|This is almost as scary to me as the fact That '70s Show ran for as long as it did.|
|When I found it, the electronics
been removed from the back so that only the picture tube (sans color
and a speaker remained. I can only assume this was to sell the
in the electromagnets, but I have no idea.
As you can see, I placed tape around the back of the tube in preparation for breaking away more glass. I didn't know it at the time, but this didn't do much. Fortunately, no serious damage was made (that wasn't intended).
|After the initial round of
glass away, I covered the sharp edges with duct tape (camo variety in
case; no reason in particular, just had some left over from a
I didn't stop here, however. Eventually I went back and scored the glass with a Dremel and did a better job of getting it more even and closer to the screen.
|Finally removing the internal metal screen. I just ended up cutting it out with a utility knife, and then removed the metal bracing that framed it in place later. It would have been easier to do it all in one step had I removed more of the glass first, but I was still new at this and didn't want to destroy the glass face of the picture tube in the process.|
|After the metal screen was removed, there was still this layer of phosphor dust that you can literally wipe away with a finger (It's like an Etch-a-Sketch).|
|I swept it away and polished the glass with a paper towel.|
|The particle board was flaking
having been exposed to the rain and 30+ years of use, so I tried to
wood putty over it to re-constitute the boundaries. This seemed
work, but it was very messy (I was using old putty for one thing), so I
abandoned that idea. Eventually I just cut away the bottom
and that amputation saved the rest from the spreading infection.
It also made the tv at least 5 lbs lighter which was good because it
had three wheels on the bottom. The fourth had broken away due to
the water damage.
|Here's a view from the back of the set out onto the front porch. That's a bucket full of glass bits from the tube and a box of Halloween decorations.|
|You'd never been able to see
tv set this well without the flash, but I wanted a shot showing the
deco on the front (including that gross woven speaker cover).
The knobs really aren't attached to anything since there's little left to attach to inside the set. I put the volume knob into the hole with plumber's putty. I did similar with the VHF channel knob, but didn't have the number wheel for the UHF, so that's sitting on top of the set right now.
|The mental patient inside was
He is motion sensitive, but it's triggered by a light sensor rather
a proximity detector, so the strobe set him off endlessly (He vibrates
and screams; yes, it's very disturbing). I just turned him off.
With the bottom cut out, he sat in there perfectly. I even replaced the back of the set so the strobe wouldn't flash on the wall behind the tv. (Notice I have the blacklight on in this room.)
I also set this and the console tv set up with X10 units, so I could use the remote control with them. It was just a gimmick, but it was convenient for shutting them off later that night without having to unplug everything.
|I also had it set out the next year (2009) for our party, again with a strobe light in it. The crazy guy ended up in the '90s set.|