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    Yesterday, 09:44 PM
    darryl replied to a thread OT Eclipse pic (I hope) in General
    I watched part of it using a pinhole camera. What I really noticed was that I wasn't frying, even though in direct sunlight. I could stand there with...
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    08-20-2017, 10:13 PM
    darryl replied to a thread Acetal lead nut in General
    I've ended up making a tap from a short section of the lead screw and running that through several times. The other way to deal with it is to split...
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    08-20-2017, 04:04 AM
    I should clarify- this is a hand-held mixer, has a pm motor and the removable cutter. More properly called a blender I suppose. Model 4KHB3000B2.
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    08-20-2017, 03:12 AM
    I picked up a KitchenAid hand mixer today- I know what these things are like since I've repaired dozens of them- has a decent and powerful motor,...
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    08-19-2017, 02:43 AM
    You also have to consider how the material will warp when you machine it. If it's clamped solidly such that it won't warp, then you machine it, it...
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    08-19-2017, 12:41 AM
    darryl replied to a thread Mazda's Skyactiv-X engine in General
    I have no doubt that the system works- seems to me that various manufacturers produce engines that from time to time will have quite efficient...
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    08-16-2017, 09:00 PM
    Some of the electric rad fans use a pancake motor, and also some heater motors use them. I have some of the latter, they are rated at 80 watts. Not...
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    08-16-2017, 02:19 AM
    darryl replied to a thread Electronic circuit question in General
    Sounds like a good plan. Maybe add something to make it actually trigger (Schmidt trigger) then it can also have a timed off state which might be...
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    08-16-2017, 12:01 AM
    The 775 motor is not bad, even if pretty basic. They can last a long time, and are pretty rugged. But in my opinion, a brushless pancake motor...
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    08-14-2017, 10:00 PM
    darryl replied to a thread Electronic circuit question in General
    It's quite possible that the only thing you need is a capacitor across the motor wires, and not necessarily a high capacity one either. Try a 220 or...
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    08-14-2017, 02:51 AM
    I've been using my microwave for years to dry socks and underwear. I do actually wash them first-
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    08-08-2017, 12:24 AM
    ATF needs to have specific strong points, so it was blended to give that. That doesn't mean it won't be good or even excellent in other applications....
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    08-07-2017, 06:35 PM
    darryl replied to a thread OT-LED Lights in General
    It has the UL markings. Closest thing to a name is CAUTION!
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    08-06-2017, 08:17 PM
    darryl replied to a thread OT-LED Lights in General
    That's probably the power supply- sometimes they just dangle there from the wiring. There's usually a slot of some kind that the pc board is supposed...
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    08-06-2017, 08:14 PM
    darryl replied to a thread OT-LED Lights in General
    Ok, that makes sense- design rather than construction. This was a pretty easy hack- on this bulb I got today- I snapped off the front cover, which...
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    08-06-2017, 05:37 PM
    darryl replied to a thread OT-LED Lights in General
    Then it's too hot. One of the bulb types I buy has a tapered aluminum tube as the body, and it's covered in plastic. There are no fins, and there's...
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    08-01-2017, 07:01 PM
    This particular camper/trailer has a fairly long boxed-in area to carry the battery. I don't know if two Trojans will fit here side by side, but it...
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    08-01-2017, 01:03 AM
    darryl replied to a thread Super Glue in General
    A little OT but still super glue- I have had a bottle of it here for a couple years now, and it still is viable, unlike any small tube I've ever had....
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    08-01-2017, 12:53 AM
    One of my jobs today was to troubleshoot a camper/trailer for draining the battery too quickly. Turns out the fridge needs 750 ma to remain in...
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    07-31-2017, 09:54 PM
    darryl replied to a thread Super Glue in General
    'flatter the better'- makes sense. SG cures up when pressed into a thin layer, and the more surface area the stronger the hold will be.
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    07-31-2017, 12:30 AM
    I do pretty much as Rich described. It works. In my experience you can never rely on a drilled hole being concentric as many factors contribute to...
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    07-30-2017, 09:05 PM
    There's a fair amount of capacitance in a modern car stereo system, and these caps need to charge from the battery voltage- especially an amplifier...
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    07-30-2017, 08:27 PM
    darryl replied to a thread Super Glue in General
    I'd be tempted to round out one side of the hole in the washer, the side opposite the force that would be against the washer. That will give room for...
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    07-29-2017, 08:31 PM
    Not about painting, but someone mentioned gluing- and sanding the aluminum using the glue as a 'lubricant'. Done that myself, and it does work well....
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    07-25-2017, 07:37 PM
    Over 1/2 million miles on my Land Cruiser wheel bearings, no replacements done yet. 24k on my friends Subaru and wheel bearing needed replacing-...
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    07-24-2017, 02:24 AM
    darryl started a thread galvanic reactions in General
    Most of us would know that putting differing metals in contact and adding an electrolyte of some kind will cause corrosion. Could be moisture in the...
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    07-23-2017, 06:01 PM
    darryl replied to a thread OT flexible neon EL wire in General
    Twist them together for different colors- or wind them side by side on a mandrel for a barber pole effect. It will be fun playing with it.
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    07-23-2017, 03:30 AM
    darryl replied to a thread OT flexible neon EL wire in General
    Well, that's encouraging. I've just ordered some stuff from Bang- if I'm happy my next order will have some of this on it.
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    07-22-2017, 07:38 PM
    darryl replied to a thread OT flexible neon EL wire in General
    'keep far from tinder, causticity goods' I love reading chinglish. I see it does have a return conductor, the wraps of wire around the outside of...
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    07-22-2017, 05:17 PM
    Looking at this on Banggood. Anybody ever used it? Apparently it's a wire coated with a phosphor, placed inside vinyl tubing, and excited with a...
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