Electronic Repair Guide for Novices

If you want to do some electronic repairs yourself in order to save money, you will first need to prepare a good home workshop area. The three top requirements for your workshop are a few electrical outlets with three holes, adequate ventilation, and good, bright lighting. You need the outlets with three holes because that is the type of grounded outlet most of your tools will use. Ideally all your tools should be plugged into a power strip that is plugged into a surge protector. Bright lighting is required because you will often look at tiny writing to identify components, and the ventilation is for keeping the work area cool. Other important items to have are a first aid kit, a fire extinguisher, a magnifying glass, and extra power cords.

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. Among these simple causes are loose screws, dirty connectors, and old cables. And you only need a very basic understanding of electronics to repair many other problems.

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. A guide written by Delton T.Horn, which you can purchase on Amazon.com, is a good one. 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 shows that the cause of the problem is a simple one like those mentioned above, you will have saved yourself a good deal 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. 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 problems that do require some knowledge of electronics, educate yourself with an electronic repair guide for novices.