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RE: Myth that socket extensions change torque wrench readings

Your 3 foot crows foot will add as much as 1.2 feet to the length of the wrench at a 90 degree angle or to be more precise it will add Sqrt(18)-3 feet That is for a wrench with a 3 foot handle,, the relationship is for those math inmpaired is Sqrt = Square Root Sqrt((Handle^handle)+(extension*extension)) if it's 90 degrees Example if the extension is 3 feet, the handle 4, the overall effective length is five.
wa8yxm 08/02/15 05:24pm Tech Issues
RE: How to?

Google PDF Xchange (or X-Change) Viewer It is by Tracker software it is free It will not change the format but it will let you "Mark up" the document and re-send it.. I use it for things like Owner's manuals cause I can type in the device serial number (Just like writing it on a paper version) or highlight/circle the proper Remote code or such. I also use it for a lot of other stuff so I cn add personal notes (Like writing in the margin on a paper version) or underline phrases of interest. In fACt I use it instead of Adobe AcroRead.
wa8yxm 08/02/15 05:17pm Technology Corner
RE: Bluetooth Extender

Is it Blue Tooth or Wi-Fi you need to extend.. normally BT is used for close stuff like shipping audio to speakers or video to a TV or a printer in the room. And on printers my phone prints via the LAN (or rather the W-LAN) not BT (Wi-Fi is caLled W-lan on my router). LAN=Local area net wired W-LAN Local Wireless network WAN = Wide Area Net (internet) At least in my wireless router's lexicon Yes, similar wording is confusing.
wa8yxm 08/02/15 05:14pm Technology Corner
RE: COOLERS

Years ago I used coolers.. Bought ice from the park.. Then the park gave us the bad word.. It was going to cost us to plug in..Yup, I think it was 4.00 more a night to plug in... So I bought a small (Dorm/office size) Fridge and instead of buying ice.. I made it (just enough for drinks) Used that Fridge for several years.. In fact I used it right up to the day I brought the Class A home.. Sold it to another camper who uses it still far as I know. With the door tied shut (I used a "Tie down" strap) the thing will remain cool 8 hours and is very hard to open.. I set it on planks next to my trailer in country where it waS safe to do that.. in Bear country I'd have locked it up inside but I figured if I was going to pay to use electricity. I was NOT going to pay for ICE.. That thing saved it's purchase price several times over.
wa8yxm 08/02/15 05:11pm General RVing Issues
RE: Park Power Pole Problems

The change would have to be made at the park end (inside the park box) screwing around in there is both dangerous and likely to get you invited to leave. You said you tried using your 30 amp adapter... I assume you were connecting to the parks' 30 amp outlet. For this you need TWO adapters. One is 30 amp to 50 amp and the other is the other way around YOU MAY NEED TWO OF THE 30 to 50's (the one you do not have now) Using an ohm meter find which side of the 50 amp plug connects to the hot slot on the 30 amp adapter You want two adapters one that connects to the RIGHT side one to the LEFT side. Then you choose the one that works (you can pick which side) once you get 'em identified the same way they are on your surge guard Label them 1 and 2 and plug in as follows The labeled adapter to the park Your existing adapter to the labeled adapter Surge guard to labeled existing adapter CAUTION you can draw more than adapter designed for Better option Make a 50-50 adapter (or two) These will need like 8/3 or 6/3 wire (Black/White/Green On one go from the left side of a 50 amp plug (Black) to both sides of teh outlet (White goes from the center flat blade to the center flat slot and green is the round pair) On the other from the other side on the plug to BOTH sides on teh outlet again, Plug one in.. the display will either show the higher or lower voltage. if it is the higher lable it L-2 if it's the lower L-1 now when you pull into a park wiht issues, use the proper 50 50 adapter This will NOT be overloaded but it will cut your total power in half.. Usually thyis will NOT be a problem but you may find occsaion where you need to shut the water heater off.
wa8yxm 08/02/15 02:43pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: jump starter et.al.

saw a small jump starter, battery source, etc. at Lowe's and Sam's today. Lowe's was $80 and 10,000 mAH, with a 12 v 10 amp output, 400 amp carrier? 200 amp starter , the one at sam's was 7500 mah. didn't have the ones at sam's priced but the lady thought $50. If these things can actually charge a phone, etc. and in a pinch jump start a motor it would interest me. admittedly a 10,000 mAH would only be good for one try? any ideas? bumpy Quoted so I'd have it handy. Charge a Cell phone. Easily Start a Generator, Possibly Start a car That small I doubt it. I have had several of those very handy for many things AGM batteries.. 10 amp hours is kind of small (10,0000 mAH) and 200-400 amps likely will not crank up most cars (possibly a small 4 Banger) Might start an Onan genset (And on a motor home if you can start ye old ONAN you can )(Shortly after) start everything. (Don't ask how I know that, If you can't guess my telling you won't help). I eventually found 750 amps might work and a kilo-amp (1000) peak current worked very well. I think the ones I bought for the tow truck drivers were 950 amps peak.. That is what you need to look at for jump starting, the peak amps. For cell phone charging they all work well.. I also run a small fan/blower, Lights and other things with them.
wa8yxm 08/02/15 02:26pm Tech Issues
RE: woke up today with no A/C...

