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12-25-2011 10:02 AM

Topic tags/keywords: humor extened tool work space enhancement flat screen tv

LCD’s and plasma’s have been a lot cheaper of late. That brought a question to mind,while building my bench.
my time is limited do to work and family time. then there is the 49’ers playing and baseball season,which isn’t bad listening to the game on the radio. but football is just so many games a season. and i know; of the distractions while using power equipment.but a guy does take breaks;so what if i mounted a 40” flat screen, with wire less remote for only $7.00 a month more than i already over pay? Well What If…
9’ers are going to the playoff”s for sure and then the Giants opening day is only 4 months away; and i’ve got to finish my bench before spring is here.
some feed back is certainly needed.

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#1 posted 12-25-2011 10:09 AM

I have satallite radio going nonstop in my shop. For me, the distraction would be too much and the dust in the electronics would kill me and the TV. I’d say if your a sports fanatic, go for it…...........

-- mike...............

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#2 posted 12-25-2011 10:13 AM

thanks Red,i guess i could picture frame around it ,to keep the dust from settling on it. then take my gas blower to the place a little more often.

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#3 posted 12-25-2011 04:04 PM

i often see in American shops tv’s or pc’s, while i couldn’t work without a radio anymore i do find that a tv has nothing to do in a professional shop. Not so much for the danger, but rather the distraction which makes productivity plunge.

But i suppose you are not doing it for a living, so it depends. You say you have little shop time already, so a tv will decrease your productivity even more. On the other hand if the tv is only for the games and without it you would instead go and watch in the living room not working at all. Then it could be an interesting compromise.

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#4 posted 12-25-2011 07:12 PM

I think a 40in big screen would make an excellent DC system in the shop. BTW, I think you will find out that it will be the static electricity/attraction that will be the problem and NOT dust settling naturally. That would also mean static attraction INSIDE of the TV as well (fire hazard?).

The only way I could see this working would be if you have a separate office attached to the shop, and that office has a picture window facing the shop. The TV could go in the office and you could catch glimpses of the TV through that picture window. Sound could always be wired elsewhere, so sound would not be a problem.

FWIW, I know fellow astronomers that have this kind of setup in their home observatories. We call them warm rooms. In those cases we are trying to control/exclude stray heat waves from getting to and affecting the telescope’s ability to see clearly. This is the same principle, keeping a pollutant (dust OR heat waves) away from something else. Just my 2-cents…

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#5 posted 12-25-2011 07:53 PM

I found this 46” flat screen on craigslist and the guy was only 3 miles from my house. He was in the service and was being shipped out.
I don’t have a physical cable in the garage, so I hooked up a wireless IR sender and receiver from Radio Shack. Not high definition but a pretty good picture.
I transmit from my TV in the family room. No ability to tune channels, but if something special I want to see is on, I tune to it in the family room and beam it out to the garage.

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#6 posted 12-26-2011 12:03 AM

I have A T & T cable to the TV mounted in the corner of my garage/shop. I have the control box in a plastic bag. This has been in place for over 5 years now ans is still working fine. I worked construction all my life and often had radios going, and have learned (and taught) to not let it distract me from my job, so safety is not an issue for me. I have this TV or my Radio on all the time in my shop. I spend about 35 hours a week in there.

-- Website is No PHD just a DD214 and a GED

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#7 posted 12-26-2011 12:14 AM

Just a thought…I have a wireless canon pointing at my router in the main house. With Hula and a homegroup with my HTPC, I don’t miss not having cable at all. Check the prices of large computer monitors. You could LJ in style;)

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#8 posted 12-26-2011 12:22 AM

I don’t even own a telly, and I can’t imagine why anyone would want to watch one while they could be immersed in their woodworking activities. I prefer to be doing what I’m doing, if that makes sense :) For a break my workshop is out back of the house and I will grab a coffee and browse LJs for a while or just sit in the garden.

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#9 posted 12-26-2011 01:16 AM

all you LJ’ers have some good ideas. horizontalmike has static electicity as a down side, but with a picture framed box and a piece of glass over the front, it could solve that problem. Greedo, has touched on my dilemma very well. i am just a hobbiest,but the draw is the game in particular;if i’m drawn to go inside to watch the tv then all is lost on furthering my task at hand.but the tv on; and the game in progress, then i can watch. but not every moment is needed, such as comercials or the timeouts, or replays repeating what i
might have missed.
Don’t forget, many americans multi task quite well; it’s almost a must. But the real joy is being in the shop and creating something great or useful,right?

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#10 posted 12-26-2011 01:32 AM

I am in the same boat as jeth. We cancelled our cable service six years ago when I was renovating the living room. We never had it reconnected.

If I spent time watching TV, I would not have the time I do in my shop. If the TV were in my shop, I hate to think of the danger caused by watching the Red Sox choke again.

-- “Big man, pig man, ha ha, charade you are.” ― R. Waters

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#11 posted 12-26-2011 01:44 AM

Good to know I’m not the only one Chuck! People look at me like I’m a sandwich short of a picnic when I say I have no telly, and the worst thing, which makes me laugh, but almost want to cry, they always say ”but what do you do?”

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#12 posted 12-26-2011 03:22 AM

I have have a set in my shop, I like to watch CNBC but I don’t even turn the sound up. If I want to know how things are going I just glance at the runners under the picture. I never had any problem with the dust.


-- Stay busy....Stay young

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#13 posted 12-26-2011 03:29 AM

The ONLY reason I would consider having a TV monitor in the shop would be for airing “WW Tips and/or other YouTube videos related to WW projects and techniques. Now THAT would be worth it. 8-)

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#14 posted 12-26-2011 03:32 AM

i have a tv in my shop and recently our wonderful able company now requires a converter to watch any tv .. of course they give you 2 free but the third is another $8 a month. I havent coughed up for it yet. I miss watching / listening to Yankee games and the NFL network. It was never a distraction for me, if i wanted to watch something i stopped what i was doing but most of the time i was just listenning.

You could mount the TV in a plexiglass case to keep the dust away, but its probably gonna need to breathe a little.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#15 posted 12-26-2011 03:44 AM

I installed a TV set with a DVD player in my shop about a month and a half ago. When I am in there on Sundays, I have a football game on. I use the DVD player to play instructional videos. There are no power tools in use in my shop except for a small bandsaw and lathe, which get used very, very little, so the distraction/safety issue is not an issue (I wouldn’t dream of trying to watch TV while using a power tool anyway). I kind of like the idea of getting a flat screen put up. I am using an old 14” set, that would be a nice upgrade.

-- Mike

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