Hosted a Take it Apart Day at the Asylum, March23rd. My pallet of cruft really needed some tending to. Luckily a few guys came to help out and we accomplished a lot! As we started unscrewing and twisting and popping things a part I explained which bins the pieces are tossed into.
1.Baby: safe plastic things with holes in them, go into the “baby” box. I will wash these parts and the youngest kids will be able to string them on a piece of yarn.
2. General supplies: stuff that has been broken down as far as it can go, resulting in an interesting shape. This stuff is ready to go to a class, workshop or event.
3. Screws: there are sooo many screws. I’m saving these up to use as grout in a mosaic.
4. Needs more work: Parts like, stepper motors which are (compression) squished together require being put in a vice and hit with a hammer to break them apart. Inside are the pretty stars wound with different colored wires. (As see in the Header of this blog and my etsy store) https://www.etsy.com/shop/Melsplace
5. Then there is a box of the very very best items I save for myself.
The question of how far to break something down comes up a lot. Peter pointed out the value of a “elbow” like component that would be great in a kinetic sculpture. So that will be a new category
I use approximately, 1/4 of each item. The rest is sorted between the metal recycling barrel and the rest is taken to the dumpster. We got thru 2 printers, 2 PCs, a scanner, video camera, stereo, fan, some old MIT equipment and a bunch of stepper motors. The best item of the day in my opinion were 4 copper colored “men” I found under the push buttons of the fan.
Taking things apart is really fun and a good way to release pent up energy, so much so that a new title has been suggested for this activity FSU or F.Stuff .Up. Hope you can make it to the next one!