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  1. Jeff

    Jeff Guest

    Hi
    Does anyone know of somewhere online where I can learn about repairing
    plasma and LCD TVs, plasma is becoming cheaper and cheaper now in the UK,
    people seem to be buying them now. and alot of my customers are showing
    interest in them. ime a self employed tech and are concerned about been left
    behind in the technology race. ime hoping it to be at least 2 or 3 years
    before it starts to affect me.
    Thanks
    Jeff
     
  2. Eric

    Eric Guest

    I got out of the repair business years ago. TOO MUCH HASSLE for little
    money.
    As a self employed tech it must be getting harder and harder to make a
    living.It certainly was when I gave up 14 years ago.
    No manufacturer support and buggering about getting parts. Also dealing
    with dickhead customers pissed me off.
    Sooner or later it will be time to throw in the towel.
    Lots of equipment is now near impossible to repair without lots of knowhow
    and special test and desoldering equipment. Prices are coming down fast and
    soon most equipment will go for recycling when it fails.

    Best get a proper job now.
    Plumber, plasterer, electrician or builder. Do the job, get paid and no
    hassle. No repeat calls except for another job.
    Thats where the money is and always will be.
     
  3. Jeff

    Jeff Guest

    I got out of the repair business years ago. TOO MUCH HASSLE for little
    Sounds like you where crap at it then.
    ive been doing it 14 year now and am still making a very good living,
     
  4. Ross Mac

    Ross Mac Guest

    You know, Eric pretty much has the picture....you CAN make a living at
    consumer electronics, but it's a tough way to go. Might I suggest industrial
    electronics. I kow most independants charge from $75 to $150 an hour out in
    Silicon Valley, CA.
    Good luck to you whatever you decide to do....Ross
     
  5. Eric

    Eric Guest



    No need for that attitude! I used to work 12-15 hours a day 6 days a week as
    a legitimate business. Made a fair amount of money but could see that the
    repair business was in decline.

    Had TV and video rentals, installed satellite dishes etc but the hassle of
    doing the books ordering spares and doing the repairs, paying increasing
    overheads and vehicle running costs was getting excessive.

    I now work sensible hours having retrained as an electrician then learned
    how to plaster to a high standard. Also occasionally help out a plumber Over
    the past few years I invested in property and refurbished it myself. Now
    have 3 houses on rent and own my own outright. I now get home to see the
    family at 6 pm every night and earn a lot more than I ever could or did with
    a lot less aggro. And I am happier for it.

    If you are making a good living out of your business and doing it
    legitimately and paying taxes etc then good luck because you need it.
     
  6. NSM

    NSM Guest

    | > I got out of the repair business years ago. TOO MUCH HASSLE for little
    | > money.
    |
    | Sounds like you where crap at it then.
    | ive been doing it 14 year now and am still making a very good
    living,

    No, he's right. I used to be able to make a good living repairing toasters,
    kettles, irons etc., never mind tube radios and record players etc. 20 years
    ago techs used to repair and recalibrate disk drives for computers. I used
    to service them down to the board level.

    Everything is disposable now. Even plasma TV's probably aren't a good way to
    go - when the display is shot it seems the whole thing is toast.

    N
     
  7. James Sweet

    James Sweet Guest

    About the only thing you can do is module swapping and typical power supply
    repair and such, same skills you can use for CRT TV repair. The boards are
    dense and complex enough with many custom parts so it's not really worth
    trying to do component level repair on most of them and you need highly
    specialized equipment to replace driver boards bonded to the panel.
     
  8. Have you contacted Panasonic, Sony, and others to see if they offer any
    workshops?
     
  9. JohnAce

    JohnAce Guest

    10 years ago you would find at least 25 repair places in my area in the yellow
    pages, now you'ld be lucky to find 7. You would think we'd be busy but were are
    not. Things are a changing and not too much business for the cheap stuff to
    make a living like years ago when the phone rang off the hook.
     
  10. NSM

    NSM Guest

    | 10 years ago you would find at least 25 repair places in my area in the
    yellow
    | pages, now you'ld be lucky to find 7. You would think we'd be busy but
    were are
    | not. Things are a changing and not too much business for the cheap stuff
    to
    | make a living like years ago when the phone rang off the hook.

    If you look on eBay for test equipment all you see are various lots being
    sold off from shops that have closed down. Are we going to have to ship
    everything back to China for repairs?

    N
     
  11. Jerry G.

    Jerry G. Guest

    I have no idea about online training. But, these new types of TV sets are
    serviced mostly at the modular level only, by the manufacture service reps.
    They use the recommended jigs, and instrumentation for doing the necessary
    adjustments, some of which also requires their dedicated software's and
    interfaces. The particular details depends on the model and manufacture.

    The circuit boards are built up using high density surface mount components,
    with very few generic type parts in the way of the major semiconductors.

    It would be best for the small service store to give this level of work out
    to the manufacture rep who is properly set up for this type of work, and
    bill the customer accordingly.

    In true retrospect, I would think it is time to seriously consider the
    service business for the small family owned business is coming to its end
    time. Most of the new electronic products are manufactured at a level that
    is very complex to service, and the lower end ones are designed as
    throw-away.

    During the warranty period, with many of the medium to low end electronics
    products, the customer is given a new unit on exchange. The exchanged units
    are generally stripped down and built back up again, using parts from other
    exchanged units. As for the defective boards, if the fault is not something
    that is an easy five minute fix, they are trashed. The so-called refurbished
    sets are sold as refurbished. These generally end up in the flea markets, at
    a reduced cost.

    Because of the nature of the service industry, many of the small service
    centres, and stores are closing up. The service work will be left to the
    manufacture rep.

    As for spare parts and schematics for the average level of electronic
    devices, the manufactures generally do not supply them like they used to.
    For
    many of the average models of TV sets, and appliances, there is no longer
    any out of warranty support.

    --

    Jerry G.
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    Hi
    Does anyone know of somewhere online where I can learn about repairing
    plasma and LCD TVs, plasma is becoming cheaper and cheaper now in the UK,
    people seem to be buying them now. and allot of my customers are showing
    interest in them. ime a self employed tech and are concerned about been left
    behind in the technology race. ime hoping it to be at least 2 or 3 years
    before it starts to affect me.
    Thanks
    Jeff
     
  12. Jeff

    Jeff Guest

    sounds like you are all in the usa, ime in UK and things aint that bad here
    YET can still earn £60 for 15 to 30 mins of work for a crt widescreen tv
    repair still costing £250+ to replace, and also the odd vcr as well. so at
    the moment i will plod on as i am.

    Thanks to james , charles and jerry for providing the info i asked for. what
    sort of faults are plasma,s producing over there, are the power suplies
    reliable or not so. and what sort of age are they starting to fail. thanks
    again.
     
  13. Yikes!ItsIke

    Yikes!ItsIke Guest

    I have training manuals for Plasma & LCD TVs on my site at
    http://www.manuals4you.com

    Want to Fix Something?

    http://www.manuals4you.com
     
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