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Engines / Re: Lister ST1 becomes hard to hand crank.
« Last post by cobbadog on July 20, 2019, 07:34:34 AM »
All good advise offered by ajaffa (Bob) but then there are the ugly issues like bearings and rings. So start with the real easy simple stuff and progress down the list. Ensure you have plenty of oil in the sump and that it is NOT milky. Check the adjustment of your decompression lever to make sure it is working as designed. Lift the rocker cover off and check that the valves are fully closed and not touching the piston.
Then try pulling the injector to see if it is still tight to turn over. At this stage you might have bigger issues than first thought but hopefully not. If still having problems it is off with the head to see what is going on inside.
We can keep going with tips but lets see and hope it is an easy fix like an adjustment and keep us informed.
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Everything else / Re: Solar Inverter - Load sensing
« Last post by glort on July 20, 2019, 03:37:44 AM »

  Crazy world, we have no idea what we're doing.

I disagree with that.
I think with 99% of things they know exactly what they are doing but for profit reasons, just deny it.
the list of things that people claimed and were made out to be nutters for 20 years until they could deny it no longer and they were proven to be right is long and painful.

I think in this regard the world is not as crazy as it is greedy and corrupt.

It's a lovely day here today. Just after midday and my panels are cranking out lots of welcome power.  3.2 Kw on one inverter, 2.7 on another which will peak around 1 Pm being all west facing and 3.4Kw on the other.  I broke even on one phase yesterday, 1Kwh down on another and 8 Kwh for the 3rd leg of the AC I'm not currently back feeding as I'm not heating through the day and only running that at night. Maybe today I'll make some progress winding back.

I'm quite looking forward to trying my experiments with the power point regulation on the panels.
I have asked about the ideas on several electronic websites and yet to get an answer to them. the boffins are quick to draw up better and far more complex solutions  which I don't seem to be able to get across to them I'm an idiot and incapable of  building them. I have offered to pay for them if the designers would like to build one for me but no joy there either.

I'm fairly confident I can make it work if not initially, that I can learn how to make it work and what I need.  I have learned a lot looking at the designs others have come up with even if they are well beyond my abilities.  I can see the principals they are using and think I can get to the same destination even if I have to take a more off the beaten track route to it.

The devices that do simple things like water heating IMHO are ridiculously over priced for the components involved as well as the R&D which would also be nothing more the learned couldn't come up with in a few hours if that. From what I have seen demonstrated, a lot of the electronically educated can come up with much better circuits than the commercial offerings in the 24 Hours they say " I'll see what I can come up with" till the time they show pictures of their prototype running.  If I can come up with something simple a moron like me can cobble together from available boards and show others that have some electrical rather than electronic knowledge I'll be happy with that.  :0)

Wish those slow boats from China would hurry up though!

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Listeroid Engines / Re: oil sump intake screen blockage
« Last post by glort on July 20, 2019, 03:16:27 AM »
,,and once more you have to put words in my mouth in an effort make your point. 

Please provide detailed and specific quotes of what I said to prove that as I don't believe I did anything of the sort.
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Things I want to Buy / External oil filter - Chinese horizontal
« Last post by Tanman on July 20, 2019, 03:07:41 AM »
I know utterpower used to sell a special bolt to make it easy to add an external screw on oil filter to the Chinese diesels. Does anybody have one you would sell and or have a diy solution?
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Listeroid Engines / Re: oil sump intake screen blockage
« Last post by 38ac on July 20, 2019, 02:44:11 AM »
 ,,and once more you have to put words in my mouth in an effort make your point.  Talk about anything you want, I could care less. The site has even provided a place to do it. My point continues to be why must every topic turned into a
 free for all when space has been provided for it? Why have
 20 forums? Why have a general discussion forum?
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Things I want to Buy / valv ceepers
« Last post by selmawp on July 20, 2019, 02:29:16 AM »
Any one have any spare valve keepers? As I was assembling the valves on the last one I released my spring tool and one keeper flow in to orbit. Any help very much appreciated. Tony.
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Everything else / Re: Solar Inverter - Load sensing
« Last post by BruceM on July 20, 2019, 02:20:08 AM »
Yep, little cheap switching power converters can be quite a radio transmitter.  One lady I was helping by phone had become newly electrically sensitive...she was getting headaches from her computer and other equipment.  I had her snoop the house wiring at the circuit panel with an AM radio...and in 20 minutes with some phone coaching she found the offending circuit at the panel, then traced it to the wall behind her desk (she was a writer) there was a POS battery charger plugged into an outlet inside that opposite room's closet.  She'd bought it and used it and then forgot that it was plugged in i that closet. Her problem got much better after that and fixing/unplugging some other things to dramatically reduce her daily exposure. 

