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Do you use your bicycle for commuting or transportation, not just recreational riding?  Do you struggle with how or where to park your bike? Wouldn’t it be easier with a bicycle parking brake? I’ve got a simple solution I’ve been using for years, [click to continue…]


Navy Helicopter Landing

Happy 4th of July 2015

As a tribute to our men and women serving to protect us I thought I’d post a couple of videos of helicopter landings aboard ship.  The Night one is much more impressive. Watch Videos


Soldering Tips and Techniques

Here are a few tips and techniques, nothing magical, but perhaps insightful related to soldering:

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Casio Watch Battery Replacement DIY

DSCN4309In this post, I’ll show you how the Casio Watch Battery Replacement is done. This is particular to the AQ164W series of watches like this one (mine has a blue face).  The other identifying number is a 4396 in a rectangle.  I’m going to also venture a guess that this will also work with [click to continue…]


Air conditioner repair
This is about the outside unit of a split unit, whole house, air conditioner repair.  When we purchased our house back in 1996 it was in need of a furnace as the heat exchanger was broken.  There was a tear or split that allowed combustion gases to circulate into the house.  Can you say Carbon Monoxide poisoning?  Knowing that we might someday want to have air-conditioning, we bought a unit with a hole or space in it so we could add the cooling coil in the future.

About two years later we did just that.

The air-conditioning has worked well during the intervening years.  We’re fairly lucky in that we don’t have to run it continuously for months on end like my brother and sister-in-law who live in Houston.

The other day my wife turned it on in the late afternoon to try and keep the house from getting excessively hot.  She noticed that after about 15 minutes, although it was running, it wasn’t cooling.  She listened and noted that it sounded different from usual…  When she went out to the unit she could see that the cooling fan wasn’t running.   [click to continue…]