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12_Guy last won the day on June 28 2019

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  1. Only problem with those is at 6000K, they will be quite blueish in color. One at 3000K would be perfect.
  2. Sounds scary depending upon how big it was. Some of the bigger ones are quite heavy even when empty.
  3. I don't have any good answers for you. You don't have a run cap to be bad. I assume that the start switch and start cap are also good based on your test and you have never mentioned any starting issue. The overload is bypassed. I wonder if we are just asking too much from the motor. It would be nice to put an amp meter on it while under load. Not sure if you have one. The dab of grease/dirt on the copper switch arm can just be wiped off. Now as for the contacts, they are going to be difficult to access. They live under the brass cup below the copper arm. They are somewhat enclosed in an effort to prevent dust from causing problems. The little metal arm you have circled is there to limit the switch motion. It keeps the arm from moving closer to the governor and rubbing it when running. To get to the contacts you will have to bend it out of the way so you can flex the copper arm up further. They can break rendering the switch assembly junk as you will need to bend it back to preform its job as mentioned above. Once you have access to the contacts they are still difficult to polish because they are down inside the cups. A normal point file is useless as is emery paper. Since it is starting fine, I suggest leaving the switch alone. Perhaps blow it out well with air and electric contact cleaner or brake cleaner. It is possible that you have a broken winding somewhere or possibly the motor is not wired correctly. A motor wired for 240v but only receiving 120v may start and run but will not have much power. Double check the wiring. I have seen more than one motor "converted" to run on 120 by changing the cord end.
  4. Someone mentioned the fold out extensions. They make the trailer “overwidth” when hauling larger equipment. A friend of mine hauled equipment for a construction company. His lowboy trailer was 10' wide. It was overwidth everywhere it went loaded or not. He said 10’ was as wide as legally allowed without an escort. I think it would extend to 14’ for larger equipment.
  5. This sounds like it will be a good winter job for you. I doubt that you will have any trouble with the work. You seem to be able to handle just about anything that comes your way. The only problem I can think of is coworkers. Some are good. Some not so much. Just don’t go getting all soft because next spring you got fence to build son!! 😀
  6. With a capacitor tester of course! LOL In all seriousness, many newer digital meters have a cap test function. The next best thing is an old analog meter. Set it on a higher resistance scale and put the leads on the cap. After discharging it with a screwdriver first. The needle should start at the left side, swing to the right and return to the left. The speed this happens is dependent upon which setting the meter is on. Hanging out at a particular, usually high, resistance or staying at 0 resistance is bad. You can do the same thing with a digital meter but it is a little more difficult to watch the numbers count down and back up. Auto range meters seem to work better when you set it on a particular range first. Basically what you need to see is that the cap isn’t shorted - zero resistance nor open - high resistance. You can reverse the test leads to repeat the test over and over until you are satisfied with the results.
  7. As always check your connections. This includes plugs, outlets, and the switch. It could be a poor connection causing low voltage to the motor. If you can check voltage with the saw off and then running with a load it would help diagnose the problem. If no voltage issues then check to see if it has a run capacitor. They will cause issues if they are bad. You didn’t mention any starting problems but how is it starting?
  8. All water heaters suffer from hard water issues. The tankless suffer the most because a thin layer of scale will cause problems whereas the thin layer in a large tank goes unnoticed. The scale seems to be attracted to the heat source and will build up there. This is way it is so problematic in tankless heaters and not much of an issue with a gas heater. Electric heaters fall somewhere in between. If you have hard water and want a tankless then a softener and regular descale are a must. Water quality is much more of a concern for tankless heaters. New heaters are no different when it comes to hard water scale.
  9. I understand completely but I assumed you would probably know someone. I try to stick with my electrical work but when you work at a shop that does all mechanical trades you can’t help but get to know a few. Especially when you are getting to be the old guy with 30+ years in the same shop.
  10. You can certainly install a small heater downstairs. Plumb your existing hot line into the cold side of the new heater and then the hot goes up to the hot on the sink. This works pretty well because the hot water pipe only holds a couple of gallons at most and then you will be getting hot from the existing heater. This can also be done with a small tankless electric heater, just be certain that it is a modulating type - thermostatically controlled. It will quit heating once the hot water gets there. The cheaper non -thermostatically controlled units heat whenever there is flow regardless of the outlet temperature and will overheat the water once hot water is supplied by the existing heater. You can also install a pump that will pull the cold water out of the hot line and pump it into the cold pipe. Once the water is hot it shuts off. They can be programmed to run every morning or whenever you need them to or be controlled by a switch on the wall. Lots of options.
  11. Don’t you have a plumber buddy who will loan you his sewer camera?
  12. More evidence that we have made life too “idiot proof”.
  13. Future Darwin Award winners hopefully.
  14. I’ve seen that before, but there is something amiss with that guy.
  15. As close as those row units are, changing the seed discs on the one unit will probably not be any fun. The rest should be fine.
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