DIY Phone Help

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Telephone Repair Illustrated

Prior to the Internet, libraries were the first places someone could go to get some DIY information. It used to be a library card and a few repair manuals meant everyone could do basic repairs. More complex repairs went to your local electronic repair shop. I remember in the early 1980s taking an old tv to our local shop to put in a few new tubes.

You will love some of the pictures of “modern” phones, especially when it has an answering machine built in. (1980s me would have though that was the bomb!) Clearly, repairing a phone from the 1980s or 1990s isn’t a priority anymore, but some libraries would do well to hang on to some of those repair manuals. I’m not sure telephone repair books would be as helpful as other manuals, but every library is a bit different. I also know that some repair manuals are worthwhile to collectors of vintage electronics.  What works for one library might be a weeder in another.


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  1. Repair manuals ? Ha ha. Google “right to repair”: manufacturers may not even *let* you try to fix their product !

  2. Probably cheaper nowadays to buy a new phone. If you’ve still got any of these phones around, you likely can’t get all the parts even if you wanted to fix it.

  3. Our library has held onto a VCR repair manual for the vintage enthusiast. Surprisingly they are not overly complicated things to repair. We still occasionally get asked if we have any VHS tapes to check out.

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