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Old 05-16-2019, 10:19 AM   #1201 (permalink)
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the whole reason I got another batery for my mower was the temp/charge time.

I use a battery and like a quarter to mow my lawn.
but I'd have to wait until the next day to finish that last 50 sq ft, because the battery would take ages to actually charge.

so I just bought another battery when I bought the weed eater.
I will say that after 2 years of use I have no noticed any degradation in performance or capacity, so the management system works.
It's just a PITA sometimes. I wish there was a button that said "I know I'm fucking this battery, just charge it"
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Old 05-16-2019, 01:52 PM   #1202 (permalink)
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Might as well pick up one of these too, cheap!
https://www.amazon.com/Greenworks-IV...r=8-3-fkmrnull

Ya'll made me pull the trigger on a 40v mower, it will be nice to not have to deal with the gas
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Old 05-16-2019, 01:55 PM   #1203 (permalink)
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Might as well pick up one of these too, cheap!
https://www.amazon.com/Greenworks-IV...r=8-3-fkmrnull

Ya'll made me pull the trigger on a 40v mower, it will be nice to not have to deal with the gas
HA! I have a big ass battery bank and inverter already built in

But I was looking at these.... https://www.amazon.com/Energup-2500m...gateway&sr=8-6
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As someone that has looked at DIY powerwalls and DIY LIFEPO4 battery systems I can't see a $49 battery using real LG cells.

IF they work, they work no arguing that. I try to buy batteries with tools in combos as you can save allot or get more for your money.

The Ryobi mover I just bought came with a blower for the same price as the mower kit less blower. I will probably buy the string trimmer/battery combo to get another 3-5Ah batt.
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As someone that has looked at DIY powerwalls and DIY LIFEPO4 battery systems I can't see a $49 battery using real LG cells.

IF they work, they work no arguing that. I try to buy batteries with tools in combos as you can save allot or get more for your money.

The Ryobi mover I just bought came with a blower for the same price as the mower kit less blower. I will probably buy the string trimmer/battery combo to get another 3-5Ah batt.
I have no doubt they are not LG cells. But it's just a cheap backup battery for me. I will see how just having one works first

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that's why I bought the battery with the weedeater combo.

they practically give you the tool for free when you look at battery pricing.
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Old 05-18-2019, 11:04 AM   #1207 (permalink)
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Well remember those shark fins we talked about?


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Ouch! I know that you went SS's, so is the tire still mounted and the rotor has that much exposure?

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Ouch! I know that you went SS's, so is the tire still mounted and the rotor has that much exposure?

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Yep, thr wheel is where the outer dual would be. Disk is normally just inside the inner dual. Luckily it's just a dust shield.

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Yep, thr wheel is where the outer dual would be. Disk is normally just inside the inner dual. Luckily it's just a dust shield.

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I stumbled on a DIY Color Control GX using a Raspi which might be useful.
https://www.chronicle.me.uk/victronPi/
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I stumbled on a DIY Color Control GX using a Raspi which might be useful.
https://www.chronicle.me.uk/victronPi/
Hmmmm I'll have to read that!

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I stumbled on a DIY Color Control GX using a Raspi which might be useful.
https://www.chronicle.me.uk/victronPi/
I need to learn some Pi.... thats way over my head lol...

But it looks like ~170$ in Pi parts, plus the Victron cables. (and I cant find the screen enclosure....) but either way, not bad. About half the price of the GX.

I will do a bit more digging, I really just want Solar, battery status, and load. I dont have victron converters etc so nothing to monitor there. Just the shunt and solar controllers. I am tempted to say I could use the 7" screen (its got an enclosure) and make my own window with what I want to monitor and possibly add some other things as well, but I have not touched Pi at all.....
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I need to learn some Pi.... thats way over my head lol...

But it looks like ~170$ in Pi parts, plus the Victron cables. (and I cant find the screen enclosure....) but either way, not bad. About half the price of the GX.

I will do a bit more digging, I really just want Solar, battery status, and load. I dont have victron converters etc so nothing to monitor there. Just the shunt and solar controllers. I am tempted to say I could use the 7" screen (its got an enclosure) and make my own window with what I want to monitor and possibly add some other things as well, but I have not touched Pi at all.....
I hear yah, I have a few Pi's one is collecting dust the other is connected to my 3d printer to act as a web interface. There are so many tutorials as long as you aren't blazing a trail its pretty easy to follow along and have success.
I was thinking a Android radio would be double duty or just a 7" android tablet that could also perform some automation tasks if needed would be cool but really just following the guys build for $200 would be worth the end result I think.
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More info...