engineers are not electricians. I am cross trained, Electric power, Electronics and I have published an engineering article or two. But yes, I do agree, what all this has taught me is do not accept anything as gospel. Breakers may not LOOK triped but still be, Black may or may not be "Ground"(Negative or neutral) same with White. And as a dedicated follower of MURPHY. If there is a way to screw it up.. They will.
wa8yxm 08/02/15 02:21pm Tech Issues
RE: window 8.1 sucks for me

I do not do MSN but Yahoo is no problem on my 8.1 box.. I upgraded to 10 earlier this week and though there have been a couple issues I've fixed most of them (All the ones I've found so far). There are several things about 10 I like APPS. on 8.1 they run full screen or half screen, so if I am working with pages that load slow and wish to play Solitaire to pass the time. Not all that easy. On 10 they have gone back to running them in windows (YIPPIE) Not as happy with the start menu (yet) I may fix this later. Microsoft Streets & Trips (My offline navigation program) Failed.. License error, Re-installed from DVD and re-authorized with license key and it works Canon printer failed,, Re-installed using utilities already on the HD EDGE does not work with several web pages I visit. MSIE still present and works fine. So do Firefox and Chrome.
wa8yxm 08/01/15 07:06am Technology Corner
RE: 30 amp adapter

I could make a political statement here but will not. Clearly the lady had a 1/4 amp brain.
wa8yxm 08/01/15 07:00am General RVing Issues
RE: How Ironic....

I guess now it's a "Raging Inferno"! Hey, at least you know they live up to their name! I was going to say the trailer was well named. but you basically said the same thing. Now Ironic would be a fire engine on fire (Happened in Detroit, brand new high pressure pumper. not the vehicle's fault.. got caught up in the fire it was fighting).
wa8yxm 08/01/15 06:59am Class A Motorhomes
RE: MH Microwave...worth fixing?

If it were a straight Microwave I would say no But since it is a convection/microwave the answer is not as clear. Remove it to the picnic table outside the RV now inspect the thing,, Look for a fuse or reset button. IF you find none (I'll be surprised if you do) then... Remove the outer cover CAREFUL there may be sharp edges the use of gloves (leather) when handling metal parts is highly recommended. (Friend of mine read that warnign too late) Again look for a fuse or breaker. I have seen two of them where the only problem was a wore out fuse.. Fuses do wear out and blow for no good reason. I have also seen burnt wires and blown diodes And I have only worked on 4 Microwaves. (well 5 if you count the turntable motor in my DOMETIC by Lousy Goods (LG). (Replaced it with a GE part and now it works great).
wa8yxm 07/31/15 04:57pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Windows 10

I can't believe someone would give up on W10 after ONE day! If you are referring to me (I installed it yesterday) I did not give up.... I did, however, fix S&T, dug the install DVD out of my bag, the Authorization key.jpg off my hard drive and re-installed it.. Works great now. So all that's left is the issues with Edge which really shines on one job I used it for but sadly is not so good on others. But MSIE is included (I found out today it is still included even on clean installs) so .... There is a way around that. In short. It's looking better every hour. One thing I really like.. on Win 8.1 many apps only ran in a full size window,, Some you could "Split" the screen into two (one traditional desktop screen and the other the app) but on Win-10 the same apps run in windows.. mostly resizable (At least the ones I've tried so far) this is very good. Very very good.
wa8yxm 07/31/15 04:50pm Technology Corner
RE: Myth that socket extensions change torque wrench readings

Dead on Mexico. Fun side.. I mentioned changing tires on that F-350... It was kind of fun looking at the Tire Guy's expession when he ask what I used to put it on and I answered him... (His poor impact wrench took rather a long time to loosen that nut, Thought I was going to have to get the Ford supplied toy lug wrench out again.) In a later story I had some Troopers who could not get the lugs (rusted) loose on the flat on the patrol car.. i put them on Dispatch and borrowed their 4-way.. I Got the lugs loose.. Torqued the 4-way but I got the lugs loose. (Yes I twisted one of the arms). You know.. When I did things like that they gave me serious respect for some reason.. (I'm not violent by nature but can you imagine what that kind of thing could do if I were?)
wa8yxm 07/31/15 04:45pm Tech Issues
RE: 6V Deep Cycle Batteries

Again I make my suggestion to paint and over spray onto the batteries. Way easier than worrying about it. RED for Positive. On my coach the house batteries I replaced the positive wire so it is RED, big, heavy, and RED, the negative is Factory original black,,, (The factory original on the positive side was black as well but,, well it's a complex hookup.. I'm into Rube Goldburg.. Shore HEAVY cable runs from batteries to generator fuse block.. Factory lead moved to fuse block. On the chassis battery I did something like that too 3 positive wires became one)
wa8yxm 07/31/15 04:42pm Tech Issues
RE: My normal morning routine

