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Shooting a CRT TV Safety?

Posted: Sun Jan 24, 2010 3:12 am
by bullrees
Just wondered if anyone has done this before. I know a CRT has a vacuum so it will implode then spray glass.

I will be hitting a 19 inch crt tv with a "c" cell battery.

I plan to cover the ground with a tarp to help pick up any glass but any ideas are welcome.
What's a good distance so I'm not hit by glass? 50 feet?

Posted: Sun Jan 24, 2010 3:19 am
by jackssmirkingrevenge
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point blank is good enough for some people :roll:

Posted: Sun Jan 24, 2010 3:30 am
by Ragnarok
As Jack's video proves, it's nothing like as dangerous as you seem to think. Shooting a hole in something that's under vacuum doesn't mean it implodes.

Anyway, CRTs are tough glass. I've seen them thrown out of 2nd storey windows without smashing.
So, it's unlikely that glass will fly - still, I'd not be standing too close to the CRT, because it might throw glass, although probably not fast enough to be that dangerous.

Still, wear goggles - I wouldn't wager my eyesight on words like "probably" and "unlikely".

Posted: Sun Jan 24, 2010 4:27 am
by SpudBlaster15
They don't really spray glass in the manner that you are thinking of. 'A friend of mine' has blown up a few CRT monitors using energetic heaving explosives, and the inertia of the 1/2" thick glass shards prevents them from accelerating to a high velocity.

Posted: Sun Jan 24, 2010 11:50 am
by bullrees
Thanks for the tips, vids and links guys. I wanted to be sure we wouldn't be making a trip to the ER today. I'll put up a damage vid/pic later today.

Posted: Sun Jan 24, 2010 12:00 pm
by rp181
People underestimate the strength of these. The glass in the front is very thick (One I broke had almost a inch of glass).

keep in mind companies need the be extra careful for liability.

Posted: Sun Jan 24, 2010 2:20 pm
by starman
rp181 wrote:People underestimate the strength of these. The glass in the front is very thick (One I broke had almost a inch of glass).

keep in mind companies need the be extra careful for liability.
Yes they are indeed very strong. Several years ago I attempted to break one by hitting it as hard as I could with a baseball bat...several times. It just sat there and laughed at me.... :wink:

Posted: Sun Jan 24, 2010 9:44 pm
by bullrees