Tuesday, December 9, 2008


Cable connector broken off?

It's tempting to assume that this is a simple solder job that you can do yourself, and maybe you can. But be aware of the following:

There's not a lot of room to work. The connector attaches to the tuner and it's a tight fit, and most likely you'll have to open up the end of the tuner itself... carefully.

Inside the broken off connector is a core of nylon, high heat will melt this quite easily. This kind of repair requires a delicate touch and experience with a soldering iron.

Be patient. This is not a quick repair. Too much heat for too long and you've ruined the connector and have to start over.

Most importantly, UNPLUG THE TELEVISION FIRST! Even if you do that, televisions can hold a terribly powerful electrical charge for many days. This much power can knock you down or even kill you. Stay away from the tube or any wires connecting to it. (If you're really nervous, and you don't know how to discharge the power, unplug the television for a week and still stay away from the tube.)

If you still want to fix it, please observe these cautions. If you live in Alabama and you don't want to bother with it, let us schedule you a service call or you can bring it in to our shop. Just be careful.

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