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post #601 of 624 Old 06-14-2019, 06:54 PM
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Re: Wife Wanted Me Out of the House, So Off to the Garage and Clean it Out

I have a "SOLAR" brand battery charger a friend had that stopped working ,and he said if I wanted to mess with it to take it home,or he'd scrap it..
It is a wheeled unit that has 2-10-50-225 amp setting and a timer..thing weighs quite a bit!..

I found it has a fan motor (looks just like an old record player motor !),and the plastic blade had come off the shaft and fell to the bottom of the case..
I was able to press the blade back on without having to take the motor out..
It went on pretty hard,it shouldn't have come off..maybe I should have put some gasket cement on the shaft to glue it on ?..seems to stay on OK..

I pulled off a bunch of electrical tape on the cord near where it enters the case,it had been spliced together crudely with crimp connectors,I cut them off and soldered the wires and re-insulated them,now the fan comes on ,but there is no output voltage at the cables..

I found a fuse inside that looks similar to a solenoid,that tests "good" as far as contunuity,so its not that,and the transformer looks like new,no arc spots or stinky smell like it fried,so I suspect the diodes in it are junk...of course when I googled the model number and found a manual,they do list part numbers,but it is "obsolete" and "discontinued"..probably ditto for the switches and timer on it too...

I did find a post on google from someone with a similar model charger who claimed they used some diodes intended for an alternator (Lucas I think ?) that were the same thing.

..hate to toss this thing away if I could get it working without spending a lot on it--I have seen working units like it at the flea markets for under $50 so I'm not willing to spend much on it..


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I tested the new to me old style charging unit by charging a battery that had been sitting a few years on a bench. It worked great and revived the battery. I pop it in my old ford falcon and see what if it holds the charge. The old Sears unit seems to do fine and no funny or bad noises. I think this is a keeper.

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For the last several weeks since we had to return a puppy that is fearful of all things women and my wife in particular I decided to work with a rescue group that rescues English Springer Spaniels.

We have a lot experience in the springers and having had 2 of them in the past that died from old age last year 9 months apart and since we enjoyed the joy of life they have I was finally approved to foster one with adoption to follow if this springer works out.

Last week we were approved to foster a springer and adopt later and I had to drive exactly 100 miles south to meet up with a volunteer that was transporting a dog north from the Portland area. Well we now have a springer that is a bit skittish but a absolute love bug otherwise. He does need to exercise as much as possible but with 3 acres that I have fenced he is having the time of his life. The poor guy had been living in a apartment in the Portland area and he needs a big property to work out his energy.


So right now Jordan is in a temporary home but it likely will be a permanent home and I think he found it in us.

He is named Jordan and he adores my wife but I sense that he has not been around men much as he is always at my side and wanting to be with me all the time. I have no issue with that as if my wife calls his name he is a dart to be with her and he does know who has the food that he desires.

He does have a timid side but once he realizes a person is ok he warms up to them great. Jordan does have a mixed bag of traits we found in our deceased springers. One trait is the love to just run and the other is being a bit of a goofball. Last night my wife was turning off the ceiling fan when Jordan spotted the ceiling fan blades spinning down he had to bark at the fan, showing no fear his tail was going a hundred miles per hour and just barking his fool head at it, my wife and I just burst out laughing at the goofy thing to bark at.
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Congratulations! What a wonderful new member of the family.

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Oh I hate that. I noticed that my Dodge Ram 2500 Cummins diesel was having a shudder on cold start up so I figured that maybe I Had some water in the fuel so I go to the water separator under the fuel filter and drain it. No water in the separator. Humm that is strange so I take the fuel filter out and it was supposed to be a Fleetguard filter that the selling dealer put in. Nope a a NAPA Gold filter and it was terrible. Well I keep a stock of all the filters for my truck so I popped in a new fuel filter and cycle the key 3 times and it started up with absolutely no issues and ran great. I guess some folks can not be trusted and at least it was easy repair. I just have to a 29 MM socket for the filter housing. I used a 1 3/8" socket to the filter housing off but I noticed a little play in the socket and I don't want to mess up the filter housing removing and installing new filters. I have since ordered a new 29 MM socket from Amazon that is designed for the filter housing and it is not that expensive. Checking around on the internet supposedly Home Depot has the socket but when I checked availability they have to order and it would be 3 days. I can get the new socket from Amazon and it was less for the same brand socket from Amazon and it still be here in 3 days.

I have no issue with the NAPA Gold filters because that is what I use anyway but to tell me a filter is replaced and it is not annoys me but there is nothing I can about it now. I caught it and the replacement filter is now in.
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Oh I hate that. I noticed that my Dodge Ram 2500 Cummins diesel was having a shudder on cold start up so I figured that maybe I Had some water in the fuel so I go to the water separator under the fuel filter and drain it. No water in the separator. Humm that is strange so I take the fuel filter out and it was supposed to be a Fleetguard filter that the selling dealer put in. Nope a a NAPA Gold filter and it was terrible. Well I keep a stock of all the filters for my truck so I popped in a new fuel filter and cycle the key 3 times and it started up with absolutely no issues and ran great. I guess some folks can not be trusted and at least it was easy repair. I just have to a 29 MM socket for the filter housing. I used a 1 3/8" socket to the filter housing off but I noticed a little play in the socket and I don't want to mess up the filter housing removing and installing new filters. I have since ordered a new 29 MM socket from Amazon that is designed for the filter housing and it is not that expensive. Checking around on the internet supposedly Home Depot has the socket but when I checked availability they have to order and it would be 3 days. I can get the new socket from Amazon and it was less for the same brand socket from Amazon and it still be here in 3 days.

I have no issue with the NAPA Gold filters because that is what I use anyway but to tell me a filter is replaced and it is not annoys me but there is nothing I can about it now. I caught it and the replacement filter is now in.

