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Old 12-07-2010, 05:17 PM
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Originally Posted by Eric H View Post
If your 5 still has the metal cone 21AXP in it I'd be very concerned about any extreme temperatures, hot or cold.

I would think expansion and contraction would be bad for that tube.
Yes it DOES appear to have the original 21AX, since the safety glass is still in place, as is the plastic cover over the metal shell of the tube. The set is FAR from operational, and needs a full recap and such...., but is intact, knobs, back cover and all--and as I said--appears to have a good tube.

So, I should just unplug it--and "let it alone" I guess.
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Old 12-07-2010, 09:56 PM
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Hot and cold mileage,cold to hot and hot to cold

Located 620 road miles north of Seatle and a fetish for the round screen,I go to far away places and in a wide variety of temperature changes along the way. From North Dakota to southern Mississippi you will find the temperatures can vary a little bit. So far no vaccum losses including a CTC 5 from Chicago and a zenith port hole w/12UP4 out of Connecticut My furthest pick up was around Bucksport Maine.
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Old 12-07-2010, 11:41 PM
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I wouldn't worry too much about extreme temperatures, as long as there are no sudden changes. Keep in mind that what we call extreme is nothing compared to the temperatures the CRTs were exposed to when they were manufactured. All the glass to metal seals were made at very high temperatures, so I can't imagine another 70 degrees colder makes much difference.
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Old 12-08-2010, 06:09 AM
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Agree that cold storage probably won't hurt, but if you're gonna warm it, why burn the tubes? Hang a 75 watt light bulb inside the cabinet and throw some drop cloths over the set. All warm and toasty like Aunt Agnes in bed with her heating pad.

Perfection is hard to reach with a screwdriver.
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Old 12-08-2010, 03:42 PM
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I think oldtvman has it right. Moisture is the biggest issue. All the CRTs went through at least 600 degrees F in the oven while they were processed, with a change from ambient to hot and back to ambient in only 3-4 hours. Much more extreme than any temperature delta they will see just sitting exposed to the heat and cold of ordinary weather. The expansion characteristics of the glass to metal joins were carefully engineered to expand and contract at the same rate. Otherwise, no CRT would ever survive being built in the first place.
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Old 12-24-2010, 12:23 PM
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Will be bringing in the ctc 9 I got from Dean to start restoration next week. It's been setting out in the garage. I'll let it set for 24 hours.
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Old 02-25-2011, 09:05 PM
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The worst cataract cases I've run across were sets stored in garages, including mine. (Michigan temperature extremes)
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