TV Repair

TV RepairPractical Handbook of TV Repairs

Submitter:  This book may once have been handy and up-to-date, but now in 2010, I doubt it is of much use!

Holly: If you have a TV this old, I wonder how difficult it is to find parts to fix it these days?  Can you waltz into a store and pick up a new picture tube? Maybe you can buy them online.  Are they still manufactured?  What’s that circular thing the guy on the cover is holding?  I remember my dad used to get us kids to stand just so – one foot up, one hand on the antennae, other arm outstretched; always a position you could never hold for long – and the picture would come in just perfect.  As soon as you’d move, nothing but fuzz. There was the “tin-foil-extender-on-the-antennae” technique, too.  Thank goodness those days are over!

  1. I do like the idea of keeping around repair books of old cars, washers/dryers and other things that might still be used. (I even debated keeping a typewriter repair manual around). With advent of digital tv would this even be useful to anyone?

    1. Haynes automotive manuals are like gold! Especially for older vehicles. My experience at a public library: at one point, we actually had to put Haynes manuals on “Reserve” and limit circulation because the return rate/ability to replace them was so low. Small engine repair, would come in second, but tv repair, vcr repair, etc. is of little value. The best that we can hope for is that these electronics are appropriately recycled.

  2. The device the repairman is holding is probably a degaussing coil, or ring. It’s used to fix discoloration on cathode ray tube-based TVs and computer monitors. More recently produced monitors have a built-in coil, so this book really *is* from Ye Olde Days!

  3. When TVs had tubes, you used to be able to bring a burned out tube (or one you suspected was burned out), down to the drugstore. They had a device you could plug the tube into to test it. If it was bad, you bough a new one and plugged it back into the TV. Nowadays, when a TV breaks you might as well throw it out a buy a new one.

  4. up until 2 years ago, i still used an antenna on my tv, it only gave me 2 channels but it was better than nothing!!

  5. Yes, a degaussing coil. I remember from personal experience, having become briefly fascinated as a kid with the effect of magnets on television screens. Those experiments also had the additional unanticipated effect of evoking much screaming from my mother and a visit from the television repair man.

  6. Well, I pray that such parts will be available for a LONG time because flat screens and plasma tvs give me motion sickness! Besides that, they’re just FUGLY! I prefer my parents 1979 cabinet tv to those monstrous things.

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  8. Hey, not all of us are past the “no, a little to the left” antenna days. I have a converted box with antennas, since I didn’t want to pay for cable and live in a metro area. I always play the “well, if I point the antennas this way, I get a clear picture, but I have to stand right here and don’t even think about sitting on the couch” game. And if it’s windy, or thunderstorming? Don’t even think about it.

    Now, the repair aspect? Not even close to helpful. Weed it!

    1. A good big rooftop antenna and an amplifier box right at the stern of it do make miracles. To receive from multiple transmitters, a dual antenna setup with a slitter is required. How ever, this signals out loudly and visibly that the owner of the house (you), doesn’t just live the 60s, he lives them in hard core.

      Attend your local flee market now!

      1. That would be awesome…except for the fact that I live in an apartment building 🙁

  9. Does anyone take their TVs to be repaired anymore? A couple of years ago, during a thunderstorm, our TV was frizzed by a lightening strike (it was off, but still plugged in, at the time). It was under warranty and when I called the company about it, they mailed me a check to buy a replacement TV. There was not even a mention of a possible repair.

    1. My parents – but like I said, it’s a 1979 tv. We’re keeping it. Besides being way prettier then the modern ones, it’s also useful as it’s perfect for the DVD player and DirectTV box and mom’s old table lamp.

      Plus, like me, mom gets motion sickness from flat screens. One should not have to buy Dramamine just to watch Law & Order!

  10. My son drew a picture of a TV the other day, and damn if it didn’t have a dial and rabbit ears! He’s only 6! I asked him where he saw such a thing and he just kinda shrugged. He also drew a picture of a rotary phone. Must be all the old Tom and Jerry he loves to watch. Yup, he’s getting a classical education, majoring in old school. Awesome!

  11. In answer to Holly’s question, it’s VERY difficult to find parts and generally not worth the expense. My uncle *was* a TV repairman and was forced to find other work because it’s just cheaper now to replace instead of repair (especially with the non-HD/flat screen tvs).

  12. I find the $100 a month for 800 channels that I don’t watch a bit much, so I have an antenna attached to my flat screen. In case I actually want to watch television. I own one to watch movies from a dvd subscription company.

  13. Previous posters are correct, it’s a degausing coil. Here’s a hint, you can do it with a running electric soldering iron too, saving an expensive service visit (if you can even find a shop). TV repair is still done but the manufacturers don’t make it that easy. A book like this would be good for fixing up classic TV sets; oddly enough as you go further back (to a point) it’s easier to fix them because of the discrete components. Individual tubes/valves are still available; only picture tubes are hard to come by. A book this old, though, has little place in a public library.

  14. I’m surprised Mel’s son is still able to watch ‘Tom & Jerry’ – over here we call it ‘Itchy & Scratchy’ and only ever watch ironically… (not that it did ME any harm, growing up in the 1970s). Does ‘the black maid’ still appear, talking of political incorrectness?

    You can still get plenty of parts for old analog stuff thanks to the magic of the Interweb thingy. I bought a camera made in 1934 with only the take-up spool missing. Someone in Kiev, Ukraine, was still making them (beautifully!) and I was able to send off for one and get the old machine working again. They built to last in those days.