Restoration technique [Was: Re: Bay Area: IBM 4341 and HP3000]

js at js at
Mon Jan 12 13:59:04 CST 2015

On 1/12/2015 2:53 PM, Pontus wrote:
> On 01/12/2015 05:36 PM, William 
> Donzelli wrote:
>>> What I find bothersome is that the 
>>> techniques for doing so isn't
>>> easy to learn. There are only a few 
>>> with Tonys skill level and
>>> even fewer who cares about old 
>>> electronics and yet fewer who
>>> document their knowledge, tools and 
>>> tricks.
>> Isn't that the point of this list and 
>> the Vintage Computer Forum?
> Certainly, and the mailing list and 
> it's archives is invaluable. But as an 
> introduction to the subject? not so much.
> It would be nice to hand someone a 
> book which at least cursory explains 
> capacitor reforming, how to read and 
> write ROM's, how to repair corroded 
> PCB's or what to do if the copper has 
> lifted from the board.

It'd be a massive undertaking, simply 
because there's so many different 
streams of arcane knowledge that one 
brings to bear on such tasks.

Everyone will be a bit different, but 
for myself, I'm bringing a lifetime of 
experience of working with my hands to 
bear on a restoration type project... 
whether it's something my dad showed me 
when I was 12, to something I figured 
out later, to something I read about on 
the internet.

Being a "restorer" is actually being a 
person who has mastered a craft, and who 
is never done learning that craft.

- J.

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