These days we live in a world of gadgets and devices. Mostly we use them for entertainment, but now they are quickly becoming essentials in our daily lives and a lot of people are becoming increasingly dependent on them. One characteristic of some of the devices that we now have is the great amount of cables that are used to connect them to each other. Computers for example use multiple cables in order to connect the different cables in order for it to work. It’s virtually a spaghetti-like jungle of wires when you look at it.
Cables- It’s not just computers that are dependent on cables in order for them to work properly. Home theatre systems would also need them in order to connect the different devices that make it up. While there are some new technologies that are coming out now which can connect the devices without the use of wires, it’s still a couple of years away from completely replacing the use of physical connectors. The quality of signal and the reliability delivered by physical conductors is something that can not be replaced by wireless connections.
Even if the wireless connections are perfected, the use of physical wires would still not be completely phased out. There is still no effective means of replacing physical conductors for electricity today. Devices would still be dependent on power cables.
Organizing- What you need to do then is to organize the jungle of cables that you are using for your devices and see to it that they are orderly. The problem with having too many wires without any order is that you might get confused with them. There is also a certain degree of danger with getting all the wires jumbled together. Remember that electricity passes through those wires and in case their insulating material has some break on its surface that can cause a fire, which will not only cause damage but can be dangerous to your safety and life as well.
You should also organize it, so it would be easy to disconnect and reconnect it all again. For organizing cables you should use cable ties which can bundle the wires that go together. That would prevent the wires from being everywhere.
Best way to clean cables- How do you go about cleaning the cables? The usual cleaning methods might not apply because those are wires used for carrying electric current and signals. Using the cleaning materials might not be applicable. The best way is to just use a piece of dry cloth and wipe away the dust that accumulates on the surface. You should just place the wires so that they will not gather as much dust.
With modern technology, new devices can do a lot more than their older counterparts. They are also smaller, lighter and cheaper. So in some ways repairing an old broken down device would not make sense at all. It would just be better to buy a new one.
Repairing Old Radios- Even though there is no intense need for repairing old radios today, there are a lot of people who engage in it. Most of them do it as a hobby. Many old radios are easy to repair, mainly because they all followed the same design concepts regardless of the manufacturer. So to have a working understanding of one brand of radio would mean understanding most of the other brand from the same period.
Another reason why this activity is gaining a lot of following today is because most of the parts used for the old radios are still available. It might take some looking, but generally they could still be bought. There’s nothing like the feeling of getting an old radio to work again.
Steps to Repair a Broken Radio- When they say that repairing an old radio model is simple, that wouldn’t mean that you can do it right away. Simple is a relative term. If you have some understanding of basic electronics then you should be able to do it.
Try to get a schematic diagram of the particular radio model that you want to repair. A schematic diagram contains all the parts of a device written down in symbols, even if you do not understand all the symbols, you could still use it because it would contain a lot of important information about the radio model.
If the radio that you are trying to repair still has some vacuum tubes to it, don’t go and replace all of them right away. They won’t deteriorate simply because they are not used. You should only replace vacuum tubes or any other part, for that matter, if you believe that it is defective.
Tools- You need the following tools:
These are the most basic tools that you are going to need for repairing an old radio. There are other stuff that you can get as you learn more, but these would be enough to get you started. A tester for example could be used for zeroing in on the problem in a radio, by various methods if you know how to use it properly.
Start your radio repair hobby now and explore a whole new world.
If you have a typical home then you would have several devices there that uses cables. There’s no going about the need for having cables if you want to use these devices. Maybe in a few more years they could come up with appliances that are completely cable free, but right now we have to put up with them.
Cables can be a lot of trouble. First of all they could be everywhere. Multiple cables being grouped together can be a technician’s nightmare. They know what they’re doing, so imagine how that can be to a typical homeowner. Frustrating wouldn’t start to describe how one feels about trying to figure those cables. It can really be a headache when you have to disconnect something and you can not figure out which is which.
Almost all electrical appliances uses cables for drawing power, even the portable gadgets that we carry around are still dependent on power cables in order to get charged. The ones that have most cables are the home theatre system and the desktop computer. These two uses up a lot of cable connections between the different components that make them up. The cables are for their power supply and for the signal of both audio and video.
If you just let the wires connecting these two devices lying around, there’s the potential that one could trip on them or if you have pets, they might get tangled up. You must organize the cables so that they can be grouped together which would make it easy to disconnect, reconnect and to clean them. The best way to do that is to tie them together with a cable tie. You should group the cables that go together and put them together with a cable tie. That would keep your connections neat and orderly.
Repairing Cables- If any of the cables that you are using seems to be broken or if there are signs that the insulating cover has worn away, you should have it replaced right away. Cables are not really reparable items. There are instances however when getting a replacement is not possible immediately and you need to use the device. You can just cover the damaged part with a piece of electrical tape. This kind of tape is made from a highly insulated material which can cover the damage part. That method could only be used if the device is still working with the damaged cable. If it stops working, then that means the conductor inside has been damaged already and you would really have to get a replacement.