Chris writes in with the MAKE inspired TV repair on his 47″ Panasonic HDTV (model: PT-47W53G) –
“I think that if I hadn’t been reading Make magazine and the Make blog every day, I wouldn’t have attempted this. I have their t-shirt that says “If you can’t open it, you don’t own it”, so I figured it was my duty to give it a try and I’m glad I did.
First of all, I’d like to commend www.electronix.com. I ordered my replacement parts on Monday with two day shipping, but it was late in the day and I knew the order wouldn’t ship until Tuesday, so with the holiday, I didn’t expect the parts until Friday. They arrived Wednesday afternoon, so Wednesday evening, I was ready to begin. First I made a trip to Radio Shack to buy a new soldering iron and a desoldering bulb (my old iron was a bit crusty, so I bought a dual heat one with a stand since I would be working on the carpeted floor)…” – Part II & part I.
Chris saved over $430 doing this himself!