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Old 05-28-2019, 09:37 AM   #1216 (permalink)
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Blew another boost coupler off, I think the hose clamp broke?? They are usually on the coupler, this one was MIA.

Stole a couple house clamps off the water tank to make one big one. Ghetto, but it worked! (note: zip ties will not hold boost )



Rain, and Dutch Oven pizzas, we peaced out and headed north to get away from the rain....



Quite little CG off Highway 20.



Beautiful area!





Now.... Rear tires are chunking, thoughts? Sharp rocks or bad pressure? Only the outside edge on the rears. I was thinking maybe it was wheel spin on sharp stuff?


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Old 05-28-2019, 10:20 AM   #1217 (permalink)
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Bad lug design / sharp rocks. In the first two pics it looks like all of them ripped at the siping in the outside lug.

Have you heard of the hairspray trick? Clean the tubing off real well, spray with your wife's favorite hairspray, slip the boot on, then clamp the shit out of it. Might be the little bit of extra grab you need to prevent the boots from blowing off.

Love how much you get out and use your truck. Definitely something to aspire to, as opposed to just working on them all the time.
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Bad lug design / sharp rocks. In the first two pics it looks like all of them ripped at the siping in the outside lug.

Have you heard of the hairspray trick? Clean the tubing off real well, spray with your wife's favorite hairspray, slip the boot on, then clamp the shit out of it. Might be the little bit of extra grab you need to prevent the boots from blowing off.

Love how much you get out and use your truck. Definitely something to aspire to, as opposed to just working on them all the time.
OK cool, I didn't think about the siping at all. Ill take a closer look.

And yes I have heard about the hairspray trick. I plan to pull them all and give them a cleaning and spray them. Have a full set of boots and clamps coming to go in the spare parts bin. Anything else I should add? Have a bag for the front and a serp belt also. Plus some airline and fittings.
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You're using t-bar clamps for the boost tubes, right?

For roadside spares, that little bluetooth OBD2 reader and torque pro has saved me more than once. Spare fuel filters and wrenches to change them wouldn't hurt either.
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You're using t-bar clamps for the boost tubes, right?

For roadside spares, that little bluetooth OBD2 reader and torque pro has saved me more than once. Spare fuel filters and wrenches to change them wouldn't hurt either.
Yep T bar clamps. Have extras now....

OBD reader is in the glovebox, forgot about that one. Tuner does basic OBD also.

Fuel filters, good idea!
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Another lovely weekend in the desert! It was HOT though, 95. and sunny....




A view from the top. Damn cool rocks.


And I think I need some new blocks.... These dont like heavy trucks and soft surfaces....


Also, Sika 252 DOES NOT bond to ABS well at all. I thought it was going to be ok for my panel, but it let go on two feet, and was loosing grip on the others also. Sadly screws were added to my roof, as I saw this from my second story window about 5 minutes before I was supposed to be driving away. I did use the primer and adhesion promoter they wanted, but was warned by the tech guy it didn't bond that well to ABS. The aluminum mounts I used in the middle are rock solid still. I squirted some 5200 in there and added screws before we left. If that fails I will try 3m panel bond...... But sadly there are 12 screw holes in my roof now.....
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It's not my roof but I would not worry at all about the screw holes. If you cover the holes with self leveling sealant it'll be fine.

I plan to use butyl sealant and screws plus a covering of self leveling sealant for the solar mounts on my wood/EPDM roof.

I'd rather do it another way but that seems to be the method most used reliably.

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It's not my roof but I would not worry at all about the screw holes. If you cover the holes with self leveling sealant it'll be fine.

I plan to use butyl sealant and screws plus a covering of self leveling sealant for the solar mounts on my wood/EPDM roof.

I'd rather do it another way but that seems to be the method most used reliably.
Yeah I know.... I was just trying to avoid it. Snow melt and freeze will find ANY way in....

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Threw my back out so even little mundane jobs SUCK. But I got all the screws I added to the roof sealed since its supposed to rain.


And my Maxxfan over the bed quit going both directions, a quick email to their service department said it was most likely the board from my descriptions. Since I am a pack rat.... I still have the old Maxxfan I pulled out in the attic. Swapped guts around and its back to normal! No obvious component failures.
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It's not my roof but I would not worry at all about the screw holes. If you cover the holes with self leveling sealant it'll be fine.

I plan to use butyl sealant and screws plus a covering of self leveling sealant for the solar mounts on my wood/EPDM roof.

I'd rather do it another way but that seems to be the method most used reliably.
Yeah I know.... I was just trying to avoid it. Snow melt and freeze will find ANY way in....

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Oh yeah we don't have to that so it never crossed my mind.
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