A relatively new user asked this question about repairing a faulty capacitor on his TV but it was put on hold as off-topic due to a policy that "repair" questions are considered off-topic.

However, it doesn't appear to be an absolute rule that "repair" questions are off-topic -- the top answer to the meta question on the policy says that the rule exists because they are in general too localized.

But this question has an underlying design question: how does one build an equivalent capacitance (here \$1500\mu\$F) out of capacitors that do not have the desired capacitance?

I think this is a useful question and is not too "localized". Should it simply be re-worded so that it is not about repairing a TV?


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From the reason:

Questions on the repair of consumer electronics, appliances, or other devices must [...] demonstrate a good understanding of the underlying design of the device being repaired.

This condition wasn't met.
It's still not met.

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    \$\begingroup\$ The underlying design question is about equivalent capacitance and component ratings somewhat like this and this, neither of which were put on hold. Would the question be "on-topic" if it was re-worded to not mention the repair of a TV and instead discuss only the underlying design question? \$\endgroup\$
    – Null Mod
    Oct 22, 2014 at 18:34
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    \$\begingroup\$ The underlying design question is something that the O.P. didn't ask. We probably have a canonical (or close to it) question about capacitor in series and parallel, somewhere. This one is not a repair question. This one deserves off-topic→repair. \$\endgroup\$ Oct 22, 2014 at 18:57
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    \$\begingroup\$ Then why not close the question as DUPLICATE instead of off topic... \$\endgroup\$
    – Passerby
    Nov 6, 2014 at 0:27

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