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How to Disassemble Printed Wiring Boards

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    • Place the board on a table. Identify and remove the battery.

    • Store the battery in a separate secure container.

    • Identify and remove large capacitors (diameter > 2 cm) and store in a separate secure container.

    • Also screen the PWB for mercury switches and remove existing switches. Store them in a separate secure container.

    • Unclip and remove the heat sinks (and the fan).

    • Remove the fan from the heat sink. Sometimes the fan is pasted and a screwdriver may be needed to separate it.

    • Store the fan and the heat sink.

    • This is an optional step.

    • If the central processing unit (CPU) can be sold separately, it might be economically viable to remove it. The CPU is usually found on the motherboard, but may also exist on some video cards and on server boards.

    • Release the locking lever and remove the CPU. Store separately.

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