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#1 Grain

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Posted 18 August 2006 - 02:04 AM

Was watching the CRT rear projection HDTV on the weekend with the little lady, when a spider decided to drop down on a thread in front (I thought) of the TV. I got up to swat it, but as I got closer I got a sinking feeling in my gut as I found out the bastard was IN the TV! What we were seeing was his shadow off the mirror inside. I felt like puking. So in a moment of spontanous insanity, I grabbed a phillips screwdriver and started taking apart my Sony 53" TV. 60 screws later I had the back loose and realized that I didn't need to take but 9 out to accomplish what I wanted to do, and was likely never going to have a proper picture again if I proceded with total dismantaling. After reinstalling the 51 screws, I peered in with my maglight and no spider to be seen, but lots of dust. So I set out vacuuming and dusting the guts, including the 3 CRT guns which had a fair amount of dust on them. The spider thing had happened once before 2 years ago, but that bastard had skimmed on by all the way down, never to be seen again. That one however left something permanent on the inside of the screen overnight, as the next morning there was a black spot on the screen that never left. I wasn't positive if it was a bit of a 'dead pixel' equivilent on a CRT, or just spider schmag, until last weekend. Peering in I noticed that it was indeed a tiny bit of schmag on the screen, and so I dabbed a bit of windex on a linen rag and stretching inside & wiped it off. I then reassembled, plugged in and tested. HUGE improvement in pic quality as a result of the dust removal from the CRT guns. Threw in my homemade HT demo DVD, and during a scene from LOTR Return of the King, the battle with the oliphants, I noticed that there was a small spot on the screen where it was slightly whiter, where I'd cleaned the inside of the screen! I swore long and loud. Out came the phillips, and I set about cleaning with windex the entire inside of the TV screen. The rag came out yellow with cig smoke after about an hour of cleaning with the rag on a stick so I could reach the whole screen. Reassemble and re-view, beautiful! like a new TV, great colours, and a lot sharper image.
Moral of the story, if you smoke or see spider's you can't touch while watching TV, you've got a big job ahead of you someday. Stop smoking you say, bollocks to that! :D

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Posted 18 August 2006 - 02:34 AM

:spider: :spider: :spider: Great story Grain... :spider: :spider: :spider:

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#3 Grain

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Posted 18 August 2006 - 02:40 AM

Thanks Spinner, I'll be the first to admit I was messing my pants when I plugged it back in re whether it would work or not :sweating:

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Posted 18 August 2006 - 02:42 AM

Grain, I have the 62" Sony XBR HD TV. If you remove the rear panel completely, carefully tilting it away from the TV, the mirror is attached to it on the inside. Just lay it down and clean the mirror using lens cleaner. Doing this also allows you access to the color guns which you can clean in the same fashion. Makes the world of difference after a few years of use. :thumbup: After cleaning just carefully replace back and screw back on to TV frame and all is well.

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Posted 18 August 2006 - 05:06 PM

That is a funny story.

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Posted 18 August 2006 - 05:14 PM

just go and buy a new one you pair of tight arsed skinflints :lol:
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Posted 18 August 2006 - 06:30 PM

Along came a spider

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Posted 18 August 2006 - 07:50 PM

and crawled up insider :lol: OOPS( forgot the 9pm watershed), and sat down be side her
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Posted 18 August 2006 - 09:03 PM

The Itzzy Bitzzy Spider Creeped Down the TV Screen
When Grain Looked at That Thing He Began to Scream
So Grain Removed the Screws to Try to Clean the Spot
While Cleaning it a Second Time He Cursed That Bug a Lot
A Lot of Pain to Grain 'twas Caused Because of Spider Creep
It Could Have been Avoided (According to volvofl10) if Grain Had Not Been Cheap

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Posted 18 August 2006 - 09:06 PM

>_< MJ's a poet and he didnt know it :lol:
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Posted 18 August 2006 - 09:13 PM

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Posted 18 August 2006 - 09:51 PM

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Posted 18 August 2006 - 09:57 PM

=)) Very good.

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Posted 19 August 2006 - 01:53 AM

I have a similar story. Over 5 years ago, I had a VCR where a spider crawled between the covering over the LED section depicting the clock. Of course, it couldn't get out and died in there. So, the clock was forever obscured. There was no sensible way to get the cover off. And, since the remote control sensor was also conveniently placed under the same cover, it would be obvious if I forced the cover off, the remote control would stop working. :rolleyes:


Also, the biggest scare I ever got in my life. When I learned spiders had 8 eyes. :lol: Around 1985, a Transformer called Perceptor was released. He was billed as a "real working microsope" although his lenses were closer to just magnifying glass level. One day, I found a dead spider on the floor and decided to give it a close up look under Perceptor. I slid the thing around and got THE shock of my life up to that point! :& 8 goddamn eyes! :o So, I looked up spiders in a book from the public library after that and discovered, yeah, they do. :D

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Posted 19 August 2006 - 01:54 AM

Moral of the story, if you smoke or see spider's you can't touch while watching TV, you've got a big job ahead of you someday. Stop smoking you say, bollocks to that! :D



Well, maybe it depends on WHAT you're smoking :hippy: that makes you see spiders you can't touch because they aren't there. :wink:

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Posted 19 August 2006 - 01:55 AM

Damn spiders....

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Posted 19 August 2006 - 08:01 AM

I have a similar story. Over 5 years ago, I had a VCR where a spider crawled between the covering over the LED section depicting the clock. Of course, it couldn't get out and died in there. So, the clock was forever obscured. There was no sensible way to get the cover off. And, since the remote control sensor was also conveniently placed under the same cover, it would be obvious if I forced the cover off, the remote control would stop working. :rolleyes:


Also, the biggest scare I ever got in my life. When I learned spiders had 8 eyes. :lol: Around 1985, a Transformer called Perceptor was released. He was billed as a "real working microsope" although his lenses were closer to just magnifying glass level. One day, I found a dead spider on the floor and decided to give it a close up look under Perceptor. I slid the thing around and got THE shock of my life up to that point! :& 8 goddamn eyes! :o So, I looked up spiders in a book from the public library after that and discovered, yeah, they do. :D

I thought spiders had 10 eyes? Now I'm going to have to look it up. :)
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Posted 19 August 2006 - 11:05 AM

I thought spiders had 10 eyes? Now I'm going to have to look it up. :)



Well, ya kind of caught me in a faux pas. I forgot that sometimes spider do have less than 8 eyes. They have anywhere between 2 to 4 pairs. I suppose any cave spiders might even have no eyes, like those kind of fish that live specifically in bodies of water where no light gets in. Such as caves. But, none have more than 8. ;)

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Posted 19 August 2006 - 11:17 AM

after my Mrs finds them in the bath they have;
no hearing - due to the high pitch screams
no eyes - after the slipper squashes them
several legs missing - after the cat gets involved due to the noise :lol:
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Posted 19 August 2006 - 10:43 PM

=)) =))

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