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WheelSmoke
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Posted - 11/01/2014 :  11:44:33 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Anyone know what that stuff that belongs on the button contacts is called?



I know clean is a must but that stuff keeps them working years longer.

Thanks...

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Unrelated but circuit boards have so few components these days. Wow.

This is a 4 device remote with lighted buttons and a bunch of smart features almost no components... Even stuff like replacing batteries without wiping the settings.






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KC
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Posted - 11/06/2014 :  08:38:42 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I don't know what the stuff you are supposed to use to clean the black rubber contacts or board lands are but I do know that 98% or better Isopropanol Alcohol will clean contacts and leave no residue.

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WheelSmoke
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Posted - 11/06/2014 :  3:20:08 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
It looks like dielectric grease or something. All I really know is that I'm usually thinking wow this thing was made right beforehand.



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I always used Isopropanol Alcohol in the past as well. But now I'm all iffy because all three of these places recommended not using it.

On a SVHS tape decks clutch kits tuneup instructions.
On a can of specialty spray paint.
On the JB Weld website.

FWIW: For quite some time now I've been trying a little 'Simple Green/rinse/dry after the alcohol' test and JB weld in particular seems to work noticeably better. But who knows...




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Posted - 11/07/2014 :  12:55:09 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
All I know is good 'ole 98% IA usually does the trick.

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WheelSmoke
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Posted - 11/07/2014 :  4:23:53 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thank's. If I ever find out what the 'stuff' actually is I'll make sure to put it in a reply.




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Posted - 11/10/2014 :  07:03:25 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Heck, I'm getting to the stage where I don't even open something up to see if I can fix it.

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WheelSmoke
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Posted - 11/10/2014 :  4:25:06 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Wow, In my trade you fix it before you put power to it or you get stuck with the cost.




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Posted - 11/14/2014 :  09:51:58 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I'm talking about at home, for example a pup or kitten chewed up the 3.7VAC power brick wire to the charger for my remote phone hand set...

I could just scrounge up another and solder the bases unique power connection on it but ya know what? Even though I just got this desktop phone system a couple of years ago I HATE it's contact list, it takes me like 20 minutes to look up the instructions just to change a phone number, and longer to enter someone new.

So screw it.
I bought this $144 delivered Panasonic system yesterday.
http://www.walmart.com/msharbor/ip/Panasonic-KX-TG9471B-DECT-6.0-2-Line-Answering-System-with-1-Corded-and-1-Cordless-Handset/21015849



It will connect to my PC so I can use my new Outlook database as a calling list and even interact during calls which is nothing new, my old dial-up modem could be an answering machine, but I am die hard land line guy and there are hints that it's PC interface can allow you to all kinds of things you can glean or block from any call.

Considering some of the calls I get, this could make for a fun distraction screwing with unwanted callers and help me easily call the number I want ;-}



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WheelSmoke
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Posted - 11/15/2014 :  02:17:59 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Ya I think my land lines a must have as well. And AT&T has been talking about how good new wired service orders are doing for some time.
Plus a dial-up modem is still what I need to do something like mess with the lights at a BestBuy store.


I'm not likely to fix something like that either. But when it's both new and real good it's a whole different story. LoL especially things like a car...





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Posted - 11/16/2014 :  2:03:30 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Ya, I prioritize things but it changes by time of the year for some things.
Not for things like my Phone, PC/Internet, TV and 'environment conditioning', but pulling the electric motor out a weed whipper and re-winding it opposed to just buying a new or good used one? Naw, not these days.

I just pick the outputs each thing has and do a good job with that and don't particularly care whats inside now.
Sad huh?


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WheelSmoke
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Posted - 11/18/2014 :  6:33:42 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
I just pick the outputs each thing has and do a good job with that and don't particularly care whats inside now.
Sad huh?

LoL Reminds me of x-mas presents that feel like socks. Or worse yet, chores... yuck...

Curiosity is what kills this cat.
The folks 8mm x-mas movies even all show some kid with my name who thinks wrapped gifts are less important then the one he already in pieces.
Lots of dad enforcing a no i cant fix it rule too.


LoL some kid




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Posted - 11/19/2014 :  09:02:01 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I recovered a few of our old Super 8 movies and got them to disc, still need to find my home VHS tapes and convert them as well.


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Posted - 11/19/2014 :  10:45:55 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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still need to find my home VHS tapes and convert them as well.

That suite case worth of old VHS tapes I converted to DVD's worked out well using a SVHS deck and a encoder card for the PC.



Couple things I learned the hard way.

A 75ohm connection is not good enough.
A VHS tape deck is not good enough.
Old VHS tapes that matter need to be captured when they go in the deck.




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Posted - 11/24/2014 :  10:55:23 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I should probably burn the old VHS tapes I'm talking about ;-}

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WheelSmoke
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Posted - 11/25/2014 :  4:33:44 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
My ATI HDTV Wonder card, RCA DV-606D SVHS deck, let me captures a S-video signal clean enough to make the DVD's look a little better then a VHS deck can do.
Better yet would be a video camera that has a digital output from what I read.

LoL Still cant believe she had a home movie in there that was a year long, 50 state trip. Or that I even could turn it into a home movie that was still 11 DVD's long.




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Posted - 11/29/2014 :  10:42:14 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Family vacation slides hehe, hard to get an audience for that ;-}

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WheelSmoke
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Posted - 11/29/2014 :  1:02:53 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
At least there not saying 'I want grandma's whole set.' eek
Man just running the DVD's thru my burner and printer sounds like a long job...


That set is this in a little DVD case.







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KC
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Posted - 12/08/2014 :  08:51:42 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Man that is a LOT of video considering the quality of the original, seems they should compress or least save as original resolution as you don't need dvd rez from VHS or film.

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WheelSmoke
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Posted - 12/08/2014 :  11:32:40 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Man that is a LOT of video considering the quality of the original, seems they should compress or least save as original resolution as you don't need dvd rez from VHS or film.


Ya that Grand tour one alone is a 50 state trip that was a whole year long.
Or a good 40 hours worth of VHS tapes in a suit case full of tapes and no way to tell whats what when I started.




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Posted - 12/11/2014 :  08:02:41 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Now you 'binge watch' the past ;-}

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