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mhrackin
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mhrackin   10/22/2014 5:26:32 PM
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No, they all occurred either in my basement lab, or in the neighborhood.

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Max The Magnificent   10/22/2014 4:38:30 PM
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@mhrackin: However, my "chemist" side still has some scars from numerous explosive experiments...

In strange and unusual places, no doubt :-)

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mhrackin   10/22/2014 4:35:12 PM
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@max: "I don't want young Jacob to have an experiance he will remember (or not, as the case might be) for the rest of his life." Well, as I had been taught well (except for the rocks thing!),I never had any bad experiences WITH A TV TUBE. However, my "chemist" side still has some scars from numerous explosive experiments, best not documented on the Internet! Ask me in Dayton....

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mhrackin   10/22/2014 4:30:57 PM
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@david: We only did the rock thing a coouple or three times IIRC, and usually with some surrounding stuff (scrap lumber, etc. to take the brunt). We did have at least one good loud bang result! The old B&W TV crts weren't worth re-gunning, I guess; I don't remember anyone doing that sort of thing. Usually by the time the gun was shot (pun intended...) the phosphors usually were too. In those days, if you fell asleep in front of the TV, by late eveneing, the static test pattern would come on, and that took its toll on the screen. Once the (very expensive) color tubes became popular, you could send them out to be rebuilt.

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David Ashton   10/22/2014 4:28:09 PM
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@antedeluvian - "the OK Go video, "This Too Shall Pass

Some people got WAAAAY too much time on their hands!!

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Max The Magnificent   10/22/2014 4:22:07 PM
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@David: ...serious implosions are rare, but you would not want to be there when one happens.

Certainly not twice LOL

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antedeluvian   10/22/2014 4:21:16 PM
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David

We eventually put it under a tree, with a brick on a length of rope acting as a pendulum. and set the brick swinging and promptly retreated to (what we thought was) a safe distance.

Sounds very reminiscent of the OK Go video, "This Too Shall Pass" which Max mentioned in his blog "The Best of the Best Videos on YouTube". See at 2:40 of the video.

 

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David Ashton   10/22/2014 4:20:49 PM
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@Max - don't get me wrong, I should Have added a "Do NOT trry this at home" disclaimer - its a silly thing to do.   From what I gather serious implosions are rare, but you would not want to be there when one happens.

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Max The Magnificent   10/22/2014 4:20:27 PM
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@mhrackin: ...my best friend from junior high/high school used to get "salvage" TVs (all tube of course then) from his dad, who owned a TV repair shop...

When I was a kid in England, each area of houses had its own small group of shops (at the bottom of our road there was a butcher, a fishmonger, a newsagent, a fruit and veg, a florist, a pharmacy, a baker, a post office, a hardware store, and a hairdressers. We also had a tiny shop with a watchmaker in it.

One out of a few of these groups would have a television repair shop. Another might have a general "fix-it" shop for household appliences like hoovers.

I also remember that the television repair man -- like the doctor -- would make house calls to make things better.

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Max The Magnificent   10/22/2014 4:14:59 PM
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@David: All that happened was a WHOOSH of air flowing into the tube.

It's the worst-case scenario I worry about -- I don't want young Jacob to have an experiance he will remember (or not, as the case might be) for the rest of his life.

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