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    Projector Maintenance - How do YOU do it?

    Hello all!

    I have a quick question, for everyone.

    I look after 7 Primary schools in and around dewsbury/batley.

    All in all we have 65 projectors with smartboards and IWB's.

    Now, i have taken this job over and in the last year i have had to do a lot of work revamping systems and getting networks/anti virus's up to date since the last technician was a tad lax.

    Either way, i want to know, what do you guys do, please just list whatever you do, im looking to see how you guys handle your maintenance in your own schools etc.

    Also i would like to know if you buy in support for the maintenance and how much you pay. Thats only if you buy it in, if you do it yourself no need to list your hourly rate to brag ;P

    Thanks in advance guys.

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    Hi There,

    With regards to maintaining projectors if they are LCD the best thing is to make sure that you clean the filters once every three months unless of course they are DLP in which case are sealed units so you dont need to bother.Obviously advise all teachers to switch of there projectors b4 going home, i supply this type of kit all day to schools and when visiting schools to offer advise etc i am suprised after school how many units are left switched on hence burning tdown the lamp time.

    Contracts are generally available although a site survey is required b4 any quotations can be given as i am sure you will realise that all schools have different equipment in classrooms. Wr are in Leeds although i cover the Wakefield area, if you need further help please get in touch

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    Here we clean the filters about once every 2 months (usually just before a half-term break). We've also planned take them down and give them a thorough clean at the end of each year (july time) though we've not been here a year yet so no idea as to how that will go

    Overheating is a big problem as well, so keep advising staff to turn them off whenever they don't need them (90% of the time this will fall on deaf ears, but some will take notice :P )

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    Filters are cleaned at the end of every half term and the projectors are given a good dusting at the same time (99p powder brush from Superdrug does wonders!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by elsiegee40 View Post
    Filters are cleaned at the end of every half term and the projectors are given a good dusting at the same time (99p powder brush from Superdrug does wonders!)
    *To Superdrug checkout girl*> Yes id like to purchase this makeup brush please. Its for work.
    *Superdrug Checkout Girl*> Ah i see (shes actually thinking "you crossdressing freak!")

    :P

    Also on the issue of filters, how do you clean them? just air duster them or do you wash them?

    Also do you open the unit and check lenses etc?

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    You don't need an air duster just blow them out. They are only thin.
    I wouldn't wash them.
    You could wipe over the lens with a dry lint free cloth if it looks dusty or smeared.

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    i have done the blowing them out thing but frankly, no thanks, i have just taken over the job and they have never been maintained so im looking at 2 - 3 years or more dust

    ive had gob fulls of dust and dont cherish the idea of sweaty childrens dead skin cells in my mouth thanks =P

    air duster ftw =P

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    I use an air can and wear a mask

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bluetooth View Post
    *To Superdrug checkout girl*> Yes id like to purchase this makeup brush please. Its for work.
    *Superdrug Checkout Girl*> Ah i see (shes actually thinking "you crossdressing freak!")

    :P

    Also on the issue of filters, how do you clean them? just air duster them or do you wash them?

    Also do you open the unit and check lenses etc?

    Fortunately, I'm female so there's no need to explain the make up brush!

    I don't open the unit unless I have to, which fortunately is VERY infrequent. (not for a couple of years)

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    Make sure you are compliant with the working at height regulations.
    We all got sent on training courses.

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    I just do a few every week with a paint brush i stole from art

    By the time i have got round them all i start again. I cannot stand doing loads at one time.

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    Lol@Elsie.

    Lucky for some eh? :P

    I have a contract in the works thanks with a company that i have known and my schools have used for the past 6 years so thanks for the offers.

    About this working at hieght stuff, is there really a course about that? Your kidding me right?

    I usually just stand on a chair and take the cage apart on my own etc :P

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bluetooth View Post
    About this working at hieght stuff, is there really a course about that? Your kidding me right?

    I share my office with our H&S Officer... and have had to undergo full training! Fortunately she's part time... while I'm very careful, I do climb on the tables occasionally.... just not on days she's in! ;-)

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    Good lord.

    Well thats interesting. i have never used a pair of stepladders ever. I just use chairs or tables or whatever is in the room at the time to sort the projector out.

    Sounds to me like i need more money for all this hassle :P

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    Anyone working at height should be a competent person and the easiest way to prove that competency is by attending a course and getting a piece of paper, our lea does them several times a year.

    I've had ladder and portable scaffold tower training.

    Working at height is as soon as your feet leave the ground there is no minimum now.

    If you are standing on a table you have nothing to hold on to, if you need to use both hands to perform a task then you should be using a tower with the relevant guard rails.

    Ben

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