Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Tearing things apart and making a museum

I read something somewhere about not throwing out broken appliances and the like until you let your kids take them apart. It seemed like an interesting idea, and Baby Plum LOVES to find out how things work (ahem, break things.)
We decided to try it out with our electric mower last week. It kicked the bucket after 8 years. Once in there, Bob felt he could fix it, so the boys had to stop their destructive tendencies.

But my parents had taken an old humpback TV out of my grandparents' basement. They were going to throw away, but they were happy to give it to us instead.
See how happy Baby Plum looks?
He's watching Bob take the frame off.
They are trying to find out how to take the guts out here.
He liked working the electric screwdriver.
Cheese Puff needed his picture taken.

Little Elvis wasn't at home for the initial bout of destruction. But he took some pieces out once he got back. He decided to take the pieces and open a museum.
It might be the smallest museum in the world. Here are some of the pieces he pulled out of the TV. He doesn't know what they are called.
He named his museum the "Funthousand Museum" and had a ribbon cutting ceremony. Little Elvis loves pomp and ceremony.
He made us tickets after the ribbon cutting. I got in there to see the ribbon cutting, and didn't have my camera with me. I took a picture of the tickets and cut ribbon.
Our tour guide leading us through the museum. I'm ready to throw out the pieces, but he checks on his museum when he gets home from school.


Blogger Ann Wyse said...

Very cool! I wonder how you learn the names for all those things - especially when old electronics are, well, old and without a online .pdf instruction manual!

This is one of those movements (taking apart electronic things) that I find completely and totally intimidating. I have no idea what I would say or do after I got the lid off. "That's, um, the inside?" I'm sort of hoping Fritz has some idea (actually, I think he does) because I'm going to be a terrible teacher/leader/guide in this department.

1:09 PM  
Blogger Stew Swanson said...

Be careful with really old TV's. They had capacitors and transformers that could give you a 50,000 volt whack when plugged in and lesser voltage when off. Most would dissipate after being unplugged but could be dangerous. It was common practice use a screwdriver to arc across the yoke on the tube.
Grandpa Stew

11:52 PM  

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