In most homes now, there are so many sources it's downright discouraging.  The smart meters are a significant offender- cheapo switching power supply on the board, designed by an EMC illiterate moron, with not even a common mode choke between it and the line. Besides the switcher, the conducted radio frequency emissions exceed the insanely high FCC part 15 rules, but the power co is exempt.  The inverter type split systems are an EMI horror show, even when the room units are "off".  Crazy world, we have no idea what we're doing. 



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Changfa Engines / Re: 1115 build
« Last post by 38ac on July 20, 2019, 01:57:24 AM »
The best 195 I ever had my hands on was a Jiang Dong.  Now of you want to lay your hands on the Cadilac that would be the LaiDong 1115. I was lucky enough to get one from John Ferguson before he sold out to Jim Calder, it is in storage while my stand by set is powered by the Changfa clone.
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Listeroid Engines / Re: oil sump intake screen blockage
« Last post by glort on July 20, 2019, 01:51:56 AM »

The entire universe is prim and proper subject material for any topic on any forum on this site.
Think of it as a chat room or a ladies circle meeting and you will learn how to get along with it ;D ;D ;D ;D

Seems as if the Forum continues happily along like that and there has only been one person complain about it that I have seen.
The activity here would be very minimal if everything was strictly "on topic" and I believe would actually lead to less still site specific conversation. There aren't that many people interested in this stuff now to begin with and reducing the traffic to what would probably be a handful of specific posts a week I doubt would do much for the sites longevity.

The Microgen site had a topic zealous moderator and pretty clear to see how that worked out and rather quickly.

I'd say given the way a lot of forums are going, all participation is good participation particularly with a limited interest subject like this site address. 
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Changfa Engines / Re: New Watercooled Diesel Toys
« Last post by glort on July 20, 2019, 01:23:15 AM »

I have seen that before but just seeing it again now I have experience with those engines made me realise something...

He's starting that without the Decompressor.  That thing must have a HUGE amount of grunt to do that!  The electric starter on mine won't do it from a standing start, you have to let it get some momentum on the decomp and then drop it and it will wind it through once it has some inertia. When I crank it by hand I can't spin it hard enough to get it through more than one compression cycle and the thing hits TDC and stops dead. Never found any problem cranking the roid but the the Kubota is a beast and a half.

Love the look of that shop though.  Man they have some nice looking stuff there including what looks like a 4 or 6 Cyl inline engine.  And I'll bet where it is which I'm guessing Thailand, even my Aussie devalued Peso's would make stuff there wonderfully cheap.
Of course the excess baggage charges on the way home may even things up a bit though.  I could probably pay them $10 extra to break everything down to 20Kg packages and just post it home.

I believe I have found a 10 Kw Gen head.  Not celebrating just yet as I have had too many things go south buying online but I remain hopeful I'll be able to get it next week. Only a single phase but given how long I have been searching I think I'll take it. Won't power the 3 phase AC or the 2 Phase stove but other than that.
Will leave me in a Quandry though.
Do I set up with the Induction motor so I can backfeed easy and have a somewhat touchy stand alone generator, Do I have a stable stand alone generator that will be touchy and difficult to back feed with, Do I set up for both, ( that's going to be a lump and a half)  Or do I set up 2 engines with a head each? Might be a bit overkill even for me. I should look up Syncing regular generators a bit more. I know it can be done but the methods I have seen for doing it so far look somewhat Dodgy.

Going the 2 heads on one engine would cause extra wasted drag but I wonder how much? Sure would have some reactive power though the extra rotating mass. I would probably also need some sort of belt tensioning system so I can slack the belt to start the engine  and then pull it in once running.  Asking the starter to turn 2 extra substantial Loads seems a sure way to a fast end for the thing. Then again, With the engine decompressed......  :-\
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