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Daves Workshop #10: Shop heater. Fixing the Mr. Heater Portable Buddy heater that won't light.

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Blog entry by dbhost posted 03-12-2017 04:55 PM 1163 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 9: The shop A.C. is fixed! Part 10 of Daves Workshop series Part 11: Cord Custting Project, and basic skill builders. »

After 12 years of use, and admittedly heavy abuse, our Portable Buddy heater just would’t fire up the pilot light. We really didn’t need it this year at all, I was simply going through and cleaning / maintaining all the white gas and propane appliances when this was discovered to be non functional.

I have seen where lots of guys simply throw in the towel on these units when they won’t light, but they are such a simple fix, it is well worth a try. With a street price of $70.00, it’s not a huge loss if you just replace it, but then again, that could cover a new Harbor Freight Pocket Hole jig at full price, AND get you a Starbucks on the way back home. It’s worth a shot.

And like always, I don’t gloss over where I make mistakes. Sorry if you are expecting a video of somebody doing something perfectly. If you are expecting that, find a different blogger / vlogger… I am FAR from perfect!


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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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Jim Bertelson

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#1 posted 03-13-2017 07:59 PM

Fortunately just a little normal maintenance cleared up the issues. As I recall, I carried minor parts for the Coleman two burner stove and lantern. When I traveled with the motor home I carried a large number of tools and electrical equipment. The problems in the motor home tended to be electrical and plumbing, with an occasional mechanical issue.

Have a good day. I am betting you don’t need the heater any time soon.

Later…

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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dbhost

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#2 posted 03-13-2017 09:28 PM

You are right. The need for the heater is more or less done for the season. The AC is starting to become mandatory. I I’m going to find a heavy plastic bag director and to keep dust out of it but at least I know it’s ready for next season.

-- 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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canadianchips

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#3 posted 03-14-2017 02:14 PM

I like the attitude that you tried to fix it first before just tossing it to curb.Sometimes a little simple maintenace works wonders.
I have salvaged a LOT of thngs because “Either people didnt know how, didnt want to bother or just didnt care” they TOSSED IT !

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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Jim Bertelson

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#4 posted 03-14-2017 03:23 PM

canadianchips

Ah, another dumpster diver, some of my favorite people in life are dumpster divers… (-:

Dave

12 deg this AM, but at least it climbs up close to melting during the day. The sun is getting rid of snow and ice by sublimation, if nothing else. The March sun is relentless here.

Later…

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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canadianchips

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#5 posted 03-14-2017 05:48 PM

ONE day Ill get to Alaska !
Had BIG plans in 2007.
House didnt sell soon enough. Cancelled the trip.
Been to MILE 0 in Dawson Creek BC. MAny times, just never continued on NORTH !
Beautiful up there Im told !
“Sorry to hack your post dbhost”......this seemed important !

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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Jim Bertelson

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#6 posted 03-14-2017 09:02 PM

It is pretty here in the summer, for sure. In the winter too, if you are into snow. The best months are May and June, the least rainfall then, although you never know. Some of the cruises are pretty as well.

Don’t feel bad about Dave’s post, I’m always hacking other people’s post, and Dave doesn’t mind. It just keeps the party going. I use LJ’s instead of Facebook and Twitter. Much more sane up here. Now if I could only get the rest of my far flung family to use LJ’s… (-:

Up to 24 deg here now.

Have a good one…

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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