HOW TO FIX YOUR TV

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Intro: HOW TO FIX YOUR TV

Most television is broken. In this instructable, you'll learn how to fix your TV with everyday household materials.

Step 1: WHAT YOU WILL NEED

To fix your TV, you will need the following:
  • A functioning television set, large or small, old or new, cable or antenna or satellite.
  • A thin, translucent medium such as wax paper, available from any grocery store.
  • One to four lightweight rods such as a coat-hanger, depending on the structure of your TV's housing and any furniture it might be in.
  • A non-sticking tie or fastener such as wire ties, hair ties, hook-and-loop strap (Velcro), gaffer's tape, zip-ties, etc.
  • Something to cut with, such as a pair of scissors.

In this instructable, we will fix TV with wax paper, a coat hanger, a pair of scissors and wire ties.

Step 2: SITUATING THE TV, a QUESTIONNAIRE

Please ask yourself the following questions:

  • Does the TV set work, that is, can it receive and display a cable, antenna or VCR/DVD signal? In other words, does it need to be fixed? For our purposes, it does not need to be expensive, new, or high quality but it does need to have a reasonably "watchable" picture.
  • Do you have permission to fix the TV set?
  • Is the TV set accessible? If you need a ladder, get one.
  • is the TV set upright, such that the screen is perpendicular to the floor? If the screen is inclined at a steep angle, you will have to secure the wax paper at top and bottom.

If you answered yes to all of the questions above, proceed to the next step. If not, get creative.

Step 3: MOUNTING THE FIXER, Or, FIXING THE MOUNTAIN

  • Turn on your television and tune it to a working channel (or recorded input).
  • Turn the volume down to zero.
  • Cut three or four sheets of the wax paper that are twice as long as the TV is high. Drape the sheets over the coat hanger like a pair of pants, hanging equally on each side.

Step 4: MOUNTING THE FIXER, Or, FIXING THE MOUNTAIN

Note: it helps to to turn of the lights at this stage.

  • Stand in front of the TV within arm's reach. Hold the coat hanger up about 10 cm from the screen and look through the wax paper at the TV. The TV image through the paper should look like blurry, colored blobs.
  • Close your eyes and change the channel. Open your eyes. Can you recognize what is on the screen? If so, try moving the sheets further away from the screen or adding another sheet. If the image looks like one big blob, take off one or two sheets or move them closer to the screen.
  • When you are satisfied that the TV has been sufficiently obscured, proceed to the next step.

Step 5: MOUNTING THE FIXER, Or, FIXING THE MOUNTAIN

  • Use the wire ties to secure the hook(s) of the cost hanger(s) (laying flat) to the top of the TV.
  • Add more sheets of wax paper until the entire screen is obscured.
  • If the cost hanger is not wide enough to obscure the entire screen when viewed from in front, get creative. Try taping two coat hangers together and cutting a slit in the back of the sheets so they will hang neatly around the arms of the hangers.

Step 6: Optional: ALMOST FIXED OR PARTLY BROKEN?

Opinions differ on whether to fully mask the screen, though it is preferred that at least the view within 30 degrees of center is masked. You decide.

Step 7: ENJOYING FIXED TELEVISION

Change the channel until you find something that looks beautiful to you. Enjoy your fixed television as a light show, play some music. Or leave it on as ambience while you do something else.

Step 8: BREAK DOWN

When you are ready to watch broken television again, simply unfasten the cost hanger from the TV and hang it within easy reach for later use.

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    61 Discussions

    they laser cut out Lexan sheets and taped them to all the ads to show how they didn't like them.

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    spylock

    4 years ago on Introduction

    We have a be nice comment policy,so I wont say anything about the waste of my time except you did a really good job at doing it,well done,great job!!

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    SharpyWarpy

    7 years ago on Introduction

    I don't get it. But then I always have trouble with things that are simple.

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    across

    7 years ago on Introduction

    Does anyone know how to fix the vision on the TV? As our's keeps sticking and blurring and that. We've tried unpluging the TV then plugging it back in but it still won't work...?

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    emerson.john

    7 years ago on Step 8

    You could take advantage of waxed paper as a decorative medium. For example, in the fall, you could iron colorful leaves between some of the sheets, or cut out a turkey silhouette and iron it in place for Thanksgiving.

     Absolutely amazing!!  I'm going to do that, and I think it will be the best thing that I have done for my life in months!!!!!!!!

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    munchman

    9 years ago on Introduction

    Alternate Title: What to do when you are not watching (insert name of favourite crime/medical drama here)

    NCIS FTW!!

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    gravedigger32

    9 years ago on Step 7

    This is really funny! lol I thought I was about to get smarter...

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    NIR_Brail

    9 years ago on Step 8

    how is this 'fixing' your tv? This should be titled 'making a light show' or something of the such. There's no actual 'fix' for anything, I mean, come on man.

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    verbatin01NIR_Brail

    Reply 9 years ago on Step 8

    Not everyone has the same sense of humor, but I thought it was funny. TV is a brainwasher and that's his point.

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    NIR_Brailverbatin01

    Reply 9 years ago on Step 8

    was that the point...ahh...um....ok then...hmm. I musta missed that part where it was trying to be a joke instructable then. Look, i don't mean to be sarcastic, didn't mean to come across that way in my comment, but when i saw the title i expected something of value not "another way to make a radio".

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    sasquatchbmx

    9 years ago on Step 6

    you were watching bones when you took the picture haha (its a good show) and this is a pretty nice project

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    plasticpooliisanother

    Reply 11 years ago

    You're right -- it isn’t original. Lots of people have covered televisions with translucent stuff to make them into light boxes: Brian Eno to name just one. Thanks for the link! I've always wanted to see that. :-) Someone else sells a thing you can hang on your screen that divides the screen up into little boxes like pixels — I can’t remember the name. I decided to do it on the cheap so that other people could do it as well.