Hard drive shorted electrically

My computer has been toast for a while after a few power surges that we had, and I figured that a capacitor had shorted in the power supply, I took it apart and found the fuse blown inside, I ordered a new power supply and installed it and it still won’t turn on. I found one of my hard drives had an internal short between 12+ and common. I traced it to a zener diode that is for protection of the drive that had shorted, a quick removal of the bad part and it’s all up and running again.

Big and bigger news

Well I haven’t written in a long time and my whole life has changed. I have a daughter that I haven’t mentioned before, she’s the best. The weight loss plan with the treadmill has been postponed due to lack of motivation. I lost 5 pounds in 2 months and still have not gained it back, so that proves that exercise works. And most importantly I’ve taken Jesus up on his offer of everlasting life. I did it on Easter Sunday and I recommend it to everyone. If you want to follow my lead go to http://www.cbn.com/stepstopeace/index.aspx (first link I found on a Google search.)

Other than that not much is new, I’ve spent the day reassembling the 1.6L turbo diesel motor that will go into our new 1990 Jetta. Actually here comes a rant. People need to stop buying new cars, if you have a car that has 100,000 Km on the odometer it is still new, I wouldn’t think about getting rid of it until it at least hits 300,000 or more.  Our new car has 500,000 + KM on it and it’s our NEW car. I couldn’t imagine making payments every month. For the same price as three months of car payments I can rebuild an engine or a transmission. For one car payment I can get 4 new tires, or replace every serviceable part in the front end, or replace the entire braking system. New cars require just about as much repairs as old, and the maintenance costs are the same. If your someone who is worried about environmental concerns, why would you cause a new vehicle to be made, just think (reduce / reuse / recycle). I’m keeping my old truck (6000 pounds of material) out of the scrap yard and landfill by continuing to use it. It just makes sense.

Laundry room cabinets

I had some left over scrap pieces of 3/4″ plywood, so I decided to make some cabinets for the laundry room. I had to buy 2 extra sheets. I bought the cheapest sheets I could find $20 each and I painted them white. They look good.

I also trapped a few foxes this year, as can be seen below, our friend Mike with a fox, and Me with two foxes.

Visitor from next door

The neighbors steer came to visit today. Our dogs didn’t seem to mind much until it ate some of their dog food. I wanted to take one of these pictures and put “Merry Christmas from the Fetters” on it and mail it to everyone.

Stair railing

Our neighbor Tyler came by and helped me install the first part of the railing on the stairs. I havn’t finished making the easy section yet but the harder one is done. It still needs a handrail attached to the top.

Lost ring

Today I was changing a spark plug on a 4.6L Romeo engine with coil on plug. As the story goes my wedding ring fell off and slid down the bore in the cylinder head that the spark plugs live in. It managed to fit between the spark plug and the bore wall with the top of the ring level with the top of the part of the spark plug that the socket turns. The pictures below make it look not too bad, the reality of it was that it was cold outside and the hole it fell into was the second from the front on an Econoline van. I could not even tell if it was in there until I forced a camera through the maze of stuff on top of the engine to take a picture. It took four hours to get it out. I tried putting grease on the socket to get the ring to stick to it, it just about worked but would always fall back in. I tried dental picks, mechanics wire, snare wire. Gold doesn’t stick to magnets. The solution was to grind a socket so that it’s outside diameter was less than the inside diameter of the ring so that I could remove the spark plug then use a pick to remove the ring.

Jet tub repair

Our Maxx jet tub has stopped pumping water, I’m not sure when it happened as we haven’t used it for a few months at least. If I had to guess I’d say it’s been 4 months since it was last used.  Well I looked on the internet for a fix, it seems that a few people have the same problem but nobody has put the cure online. Well not exactly no one, there were a few people who suggested that it needed a motor starting capacitor.

Well here’s my story, it only hums and it does not have a capacitor to start the motor.  The first picture shows the tub that I found in the picture archives, I used it to take the best guess of where to cut an access hole in the drywall. I decided to cut on the pump side rather than the motor side of the stud.

I then removed the fittings and piping from the pump and tried to stick my fingers in the inlet and outlet to see if I could turn the impellor by hand, I couldn’t.  I then removed the four screws that hold both the pump together, and to the motor. This allowed me to remove half the pump housing and to turn the impellor, it was stiff but turned. I further loosened the lag bolts that fastened the motor to the tub frame and pulled the assembly through the access hole. There is a hole in the fan end of the motor that a flat screwdriver can be inserted through to hold the armature so that the impellor can be spun off the armature shaft (right hand thread). I further pulled the impellor from the pump housing and inspected the seals. I found the ceramic seal had melted it’s self  to the mating seal. Sorry there’s no picture, I didn’t think of writing about this until after it was fixed. The ceramic seal is white and should not be stuck to anything, I had to pry mine off the seal it rides against. I then reassembled everything and filled it with water. Checked for leaks then put an access panel in place. And all works fine. I hope this helps someone fix their pump.

Then I ate some of these adobo flavored fried corn things that I bought at the lucky food mart today they were very good.

Grand Forks

Today I went to Grand Forks, ND to eat mexican food and purchase things that can’t be found in Canada. I went to Paradiso’s in Grand Forks, it was very good. I also bought Cherry Coke, Doritos, and some Chi-Chi’s stuff.