Tips on Cleaning an LCD TV

An LCD TV placed on the wall of your living room, lends an elegant look to the interior of your home. But a dusty, scratched, and spotty screen, makes it look unattractive. Touching it with dirty, oily hands or leaving behind fingerprints, affects its clarity. There are a number of cleaning products available that you can clean a TV screen with, including glass and other similar surfaces. However, an LCD screen needs extra care. Here are some tips on how to keep it clean and well maintained.

Read the Manual First

Before cleaning your TV, you must first read the instructions manual. This is the best way to find out what the right procedure is and the products that are suitable for use to clean a TV.

Precautions to be Taken

Before you start, you must keep a few things in mind. Turn the television off to avoid setting off sparks while cleaning. The screen is very delicate and prone to scratches; therefore, use a soft and clean cloth. Cotton and flannel are popular choices. Do not opt for a newspapers, paper towel, tissue, etc. Do not spray the product directly over the screen, as it can leak into the frame.

Never apply pressure over the screen while cleaning it; this causes it to have dead pixels and lead to loss of image in that part of the screen. Do not use strong chemicals like alcohol, ammonia-based cleaners, or window cleaning products. Remember, your LCD needs to be treated differently, compared to windows and glass doors.

What You Can Use for Cleaning

You can safely use the following ingredients to clean a TV screen:

  • Filtered water
  • Isopropyl alcohol
  • Mild liquid soap
  • Petroleum benzine
  • Distilled water
  • Vinegar diluted in distilled water
  • Commercial glass cleaners (especially formulated for TV screens)

You must strictly avoid using the following ingredients:

  • Tap water
  • Methyl chloride
  • Acetone
  • Ethyl acid
  • Ammonia
  • Toluene
  • Ethyl alcohol
  • Commercial glass cleaners containing ammonia

Procedure

  • For regular cleaning, use a soft cloth and wipe the dust from the TV screen and frame. Use a cotton swab to clean dust along borders and in corners.
  • For accumulated dust, take a soft cloth and dampen it using one of the solutions mentioned above; wipe the dirt off. Stick to horizontal or vertical strokes while wiping.
  • If you are wondering what to do with fingerprints or other oily, dirty spots on the screen, then dampen a cotton or foam swab and wipe the dirty area. Apply even pressure on the screen and rub it a few times to clean it completely.

These tips can help you clean your TV safely. So, follow them and enjoy the clarity of your television.

What are Effects of Television on Children?

eThere is an ongoing debate about the effects of television on children. Some believe that TV has a lot to offer. It can educate, stimulate and entertain. If parents are discerning about what their child watches and how much they watch, there is nothing too harmful about TV. On the other hand, some experts say that any children under two should not watch any television. They feel that it hinders a child’s growth and development in many ways.

So before you sit your kids down in front of your huge plasma TV, have a think about what they are watching and how long they are watching.To get a look at both sides of the debate, lets break this discussion down in to the positive and negative effects of television on young viewers.

Positive:

  • Children can learn about numbers, letters, colours and shapes by watching quality educational programmes.
  • For many parents of young children, a day at home is many hours to fill. Sometimes a familiar or appropriate movie or programme can provide a relaxing moment both child and parent.
  • Children enjoy the familiarity of a movie or show they have watched many times as much as they love to read the same book again and again.
  • Many movies and shows have a moral tale, and this can sometimes provide a helpful way for parents to introduce moral themes and ideas into their children’s lives.
  • TV and media is a way of life in this day and age. Children can benefit from being conditioned and familiarised with media concepts. It will help them participate in social and cultural events and discussions in their developing social and educational lives.
  • Children can learn about social interaction and manners on good quality dramatic and educational programmes.
  • Quite often a movie or show can provide the inspiration for games and creative play away from the TV. A child might enjoy re-enacting a favourite scene or character from a movie and carry on with this scene in their playtime.

Negative:

  • Children under two can be negatively affected by television. It can stunt their social and mental development.
  • Too much TV can become a problem for some children who engage in less physical activity because they prefer to watch TV.
  • Too many hours in front of a TV can prevent children from interacting with their family and siblings.
  • Too much exposure to TV and screen media can make a child’s mind lazy in terms of using their imagination and brainpower in other areas of their lives.
  • Watching TV can also instil in your children social stereotypes of race, gender and class.
  • When children watch TV they are being exposed to advertising. A lot of advertising is aimed specifically at young children. Ads target young ones and condition them to become loyal brand consumers as adults. Exposure to some ads could encourage poor eating habits and food choices.
  • Injudicious TV watching can expose children to bad habits such as smoking and drinking. It can expose them to violence and create a mindset of fear and aggression.

