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RE: Windows 11

I see a comment on Reddit that win 11 shuts down Firefox. That's a problem for me.Mozilla Firefox Finally Arrives in Microsoft Store for Windows 11
Tom_M 12/18/21 03:01am Technology Corner
RE: Multimeter recommendation?

Here's my Fluke 77 that I have had for decades. An incandescent lamp tipped onto it and after about 30 minutes this was the result: https://i.imgur.com/UR4y92f.jpg width=320
Tom_M 12/16/21 06:21am Tech Issues
RE: Simplest battery monitor and shunt? Advice for non-expert

Voltage alone is a poor way to check state of charge. The batteries need to be at rest for quite a while to get a meaningful reading. This means no charge or discharge. A meter that keeps track of the amount of charge and discharge (amps in minus amps out) is a far better choice.
Tom_M 12/15/21 07:07am Tech Issues
RE: Antifreeze in transmission 2010 Duramax??

If your problem is the radiator, replace the whole radiator. You can then install an external cooler if you are worried about this happening again.
Tom_M 12/14/21 02:58am Tow Vehicles
RE: Automatic Transfer Switch

Here's a schematic of my solution: https://i.imgur.com/GnZEvhO.jpg width=320 K1 is my existing ATS. K2 is a 120 VAC 30 amp relay. The output feeds all my 120 volt receptacles except the ones feeding my fridge and microwave. The converter is powered only when on shore or generator power.
Tom_M 12/14/21 02:36am Tech Issues
RE: New cooling unit or refurbish?

I am NOT a normal person!!!! I have HIGH sensitivity to noise!!! I have slept in the room with my RGE400 fridge many times. I could NEVER do that with a compressor fridge! Do you understand my situation now? :)Perfectly. You should have mentioned this earlier. A ticking clock drives me nuts but a compressor fridge does not. To each their own. Good luck with your repair.
Tom_M 12/12/21 06:37am Tech Issues
RE: New cooling unit or refurbish?

Using an absorption type fridge for home use makes no sense. You can buy a new residential model for less than the repair cost of your old one.
Tom_M 12/11/21 05:07am Tech Issues
RE: Lifepo4 cold temp cut off 23F or 32F?

https://i.imgur.com/pKvPltz.jpg height=340 width=540From ExpertPower web site: Discharge: -4 — 140°F Charge: 32 — 140°F https://www.expertpower.us/products/ep12100-100ah The Amazon listing is a typo.
Tom_M 11/23/21 06:12am Tech Issues
RE: Lifepo4 cold temp cut off 23F or 32F?

Checked their web site and it states 32F https://www.expertpower.us/collections/lifepo4-batteries
Tom_M 11/22/21 10:34am Tech Issues
RE: TV antenna

You do not need a special antenna. The crank-up Winegard Sensar IV (aka Batwing) is considered one of the best TV antennas for an RV. If you have a crank-up antenna it is most likely a Winegard and it should work. If it is an older Sensar III there is a snap-on attachment available that makes it the same as a Sensar IV.
Tom_M 11/21/21 04:39pm Technology Corner
RE: Video Editing Software

An excellent source for anything video is VideoHelp.com Check the "Software" section. Olive Video Editor sounds interesting. https://www.olivevideoeditor.org/download.php
Tom_M 11/14/21 07:10am Technology Corner
RE: Anyone using the Mr. Heater "Journey" catalytic heaters?

I'm tempted to try the Flame King's version which has the added benefit of a thermostat and a bit higher output.I purchased the Flame King heater and removed the regulator. I hooked it up in my motorhome. Initially it was working great but after a while the carbon monoxide level started ramping up. When the digital display hit 50 on my CO detector I shut the heater off. It's possible that the Flame King is using lower pressure than 11" WC. I don't have time to mess with it so I reinstalled my Buddy heater.
Tom_M 11/10/21 12:47pm Tech Issues
RE: Norcold fridge not cooling

I managed to get the old fridge out through my door. The cooling unit is definitely bad. Could smell the ammonia after all the jockeying around. Hopefully the new fridge will fit through my door. I canceled my Amazon order after I found that the fridge was $300 cheaper at West Marine.
Tom_M 11/09/21 02:00pm Tech Issues
RE: Norcold fridge not cooling

Doug, excellent idea about connecting 120 directly to the heating element. Since the heat chamber heated up on both 120 and LP I assumed (probably a bad idea) that the heating portion was okay. All other indications seem to point toward a bad cooling unit. I'm not keen on the idea of spending a bunch of money to replace the cooling unit on an old fridge, so I ordered a new Norcold DE0061R compressor style fridge. Even though the old one did an adequate job I decided to go with a compressor type fridge. I have 400 watts of solar and a 170ah Renogy lithium battery so I should be okay.
Tom_M 11/09/21 06:10am Tech Issues
RE: Norcold fridge not cooling

Thanks Doug, The coach has no slides and I had not checked the roof vent. Just went out and checked and the vent seems clear. The fridge is 16 years old and has worked well until now. Nothing has changed with the ventilation as far as I can tell. The fridge will not run for 24 hours before it throws the NO CO error. This happens both on LP and 120 volt. There is no sign of cooling at all. There is quite a loud gurgling sound now that I haven't noticed before.
Tom_M 11/08/21 03:39pm Tech Issues
Norcold fridge not cooling

I have a Norcold N641R fridge that has stopped cooling. After a while it will throw a "no co" error. Power cycled it and the same thing but locked the control board. Did a board reset with the same results. This happens on propane and 120 volt. There are no apparent leaks and no ammonia smell. Any thoughts?
Tom_M 11/08/21 12:10pm Tech Issues
RE: Anyone using the Mr. Heater "Journey" catalytic heaters?

I have a Buddy heater that I removed the regulator from and plumbed it into my propane line with a hose. I spend winters in Florida which is very humid and have had no issue with condensation. Just make sure to crack the roof vent and a window a bit. It uses much less propane than the furnace and uses no electricity. I have a CO detector with a display and it has never gone above zero. I'm tempted to try the Flame King's version which has the added benefit of a thermostat and a bit higher output. Available on Amazon: Flame King portable heater on Amazon
Tom_M 11/03/21 06:26am Tech Issues
RE: Need advice on 50 ft cable to portable solar panel

buy a 12Ga 3 wire extension cord, cut the ends off it and solder the green wire to either the black or white on one end do the same at the other end soldering to the same color you did at the first end.Another approach is to make adapter plugs to go on each end and jumper the wires at the adapter. This way you have a dual purpose cable. Remove the adapters and use it as a regular 120 VAC extension cord.
Tom_M 10/12/21 09:52am Tech Issues
RE: Lithium cost keep dropping!

So the 100 amp hour battery is actually 120 ampere hours with the bottom 20 amp hours Forbidden Planet? What is making my eyebrows rise?This is true for what is considered a "drop-in" battery which has a built-in BMS. Without a BMS the battery would be quickly destroyed.
Tom_M 10/09/21 04:46am Tech Issues
RE: 3500w power inverter

One down-side of a large inverter is the current that it consumes with no load attached. This could be as much as a continuous two amps. Check the specs for the unit that you purchased.
Tom_M 09/27/21 09:04am Tech Issues
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