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rmaynard last won the day on January 6 2017

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About rmaynard

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    The Brake Lining Guy
  • Birthday 03/10/1950

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    New Windsor, Maryland
  • Occupation
    Retired home improvement contractor, and office equipment dealer.
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    Waking up in the morning.

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  1. Since the mystery box is on the power company side of my meter, aren't they paying for the eddy current losses?
  2. Here's a pic of the front.
  3. Could you further enlighten us?
  4. Eric, in answer to your question, I don't know. The "kids" that installed it didn't know how it worked, but when I asked the question about amperage, they said it would be the same. I doubt it. If that were the case, why run two wires in the first place. Just run one and a magic box. Brian, what's a buck transformer?
  5. Yesterday morning we awoke to an electrical problem in our house. Some lights worked, some didn't. No water pump, oven, dryer etc., so there was no 240 volts. So I started investigating. Meter read 120v at some outlets, 80v at others. LED's and CFL's flickered. I took the cover of the electrical panel. I flipped the double breaker for the water pump to off and all the outlets that read 80v went off, as did all the lights that were flickering. I checked the incoming feeder line and found that one leg read 120V and the other read zero. Ah ha! So I determined that one phase of my incoming power from the power company was non-existent. I called the power company, they sent out a team, and discovered that one leg of the feeder to my house had burned out underneath my asphalt driveway. Not wanting them to dig up my driveway to make the repairs, I asked that they run a whole new wire since the old one had been there 40 years. They agreed but said it could be a couple of weeks since they had sent a large crew to North Carolina. Anyway, they said that they could restore my 240V with a temporary fix. This is what they installed. I call it the mystery box. In all my years, I have never seen one of these. Somehow it takes the one good 120V line and redirects it to a box on the hand truck and it comes back out as two separate 120V circuits to simulate the two 120V leads that were coming into my panel. So my questions is HOW DO THEY DO THAT?
  6. A Sobering Day

    I think all of us know of someone who is the picture of health and then gets diagnosed with cancer. And on the other side of the coin is the dude with an unhealthy lifestyle, who smokes, drinks, doesn't get any exercise, works with asbestos all day, who lives to 100. It doesn't seem fair. My best thoughts and wishes to you, Mark, and the whole team of doctors, family members, and friends who will be supporting him. There is strength in numbers, and the RedSquare family is a BIG number.
  7. WooHoo! Happy Birthday, Terry. Hope you have a great day!
  8. Seafoam. Your thoughts

    You can search my name and use the keyword Seafoam to see what I think about the stuff. I am an old-school guy when it comes to things like that. I was just reading through an old Popular Science magazine from the 1960's yesterday. One of my favorite columns was "Say Smokie". It was a column of questions and answers about cars and engines. Smokie Yunick was a NASCAR mechanic and car designer. In his words, when asked about additives he would say "I never put much faith in witchcraft". Nuf said!
  9. Software Help needed

    As a "work" tool, I would spend the money for Microsoft. However, since it's only for me, and I'm cheap, a free alternative to the pricey MS stuff has been fine. I only use it for reading and composing documents. No Excel or Powerpoint.
  10. Software Help needed

    Your documents should be saved in a folder named "documents". You can copy that folder to your new computer without having MS Word installed. You just won't be able to read them. However, there is an open source program called Open Office. It does everything that MS Word, Excel, Powerpoint, etc. The big difference is it's FREE.
  11. Planning trip to Big Show 2019.

    I started going to the show for the first time in 2010. That's the year that I finished the restoration of my B-100. I've attended every year since. Each year, the anticipation of the next show starts building the minute I get home from the previous show. If you are a camper, there are plenty of spaces on site to camp which provides you with the unique experience of the evening campfires and potluck meals. Speaking of food, a local church group sets up in the kitchen each year and provides their own brand of home cooking starting on Thursday afternoon until Saturday lunch. Food prices are very reasonable. If you are a wimp and want to stay in a hotel, the Gettysburg area has many choices, but book early. That time of the year Gettysburg is filled with more tourists than usual and there are other activities in the area. There will be more horses and horse parts than your can imagine. Prices for tractors and parts vary but you can't find more red stuff in one place anywhere else in the world. Check out the threads on Wheel Horse Collectors Club shows for more info.
  12. How do you build battery cables?

    My local Battery Warehouse will make cables for me, any gauge, and length, any lug size. Usually around $5.00 each or less.
  13. Over Charging Charger

    Make sure the regulator is well grounded. A regulator that has a bad ground can produce over 20 VDC when the grounds connection is broken.
  14. new member brennan bo

    Glad to have you Brennan.
  15. Favorite NFL team.

    I was a Baltimore Colts fan until they were stolen in the middle of the night and moved to Indianapolis. I reluctantly became a Baltimore Ravens "fan" years later until my daughter married a fellow from Green Bay. I am now a cheese head.