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Old 07-02-2022, 11:07 PM   #761
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Slab jacking,a car jack on each side. Slab slope was towards the house,had to raise about 2+ inches. Oldmike
Nice, how do you fill under it, so it stays up ?
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Old 07-03-2022, 08:19 AM   #762
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Most of the popular plumbing fixture manufacturers offer free lifetime warranty on parts, including Moen I think. Iíve received several free replacement cartridges from Delta. One time I couldnít find my model of kitchen faucet and I sent a pic which they used to identify the correct part.

My shower cartridge was stuck also and I found tips on line suggesting white vinegar to free it up. I built a reservoir with duct tape and plastic wrap to soak the old fixture and it worked.

I installed a Delta single handle kitchen faucet a few years ago. I'm disappointed with it. It is very finicky when trying to adjust it for hot, but not to hot for you hands, I'm quite temp tolerant, but still not much range in the handle. The total handle swing is 2-1/2", the Goldilocks range is only 3/8", making it difficult to get right. Delta sent me new internals as a fix, but it didn't. I bought a new faucet quite a while ago, but, have yet to install it.
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DW's little brother's first new car was a Buick Skyhawk. He heard about the issue AFTER he bought it.
IIRC, the common chassis for those GM cars was supposedly designed for a Wankel rotary engine. But when they were nearing the end of the initial design cycle, the Arab oil embargo hit, and the Wankel's poor fuel economy would be a killer. Therefore, the panic to fit some existing GM engine in there that was in high volume production, that they could further ramp up production for the new cars launch.


Extraneous tidbit of information... Mazda had Wankel-engined cars out, and the gas price runup almost killed Mazda. Mazda survived in the USA because they had one little car that was a regular piston engine, the Mazda 404 which was like a very small station wagon. I did a quick search, couldn't find even a reference to it.
FWIW, I recall reading that the Wankel rotary engine was able to use a much lower octane fuel (80 to 85, IIRC) versus 91 and above for a piston engine. Supposedly, this would have offset some of the increased fuel consumption since less octane = less cost per gallon. So, I was told. It may all be nonsense.
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Nice, how do you fill under it, so it stays up ?
I hammered plastic molding strip under it, pushed in as much small rock as I could,then spray insulation expandable foam. That thing you see on the left is a 10 inch C clamp attached to the concrete.
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I decided I should look at the bearings on the used trailer I bought.
I watched a lot of you tube videos, and read some comments, as some were bad and some were good.
The first one I pulled out the outside bearing and it was perfect, so was the race. Almost quit right there, as to look at the inside bearing, I have to destroy the seal.
Decided to go ahead and check the inside one.
Glad I did as the race and bearing both had some pitting and rough spots I could see and feel with my fingernail.

Bought new bearing set for $23 per side and replaced the inside bearing and race and seal.

First bearing set took me about 4 hours to do over 2 days... second one took 1.5 hours as I didn't have to wonder about every single step.

Interestingly, the inside bearing and race on each side was pitted but the outside ones were fine. I'm thinking its due to water getting in, the outside ones have a bearing buddy on them.
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............Interestingly, the inside bearing and race on each side was pitted but the outside ones were fine. I'm thinking its due to water getting in, the outside ones have a bearing buddy on them.
The Bearing Buddy is spring loaded and is supposed to create a pressure inside the hub so no water intrudes. Most likely place for water intrusion is at the seal.
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I had a check engine light come on in the Benz; took it to dealer, bad thermostat it was determined. $1100, they say, no problem, I say. It's a certified used car, still under warranty, oh yeah, we forgot. They had the car for a week, we drove a loaner. Drove the car on another trip, service engine light again. Took it back, bad camshaft sensor, $660, they say. No problem, it's still under warranty, oh yeah, we forgot again! Got it back at end of day.


Remember when you could change a thermostat for about $3.00 and took about 15 minutes? And that's if you goofed off, or dropped the socket down into the radiator tray and had to fish it out.

Camshaft sensor? How do I know the sensor was good and the camshaft isn't bad? Three more months left on the warranty.
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I am in the middle of repairing one of my 2,400W inverters. Just a moment of senility, and I blew it up.