You could try some (Yuck) instant,, Folger's crystals is... Well I've had worse (And in restaurants too) Actually Folger's crystals is not all that bad.. There are a couple of instant brands that are ALMOST decent. However it could be worse.. Two ways 1: Put in 10 cups of water.. Put in filter, coffee, start (Forget carafe) 2 (Happened to my mother): Put in water, filter coffee, REMEMBER Carafe, press start,, Coffee brews, Coffee maker catches fire. Handiest water is... the fresh brewed coffee, to put it out with. (Minor damage to Formica counter due to swift action of cook but alas, NO COFFEE for breakfast). Turns out coffee pot was on recall due to its habit of catching fire.
wa8yxm 07/31/15 04:35pm Around the Campfire
RE: Windows 10

There are a few issues with EDGE.. one was addressed in an update yesterday.. The "Menu" button is the far right icon, Choose SETTINGS and one of them (top one as I recall) is "Display favorites bar" turn it on and the favorites bar is back. Some web sites are not playing nice with EDGE BUT if you did an UPGRADE (as opposed to a clean install) you still have MISE on board and can still use it (I DO) I think I posted instructions. Right click on START icon,, Choose RUN Type IEXPLORE.EXE (lower case is ok) press ENTER This will open MSIE The icon for MSIE is a bright blue lower case E (Edge is a dark blue one) Right click on the bright blue lower case E in the task bar and choose "Pin to task bar" Now you can re-load MSIE by clicking the icon Works great. Streets & Trips.. Works not.
wa8yxm 07/31/15 11:26am Technology Corner
RE: Myth that socket extensions change torque wrench readings

No one nailed it. You're missing the point. Extensions act as torsion springs! The amount of force the spring gets energized must be subtracted from the force applied to the bolt being torqued. The skinnier or longer the extension, the greater the error. This error will probably be extremely small, but the OP has a valid point that should be considered in extreme cases. If you stop and think about it.. you may figure out why that is wrong. TRUE the extension (epically a long one) is a torsion spring.. BUT so long as it is straight on the amount of torque applied to one end is exactly amount to the amount of torque on the other.. What changes due to the extension is the distance you need to crank the wrench to get to that amount of torque. For example if for a given bolt position moving the handle through an arc of 45 degrees might get you to say 100 foot pounds.. With a long extension you might need to go 46 degrees.. but the displayed torque will be the same (100 foot pounds in this case) and that will be the force on the bolt head.
wa8yxm 07/31/15 11:22am Tech Issues
RE: 6V Deep Cycle Batteries

Suggestion.. Get either two bottles of Nail Polish -OR- two small cans of spray paint (or two large cans) one RED one Black With the batteries PROPERLY connected spray the positive terminal with RED (or brush it on) Overspray onto the battery is a good thing if spraying, Dripping red paint (or just flat brushing it on) the battery likewise. Use black on the Negative end now red painted wire to red painted battery terminal. Black to black, Unpainted to Unpainted and your job is always going to be right. Now,, the winter storage.. Did you use a Battery Minder (TM) or Battery Tnder (TM) or a trickle charger (Junk) to maintain the batteies? There are several different devices.. When I waS a child our only choice was a trickle charger, these low-amprage chargers had no regulation and depending on teh size of the batteires and the size of the charger either over charged or failed to maintain (IN THEORY you might hit one that worked 100% but odds are against it like 99.9 to 0.1) Today we have two more editions One is an automatic slow charger,, It charges 'em up and shuts down The other is the Battery Minder/tender 2-stage automatic charger (Absorption/float) these continuously monitor and will switch back to ABSORPTION (Charging) if necessary. READ the instruction manual because what I posted is a generality.. not all products work as well as others. But do paint both the wires and the battery in the area of the terminal (or and the terminal itself) to insure red to red.
wa8yxm 07/31/15 11:18am Tech Issues
RE: When did my name become a dirty word?

My nick name is D I C K, I try to sign it at the end of replies I post and it comes out instead with four **** instead of ****. **** Edit when I posted it up came the **** You sir have identified one of the major issues with ROBOTS.. they do not look at context but only the sequence of letters.. Thus it's very easy to post most any word you want by splitting the letters or playing games such as swapping one letter for a symbol. And of course they often block stuff you really need to know. (Not a fan of robotic moderation, but alas, understand the need for it).
wa8yxm 07/31/15 11:10am Around the Campfire
RE: Generator voltage question

Open ground is common on portable generators. Code does not require bonding. If you understand the reason for the safety ground, you will understand why,, You may choose to stop reading here. On the "Mains" power (Power mains) neutral is bonded to ground, in fact at one time due to wire shortages they used the GROUND as neutral.. Some places are still wired that way. THUS if there is a hot-to case short on the tool you are holding YOU become the path to ground and thus neutral (the "Return" path though that really is bad use of the word) and .. Well. for most folks,, been nice knowing you (I'm strange.. I throw when shocked, or at least I used to Good thing too). THus the safety ground which is hooked to case., IT takes the shock for you, trips the breaker/blows the fuse and protects you. But with the portable generator THERE IS NO GROUND, period.. The ground is NOT a return path, and thus there is no danger. You are protected.
wa8yxm 07/30/15 07:20pm Tech Issues
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