writing to identify components. Other useful things to have are a fire extinguisher, a magnifying glass, extra power cords, and a first aid kit.

The main thing that keeps people from trying to do their own repairs is the technical knowledge they think they will need to have. But in truth, numerous electrical problems have causes that are very simple and which anyone can check for. Among these simple causes are loose screws, dirty connectors, and old cables. And to repair a lot of other problems, only a basic understanding of electronics is needed.

The first thing you need to do is the testing, and to do that you will need some inexpensive testing equipment, and a book on how to test. One very good guide, available at Amazon.com, is written by Delton T. Horn. At Amazon.com you will also find other excellent guides like this, by authors such as Robert J. Traister and R. A. Penfold. Read more than one book, and buy the testing equipment that the books recommend.

If you test and find that the problem has a simple cause like the ones I mentioned above, you have just saved a lot of money in repair costs. 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. A guide like this will tell you, for example, that if you drop a cell phone in water it is often not necessary to take it in for repair as most people do. All you need to do is quickly open the phone, remove the battery, and thoroughly dry both items, and usually the phone will be fine. For other problems that do require you to know something about electronics, inform yourself by reading a beginner’s electronic repair guide.