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Forum topic by Storkinator posted 07-15-2016 02:41 PM 463 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-15-2016 02:41 PM

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My wife and I purchased a home about a year ago that has a rather large garage that I have now begun turning into my wood work shop. One of the things vital to me is listening to the radio while I work, or watching sports. I have been given a Sony Tuner, have retrieved some full speakers, and will soon by adding the TV. Does anyone have any tips on the best way to keep dust from being a problem for the electronics? Should I enclose them in a case with a filtered power vent to exhaust heat? Thanks, DC

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#1 posted 07-15-2016 03:14 PM

I did that, built a cabinet with an airtight door (and plexiglass panels) and then put a muffin fan in it to keep everything cool. I cut slots in the bottom and covered them with a very tight furnace filter (Filtrete purple, as I recall). It worked well for many years keeping my receiver, cable box, cassette deck (yep, still have one) and the CD player. Worked well for years, then we moved. The next shop I just sit everything on a high self, but added a computer that sat on a desk I. After 6 years there was still no problem with any of it. Moral of the story: you can do as you want and it will work well….or do nothing and (at least in my case) still have no problems.

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#2 posted 07-15-2016 03:22 PM

IF you have to have a TV in your shop … I’d say just blow it out every now and then ...when you get air hose


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#3 posted 07-15-2016 04:18 PM

I have a tv in my shop for several years and just blow it out. I do have a good dust collector and there is little dust on anything.

I also use headphones to connect to the TV, radio or other. It is great for noisy boring tasks like sanding. I turn them off when using a saw or router.

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#4 posted 07-15-2016 05:08 PM

+1 for all the advice above … I just blow mine out a couple of times a year. Enclosures that will stop dust also restrict air flow, which is not good for the electronics.

One way to minimize the problem is to make sure you have good dust collection and air filtration. The more you do to get dust out of the air (and out of your lungs!), the better.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#5 posted 07-15-2016 06:35 PM

I must admit, I am a TV addict. When the lights go on, so does the TV. I have a flat panel, never blow it out, and it is 10 years old, but I have a good DC system and a air filtration unit. I know that it is not recommended as it could draw your attention from what you are doing, so for safety I set my tools up so my back is to it when using the table saw, jointer or any other “cutting tool” I’m not tempted.

This is my hobby, not my occupation, so I want to make it enjoyable to be out there. Nothing better than a Football game on while I work!!!
Just my .02

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#6 posted 07-15-2016 10:02 PM

I haven’t cleaned my shop tv for years.If it dies a new Ones are just too cheap.Plus Craig’s list are full of tv for even less.

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#7 posted 07-18-2016 05:14 PM

Thank you all a great deal for the feedback! My new table saw will be delivered today, so I am in full set up mode! With college football and the Olympics beginning soon, I’m going to have an enjoyable hobby filled Autumn.

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