[sdiy] Why do LCDs die?

Tony Kalomiris weplar at gmail.com
Mon Dec 31 09:23:46 CET 2018

I don't recommend messing with Zebra strips. I have messed up my Timex
Indiglo watch, a Timer, and a great HP calculator "cleaning" those.
I was never able to get the dead characters back. And yes I used distilled
water and allowed to dry thoroughly.

Brian, could it be you are referring to the ghosting on that meter, from
poor contact? The OP was referring to dying LCD (weak contrast).
I can't recall off hand but I remember an excellent article on how LCDs
work in a magazine> PE, R&EW, can't recall.


On 18-12-31 2:32 AM, "rsdio at audiobanshee.com" <rsdio at audiobanshee.com>

>I have a Fluke 87 meter with an LCD display. That thing started getting
>dim after about 15 or 20 years of use, so I took it apart to take a look
>at how it was put together. Turns out that they used rubber impregnated
>with carbon for the contacts between the PCB and the LCD. On a hunch, I
>purchased some deionized water and carefully cleaned both the carbonized
>rubber contacts and the PCB contacts on both sides. After thoroughly
>drying the pieces, I reassembled it and the display was just as sharp in
>contrast as when it was new. What¹s really interesting is that my
>makeshift repair was done more than 20 years ago, and it¹s still just as
>readable. Perhaps I lived in more humid conditions before?

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