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    Replacing projector bulbs

    Does everyone replace projector bulbs themselves and/or call upon the help of the caretaker/site manager?

    As a lone primary school female (old) tech who's not had ladder training I'm a bit at of a loss what to do when a bulb needs replacing. I asked the temp caretaker tonight to help me with another projector issue tonight and he was so hamfisted it was a joke. So not going to ask him.

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    I'm a primary tech as well (oldish or depending on who you ask may be oddish) and its up to me to change the bulb otherwise it would never get done. Don't like ladders but what else is there. Worse job is taking down a projector if you have to change the bulb becuase the clamp obscures the lamp opening. Juggling a projector on a ladder is no fun.

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    Do you manage to take the projector down on your own? I can't see how ours can be done with one pair of hands.

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    I have to say that I have taken a stand on this and just tell the site manager which one needs to come down - then I change the bulb - and the site manager puts it back up again. I don't carry spanners etc and am not ladder trained - and on 15 hours a week I really don't have time to wait until the classroom is empty which is a requirement apparently

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    Our Network Support team has been augmented by the addition of a former member of the school's Site Support team. This comes in very handy with regard to projector maintenance. He takes care of all of that for me. I could do this work but as he is on the team and willing and able to do it he takes care of it.

    Sweet.

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    I worked at a site that had a portable platform, we had to use it, rarly did any changes though as the thing needed wheeling round the school.

    Now it involves a chair/table/ladder as the school is old on many levels and getting things round the school are a nightmare. I manage on my own but I am young and fit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rad View Post
    ...a chair/table/ladder...
    Not using these in combination?

    That is a Health and Safety nightmare.

    Not good using chairs or tables to elevate your level either.

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    In worse case scenarios i have to do it myself, but most of the time i'm lucky to have another female work collegue who is willing to stand at the bottom of the ladder for me and pass/take things to/from me.

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    All our projectors are within arms reach for me, so I've never had to stand on anything to get to them.

    Advantage of being tall I suppose!

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    Quote Originally Posted by localzuk View Post
    All our projectors are within arms reach for me, so I've never had to stand on anything to get to them.

    Advantage of being tall I suppose!
    ...tut, show off...

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    Firstly you cannot under the H&S regulations act use a ladder without the formal training:

    Secondly some projectors need 2 people to gain access to the aperture which houses the bulb:

    I would therefore advise you to speak to your line manager and ask for their advise as to what procedures to follow it may mean that you train and the site staff help you to remove the unit (even if they just hand you the equipment and hold on to things). They might even find money to purchase a support contract from the LA to provide AV support.

    Hope this has been helpful

    I am lucky in that @webman @Tallan and myself have all had ladder training and so therefore we do our own.

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    I'm tall, but not tall enough to reach projectors in our Victorian building. I can usually get the wretched things down unaided, just not back up again. I'm lucky that our caretaker is always willing to help out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chrbb View Post
    Do you manage to take the projector down on your own? I can't see how ours can be done with one pair of hands.
    Yes, not dropped one yet (touches nearest bit of wood!). It can be a bit of a handfull especially with some of the security clamps we have as they double up as the support and its a case of as soon as its released the projector moves so it involes a bit of fast handwork sometimes. Fortunately thats not often. Must enquire about the ladder training?

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    Apart from the ladder training, please wear goggles (gloves too if hot) when handling the lamps. They are at a considerable pressure and if they blow, the glass can do you a serious injury. Especially if they are hot... I've had to try to repair a theatrical lantern (similar lamp) where one had blown in use. Pointless really, a significant lens had simply disappeared.

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    @chrbb
    Your projector installer might offer a full bulb replacement service - worth finding out and seeing how much extra it is above the cost of the bulb.

    regards

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