Re: Neon Update
Subject: Re: Neon Update.
Date: Sat, 14 Jun 1997 08:14:23 -0400 (EDT)
<< Now the same neons have run
> about 18 hours without shorting out again. This makes me wonder
> if the dryed out cracked tar in old neons contribute to them shorting
> out. Maybe it would be wise to put all old neons with cracked tar
> shorted or not in the oven and melt the tar.
> I had one shorted neon with tar so dried out that it refused to melt in
>the oven at 300 degrees. The tar did get very soft so I scrapped it all
>out of the case and mixed about 1/2 cup of high voltage transformer
>oil with the tar to make it liquid again. I poured the tar back into the
> neon case and put it in the kitchen oven for an hour to melt so it
>would fill up all the spaces. Now the neons is working fine again.
> I have been giving it a work out and it hasn't shorted out yet.
Thanks for this update. You've made an excellent discovery with this
melting technique. I'll definitely try it when I get some shorted
I've heard that some neons use a different type of tar -- maybe that's
why it didn't melt easily, but you solved that problem too. Nice work.