the TV eye
|I don't watch much TV. It's insulting that we are expected to find that shit entertaining, AND to believe the commercials. But I digress...|
|My attorney used to work at an audio-video shop (before being burdened by a law degree). It was at this job that he got the car that has become Mazdalicious. But I digress again...|
|One day the guys were taking down a 25" JVC TV that had been a wall-mounted display model. They dropped it and cracked the cabinet, and it stopped working. So they gave it to my attorney, and he gave it to me.|
|Then it sat in my closet for a couple years. I finally got it fixed for about $100, and it worked great. Except
the cabinet was still all smashed up.
I scored a VCR and a laser-disc player, so I could find something worth watching.
|Once, during finals week (13 finals in one week!), I started thinking about that shitty-looking TV. All my stereo gear is mounted in an SAE rack, and I wondered if you could just gut the TV and mount the guts in the rack. Then you could just run longer control ines to the tube, and mount it anywhere...|
|The local electronics shop didn't have much useful advice because no one had ever asked them if this could be done. So I bought some high-voltage lead and potting putty for the flyback (27,000 volts!) and set to work. Carefully.|
|I cut each lead going to the tube, and lengthened each one by the same amount in case there were some critically-timed signals. The only one which scared me was the flyback. I extended it w/50kV-rated silicone solid-core lead (basically spark-plug wire) and heat-shrinked everything. I used lots of silicone putty to re-anchor the lead in the transformer.|
|I found an old rack-mount power supply that UCLA was tossing, and scavenged the case. The TV chassis board was installed and a new front panel was made. I punched a hole in the front panel for the remote sensor.|
|I made the tube's steel cage at a friend's studio, and suspended the tube on four stiff springs. The top bracket is lag-bolted to a ceiling joist. It looks like a big electronic eye peering into my living room. Perfect.||
|I hung everything, and plugged it all back together, and it works perfectly. Even the remote still works.|