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  1. Bronze

    Bronze ECF Guru Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Aug 19, 2012
    OK, this was an idea I had long ago...a thread dedicated to fixing stuff. Not complicated stuff like rebuilding automobile engines or attaching an addition to the end of your house. I'm talking about fixing stuff that is relatively simple and common and NOT vape related (God knows there are plenty of those around). Like most threads, this one will likely die on the vine but we'll give it a go and see what happens. It could be very useful. :)

    Thanks to HHV for sponsoring this thread.

    [Edit to add]
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  2. Bronze

    Bronze ECF Guru Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Aug 19, 2012
    CENTRAL AIR CONDITIONING (Dedicated to Rose :))

    Is there anything worse in your life than when your AC craps out in the middle of summer? Perhaps, but not many. Here’s something you can do that could spare you several days of living in hell and save you big bucks at the same time. AC techs are busy in the summer and when you finally get a hold of one it will be days and big $$ to get him out.

    The most common problem for ACs suddenly shutting down is capacitor failure. What is an AC capacitor? In a nutshell it is a soda can sized canister that stores high amounts of power in order to start the major components in your AC (fan and compressor). When the capacitor fails your AC is down. I’m taking a guess here but I’m willing to bet more than half of sudden AC failures is due to blown capacitors.

    So what to do? Start by keeping a spare capacitor on hand. Why? Because then when your capacitor goes out (and it will go out before the rest of your AC goes out) you don’t have to take days chasing down a replacement and you can get it up and running quickly. A capacitor costs only about $15 and would be the best $15 you spent if it is 90 degrees outside and you’re dying inside. Check your manual for capacitor specs or take a picture of the label on the capacitor to get the specs. You can order them on Amazon. Or write me with the label photo and I’ll link you to the right one.

    Is it hard to change out an AC capacitor? ABSOLUTELY NOT!! It’s actually quite simple and doesn’t take an HVAC Tech or electrician to do it. BTW, a tech will cost you between $250 and $300 to change out a capacitor. However, there are two very important safety precautions you MUST take. If you are unwilling to do these precautions because you think they are unimportant then don't bother fixing your AC. You're nothing but an accident looking for a place to happen. Call the man.
    1. Turn off the power to the unit.
    2. Discharge the capacitor after you have disconnected the power and before you touch the capacitor.
    I wont get into the details of how to replace your capacitor. Instead, I will link you to a video which explains it better than I can here. The first 13-14 minutes is all you need to watch. As for diagnosing if your capacitor is shot, usually a visual inspection is all you need. A normally functioning capacitor has a totally flat top on it. When it fails, the top will be domed, bulging, disfigured, charred, or just flat out exploded. Even a slight bulge indicates your capacitor is shot. If that capacitor top is not clean and totally flat then it is highly likely shot. No need for a multimeter.

     
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  3. stols001

    stols001 Moved On ECF Veteran

    May 30, 2017
    I have a very specific question about one of my tanks. It has been driving me nuts, but I am relying upon you to give me advice. LOL.

    The Nature's true tank has this really annoying nd complicated topfill system. It spins (clockwise, which is also annoying) and there is, I believe, a silicone ring that turns. Mine won't turn. There is a small nub that is supposed to "hold" the tank shut. I can't feel/find mine, and I have a feeling it is either gone, or has somehow gone UNDER the metal ring that turns, causing it to have frozen.

    I have tried hot water, all sorts of gripping actions with plyers while turning, and also, pushing down pretty hard on each silicone oval you see that is supposed to turn. I have not tried both mainly because I only have so many hands. If you ever experienced the pain of trying to bottom fill the True tank, you would understand. Also, I would put the 4 ml tank on which is way easier to fill and in general. But, I already broke it.

    I may need to just get another tank but I await the wisdom you may share.

    Here is a picture of the top of the tank, so you can (hopefully) get my drift.

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    The fill ports are what are frozen, shut.

    Anna
     
  4. rosesense

    rosesense ECF Guru Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Jan 1, 2010
    TN
    Thanks for doing this, Bronze. Don't forget your info re fire ants. :)
     
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  5. r77r7r

    r77r7r ECF Guru ECF Veteran

    Feb 15, 2011
    Pa,LandOfTaxes
    Best of luck, Rose!!
     
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  6. r77r7r

    r77r7r ECF Guru ECF Veteran

    Feb 15, 2011
    Pa,LandOfTaxes
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  7. rosesense

    rosesense ECF Guru Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Jan 1, 2010
    TN
    What I really like is that when the AC guy comes tomorrow morning, I am going to ask for the part he replaces. If it is a capacitor, I will be set for next time (provided I can get past the idea of all that voltage). In the meantime, we are sleeping upstairs tonight with the other AC, dogs are frying.
     
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  8. Bronze

    Bronze ECF Guru Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Aug 19, 2012
    Might want him to replace the capacitor regardless even if yours is OK. Unless he charges you some ridiculous amount. Capacitors are wear items. Most of the cost is them just showing up.
     
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  9. Bronze

    Bronze ECF Guru Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Aug 19, 2012
    You violated the rule in the OP. :)
     
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  10. Bronze

    Bronze ECF Guru Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Aug 19, 2012
    Did it work for you?
     
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  11. Katdarling

    Katdarling I'm still here on ECF... sort of. ;) Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Jan 25, 2011
    Utopia
    Okie dokie, Bronzed One, you're on.

    I have a fairly large and hefty statue that has been broken by a deceptive cat who prolly got caught in my jewelry collection. Such a hater, that one. ;)

    I can glue it back together without issue, but WHAT in the hellsbells can I use as a vice to hold it together?? I have no vices!!!!

    (not that kind, anyway) :facepalm:
     
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  12. Bronze

    Bronze ECF Guru Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Aug 19, 2012
    Got a photo?
     
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  13. rosesense

    rosesense ECF Guru Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Jan 1, 2010
    TN
    Looks like it, I need to go around and spray any others I see. My legs are still infected though but that Taurus stuff is great.
     
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  14. Bronze

    Bronze ECF Guru Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Aug 19, 2012
    Spray your foundation with it too. The bottom two feet all around the house. 0.8 oz per gallon. You can also shoot it up into the eaves to keep the spiders down.
     
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  15. rosesense

    rosesense ECF Guru Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Jan 1, 2010
    TN
    Spiders are my friends, don't want to kill them. Unless they start attacking me like the fire ants, then I might change my mind.

    I just got the yard cleared out so I can spray around the foundation as soon as we aren't frying in the heat without ac.
     
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  16. Katdarling

    Katdarling I'm still here on ECF... sort of. ;) Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Jan 25, 2011
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    [​IMG]
     
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  17. Bronze

    Bronze ECF Guru Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Aug 19, 2012
    Bench vise.
     
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  18. stols001

    stols001 Moved On ECF Veteran

    May 30, 2017
    I did!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Sorry..
    Anna
     
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  19. Bronze

    Bronze ECF Guru Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Aug 19, 2012
    30 lashes or a traditional Brunei caning. Your call.
     
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  20. newyork13

    newyork13 Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Nov 9, 2013
    western Massachusetts
    I love fixing stuff. Sometimes I succeed.
     
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