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I'm interested depending on price. 


Engines / Re: Mothballing a diesel
« on: June 27, 2011, 12:52:20 AM »
Thanks a bunch for the advise. 


Engines / Mothballing a diesel
« on: June 21, 2011, 12:35:23 AM »
I have a Kohler (Lombardini) 11hp engine that I need to take out of service of some unknown period of time.  The engine only has around 20 hours on it.

What is the best way to prepare and store the engine?

Sorry it's a highspeed, but don't know who else to ask


« on: September 06, 2009, 04:11:46 AM »
Quick, someone alert Doug.

General Discussion / Re: Computer wiz needed !!
« on: September 04, 2009, 06:23:35 AM »
If it's like most laptops, there is something like rubber plugs covering the screws holding the lid together.  Be careful and it isn't hard to do.   It could be the cable, but I doubt it unless you open and close the lid all the time.  It could be the video output form the LCD on the motherboard is bad, or the LCD itself.   Ebay is a good place to find parts, I just bought some parts to fix my sisters laptop there. 

Trying a live CD would be a good idea just to rule out a Windows problem. 

If a laptop is your primary computer then spending big bucks to replace it might be your only option.  I use a desktop for games and such, but for just surfing and reading things like this forum a laptop is great for comfort.  Just last week I bought a netbook for $300 that I'm using right now, of course Windows XP didn't stay on it for more than an hour.  Works great for browsing and such,  just an option.

General Discussion / Re: Offgrid Internet providers?
« on: August 04, 2009, 02:18:53 AM »
Bummer, no Linux support  :(


Wildblue isn't OS dependent.  Run Linux here.

General Discussion / Re: 1/6 Scale motor!
« on: August 01, 2009, 06:18:19 AM »
I am always amazed at the lovely things that people create with such skill and craftmanship. Now if someone could make a working scale model of a Lister cs.

I'm working on having a scale model of a CS or CS SOM made.

Are you going to have parts cast? 

General Discussion / Re: Offgrid Internet providers?
« on: August 01, 2009, 05:48:13 AM »
They all suck.  I had Huges when it was Directway,  Their billing and customer service dept made me insane. After upgrading my modem, my system quit working 3 days later.  Unknown to me they automatically canceled my account on the old modem and automatically created a new account(with new fees and a contract) for the new modem.  I needed the connection for my job at the time and they wanted to send someone out in a month for $200. They also wouldn't let me go back to the old modem saying  they couldn't authorize it on a new account.  I had just paid $300 for the newer/better modem.  I told them I to shut it off and to KMA.  I got an RMA and returned the modem.  A month later I got a $300 bill for early cancellation saying I was under contract.  They also refused to refund my $300 for the modem saying that it wasn't returnable, the person that issued the RMA had been fired, and my modem was discarded.   I finally got the termination fee waved after they sent it to a collection agency, and was refunded the money for the modem.  One month latter they sent it back to collection with the termination fee back on the bill, PLUS they added the money they had just refunded me for the modem to the account.   At this point 6 months had passed, had purchased a $1800 profession dish and modem, the new company went bankrupt leaving me $1800 poorer with no connection.  After I became unemployed later that year, my bankruptcy finally got the collection agency off my back.   

My neighbor has Huges now and says she hasn't had any trouble yet.

I'm now on Wildblue.  Better IMO.  Our Wildblue system started going flaky about 5 months after we got it.  After about 6 months it became almost unusable and I had to fight with them to prove it was their problem and not mine.  It took another month to get a repair person here for $200 and it has worked pretty good every since( ~1 year).   A little hint:  When mine was failing the modem would connect to the system and show them it is 'locked in' until you tried to connect to a server, then it would drop out.  This shows the company that you have a large 'up time' and they will use this to blame the weather, your computer, or a router and not send a tech.  In this situation set your computer to ping a site every minute.  This will force the modem to keep dropping out and make your problem undeniable.   

Look into the FAP(fair access policy) of these services.  FAP is a enthusiasm for bandwith restriction.

Huges uses a shorter time frame so you will hit and clear the limits and restrictions quicker.  This is bad news if you need a big file.

Wildblue uses a 30 day rolling limit.  Good for big files, bad if you use the whole allotment up on day 1. 

Both suck compare to a real connection.  Keep a broom handy when surfing during snow.  Tech support always assumes you are stupid and it is your computers problem, while you suffer through 'the language barrier.'  