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Well sometimes things work out. Yesterday driving home my Chevrolet Equinox got a nail in the right rear tire. I get home after airing it up to 50 PSI and when I got home and got a jack under it I had 25 PSI. I take the tire to the local tire shop and they PATCHED the tire and I was expecting to pay and they said no charge. I look at them and say Thank You and took the wheel home. I prefer to do my own wheels as I torque them to exact factory specifications and do not trust someone else to torque the wheel properly.

Before I reinstalled the wheel I wanted to clean the back side of the wheel. Since it was a newer vehicle I did not have to wire brush the hub. I did need to clean the back side of the wheel to get the brake dust off and now that is finished on the one wheel. I just need to do the other three when I have some free time.

Then the wife asked me for some help and I go over to the back deck and she is cleaning and vacuuming the back deck. Well that is perfect timing as I was planning on Wednesday to do the same job but I also wanted to clean out the carport and front porch. Since I never asked and she was helping I decided to go whole hog and get the front porch, back deck, the siding on the house and the carport and we worked for 3 hours and got everything cleaned up. Sure is nice when I get help and I sure appreciate any I can get. My wife was happy when we finished and I emptied her small shop vac and cleaned it for her.

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The main reason we cleaned the front, back porches and the carport was we are hosting the annual community road association meeting on Thursday. Today I moved the old Dodge Ram and car trailer out of the garage and parked them out by our other garage. When I finished we had a neighbor come by and he dropped off 6 plastic folding tables for the meeting. All I got to do for tomorrow is set the tables up, fire up the barbecue and we have a guest speaker from the county sheriffs office in to give a presentation of the community watch program the county has and then we have the meeting afterwards. This should interesting as it is the first time in 15 years we are having our meeting at a home in the neighborhood. We been using the local grange hall but folks gave a variety of reason to not attend. At least having it close by most folks can simply walk over to my home.

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Well that was a joke. After spending a couple days preparing for the community meeting in my carport only 12 out of 34 home owners showed up. I would think about complaining to me or anybody on the road association board to put it away. We had to use the proxy votes of folks that could not make it to the meeting to complete the business and give a approval for the repairs to the road this year. We even had a presentation form the Under Sheriff of our county to form up a block watch and still only a few showed up...

I will never understand it as for the first time in fifteen years we had the meeting at a home owners home which could make it easy for folks to attend but still the steady owners are the only ones to attend. I should have put up a road block to force the folks that I counted driving by to use my circle driveway and awe stop them once they drove in.

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Well that was a joke. After spending a couple days preparing for the community meeting in my carport only 12 out of 34 home owners showed up. I would think about complaining to me or anybody on the road association board to put it away. We had to use the proxy votes of folks that could not make it to the meeting to complete the business and give a approval for the repairs to the road this year. We even had a presentation form the Under Sheriff of our county to form up a block watch and still only a few showed up...

I will never understand it as for the first time in fifteen years we had the meeting at a home owners home which could make it easy for folks to attend but still the steady owners are the only ones to attend. I should have put up a road block to force the folks that I counted driving by to use my circle driveway and awe stop them once they drove in.
Maybe it was the time of day you had it. Did you have it during the day when everyone is working? At least 12 people showed up. The 12 can pass the word out that you and your wife welcome them with warmth and food. May be next meeting more will show up.

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I'd think that holding the meeting on a Thursday might have a detrimental effect on crowd size, unless it was later in the day, but even then you're dealing with dinner time, people getting home from work, etc.

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I'd think that holding the meeting on a Thursday might have a detrimental effect on crowd size, unless it was later in the day, but even then you're dealing with dinner time, people getting home from work, etc.
It was 7:30 P.M. and notice was given three weeks in advance. I have suggested that the next meeting be on a Saturday or Sunday night in the future.

On to other things today I was putting around and the neighbor lady across the street from me got in her 2014 Ford F-350 with the Diesel engine and she had a no start condition. She pointed out to me the batteries on her truck and they had a lot of corrosion on the terminals. I asked if she had any baking soda and she said yes I told her to put two tablespoon of baking soda in a quart of water and pour it on the terminals. I went back to my tool box and got the battery terminal wire brush, my metric quarter inch sockets, my vehicle scanner and my battery terminal spray. I also took my truck just in case her truck needed a jump start.

We worked together and I got the terminals all cleaned up and reinstalled and I went in the truck turned the key and started up. I then scanned her truck with the scanner and no codes appeared, I kind of knew that but I wanted to check the output from the alternator and it was excellent. I then applied the battery terminal spray and called it a cheap victory for her. She asked what she owed me and I told her a banana cream pie as she makes a killer banana cream pie.

The bad thing was she had her truck in the Ford dealership just last Monday and they did not even check a obvious thing. They should of caught that issue and fixed it for what they charge for oil changes.

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My Jeep's battery in under the front passenger seat. The dealer said there's no room up front because I have the hemi motor.

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My Jeep's battery in under the front passenger seat. The dealer said there's no room up front because I have the hemi motor.
HEMI! You said HEMI!

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My Jeep's battery in under the front passenger seat. The dealer said there's no room up front because I have the hemi motor.
Yeah that is where a lot of the cars and trucks have the battery placement inside the passenger compartment. I had a buddy that had a BMW and the battery was under the back seat. A lot of the performance MOPARS have the battery also in the truck and I actually prefer the truck placement of the battery as it helps to put something heavy in light rear ends to balance the car. I think that the high performance Challenger and Viper had battery in the truck. I never saw as much corrosion with the under seat or trunk placement of the batteries but under hood placement out in the elements there is just more stuff to corrode the terminal ends.

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YEP. that is what the man said.

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