Chapter 3

Danger, Danger! Staying Safe

Before you start repairing electronics, get clear on one important fact: as soon as you crack open a product’s case, you have left the government-regulated, “I’ll sue you if this thing hurts me,” coddled, protected world of consumer electronics behind. Once the cover comes off, you are on your own, and you can get hurt or killed if you’re not careful! You’ve probably heard many times how dangerous CRT (picture-tube TV) sets are to service, but don’t fool yourself into thinking that today’s gear is all that much safer. Even some battery-operated devices step up the voltage enough to zap the living crud out of you.

That said, you can learn to navigate all kinds of repairs safely. Let’s look at a few ways you ...

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