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Where is the light integrator (light pipe) inside a projector?

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Okay. So I just bought a used Planar PD8150 and in shipment a piece of what looks like carpet fiber got loose inside the projector and caught on something in the light path. This is what it looks like:






Now, I've got a can of compressed air and I've been trying to get this out of the projector. I can tell the air has hit it because the piece has shifted a bit from where it is in those pictures which leads me to believe that I can get it myself.

I spoke to Planar support and they told me it looks like its inside the the light integrator. He said it's sometimes referred to as a light pipe. I'm not exactly sure what or where that is.

I've spoken to the person I bought it from and he told me he'd cover the cost to get it fixed. The only problem is that I would like to have the projector over the holidays. I don't want to be without it. It really isn't and urgent issue that I need to get fixed right now. When playing a movie the fans inside blow on the piece of fiber and twirl around that spot and scatter some light occasionally but mostly, unless its in a white background, you can't even notice it.

My real question is, do you think I can get this out myself as I'm pretty handy, or do you think that it's in a spot that's too dangerous to get out by an amateur? If so, I'll wait till after the holidays to send it to a repair depot of some sort. I'd just rather do it now if I can that way I won't have to go a few weeks to a month without a projector. I've removed the lamp and lens assembly (they come out easily) to try and get compressed air inside the projector. I don't want to use too much of the air because it seems to leave a residue. It's either condensed water or something the liquid inside the can is made of. I'm hoping water because the air leaving the can is very cold.

Any suggestions would be greatly helpful!
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If it is near or in the rod integrator, you probably should leave it to a Planar technician to rectify. The integrator rod comes just after the color wheel and before the relay optics. I'm surprised the 8150 doesn't have a sealed light path.
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If it is near or in the rod integrator, you probably should leave it to a Planar technician to rectify. The integrator rod comes just after the color wheel and before the relay optics. I'm surprised the 8150 doesn't have a sealed light path.

From what I understand most of it is sealed. The color wheel is for sure. Maybe the technician got it wrong where the fiber is then.
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