The DC/DC-converter stage got all 8 of its MOSFETs blown. No need to measure anything to know that, because their source leads were vaporized as if they were fuses. These CSD19505KCS transistors by TI are each rated at 150A continuous, 400A pulsed.

The rectifier diodes at the secondary winding of the high-frequency transformer have 2 out of 4 blown. Of course I am going to replace all 4.

The IGBT transistors of the H-switch that converts high-voltage DC to 240V AC seem OK. I only unsoldered 1 to check. Been debating whether to replace them all to be safe.

The MOSFETs and IGBTs are in short supply. I want to buy from a reputable source, not mom-and-pop AliExpress vendors, because desoldering/soldering in new ones is as painful as pulling teeth.

Finally found a good place that has them. Prices are not cheap, but I cannot afford cheap for this job.


PS. Total part cost: $59. New inverter: $430. I hope to be able to find all blown parts. For example, I discovered that the gate drive resistors of the 8 MOSFETs are also blown.
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I am in the middle of repairing one of my 2,400W inverters. Just a moment of senility, and I blew it up.

The DC/DC-converter stage got all 8 of its MOSFETs blown. No need to measure anything to know that, because their source leads were vaporized as if they were fuses. These CSD19505KCS transistors by TI are each rated at 150A continuous, 400A pulsed.

The rectifier diodes at the secondary winding of the high-frequency transformer have 2 out of 4 blown. Of course I am going to replace all 4.

The IGBT transistors of the H-switch that converts high-voltage DC to 240V AC seem OK. I only unsoldered 1 to check. Been debating whether to replace them all to be safe.

The MOSFETs and IGBTs are in short supply. I want to buy from a reputable source, not mom-and-pop AliExpress vendors, because desoldering/soldering in new ones is as painful as pulling teeth.

Finally found a good place that has them. Prices are not cheap, but I cannot afford cheap for this job.


PS. Total part cost: $59. New inverter: $430. I hope to be able to find all blown parts. For example, I discovered that the gate drive resistors of the 8 MOSFETs are also blown.

Dang! What did you do? Lay a crowbar across some sections you shouldn't have?
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Well it is the 4th of July.
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Dang! What did you do? Lay a crowbar across some sections you shouldn't have?
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I'm also wondering , as new to this stuff and constantly think something bad is going to happen.
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Some of you folks that repair your own appliances might find this video interesting. This guy buys used appliances for cheap and either repairs them or sells the parts on eBay. Interestingly, it is a lot more profitable to just strip out the more expensive working parts than to fix and resell an appliance.
I've purchased used refrigerator drawers and circuit boards on eBay and always sort of wondered how this business works.


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Had to repair some siding damage. I own a residential tree company and I was on a lift dropping branches when I caught the land line that was running from the corner of the customer's house out to the power pole. I had the thought to take the line down before I started sending branches down, but was rushed and in a hurry (likely how many accidents happen) and caught the line with the tip of a branch. It was mounted into the J-Channel pieced and therefore when the j-channel tore down it snagged about 7 or 8 pieces of aluminum siding, bending them all as the j-channel pulled down. I was able to bend all the pieces back, find a piece of j-channel the same color albeit in vinyl instead of aluminum. The customer was happy with the repair, and the check is in the bank! Lesson learned, always trust your gut when its telling you to do something.

Another repair I had that didn't go well was I have some recessed tracked lighting in my movie theater. It had started to come loose from the ceiling as the sheetrock anchors worked there way out. My kids pound the floor above the room so it slowly just worked the anchors loose. The person who installed it should have used a better style anchor, they used a wall anchor in the ceiling instead of a ceiling anchor. As I was going to put the whole track up again, I broke the bracket that the transformer mounts too though, stressing it too much and not realizing until it was too late. So now, I need to pull the whole track down again, take the transformer off and see if I can find a replacement bracket. I really don't want to install a different style light and mess with filling holes/repainting the ceiling. Hoping to just keep the style I have and find a replacement bracket. It's an odd design, where once you push the track up into the bracket it then begins to conduct and powers the lights. Right now, the ligths are up, but with the broken bracket, it isn't conducting electricity to the track and the lights don't work. Doh! I will probably tackle fixing a bathroom vanity drawer handle. The handle's screws stripped out on the backside so I need to switch the screws to longer bolts with washers and nuts to fix it. Not a huge deal, just gotta find the right nuts/bolts from the 'ol bucket of bolts that seemingly every guy has sitting around in his shop, lol.

