- Based on my noontime ride, bike lanes appear to be such a source. At least, I hope it’s legal. ↩
I love panniers. I just don’t like spending $100+ for a pair of ’em. When Jamie showed up at Starbucks with a DIY pannier on his bike, I knew I had to do some research. Here’s what I found:
- From Kitty Litter to Luggage in 30 minutes. It doesn’t get any more basic than this. Or cheaper.
- Building Better Bucket Panniers. Probably the Instructable on building bucket panniers. Start here.
- Black Bucket Panniers. So you don’t want white buckets.
- Jandd Heavy J-Hook Stainless w/ Protector. Or you can make your own from an angle bracket and an old inner tube.
- Jandd Bucket Kit. Everything you need except the bucket. Or the cooler. What an awesome idea. We could have used a “brewskinier” on our family bike rides a few weeks back.
Looks like I’ll be making more than one of these. :-)
Homemade Bicycle Repair Stand. Jake Khoun’s DIY bike repair stand looks easy and sturdy. Just the ticket, now that the roads are getting wet and I’ll need to clean my chain and running gear more often.
Looks like I can add garbage disposals to the ever-lengthening list of household appliances that I can take apart, fix, and put back together.
Yes! I got my air conditioner working. Total cost: $38 for a new 24V transformer.
A couple of bonuses:
- My air condition will be more efficient without a layer of “felt” on the condenser coils, and
- I learned a lot about how air conditioners work.
Determined to debug my HVAC problems, I created a list of steps to follow. I planned to verify the presence of power and control signals at the furnace control circuit and the condenser.1
First, I verified the 24V transformer’s primary is getting line voltage.3 Then, checking the secondary, I found no voltage. I tried again. I pulled it out of the furnace and tried again. Still no dice. I guess I could have just measured the impedance across the secondary and discovered the transformer was bad4 and needed replaced.
Unfortunately, by the time I discovered this, the local appliance parts and electrical supply stores were closed for the week. Home Depot and Lowe’s were still open but neither has a matching transformer. Looks like it will be next week before our HVAC is working.5
I’m concerned: if I replace the transformer, is something else wrong that will kill the new one? Or did the transformer just die of old age? I guess I’ll find out.
Fortunately, the weather is getting cooler.6
2Ya gotta love the Transonics wiki’s disclaimer/warning/license: “The following information may have errors; It is not permissible to be read by anyone who has ever met a lawyer. Use is confined to Engineers with more than 370 course hours of electronic engineering for theoretical studies.” I’m still trying to figure out how this applies to me.
3Yes, this means the breaker was ON and the furnace cover was off. If you’re thinking of using my post as a guide to debug your HVAC system, you should read the preceding footnote.
4It was shorted.
5Does this help? ;-)
6But I don’t have forever; the heat doesn’t work either.
Our HVAC stopped working in the hottest week of the summer (so far…). Rather than call an HVAC tech, I’m trying to fix it myself.1
Symptoms: no fans start running even though thermostat is correctly set (and for that matter, fan set to “on”).
Checks so far:
- Thermostat batteries
- Short yellow to red and wait two minutes
- Interrupter by condensor
- Look for fuses in furnace control circuit and interrupter (there were none)
At this point, I think it’s time to verify voltages and signals, starting with the transformer and furnace control circuit, then moving outside to the condensor.
Wish me luck!
It was time to replace the lamp on my nightstand. So I made one. Although it has a switch hidden on the bulb socket, I plug it into a touch switch module; I can touch the pipe base anywhere to control the light.
I think it looks a little better than the PVC pipe lamp I made some years ago.
What do you think?
I’m trying to fix my shower spout. Any time with a torch and solder sounds like fun. Now, if only it would work…