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    Graflarger Repair

    Does anyone still repair these?
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    Re: Graflarger Repair

    What's wrong with it??? Usually the insulation in the wiring cords is shot, and connections may be open...

    I posted a restoration post here a year or two ago, so search Graflarger for it...

    Steve K

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    Re: Graflarger Repair

    Quote Originally Posted by LabRat View Post
    What's wrong with it??? Usually the insulation in the wiring cords is shot, and connections may be open...

    I posted a restoration post here a year or two ago, so search Graflarger for it...

    Steve K
    Tried that once. I'll go to Google and try again.

    Thanks Steve.
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    Re: Graflarger Repair

    I plugged it in and it made all kinds of fizzy shorting noises so I unplugged it. Haven't found your post yet but still looking.
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    Re: Graflarger Repair

    Ok, I think I found it.

    http://www.largeformatphotography.in.../t-123165.html

    So 1st thing is to replace the original (ancient) ac power cord and install a fuse.

    I'll get to that tomorrow and I'll let you know how it works out. I am a bit nervous about the transformer but I hope that the only issue is the cord.

    Nothing to do but try.
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    Re: Graflarger Repair

    There are proper ways to repair vintage gear.

    Applying power, then sniffing around for smoke and watching sparks do not quality.

    - Leigh
    If you believe you can, or you believe you can't... you're right.

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    Re: Graflarger Repair

    That's the post...

    Is the fizzy sound from the light head or box???

    At this point, don't plug it in until some questions are answered...

    Read the post carefully... (But sounds promising 'cause it somewhat works)... Ask questions...

    Do you have a volt/ohm meter???

    Good luck!!!

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    Re: Graflarger Repair

    If you've got any old retired tv repair or signal corps folks around, they could probably handle most of it. It should be pretty simple.

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    Re: Graflarger Repair

    Quote Originally Posted by Leigh View Post
    There are proper ways to repair vintage gear.

    Applying power, then sniffing around for smoke and watching sparks do not quality.

    - Leigh
    No kidding. If I knew that it didn't work I would have gone at it a bit differently.
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    Re: Graflarger Repair

    I opened up the light box and that part looks good. The cold light grid looks ok but until I can get power to it I won't be certain. (No scorched wires or black marks. ) I didn't really expect that the power made it all the way through to this point since the switch was in the off position when I plugged it in but you never know.

    Next I will pop the transformer box and see if I can start tracing continuity through the power wires. I do hope that the transformer didn't fry.

    I do own a few electrical gadgets and tools including a volt/ohm meter. Nothing as nice as my son's Fluke but they will do for this device. If it does get to complicated I'll send it to him for a look.

    I did a short stint as an apprentice to a TV repairman one or two years ago but I was too slow to make a living at it so I went on to other more lucrative pursuits.

    I take it from everyone's responses that there are no qualified repair shops that handle this equipment any longer.
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