Pluggers by Rick McKee for August 09, 2022

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    Zykoic  4 months ago

    He’s a tube man.

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    Храм С.О.Д. (Templo S.U.D. ucraniano)  4 months ago

    Nothing like a good slap, tap, bang to get things working again.

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    Farside99  4 months ago

    Works some of the time, and vents some of your frustrations at other times.

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    kingdiamond69  4 months ago

    I remember those days with the out of control vertical control flipping the screen.

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    Gent  4 months ago

    Ah the old hit em and make em work again trick.

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    jmolay161  4 months ago

    In the pre-computer era, that trick might just work.

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    some idiot from R'lyeh Premium Member 4 months ago

    Pluggers have CRTs?

    I’m actually surprised nobody is making consumer ones, if only to make a bit of coin from the retro gaming market.

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    Doug K  4 months ago

    It works on some things some of the time.

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    juicebruce  4 months ago

    Nothing like a Do It Yourself repair that works ;-)

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    gokar  4 months ago

    What the heck is he banging on??? Lmao!

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    ibmken3961  4 months ago

    It works on desktop pc’s too!

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    PeaceWouldBeNice  4 months ago

    Take all the tubes out, blow the dust out, wash the circuitry with tuner cleaner, and reassemble.

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    ctolson  4 months ago

    Also worked for ‘fine tuning’ the picture.

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    david_42  4 months ago

    Replacing tubes was easy, but fixing the power supply for a flat screen TV is much easier than for a tube set.

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    losflemings  4 months ago

    Why does this sound like an actual thing?!

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    sfreader1  4 months ago

    I have three TVs in my house but only one is a “tube TV”. It is in the basement and only use it when I am ironing. Yes, I am a plugger! When it finally dies, I will replace it with a flat panel, probably a smart TV, if they make one in a 19" size.

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    timzsixty9  4 months ago

    there’s a growing number of PEOPLE that need “percussive maintenance” performed on THEM!!

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    kaycstamper  4 months ago

    Haha, it works on my PC!

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    William Robbins Premium Member 4 months ago

    Dislodges dust. Or just spit in the back…

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    pheets  4 months ago

    Because it works. Sometimes.

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    the lost wizard  4 months ago

    Even Pluggers need to update sometime. :)

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    g04922  4 months ago

    LOL… and aluminum foil on the rabbit ears antenna, too…

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    Gen.Flashman  4 months ago

    That old CRT would still have an analog tuner and thus unable to pick up digital OTA stations; don’t see any cable/converter box.

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    KEA  4 months ago

    I first heard that term on “Only Connect”. Excellent nomenclature.

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    contralto2b  4 months ago

    I didn’t do much with tubes growing up (but I knew about them and remember seeing the testing stations), but I did get a chance to play around with non-functioning electrical devices (toasters, non-tube radios, my dad’s 1939 H/O gauge train set, etc.). I could take them apart, clean them up, replace/repair parts, put them back together and get them running again. I had so much fun! I never lost pieces. I always took them apart in such a way as to keep track of what when where so I never had pieces left over, either. It is such a thrill when they worked afterward.

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    dogday Premium Member 4 months ago

    My husband and I took the Jeep to the PO one day. Came out and the steering wheel, for reasons known only to the Jeep, was frozen. We tried EVERYTHING. Called my son, a Benz-certified mechanic of some years experience. He came out, tried the same stuff, then took out a rubber mallet and whacked the steering column, after which we never had a problem. Not to mention how satisfying it was.

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    Deogheh  4 months ago

    Used to work on a SPA-4 repeater on the bridge of the USS Blue Ridge back when the Blue Ridge was new 52 years ago. Now it’s the third oldest commissioned ship in the Navy. USS Constitution, USS Pueblo, USS Blue Ridge.

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    tinstar  4 months ago

    Funny…. I remember those days, when the vertical, or horizontal hold went askew, and we’d bang on the cabinet to get it to straighten out…provided the horizontal, and vertical hold adjustment knobs didn’t work. chuckleThen, I also remember the tv having a reset button on the back, which would occasionally do something, but I never was quite sure what…. I remember the whole picture going black, until it narrowed down to a little white dot, then, disappeared.

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    Billy Yank  4 months ago

    The “Sullivan Adjustment”, a tribute to the famous boxer.

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    DaBump Premium Member 4 months ago

    Ah, brings back the memories. Can’t do that with TVs now.

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