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Generators / Re: Generator alternator wiring
« on: July 11, 2020, 05:54:52 PM »
For the life of me, why don't you post some pictures?  This thread is going 2 pages now, and makes no sense at all

Everything else / Re: Brushcutter Sparkplug
« on: July 10, 2020, 01:04:47 PM »
Pretty much sums it up.  All the above apply this side of the ocean too, especially your last sentence.  I will try, but have almost zero chance of coming right.  Was also thinking of trying to find a car plug cap, something like my old Kombi which had a thread which screwed into the plug lead.

Everything else / Re: Brushcutter Sparkplug
« on: July 09, 2020, 04:22:03 PM »
Thanks Glort.  I knew I could rely on you for an answer.  I'm hoping to force the lawnmower shop to replace the coil/plug lead seeing as they sold me the wrong plug. (even with the sample I took along)

Everything else / Brushcutter Sparkplug
« on: July 08, 2020, 09:08:04 AM »
My China brushcutter sparkplug failed the other day, so I replaced it with a NGK equivalent.  When I got home and compared the old and new, I found that the new one had a slightly shorter reach ( approx. 8mm).  Started first go and ran well, but after 15 minutes of use it got so hot that the cheap crap plug lead melted. 

Is it possible that it overheated because the plug is too short and detonation is occurring in that space that should be filled by plug shaft? (hope my description makes sense).  My gut says yes, the heat can't dissipate fast enough like it would if the electrode was protruding into the chamber, so the head is acting like a large heat sink.

Any thoughts, thanks.

Everything else / Re: Blasphemy..... Solar power.
« on: July 05, 2020, 08:56:38 AM »
I know what you mean.  I do maintenance at a fancy holiday house here in Plett and they have a massive Milkwood tree in their front garden.  It constantly sheds leaves on the roof, which block about 30m of gutters regularly.  On top of that, it sheds small black berries, which cover the wooden deck.  These things are incredibly sticky and when you stand on one it leaves a purple stain every time you put your foot down.  To top it all off, these trees are a protected species and one may not even lop off a branch without a million permits. 

Back to topic, your setup is looking good.  When summer comes you can supply the whole neighbourhood with power.

Everything else / Re: Blasphemy..... Solar power.
« on: July 04, 2020, 11:12:55 AM »
Don't forget about that container load for Ed, of which I would hope to buy a few ;D. Also, while you're on the roof, clean those bloody leaves out of your gutters  :police:

Everything else / Re: Blasphemy..... Solar power.
« on: July 02, 2020, 01:57:45 PM »
I have a SR2 with a Hoffberg alternator directly coupled.  Batteries are 6 x 8V to give me 48V.  The genny is wired into my Pip (called Axpert in S.A.), but am having problems with earthing and when I try to feed the PIP, my DB trips, so it becomes a mission to charge batteries and power a load.  My electrical skills are just not up to scratch, I guess.  Sounds worse than it is, today is sunny and my batteries are fully charged now at almost 15:00.  Batteries are not great either and don't hold charge as well as they should.  I could be on 50V at sunset and down to 47V overnight with basically just a fridge running.  Not the best fridge, but more efficient than most, the motor only draws about 80W.  When I win the lottery I'll invest in a bigger, better setup, but till then, luckily the winters are not too long down here. (Plettenberg Bay, S.A.)

Everything else / Re: Dump truck
« on: July 02, 2020, 09:19:12 AM »
Yeah, get your mate to swing the crank. ;D

Everything else / Re: Blasphemy..... Solar power.
« on: July 02, 2020, 09:18:14 AM »
2nd hand panels are almost non existent here, but then in saying that, there might be a few coming on the market soon.  One of my distant neighbours just had 10 stolen from his field.  Will end up in the township somewhere.  Stove and hot water are both off gas, but now in the winter months my batteries are taking strain.  All about money, money, money, it's a rich man's world, especially post Covid.  Everything has gone up faster than the infection rate.

Everything else / Re: Blasphemy..... Solar power.
« on: June 30, 2020, 05:46:25 PM »
Hell, that sheer abundance of panels makes me drool.  I have to get buy with 4 x 300W panels for my off grid shack.

Waste Vegetable Oil / Re: New waste oil Burner.
« on: June 10, 2020, 03:54:43 PM »
I was thinking pretty much the same thoughts.  Also what do you think about using a 75mm pipe instead, with a gate valve on the horizontal end to regulate air flow?

Engines / Re: Lister Sr1 Identification and parts help
« on: June 02, 2020, 05:39:26 PM »
I do, it can't hurt.  I would however, presume that it is standard rotation if not marked as a reversed engine, confirmed for or against by the direction the supplied crank handle is set.  If his handle is set to crank in the counter clockwise direction, I would investigate further, if set to crank clockwise, I would be pretty confident that it is a clockwise motor. No intention to contradict or undermine intended, just KISS.  :)

Engines / Re: Lister Sr1 Identification and parts help
« on: June 02, 2020, 08:23:47 AM »
Hang on a bit.  Without sticking out my neck too far, he did give an engine number, which does not indicate that is a reversed engine, so presumably the crank should be swung clockwise

Engines / Re: Inherited Lister engine, advice and id help please
« on: May 28, 2020, 04:43:17 PM »
Hmmm, old age is a bugger, isn't it  ;D.  Don't feel bad, I often go the shops and when I get there, can't remember what i needed.

Brilliant.  I would never even thought about making such a thing, and you make it look easy.  Great work.

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