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Monitor Makeover Part II

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PART A - DISCHARGING MONITORS SAFELY

Materials
-A large flathead screwdriver
-A 12ga. or better wire, or 16ga or better speaker wire (or any paired wire)
-A computer power cable

Before you even bother with this mod, check your outlets on your walls. If they don?t have the ground (the third hole, usually on the bottom), stop now. Find a grounded outlet (must be grounded, not ground connected to negative) OR do not attempt this mod.


The Process
First, you will want to take the wire and strip both ends. Wrap the exposed wire around the metal part of the screwdriver and around the ground plug of the power cable. Make sure your connections are tight. You now have your discharging tool.
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After you take off your monitor?s casing, look on the glass dome for the suction cup with the wire in the middle. This is the monitor?s main anode (positive connection). Up to 27,000V at 30 amps can run through this thing at any given time? even when it?s off. The basic idea behind discharging is to plug the cord into the wall, thus grounding the screwdriver, and stick the screwdriver under the suction cup to touch one of these 2 leads.


Be careful in doing this that your hand isn?t touching the metal part of the screwdriver or any exposed wire. Slip the screwdriver under the cup and touch the metal lead. You should here a click if you did it right. It may take some force to get it under there, but do not lift the suction cup with your hand or jam the screwdriver in there at a high speed. Try sliding it left and right to get under the cap.


After this is done, grab the suction cup near the middle and feel around for the leads (which are a clip). Once you get a good hold of them, pinch them together and pull the suction cup off the monitor. You may have to pull one side out then the other, but don?t force it. It should come off pretty easily.


That was simple enough. Now you can work on your monitor without fear of electrical death. If you?re still paranoid, just touch that screwdriver to every capacitor you can find. You shouldn?t have a problem though.

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