Wednesday, January 21, 2009

7 Sins recycled TV

Another Kitty TV ...
This one is for my brother's cat... He's a bit of a devil :-)

So it only seemed appropriate to add the 7 deadly kitty sins.

Greed & Anger




and a little bit of Envy, from above.


Jane said...

I love this! Too cool! I have actually been thinking about my bakelite TV. It's black and white and so cool, but it doesn't have the stuff to connect it to a DTV converter box. So I got a new to me tv. How did you recycle the innards of that TV? Will the recycling places take just the guts?

AlpineButterfly said...

Taking out the TV, is not to hard,.... but it has a but..... TV's have a capacitor, and capacitors can hold a charge.... sometimes for quite a while. So while it isn't so hard to take a TV apart:
usually it involves a hex screwdriver, or ratchet set, and sometimes a philips or a flat head, and then a pair of wire cutters, and I poke and prod at it for a while. Some TV's, the plastic casing fit's together like a puzzle... so you have to figure out how to unpuzzle it. But once the "guts" are exposed, there is a shock hazard. The leaded glass picture tube, is a vacume, so on older models there is also an implosion hazard. I can't explain really well how I avoid the shock hazard, it involves finding a ground, and connecting two screw drivers with a wire, poking around.... and to be perfectly honest, it scares me ;-) ... So I make sure my boyfriend is around. (he's an Electrical Engineer). And to avoid busting the tube, I just handle cautiously. Yeah I know great explanation... This is why I have avoided publishing it, I don't really want anyone to get hurt. A TV repair guy, should be able to take it apart in about 15 min.

As for Recycling... yes it gets more complicated.... It can be, and should be recycled (bad stuff in there)... I have a couple of links on the blog to find placed to recycle it in the US (check the right column)... But it isn't regular "electronic" recycling. The place has to be willing to take a CRT tube. Apparently, these things weren't made with recycling in mind... Unfortunately neither is much of the next generation TV's, so I usually pay between $8 & $30 to have mine recycled... for that, I know it stays here in the US, and 99.9% ends up back in the product stream. I figure that ought to be considered part of the cost associated with buying a new TV. But you know call me crazy & all. Yes, the recycling place will take just the guts... my experience has been that they might look at you funny for a second, but ehhh, again, worth it.