Fixing the Boob Tube

TV Repair for Beginners coverTV Repair for Beginners
1991, 4th ed.

Submitter: This book was found languishing at my local library. I thought this book was unlikely ever to be checked out again and should be weeded. That a newer edition would be better than this, the 4th ed. My colleague thought there was still some life left in this book. That there would still be some people out there with a TV like these. Although she did agree that she has not seen one in a while. I doubt that there are enough of those old TV sets , and even less likely amount of owners who would want to repair them on their own to keep this book. So I pose the question to your readers. Weed or keep?

Holly: I have a TV like this in my bedroom. I will happily get rid of it when it dies, but the damn thing won’t die! I’m definitely not repairing it when that happens, though. Weed.

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  1. I have a few functional CRT TVs around, and they’re all newer than this book. Weed it.

    I would not be surprised if you could find all this information online.

  2. I would weed. The only repair books this old in my library are the Chilton’s manuals, and they are used by patrons.

  3. I recently dragged an old console TV (circa 1896 wood grain model) into the house for some good old fashioned TV watching. When it didn’t work I went to the library and checked out a similar book on TV repair written in 1987. However, looking at the handy trouble shooting guide, it’s recommendation was that the problem could only be fixed by a professional. Only time travel could fix my problem.

  4. I say weed. Consumers are generally warned (in strong terms) that they MUST NOT open the backs of their TVs or mess with the insides. I’m amazed this book was reprinted as late as 1991.

    1. TV manufacturers have always warned people that. We should also only use genuine Ford parts on our Ford vehicles and only play our Columbia records with Columbia needles. Heaven forbid we should own our own telephones. All phones are property of Western Electric and clearly stamped “not for sale”.
      This book would be great for an antique technology enthusiast, but you can’t take your 12″ 1961 Philco to the frozen custard stand on Saturday night and compare your set with the person who has a 14″ 1957 Stromberg-Carlson. I don’t see it getting the same circulation as car manuals, so I hope it can find a good home.

      1. Unlike record players and cars (For the most part) CRTs can be seriously dangerous if you’re not careful with them. They can hold lethal charges after being turned off/unplugged and, being evacuated, can implode and send glass shards everywhere.

  5. I prefer older tvs. The new kind give me motion sickness when I watch them. That being said, I wouldn’t try to repair one myself. I’d find a repair guy. I’ve learned from watching dad – repairing things yourself is way more expensive then having an expert do them.

  6. The Goodwill stores around here have tons of old TVs on their shelves. No one wants them. You can’t even give them away at garage sales.

    1. Around here the only place that really wants them is the county recycling programs, just to keep people from putting them in the garbage. The trash guys absolutely will not touch them.

  7. The kind of person who still owns a TV like this and is unable or unwilling to buy a new one when it dies is very unlikely to own a computer, know how to operate one or be interested in learning how. I say keep it just to be on the safe side.

    1. Um, I have a tv like this, Jake, and a desktop computer, a laptop computer, an iPod, a Nintendo 3DS…. just can’t watch modern tvs as they give me motion sickness for some reason. It’s like going on a boat without a seasickness patch.

    2. Old CRT TVs are still used by video gamers, especially during video game tournaments. For some game types, at the highest levels of play, the split second of timing difference between CRT TVs and more modern TVs makes all the difference in the world.

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