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When I started thinking about revamping our home theater system, I knew that we were going to need to invest in some better equipment. We had been dealing with old, antiquated equipment for quite some time, and it was getting frustrating. We realized that we needed to start shopping, so we visited several places in the area that sold products that might help. We were happy to find a great deal on projectors, and after it was installed we were excited to see the difference. This blog is all about enjoying a better experience through installing the right audio visual equipment.



Enjoying A Better Theater Experience

DIY 101: Adding a Fiberscope to Your Home-Repair Tool Kit

by Nina Wilson

If you are a DIY enthusiast when it comes to home maintenance and repairs, you probably appreciate having high-end tools to complete your projects with around the house. When you have an arsenal of tools at your disposal, you will be able to make needed repairs right away, saving you money from hiring contractors. However, some repairs may require you to have visibility in hard-to-reach areas like in between walls and inside machines.

Instead of hiring someone to examine these areas for you, you can purchase a fiberscope, a visual-inspection tool with an eyepiece attached to a flexible fiber-optic bundle. For decades, fiberscopes were primarily used by professionals such as doctors. However, consumers can now purchase the devices for home use. If you are in the market for a fiberscope but have never had one before, the following primer can serve as your buying guide and introduction.

Fiberscope Uses

If you enjoy watching medical-themed TV shows, you have probably seen a fiberscope in action as doctors use the flexible devices to examine internal organs and tissue. Homeowners also use consumer-grade fiberscopes to check for the presence of termites in walls, view the inside of plumbing pipes and even examine hard to reach areas of vehicles during auto maintenance. If you have heavy duty power tools, a fiberscope could be an invaluable tool for inspecting defective equipment.

Fiberscope Features

The latest models of fiberscopes have handheld LCD screens attached to fiber-optic probes. The very end of the fiber-optic probe consists of a camera head. The LCD screen will have an adjusting wheel so you can focus the camera. The handheld attachment for the screen will also have a battery compartment.

Many models come with other attachments like mirror tips to help you view different angles and hook tips for anchoring the device and keeping it stable. Magnetic tips are also standard accessories to help guide the camera head inside metal devices.

Fiberscope Safety

While fiberscopes are actually very easy to use, there are some precautions you should take when using the devices. When you are examining structures in your house where there is electrical wiring, make sure to turn off your home's circuit breaker before your inspection. Be aware that even some metal plumbing pipes can contain an electrical charge.

Do not let the device get wet or go under water, as avoiding water can help you avoid getting an electric shock and causing irreparable damage. If the fiberscope gets damaged, you should only have it repaired by a qualified professional. Do not try to disassemble the device because that may void the warranty.