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    Anyone hook up a tv outdoors?

    I want to put a 32" flatscreen on my patio. I just bought an outdoor bar set and It would be nice to sit out there and watch the red sox this summer. Is there some sort of cover you can buy to keep moisture out? Anyone else do it? Let me know your toughts.
    thanks fellas


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    Quote Originally Posted by twelvesorbetter View Post
    I want to put a 32" flatscreen on my patio. I just bought an outdoor bar set and It would be nice to sit out there and watch the red sox this summer. Is there some sort of cover you can buy to keep moisture out? Anyone else do it? Let me know your toughts.
    thanks fellas
    You might want to build a case and use plex or lexan for a cover and seal it with some silicone. Just my .02 other wise take it inside during bad weather

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    uhm....I had a friend do that and the humidity killed the board in 6 mos. Now he did live in Corpus Christy on the Texas Gulf Coast and his TV was a regular indoor type LCD.
    But, I would be worried about the humidity. Now, they make a durable TV for conditions like that. dunno.......worth researching or getting more feedback on to evaluate.

    Here is a cover they make for TV's
    http://cgi.ebay.com/Outdoor-Indoor-T...3A1%7C294%3A50

    they make weatherproof TV's, but kinda pricey

    http://www.gizmag.com/go/7908/

    http://www.genevastyle.com/depts/dep...FQ89awodtindEA

    http://www.backyardstuff.com/Games%2...outdoor_tv.htm

    http://www.ubergizmo.com/15/archives...rproof_tv.html

    http://www.backyardcity.com/outdoor-tvs/

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    My neighbor just put one up on his patio, but he decided he's going to take it in
    when he's not using it. You could go with a Sunbrite, but they are pricey and it seems like a target for thieves...
    http://www.sunbritetv.com/
    http://www.backyardcity.com/outdoor-tvs/

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    We have had a 32" Sharp LCD outside for about 4 years now with no cover. It comes in the winter but it has been outside in 30 degree weather. This year we put a 52" panasonic plasma with a nice custom made cover. The cover destroyed the TV it kept the moisture in. If you do get a cover make sure it is made of a material that will breathe. I think you will be fine if you get an LCD.

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    proector will be better

    have you considered getting a projector?, easy to set up and not as attractive to theives, you can practically enclose it ( make sure the exaust fan can vent), and enjoy a big picture without the humidity issue being a worry. Not as popular for all the time use, the bulbs are price and only last a couple of thousands hour at most.

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    Yeah... I want to buy a vizio lcd for 500 or so. I guess bringing it in isnt a bad idea just a hassle... I dont know how much work it is to take it off and on the wall-mount.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nmpeter View Post
    have you considered getting a projector?, easy to set up and not as attractive to theives, you can practically enclose it ( make sure the exaust fan can vent), and enjoy a big picture without the humidity issue being a worry. Not as popular for all the time use, the bulbs are price and only last a couple of thousands hour at most.

    then ive got to get a screen.. probably too big.

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    that sounds like a good idea on bringing it in when not in use.....as long as it is easy to put up.

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    thats my concern. if its a hassle, it will sit in the corner taking up space and ill never bother with it. not only does the tv have to be hooked up to cable and plugged in- it also has to get re-mounted every time and lugged around..

    Ive never mounted a tv to a wall-mount. does it come off and on easy if you can get behind it easily?

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