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2022-01-22 LED Xmas Light String Repair

A string of LED xmas lights had been fritzing on and off, then it finally failed. I had to pull out 4 lights before I found two that were dead. I had to file off the ridge around the base to get them to fit properly into the base. So it’s back working again. It

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2021-11-09 Felling Burned Out Wind Turbine

Controlled Demolition fells a ‘thermally damaged’ 2.4 MW wind turbine in Texas. Video is 2.5 minutes April 2021. Texas has 30 plus gigawatts of wind turbines. https://youtu.be/N3lxm-l5SSY

2021-09-14 PC Boards Too Cheap To Repair

Fron FB group pictures of electronic… Joshua E. Hrouda Yeah, where I worked, the PCBs were reworked and the bad chips replaced. But that was 1980. Nowadays the PCBs are populated at the same factory where the boards are made, because everything is automated and almost no labor makes them cheap. The boards may have

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2021-07-29 Heathkit IP-18 Power Supply Re-Cap

Last week I saw an old Heathkit IP-18 power supply on eBay for $50 OBO, free shipping. I don’t really need another PS, but I’m a Heathkit builder and a big fan. So I offered $30, thinking the seller would not take it. But a few hours later the message came that the seller had

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2020-11-02 Signal Tracer Or Audio Amp From An Old AM Radio

Its not hard to make a signal tracer from an old AM radio. You need 60 mm of red and black flexible twisted pair, a 0.22 uF, 100V capacitor, a small black alligator clip, a 50 mm length of shrink tubing that will fit over the following probe, and a thin 100 mm long piece

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2020-10-11 Right To Repair

This morning on CBS Sunday Morning they had an article about a farmer who couldn’t repair his $800,000 John Deere tractor and lost several days of work. There is a growing movement in the US to make laws that require manufacturers to allow their customers to repair the equipment they own. This is a backlash

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2020-09-05 Capacitive Dropper Failures In 240 VAC countries

From a comment I left in Big Clive’s youtube video https://youtu.be/jgaCYRc1-og In the past I’ve seen Clive having to replace “used up” capacitors in the ‘capacitive dropper’ circuits of low cost line operated devices. The problem seems to be common in other countries but here in the US I haven’t seen any problems with the

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2020-07-11 Lawn Sprinkler System Losing Pressure?

I’ve been seeing the sprinklers reaching a smaller radius after several years, and brown spots between. I was thinking that it was caused by a clogged pipe. I also had some constantly leaky sprinklers that were causing the grass to become soggy and mushrooms were growing. Then I noticed my water bill was several tens

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2020-06-13 MLCC Replacements For Electrolytic Capacitors

Reply from FB comment Mark French I got a roll (on tape) of 22 uF, 10V and 47 uF, 10V tiny surface mount MLCCs. They’re not polarized, but I’ve heard they tend to be microphonic. I’m going to try leaving the old caps in and bridge a MLCC across them. They’re small enough to to

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2020-02-19 Nobility 15 transistor Radio Repair

2020 Feb 18 – Nobility 15 transistors OTL S/N (?J)29549 I replaced the electrolytic capacitors. The spkr buzzed when I touched the volume control. Nothing from the detector (transistor). It’s unusual. I pulled and tested some IF parts including one of the transistors, no problems found – transistor tested good. I called it a night.

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