Discorob3, I'd read Page 4
of this long topic, also page 13,14,15,16, to get familiar, if you haven't already. I would avoid cutting the support if possible. You can get the service manual here KV30HS420
. If the TV sits a few days, the capacitors will drain (mine did). Make sure you have a VOM (voltmeter) and solder braid, 15-30 watt solder iron with smaller tip, .050" or .031" 60/40 electronic solder. RadioShack has that equipment. Use 18 pin DIP sockets available at RadioShack. If you are careful, it should power right on. Often, a minor mistake keeps it from working. Good luck, hope to hear how well it's working soon!
PS: Make sure Mom gets a good set to pass down (Plasma?)
mogobomips: Hope so, just work carefully, you should succeed.