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Daves Workshop #9: The shop A.C. is fixed!

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Blog entry by dbhost posted 03-07-2017 01:36 AM 1973 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 8: Finally got the shop clean, ran into a snag fixing the portable air conditioner. Part 9 of Daves Workshop series Part 10: Shop heater. Fixing the Mr. Heater Portable Buddy heater that won't light. »

After a few false starts a bunch of obscenity and some finally clear thinking finally finally have the shop air conditioner working. Now I know what most of you were thinking it’s early March and this guy’s already talking air conditioning. Well I am in coastal Texas and spring is almost here. That means without air conditioning my shop will soon B intolerable heat wise. Anyway here’s the video I hope it all makes sense if you have any questions let me know.

To refresh your memory, this is the original problem video… The thing sounds awful and trips the breaker quick.


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Tearing it down, I found the actual problem. I wasn’t initially sure how to fix it though…


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And I figured it out, and got it fixed… Now it’s freezing me out. The control panel is still squirrely but it works well enough using the remote…


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-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com, YouTube Channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoa-AgyeFWqnQfGIJwdzkog



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#1 posted 03-07-2017 04:27 AM

Sorry no video is showing, when I go to your view on youtube link I get a video does not exist message.

-- A friend will help you move, a good friend will help you move a body

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#2 posted 03-07-2017 05:54 AM

No problem.

I keep trying to add the links using my mobile. Embedding Youtube videos on this particular forum is a royal pain in the tail…

It works when I do it from my regular desktop / laptop systems…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com, YouTube Channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoa-AgyeFWqnQfGIJwdzkog

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#3 posted 03-11-2017 09:22 PM

Videos are working now. This was the first time I tried. Glad you found a cement that worked. repairing plastic is not always an easy deal. I gather the problem was that the squirrel cage was loose on the axle and destroyed itself on the housing… I think.

Have a good day. Busy in the shop assembling my wife’s quilt ironing board, that is being mounted on a cabinet with adjustable shelves.

Later…

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#4 posted 03-12-2017 12:29 AM

You are exactly right about the cause of the impeller destruction. The repair on the plastic was not just luck or I don’t know what to call it. I did a lot of research on the plastic that the Impaler and the housing were made from and looked at products that I could find were made from the different kinds of plastics and advertised as such and as best I could tell the impeller and the housing on this air conditioner we’re both made of ABS plastic the other possibility was a particularly stiff blend of PVC and I hedged my bets and got a solvent cement that worked on both. Several of the fan blades had to be reglued twice because I did not have them clamped properly the first time I tried but they are all in their solid as a rock now. The impeller shaft Bolt is cinch down I’m going to have to assume considerably tighter than the factory job and I use threadlocker on it this time.

Something I didn’t mention previously or in the videos was that the drain stub from the bottom of the unit had broken off early on in my ownership of it and I had attempted to reattach it using epoxy which had marginal at best results it was fine as long as I didn’t fiddle with it. When I got after it with the PVC ABS solvent cement the fix is now very solid probably more so than the surrounding material I just need to remember not to roll it too close to anything for fear breaking it off again. I left the unit running accidentally yesterday it was in the upper 80s when I turned it on and we went to deal with a family medical issue when I came home quite late in the evening the AC was still on working exactly as it should unfortunately I had the thermostat set to 65 degrees and by the time I got home the inner had done its job well and was waiting for the temperature to rise back up above 65 it was not what I like in my shop.

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com, YouTube Channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoa-AgyeFWqnQfGIJwdzkog

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#5 posted 03-12-2017 05:00 AM

Great results. Glad everything is fine, with a minimal expenditure of money. I will remember to check out the multi-use cement next time I have a similar problem.

Temperatures are rising here, but still don’t know if it is a spring time trend. Last winter was unusually warm and this one is unusually cold and snowy. Something to do with the Pacific water temperatures, I am sure.

I don’t much like high temperatures and humidity, and I have lived for a time in those environments. But I am done with winter, and would like some balmy weather, for a change.

Best to you and yours…

Later…

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#6 posted 03-12-2017 04:08 PM

I’ve been working on prepping camping gear for a trip soon. So I have been spending a lot of time in the shop checking the old school white gas appliances for leaks and fixing them

That AC has been an absolute godsend. The funniest part is last night I was working on and shot a video of troubleshooting and fixing a propane heater. Mr. Heater portable buddy. It’s actually heater that I use to heat the shop quickly in the winter. I will post that soon but again I am on mobile right now and for some reason posting videos from mobile doesn’t work.

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com, YouTube Channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoa-AgyeFWqnQfGIJwdzkog

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#7 posted 03-12-2017 04:34 PM

When young, I carried everything in a back pack, with canoe on my shoulders, and plied the waters of Quetico-Superior boundry waters area of northern Minnesota. The last time I did that was in my early 50’s, nearly twenty-five years ago.

Then there was tent and car camping. I had my share of old school white gas appliances, and they got plenty of use.

Then in later years I had the motorhome, and it took care of everything. I did have a small propane barbecue set up in a small compartment right next to the steps up to the motorhome interior.

Nowadays, we are done with camping and motor homing, and travel to a vacation home in Washington State. Such is the progression from youth to old age.

Later…

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#8 posted 03-12-2017 05:01 PM

I still have my backpacking gear. But we are more in the car camping /tenting phase… For what it’s worth, you are a few years under my parents age, and my Mom went white water rafting down the snake river about 3 years ago… It’s kind of in the blood… I am just not in the physical shape to tackle backpacking right now. The weight is going down, slowly, but it is going down.

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com, YouTube Channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoa-AgyeFWqnQfGIJwdzkog

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#9 posted 03-13-2017 03:13 PM

I think I could handle a rafting trip, as long as long hikes or backpacking is not required. I have done some white water rafting in the long distant past.

Don’t know what I could drag my wife into, but not much.

The temperature is starting to nudge upward here, and it is about time.

Later…

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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