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  1. Because the bean counters and engineers figure they can save $0.50 per unit over thousands of units and it gives the techs a job.
  2. a scraper worked out ideal. Got the project nice and clean yesterday.
  3. I was sent home with a laptop to work from home for a few weeks. Company wants to spread out the work force. This will be so abnormal as most of my work requires me to provide on-sight support. Anyone doing anything for added security purposes? I don't think this thing is going away anytime soon and if financial markets sink further and people end up out of work, things could get ugly.
  4. I have some experience with fridges/freezers. Could be one or a combination of a few things but these are the key things. The drain line could have an obstruction as mentioned above that is keeping condensate from flowing after a defrost cycle so everything refreezes and essentially compounds on itself after each defrost cycle. Defrost timer has a problem. It's usually a failed contact that connects to the heat element. Defrost heating element or defrost heating element sensor is bad. In this situation, it's most likely the sensor that is bad. The sensor basically a temperature sensitive switch and it's an internal contact that fails. Rarely the element fails. A basic, volt/ohm meter to do some continuity tests is all you need. If it were me, I would do this. Purchase a new timer and a thermal sensor and replace them. Then clean the drain line. Most recent drain line problem I came across was a garlic clove right at the opening. Any of these will cause the coil to freeze up and reduce efficiency.
  5. Sorry for the late reply guys. Work has been nuts. I thought about the multi tool but that would get maybe bottom of the tray. The sides would be difficult if not impossible. The scraper idea is perfect though. Never crossed my mind. I'll have to give that a try. I have some very small hand planes and their blades should be ideal. Thanks!
  6. My wife wanted a custom kitchen utensil tray to fit in the utensil drawer. So I made one. I'm close to doing the finish work but need to sand the compartments to get rid of hardened glue. The long compartments aren't a problem for the most part since grain is in that direction. One of the hard parts is getting into corners without going across the grain then there are to 2 compartments that run vertical in the picture. A lot of this is time and elbow grease it seems but any way to speed this up without tearing things up? I tried a couple of those sponge sanding pads but they don't seem to cut it in tight spaces. My fault for not wiping the glue better. Things would have been easier if I had..
  7. The fluorescent light over a work bench in my garage will fail to work in the summer time. I have to leave the switch on for 5 or so minutes before the light will come on or switch the switch on and off at least a half dozen times before getting a flicker out of it. Once on, it will work for several days without issue but if not used, rinse and repeat. I suspect it's the switch but I haven't really spent any time trying to trouble shoot it or replacing the switch. Fall, winter, spring, it works like it should.
  8. If you get an auto-shading helmet, don't risk your eyes. Do your research and get something that is "bullet proof".
  9. I echo gellfex's comments. As a beginner amateur welder myself, I had one of HFs earlier 90amp welders. The 90amp welder could only do 1/8 inch steel adequately, anything beyond that no. Plus it was an AC welder vice DC. I modified it to do DC which helped but wouldn't do anything beyone 1/8 inch so I graduated to one of HFs newer Vulcan models. When HF introduced the Vulcan models 2 or 3 years ago I bought the MigMax 215. It's introductory price was $599 and it had a 1 year unconditional warranty which meant I could return it for a 100% refund for any reason. So seemed like a no brainer. I've used it constantly to present day. The point, it's a solid welder. Watching youtube videos, I'd say the Easy Flux 125 seems like a good deal, good welder and a good way to get into welding as a first time welder. Again, as gellfex's stated, you're just limited to steel but if that's all you need it for, try it out. Note: If you get hooked on welding, you'll want to go bigger.
  10. New stone breaking hammers.... $250 and up. No thanks. Went to Ebay and went old school for $20 + shipping.
  11. This has nothing to do with anyone having to bring a bag to homies.
  12. Be advised, in CT, if you purchase bagged products at Homies like charcoal, fertilizer, anything in a bag, etc. and go through self-checkout, the register will ask you how many bags you want to purchase. This statement is referring to shopping bags. Don't confuse this with the bagged product you're purchasing, it is referring to shopping bags due to new law to discourage use of plastic shopping bags. The cash register does not explicitly state "shopping bags" but rather "bags". This can be misleading if you're purchasing a couple of bags of a product in the self-checkout and are not up on your game at the time of purchase. I got caught twice then figured it out. It cost me $0.40 each time. Look at your receipts when going through self-checkout. Not a big deal money wise but I wonder how many others have been duped and homies pocket extra bucks. Don't know about other stores but be on the lookout.
  13. mission accomplished. worked like a charm. thanks
  14. I want to drill 2 small holes about 1/4" diameter into my foundation about 1 1/2 inches deep. I've never drilled into concrete before and was wondering how one selects drill bit size with masonry screw. Does one select the drill bit size based on screw shank like wood and metal when it's self-tapping? Got a rotary hammer and bits. Just need to know how to select screw and bit size.
  15. Don't forget about surface prep. Get the dirt off.