Well, before doing that, you might want to consider salvaging the onboard components such as the transistors, heatsinks, resistors, capacitors and especially the flyback transformer for later cool projects.
The goal here is to keep the tubes out of the landfills because they contain large amounts of lead and phosphor, and stuff you really don't want to pollute the environment which may seep into the underground water supply.
Taking apart a TV or a monitor may sound easy, but it can be very dangerous if you don't practice safety procedures.
You can also see a slightly different tutorial on my website
In this instuctabe, I'll show you how I dismantled two CRT monitors.
Step 1: Materials
Taking apart the TV or monitor can be very dangerous. High voltage may remain stored inside the tube even after being unplugged for a few years. Be careful not to drop the CRT. You could get seriously injured or die if mishandled. I am NOT responsible for any injuries you may receive for failing to adhere to proper safety procedures.
Having said that, lets begin.
For this task, all I used were:
- a pair of rubber gloves
- two cutting pliers
- a Phillips screwdriver, and
- a Flathead screwdriver
- a safety goggles
These are the tools you will need for your typical disassembly, but may vary according to the types of fasteners used. Wearing your safety goggles is important to prevent eye injury or blindness in case of an implosion of the tube.
Step 2: Remove the screws holding the case together
You should also also check for plastic tabs usually located on the top in between the seam and at the sides or bottom.
The top tabs were particularly tricky to unhook, but were eventually popped opened.
Sometimes the screws can be truly hidden, and takes a while to find. Some may behind small plastic doors and others may be hidden behind stickers.