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Photos: From VCR to cat feeder

Upon opening his VCR, Larsson identified the motor that runs the rotating video head drum. It can be disconnected without affecting the machine's control systems, he says, so it's the best timer-control motor to use.

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Bill Detwiler is Editor in Chief of TechRepublic and the host of Cracking Open, CNET and TechRepublic's popular online show. Prior to joining TechRepublic in 2000, Bill was an IT manager, database administrator, and desktop support specialist in the ...