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#280949 - 11/30/09 12:25 PM What to do with "broken" old projection TVs?
bigwill2 Offline
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My 60" Phillips CRT projection TV fell radically out of convergence. Reading up on the net, it appears some kind of integrated circuit thingee went bad.

Think anybody would find it worth repairing? Who? Goodwill already said they don't want it. Dumping it on the side of the road is not an option (nasty people who have no love for America down here in so. Cal apparently think that is OK to do).

What have you guys done with your old TVs?

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#280951 - 11/30/09 12:54 PM Re: What to do with "broken" old projection TVs? [Re: bigwill2]
Adrian Offline
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Loc: It's all about the location.
Where I live, the town picks up old TVs(reasonable size) on garbage day. Large appliances and possibly larger TVs ect, require contacting the town and scheduling a collection date which costs something like $10-15 for pickup here. The only other alrernative is to haul the TV to your local dump and likely pay a small fee.

The tuner went on my Sony a while back and I figured it would cost around $200ish to fix, which I felt wasn't worth it compared to putting that money into a new flat screen.
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#280953 - 11/30/09 01:13 PM Re: What to do with "broken" old projection TVs? [Re: Adrian]
terzaghi Offline
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You could always try posting a craig's list add and offer it for free, but they must pick it up.
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#280959 - 11/30/09 02:32 PM Re: What to do with "broken" old projection TVs? [Re: terzaghi]
dewd Offline
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Loc: Mechanicsburg, PA, USA
That "integrated circuit thingee" is not that hard to repair. I replaced both of mine in my old Hitachi a couple years back. Cost me less than $40 and about an hour of my time. You just have to be able to solder (just a little). TV has been going strong ever since.

BTW - The Convergence IC's are made by the same company for almost all the RP tv's (Sanyo, I think). There were some that were going bad (STK392-110). I replaced them with the updated ones (STK392-150).


Edited by dewd (11/30/09 02:32 PM)
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#280987 - 11/30/09 08:00 PM Re: What to do with "broken" old projection TVs? [Re: dewd]
oldskoolboarder Offline
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Registered: 05/25/03
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Loc: Menlo Park, CA
Check to see if your county has an e-waste recycling program. We have them in California and it's a good way to recycle old electronics, both working and non-working.

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#280988 - 11/30/09 08:05 PM Re: What to do with "broken" old projection TVs? [Re: oldskoolboarder]
Zarak Offline
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Registered: 03/09/03
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Freecycle

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#281267 - 12/02/09 07:13 PM Re: What to do with "broken" old projection TVs? [Re: bigwill2]
jfoxtrot9 Offline
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Loc: Akron, Ohio
You now have the perfect excuse to go buy a new TV! In your dealing for the new one, negotiate for free delivery. Usually part of delivery is taking away the old with them. \:\)
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#281271 - 12/02/09 09:53 PM Re: What to do with "broken" old projection TVs? [Re: jfoxtrot9]
duckman Offline
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Registered: 01/09/03
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Loc: kansas
Canadian recyling,eh. car jumps big screen tv Try again
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#281297 - 12/03/09 07:01 AM Re: What to do with "broken" old projection TVs? [Re: jfoxtrot9]
Wid Offline
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Registered: 06/22/03
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Loc: The Peoples Republic of Il.
 Originally Posted By: jfoxtrot9
You now have the perfect excuse to go buy a new TV! In your dealing for the new one, negotiate for free delivery. Usually part of delivery is taking away the old with them. \:\)


Same here.


Edited by wid (12/03/09 07:02 AM)
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#281422 - 12/04/09 09:40 AM Re: What to do with "broken" old projection TVs? [Re: Wid]
PeterChenoweth Offline
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Registered: 10/23/03
Posts: 1349
Loc: Jacksonville, IL
A 60" CRT? Good god, how much does that thing weigh?! My old 36" tube CRT was an absolute monster to move. Can't fathom how heavy a 60" would be.

+1 for Craigslist.

+1 for the free city pickup day. Though check the rules. My town has special Spring & Fall cleaning days where they'll take just about anything you leave on the curb. But one thing they won't take are CRT's.

You could try putting it in your front yard with a big "FREE" sign on it. At least around here, that's pretty much a guaranteed way to get rid of stuff you don't want. Though if it doesn't move, you're stuck with a 60" TV on your front lawn. Neighbors love that. I've put out old lawn furniture, garden equipment, old carpet, water-bed parts, rusty gas grills, etc. Never fails to disappear. On a couple of occasions, I've had a pickup truck screech to a halt in front of my house before I even walked away. \:\)

But if you can't pawn it off on someone else, the best solution is to find a recycler. Check the phone book, there should be some company nearby that does it. Often they'll come pick it up for a small ($10-$20) fee, and (hopefully) take care of recycling the thing properly.
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