Never admit to either company you are using a router.  Even after removing it, I was told that my router was causing the modem to loose the signal to the satellite. 

Everything else / Re: listeroid air conditioning
« on: July 18, 2009, 11:33:33 PM »
I found a few posts(not on this site) that claim that an auto AC compressor is only rated for about 6 months on time since that is about the life span of a car.  Anyone here know if they would hold up to extended duty, like in a house AC or freezer application? 

Everything else / Re: listeroid air conditioning
« on: July 17, 2009, 09:47:44 PM »
So now that I have researched that a little. As usual the US government has lost its mind and is in bad need of a overhaul.

My take on the matter, I might have missed somethings, is that if your car leaks freon you are guilty. Including an accident or failed component.  Funny, CO2 is a refrigerant so the act of using dry ice looks to be a crime.  And lets not even get into using propane or other blatant acts of defiance. 

Now for the solution to the my problem.  I will use ammonia, the system enclosure will be sealed and vented into permeable pipes buried in my garden.  Since it is legal to use ammonia on crops and a system will invariably loose refrigerant over time, I might just patent this.  Now to get all other systems declared illegal. 

Everything else / Re: listeroid air conditioning
« on: July 17, 2009, 07:20:59 PM »
Ammonia isn't used often due to it being dangerous.  I have of using it in an isolated system before, but due to the whole meth problem it is hard to get.  How do you get it in the USA?

I know propane isn't an approved refrigerant, but who does what to you for refrigerant with it?

Generators / Re: inverter based generators
« on: July 15, 2009, 03:00:33 AM »
As far as creating good DC current, a multi phase PM alternator would be nice.  Something like the homemade windmill from a brake rotor design.  Who was the guy that builds them that joined this forum?  Is he still around?  Didn't he have one on a mini-petter and a steam engine?   Maybe build the magnet rotor into the flywheel of a Listeriod?

Like this: (scroll down a bit to the Listeroid with magnets)

or the steam engine project   ?

That's the stuff, wasn't a member here doing it?  Or am I confused?

Generators / Re: inverter based generators
« on: July 14, 2009, 08:22:18 PM »
It looks like variable frequency drives (VFDs) have become inexpensive  (see ebay) - they will take in ~240VAC and output 3 phase 240VAC at any selected frequency.  Maybe set one to 60Hz output and use line-to-neutral to get a steady 120VAC waveform independent of input.  Hmm, looks like they don't supply a neutral.  So (I think) you can only get phase-to-phase 208VAC out of them..

All of the VFDs I have worked with must be tuned to the motor they are driving, I can't imagine them working in an environment where the load was constantly being changed.  Like if they are driving a large resistive load and then a AC motor tries to start.  I might be wrong here, anyone here know for sure?   

General Discussion / Re: New guy Just saying hello
« on: July 14, 2009, 06:54:49 PM »
Welcome, : panaceabeachbum

 A machinist with CNC Machines!!!!! Welcome Aboard !

Yep, + firearms makes him a shoo-in in my book. 

Generators / Re: inverter based generators
« on: July 14, 2009, 06:40:30 PM »
I agree that efficiency is a factor, although being able to run the engine slow at low loads and turn it off and run on batteries at very low loads makes up for much of that.  Primary motivation is that I want perfect power - no voltage, frequency or waveform variations.  Say 70% for Bosch long haul 12V alternators and then 90% for an inverter.  Total around 60%.

There are solar inverters (from Outback, etc) that will take a range of high voltage DC inputs - like what you would get from 120V or 240VAC rectified.

I wonder how close one could get to a square wave by rapidly adjusting the field strength of a ST head.  Square waves are best for producing DC.  Or run it at a higher speed to get a higher frequency.   

Hmm, thinking about this, if one could feedback from the DC voltage produced back to the ST head regulator, then the inverter design for a modified sine wave would be very simple (IGBTs + timer).   

I'm thinking more along the lines of running the engine at a high load all the time and reducing the RPM to only create the power needed, should run much cleaner that way.

I don't think that you could change the field current that quickly with the amount of inductance in the field, I would think it would at least be hard on the brushes.

As far as creating good DC current, a multi phase PM alternator would be nice.  Something like the homemade windmill from a brake rotor design.  Who was the guy that builds them that joined this forum?  Is he still around?  Didn't he have one on a mini-petter and a steam engine?   Maybe build the magnet rotor into the flywheel of a Listeriod?


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