The following picture of a ten-year-or-so-old shower cabinet that was recently removed to install a new one.
(singing) Do you see what I see?
Most people, including my wife, see a pile of trash waiting to be dragged off.
What do I see?
A lot of expensive cabling and multi-pin connectors that are NOT cheap when you go buy them.
A humidity-resistant 12v fan
A nice humidity-resistant semi-decent quality speaker. (The old shower cabinet had built-in speaker phone and hi-fi sound)
A whole s-load of blue LED’s, isolation diodes and 10k resistors.
An environmentally sealed resistance based temperature sensor.
When I was done, I had collected a bunch of potentially expensive electronic goodies including a control panel circuit board that I can use as a source of dozens of parts.
I also saved every single screw, washer, nut and bolt from that thing.
My wife thinks I’ve lost my mind.
I think I just scored big on spare parts! Better in my parts box than in some dump somewhere.
I also just finished “scrapping out” several old and obsolete cell phones. Aside from the batteries, display, and camera modules, I also scored some relatively small speakers I can use on Charlie and the two giggle-bots!
I am also sure that the eccentric vibrating motors will be useful somewhere.