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On To The Next Project . . .

Well, I’ve pretty much given up on my Mr. Coffee upgrade/mod.  As I mentioned I found the new one much easier to take apart and get into. In fact I was able to unplug the ribbon cable and remove the circuit board completely.

New Mr Coffee Upgrade 3

And that’s when I discovered the problem. Unlike the previous board, which uses simple on/off button switches, the switches on the new board are actually interfaced directly to the IC chip and buffered for the input.

Which means that I can’t just parallel a relay across the contacts and have it work.

Bummer!

I ran into this same problem several years ago when I tried to remote control the power windows in our truck. The up/down buttons are on the internal computer bus and can’t paralleled with other switches or relays.

Bummer!

As usual, everyone waited until the last minute to decide that they want to have a September Sale, and this includes the company whose products are going on sale. So now I’m rushing to get an Ad Card produced, and also cleaning up the mailing list for these particular products. Hopefully I’ll get it in the mail before the middle of September.

I’m still hoping to do my rear brakes, maybe on Sunday. But the rain chances are at 60-80% for both days, so it’ll be hit or miss it looks like.

And of course this pushes back the timing for changing out the oil filter gasket on the rig. But we’ll see how it goes with Mother Nature. If this keeps up, a lot of stuff is going to get pushed back into next year.

Next up on my plate at work is to come up with a color scheme/design for these machines.

Biomak EP103

We’re having them customized to our specs from the manufacturer in Poland, and that includes the colors and our own logo. So now I’m trying to come with something that looks good and won’t cost us too much extra.

As Jan says, it keeps me off the streets and out of trouble. But I tell her to just be satisfied with one out of two.


Thought for the Day: 

Sacred cows often make the best hamburger.

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And It Was The Perfect Day For It, Too . . .

Although it rained heavily earlier this morning, it had cleared by the time I was up and about and caffeined. So after I got back from O’Reilly’s with the brake cleaner, I was outside and pulling off the driver side rear wheel by about 10.

Although I had pulled the passenger side wheel the other day to look at the rotor, I started on the other side today because it was opposite the sun, giving me a little shade. Then this afternoon I planned to switch over to the other side, again for the shade.

But as happens, my best-laid plans ‘gang aft a-gley.’

I knew something was up when I noticed that the rotor was in really good shape, and not worn down as the passenger side was.

Driver Side Rotor

This what the other rotor looked like.

Truck Rear Brake Rotor 2

And when I removed the caliper, and then the brake pads, I found the piston in the caliper was jammed and could not be moved, in or out.

At that point I was done for the day, so I put everything back together and headed inside to see about getting new calipers.

I’m surprised that I couldn’t feel any difference in the braking with one side working and the other side jammed, but since 60-80% of braking is on the front wheels I guess it was just masked. But I never felt any kind of pulling when I braked either.

And checking out Amazon for Rear Brake Calipers, I found something strange. On some vehicles the calipers are the same on both sides, but I have a different one on each side. The right side caliper was $43.51, but the left side one was $63.21. And this is the same model from the same manufacturer. This totaled $106.72.

And this was for remanufactured ones.

So I put in a call to O’Reilly’s to see what they had. And they had a set for $105.98. And these were new ones, too. So I told them to order me a set, and was told they would be in this afternoon.

However when I went to pick them up I was told that the price would be $149.98.

WTH?

But I cooled down when I was told that I would get back $22 each or $44 total when I bring back the old calipers to them. So that gives the $105.98 that I was quoted.

So now I’m pushing all this back to this Saturday, Sunday, or next Tuesday, I guess.


Thought for the Day: 

Remember, it’s only a murder if they find the body. Otherwise it’s just a missing person.

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