Another repair I need to make is covering our bathroom vent outlet with some mesh screen, last year the wasps built a nest in there and they were getting inside our house, able to fly through the venting and into the bathroom since there was no mesh. I know this came up in the inspection when I bought the home, but it hadn't been an issue the first 8years we owned the home until last summer. Doesn't look like there is a nest in there this year, but I am gonna take care of that when I am up on the ladder cleaning the gutters near the vent.
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Some of you folks that repair your own appliances might find this video interesting. This guy buys used appliances for cheap and either repairs them or sells the parts on eBay. Interestingly, it is a lot more profitable to just strip out the more expensive working parts than to fix and resell an appliance.
I've purchased used refrigerator drawers and circuit boards on eBay and always sort of wondered how this business works.
Wow, next time I throw out a fridge/stove, I will consider parting it out first. I also wish I had kept a couple of my fridge shelves as the new fridge could use at least 1 extra shelf.
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Neighbor gave me a Vizio LED TV that stopped working. He bought a new one and was going to throw it away. It is only 2 years old. I took the back off and replaced the power and LED Driver boards and it is working fine. $22 in parts. He said I could keep it, so I put it in our bedroom and gave my 12-year-old one to Betty Griffin.
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Tonight during a heat wave, I noticed the A/C was not cool coming out the vents. So I go in the backyard and see the outdoor unit is dead.

Well it was suppertime, so we eat while I hope it's the capacitor that has blown as it did it once before.

Then, since we have had a lot of storms last night and tonight with lights flickering, I thought to go check the breaker panel. Sure enough it looked tripped for the A/C.
I had already shut off the A/C, so I flipped the breaker.
Then I went outside to watch the outdoor unit, while DW turned on the A/C.

Everything worked and that was an easy fix.
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I had already shut off the A/C, so I flipped the breaker.
Then I went outside to watch the outdoor unit, while DW turned on the A/C.

Everything worked and that was an easy fix.
That's the best kind of repair! No parts required and just a small amount of time.
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Hmmm...I know back when I had my 1988 Accord (smaller than today's Civic) only the OEM NGK spark plugs worked right...platinum ones back then caused problems...do the Iridium ones provide a real benefit nowadays?

Currently the wife & kid are trying to strip old vinyl wallpaper in the kitchen in order to paint.

The vinyl part comes off fine, but leaves behind a fusion of backing paper & glue on the Sheetrock, which even with the recommended solution sprayed on has to be tediously removed by hand.

So I they've decided instead to power-sand it as smooth as possible then paint over it...does that approach require a special primer?

I've offered to have the same color wallpaper as the paint shade they want installed instead.
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Hmmm...I know back when I had my 1988 Accord (smaller than today's Civic) only the OEM NGK spark plugs worked right...platinum ones back then caused problems...do the Iridium ones provide a real benefit nowadays?

Currently the wife & kid are trying to strip old vinyl wallpaper in the kitchen in order to paint.

The vinyl part comes off fine, but leaves behind a fusion of backing paper & glue on the Sheetrock, which even with the recommended solution sprayed on has to be tediously removed by hand.

So I they've decided instead to power-sand it as smooth as possible then paint over it...does that approach require a special primer?

I've offered to have the same color wallpaper as the paint shade they want installed instead.
The home shows I've watched, say to paint over with an oil based paint or primer, so the glue does not soften underneath.

I think I'd try on a sample area, just painting over, rather than sanding the wall.

If that didn't work, then maybe even an incredibly thin skim of joint compound as it's incredibly easy to sand it.
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The home shows I've watched, say to paint over with an oil based paint or primer, so the glue does not soften underneath.

I think I'd try on a sample area, just painting over, rather than sanding the wall.

If that didn't work, then maybe even an incredibly thin skim of joint compound as it's incredibly easy to sand it.
Thanks!

I think they're going to do the latter (skim coat over the glue/paper backing fusion) then let the skim coat dry & sand that smooth followed by latex paint (does it still need a primer?) instead of dealing with oil-based paint/primer.
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