How to Scrap A TV?

Posted by Brad Parsons, 01-16-2013
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Have you ever wondered about how to scrap your TV? If yes, then you have made a great decision; many people throw away their television sets without realizing that they can make lots of money selling the valuable parts extracted from a ‘junk’ television set. It is advisable to pull out the scrap circuit boards, aluminum, and copper before sending the useless television to the local landfill to be discarded.

Before you get started scrapping your television, you will need to assemble some tools, including a razor knife, side cutters, a nut driver, a screwdriver, a power drill, and gloves (not to mention a large dose of patience). The first thing you need to do is to take off the back cover of the TV. The exact design of each television set may differ, but there should be a few fasteners at the back to hold the cover in place. You can remove these screws using a screwdriver or nut driver. Some television models may require the power cable to be cut off for the back cover to be easily removed.

The next step is to locate the capacitor of your television set and release it. It is recommended that you unplug the television for at least a week before you attempt to release the capacitor because there might still be an electrical charge in it, and it is capable of giving you a terrible shock.

Next you will need to cut off the scrap circuit boards. Generally, televisions have two circuit boards inside them. One is attached to the top of the television’s tube, and the other one rests at the bottom of the set. This is a very easy step because you can take out these circuit boards with your bare hands by loosening the screws or cutting zip-ties, depending on how they are attached. It is important to pay attention to the loose attachments that could come off with the circuit boards because they are valuable too. Some examples are small inductors, aluminum heat sinks, scrap transformers, and metallic IC chips.

Now, the next thing to do is disassemble the scrap copper yoke. These are coils of copper wires that are located at the end of your television’s tube. Simply disassemble it, and break it apart, separating the copper wires from the cores that are made from ferrite. In order to do this, just hit the ferrite with a hammer so that it breaks.

Another useful scrap to keep an eye out for is the scrap degaussing coil. Separate and strip this thick gauge wire from the front end of the television tube. After you have taken what you want from around the tube, you will have to dispose of the glass TV tube. It is advisable to do this in an environmentally conscious manner so that you do not violate any state laws, as well as to benefit the environment.