With so many reasons for and against TV watching, it seems that the decision is best left up to the parent. A parent knows their own child and how best to manage their TV watching habits. Undoubtedly a discerning and vigilant attitude is essential when exposing young children to TV, so think twice before you sit you child in front of your beloved flat screen, HD TV.

 

What Should We Do for the Creation of a Reality Show?

No matter how much we hate and criticize them, reality shows are fun to watch. Most shows revolve around a particular issue or event that the audience can relate to, and from that is built a show. Since many reality shows are being aired every week, the concepts behind most of the shows have become monotonous and boring. And today’s audience prefers watching reality shows that have a great entertaining value, and can truly connect with them. But at times, it becomes difficult to come up with some original and fun ideas for reality shows that can hold the audience interest on a long run. If you are an aspiring, professional writer and are looking for some unique reality TV show ideas, here are some pitching ideas that will not only promote the show but the writer too.

How to Start a Reality Show

Have a Specific Concept
One of the most basic concept of a successful show is to judge accurately what the market is buying or what exactly your audience wants to see on TV. Be specific in your concept; even if you have a generic idea, try to run your creative mind in a specific direction. Decide whether you are preparing a concept or idea for a reality series, TV game show, drama series, etc. Don’t be scared to create two or more variations on the same concept, as each of those will give you a different result which will increase your chance of making more sales. Hence, come up with a thought which is unique, never tried before, and apply different approaches on it.

Movie Story
In case you don’t have any idea or concept in your mind, then the last minute savior is to prepare your reality TV concept based on a film story. While watching a movie, try to look at the core concept and the story of the movie, that inspires you and comprises some basic elements or concepts that can be translated in to a reality based show.

Create a Highly Marketable Concept
Remember watching television is all about witnessing action, emotion, and real scenarios, that one may not see in real and everyday life. Hence, try coming up with concepts or ideas that are highly marketable. This primarily includes titles that can roll off the tongue easily, provoke conversations, and simply tell you exactly what people are going to be watching. For example ‘Blind Date’, ‘Temptation Island’, ‘The Bachelor’, ‘Joe Millionaire’, ‘Wife Swap’ or ‘The Apprentice’ are all good titles which can instantly grab the viewer’s attention and curiosity.

Cover Different Professions or Lifestyles
The most basic and successful element of any reality TV show is the documentary style series covering varying professions or lifestyles of people. Considering the inquisitive human mentality, such stories can serve the irresistible curiosity of the viewer to know about other people’s personal life and work. So, if you have any such concept or idea in your mind that suits this style, get some actual or well-known people involve to pitch it.

Now, if you are wondering how to pitch reality show ideas, then for that you need to very clear about your concept. Present enough details to the producers, make them understand what the show is all about, and how it differs from other shows on television. Outline a minimum of two sample episodes, as writing up additional episode ideas shows your show has legs and can be a huge success. I hope, these ideas prove to be helpful to all you aspiring writers, and help to create a reality show with a concept never seen or heard before.

Tips on Making a Homemade TV Antenna

With household expenses reaching its peak, it is but obvious that a cable TV bill would only come as an unwanted expense. Well, the solution to this problem lies in the comforts of your very home itself. All you need to gather is, a few discarded equipments and you can put together your own TV antenna. The best part of making an antenna is that it is cheap, affordable and you do not have to pay for watching what you love. Besides, these antennas work well to give you a HDTV experience on your flat screen TV, thus making it a better alternative than investing in DTV.

Among the things required to make your antenna are…

  • From the Tool Box
  • Around the House
  • From the Stores

Putting together your own TV antenna is not much of a task. Quite the contrary, it is as easy as saying one-two-three. One – you collect the needed material, two – you assemble the parts, three you tune it. Sounds easy, doesn’t it? Well, let’s get to the main designs then.

