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Picture is shrinking from the bottom

When the set is turned on the picture has about a four inch space at the bottom of the screen. The picture is shrinking from the bottom, for the past few weeks. Now it's shrinking from the top also. I can bang the bottom of the set and the picture will fill the tube and then shrink again, sometimes it stays full. Hey, I'm a guy, if it don't work... Ya bang it, right? Thanks, Juls f8.

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Re: Picture is shrinking from the bottom

Hi you have lose solder in yor vertical section have a tech resolder it or that problem will cost you .hope you have already have it remedied.

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