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More to come, I have just been busy

More to come, I have just been busy with life.

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There will be more,

There will be more, many projects were put on hold due to some other construction matters.

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So what color was the dress?

So what happens is the LCD screen is seeing behind it and transmitting that light that is almost polarized, (and some LCD panels have a layer of polarization material to help elminate those “hot spots” as well), so the light becomes fully polarized and as a result, the acceptable viewing angle of the LCD Panel itself narrows. As a result, when you view it outside of the normal viewing angle, black can become white or some shade of blue, etc- the image “almost” becomes a negative of the actual image. Continue reading

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Making Your Batteries Last.

I may have mentioned this previously as part of another post, but I am going to cover just the rechargable batteries in this post. Namely how to make them last as long as they were designed for. Why is this … Continue reading

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A Quick Overview of Tube Testing…

Now I mention a number of times now of letting the equipment be the final arbitter of the tube’s merit. This is simply because some circuits are not super critical to the tube’s “measured” value, and there is no question there are some pieces of equipment that are very critical of having even acceptable tubes from the tester not being good enough for the circuit (I have a Dumont scope like the one in the “Raj Mahal” which is that way.). Conversely I have a tube radio chassis that has all 5 of it’s tubes test below the question mark, and yet reception is very strong, sound quality is as good as a typical table radio and everything works as it should. Continue reading

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Halloween is coming up, build a “Frank’s Box” and see what you find.

With this item you have a “Seance in a box”- just add batteries. Continue reading

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Construction of a Guitar Amplifier Worthy of the Effort

Now to be clear- this amp was not going to be a total ripoff of their design, that was not the intent, but rather this amplifier is an Homage to their design and to see if it could be accomplished with what I had available- with a few important tweeks and differences, their design only gave a starting point. To say the least, this amplifier is a “one of a kind” largely because many of the parts I used were the only parts I had on hand. Any others I build in the future will be different- even if inspired by other amps manufactured by the big name companies. Continue reading

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Table Saw Repair

I am crossposting this from one of my other blogs because it is an electrical repair of a fairly common household tool. This can save you money if you happen to have one of these saws, or similar. Continue reading

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Some information on CRT’s- Honest and Accurate Unlike Much of What You Read on the Topic Elsewhere.

As color TV set prices dropped, those tubes made roughly after 1973 no longer had a “frit” and were no longer garage rebuildable. My dad actually worked with a fellow who did rebuild the CRT’s in his garage, and I met him and talked with him about the process back in those days. With the introduction of the Sony “Trinitron”, which actually still had the 3 electron guns, but had an assembly that worked slightly different as a couple of tube elements that had been 3 seperate items each in RCA, GE and others CRT’s and remained so, were now handled by one element instead of three in the Sony products. These Trinitrons were not garage rebuildable. and their introduction also corresponded to the demise of many neighbornood TV shops as sets got cheaper and repair parts got more expensive and labor became a major factor of a repair cost. Color CRT’s were rebuildable even with fused glass parts or burned phosphor coatings, but it required the facilities of on par with a factory to do so- which remained possible into the early part of this century- and they were not cheap. Continue reading

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Kliegl Lighting system repair notes

If the SCR’s check out okay, and they can also be checked by swapping the control boards between working and non working dimmer units. 3Kw and 5Kw boards are functionally interchagable for testing with moderate loads, Continue reading

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