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Thread: never thought about a TV in the shop

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Outside the beltway

    never thought about a TV in the shop

    Untill last week when a customer dropped off a 40". The week before Wess was in making small wood toys for his grand kids a I told him , sorry no TV to watch the game. Last week he dropped of the 40". Told me I needed one. So today verizon was in to hook up Fios, then Jarrod went to best buy and bought another 40" for the work area and to other will go in the office. There not for work hours. Weekends and after hrs. Or to watch when the news is compelling.
    I'm wondering what you all have to say about TV in the work areas.
    Jarrod is an ESPN guy.i don't really care.
    I dream a lot. I do more painting when I'm not painting. It's in the subconscious.
    ::: Andrew Wyeth :::

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Tokyo Japan
    No TV, but I have the Internet, sometimes I wish I did not, but most of the time it is a useful tool.
    The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.
    William Arthur Ward

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    East Freeetown, Massachusetts
    Internet yes - TV, no.

    But they, I don't have TV, per se in the house either. I rarely watch TV at all. Havn't seen a commercial, cept on youtube in many years.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Amherst, New Hampshire
    No TV
    Faith, Hope & Charity

  5. #5
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    Feb 2013
    Clyce, Texas
    No TV nor Internet in my shop. I've got my smart phone and can access the internet if I need to, but since I'm using data when I do, I keep it short so I can get back to work. I also don't have a bathroom, microwave, or coffee pot. I did finally get a small fridge to put in there. It's got 4 sodas, small case of water, and half a dozen bottles of CA glue in it. When I built my shop, I wanted to make sure 1) that I would force myself to go out and interact with others at least occasionally and 2) that LOML couldn't banish me to the shop permanently for some imagined slight.

    If I need more info than I can get from a CD player/AM/FM radio or my smart phone in small doses, I ask my dog. He's very wise and we usually agree on things.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Outside the beltway
    We've had Internet net for years. Only one who has had a problem with that is my son, hes working through it. Will see how it goes. If all is well it can stay if not. It's gone.
    I have a couple top notch repair guys in the shop plus Jarrod who does most or all pick up and delivery , and estimates. I still in the spraying mood and art I've learned to work with TV on , all my art works have been with tv in the back ground. So their is guys who are very productive with it.I just hope we done have any problem.
    I dream a lot. I do more painting when I'm not painting. It's in the subconscious.
    ::: Andrew Wyeth :::

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    North West Indiana
    No tv in my shop, an old radio.
    In the school shop once the kids get in a routine and are working well, I will allow a radio with the golden oldies station on. Not real loud, but background noise. It is another hurdle to teach them to enjoy the radio without it harming their productivity.
    God and family, the rest is icing on the cake.

    I'm so far behind, I think I'm in first place.

    Premier Bovine Scatologist


  8. #8
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    GTA Ontario Canada
    Well I dont believe in TV in the workplace. This is not the grumpy old man talking. Its a business man talking. First up its distracting and in your business could cause an accident either as in damage to a piece being repaired or working with a tool. Second one of the biggest issues employers are having since the internet and cell phone came out is the issue of engagement. When internet first hit a desk, it meant a load of lost hours and productivity dips. Now we can manage it via the IT admin guys but still its added effort and cost in policing and policies for computer use etc. Then cell phones hit and we now have staff taking calls at any time or texts and checking FB etc all day long. That's a time burner. Its distracting from what they getting paid to do and impacts productivity in a part of the world where the cost structure of any small business is having difficulty being competitive.
    Lets go back to time when this was not possible and we went to work and got on with work. Yes there was a cooler break but it was limited and very visible.

    What i think you want to consider is being pretty disciplined about the times its on and used.
    You also just added a further cost to your company each month in the TV service fees and then keep in mind when something does come on the news you end up not just having the tv take time while everyone watches something they cannot do anything about, there is then the added discussion that follows.

    On our Thanksgiving i was in the emergency with my son at the local hospital. They had a TV in the wait line in the area after the reception to keep patients entertained while waiting. Well that day the Blue Jays were playing some important game. Heck the whole emergency staff stopped processing patients to follow what was going on with the game. The talk between staff and doctors became the game not what the heck they were supposed to be focused on as in patients and making sure the right care is being taken.

    Sorry to sound like a party pooper but that's just the thing, we seem to have lost our common sense and now feel the compelling need to have media in our lives every second. Where is the downtime to actually think and ponder your own views rather than hearing what some talking head has to say.

    As for TV in a hobby shop, well for me again i agree with Steve and Leo and Stu. I have enough of a time making sure i stay focused and use the safety devices i have, i dont need "breaking news" i can do nothing about distracting me, and I dont need a real time update on how the Pats are beating everyone, I know they will.

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    No Tv,
    No internet
    No smartphone
    Music YES

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Oak Harbor Washington on Whidbey Island
    I've had a TV with video tape & DVD since the beginning of the shop. It's great for turning videos because I can watch a turning video & follow up with practice & back up the video as many times as it takes to get an understanding of the method. Also Norm videos as well as other woodworking videos.
    Last edited by Bart Leetch; 12-03-2015 at 04:52 PM.
    "Forget the flat stuff slap something on the spinny thing and lets go, we're burning daylight" Bart Leetch
    "If it ain't round you may be a knuckle dragger""Turners drag their nuckles too, they just do it at a higher RPM"Bart

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