Design #1: Using a Bicycle Rim
Step #1: Keeping things ready

  • 26″ bicycle rim (mountain bike)
  • Copper wire
  • Four 12″ x 1.25″ PVC pipes
  • 2″ PVC end cap
  • 20 foot x 2″ PVC pipe
  • Drill machine
  • 8 flat-head screws
  • 8 washers
  • Coaxial cable
  • Balun

Step #2: Prepare the frame

  • Start by getting rid of the spokes from the rim.
  • Prepare a frame putting together the four 12″ PVC pipes to form a cross.
  • Join them using the PVC cross
  • Screw this frame to the bicycle rim.

Step #3: Wired up

  • Pass the copper wire through the spoke holes.
  • Curl the wire around the rim forming loops.
  • Ensure the wire doesn’t touch any two loops on either side.
  • Fasten the loose ends of the wire to the PVC pipe.

Step #4: Attach the balun

  • Attach the balun to the two ends of the wire.
  • Attach the coaxial cable to the balun

Step #5: Set it up

  • Fix the frame onto the 20 foot pipe.
  • Screw it in place with a flat-head screw and washer.
  • Wind the coaxial cable around the pipe.
  • Mount the antenna on the roof/ground.
  • Connect the coaxial cable to the TV
  • Fine-tune the settings and it is ready to be used.

Design #2: Using Wooden Planks and Wire Hangers
Step #1: Keeping things ready

  • 22″ x 8″ plank of wood (pine wood is preferred)
  • Coaxial cable
  • 8 flat-head screws
  • 8 wire hangers
  • Measurement tape
  • Insulation tape
  • Balun
  • Drill machine
  • 8 washers
  • Copper wire
  • PVC pipe or stick to hoist the antenna (optional)

Step #2: Measure and mark the plank to be used

  • Start by leaving a 2″ space at one end of the plank.
  • Leave a margin of 1 1/2″ from either side of the plank and draw a line across the length of the plank.
  • On these lines measure and mark a distance of 5 1/4″ from the initial 2″ mark.
  • You should get 2 rows of equidistant marks.
  • Drill holes at the 8 marked points on the plank of wood.

Step #3: Use the wire hangers to create receptors of the antenna

  • Straighten out the wire hangers so that you have 4 equal wires.
  • Measure the wires and find the mid point of each wire.
  • Bend the wire at the center to form a 45 degree angle.
  • Ensure that you maintain a distance of 3″ between the two ends of the wire.
  • Attach the wires to the board with the help of screws and washers.

Step #4: Install the Wire and Balun

  • Before you tighten the screws, pattern the copper wires as shown above.
  • Insulate the wire where they intersect so that they do not make contact.
  • Attach the balun (transformer) to the two phasing copper wires.
  • Secure them into position by fastening the screws and washers
  • Trim off the sharp edges of the wire hangers to avoid injury.

Step #5: Ready to be tested

  • Attach the coaxial cable to the balun.
  • Attach the antenna to the TV through the coaxial cable.
  • Position the antenna to receive signals.
  • Fine-tune the settings and enjoy the show.

In case you wish to use a reflector, cover pieces of cardboard with tin foil and attach to the plank. Ensure that the wire and the foil do not make contact.

Design #3: Using PVC Pipes
Step #1: Keeping things ready

  • Two 15″ x 2″ PVC pipe
  • PVC Angle
  • Conducting Wire
  • Balun
  • Coaxial Cable
  • Drill Machine
  • 2 flat-head screws
  • 2 washers
  • Measurement tape

Step #2: Preparing the frame

  • Leave a 2″ margin from one end of the pipe and measure 1.75″ on the pipe.
  • Mark 6 equidistant spots on the pipe each 1.75″ apart from the other.
  • Using the drill machine, drill holes in the pipe.
  • Remember to go all the way through to the other side so you can pass the wire through.

Step #3: Pass the wire through

  • Starting from the fourth hole, curl the wire around the pipe.
  • Pass it through the holes to form an increasing spiral.
  • While forming the sprial ensure that the wires do not come in contact with one another.
  • Pass it through the last hole and flatten it across the length of the pipe to fasten it to the center.
  • Fasten the other loose end a little distance away from the first.

Step #4: Setting it up

  • Attach the balun to the frame of the antenna.
  • Connect the coaxial cable to the balun
  • Attach the other PVC pipe to this frame using the PVC angle.
  • Set up the antenna indoors or outdoors as per your requirement.
  • Connect the antenna to the TV using the coaxial cable and tune your settings.

These antennas can be placed indoors to safe guard it from storm and lightning. They work well to pull in HDTV signals and can be connected to your flat screen TV.