Saturday, June 21, 2008

Take care of your radio

So many cheap consumer electronics
that go bad sitting around out there.
Here are my top recommendations
for making your radio last:

---Remove batteries when you set aside.
Batteries still ooze caustics sometimes
when they get old.

---Wrap the radio in a plastic bag!
Dust makes that volume control
crunchiness, and can wipe out
the carbon film of the volume control

---Keep it cool and dry if you can.
Capacitors inside have a lifetime.
Hot attics can kill. Room temp is good.
A cool basement, if the humidity is
not high, will make things age slower.

---don't buy speakers with foam
surrounds around the cones. Foam
rot wrecks speakers. Some are
still made with weak coated porous foam.

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