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by VernGraner
Fri May 15, 2015 8:32 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Is the forum going down?
Replies: 26
Views: 5166

I'm (we're) not dead! :D

Hey Folks! We're still here, we've just been content enough with the civility and comportment of the regular contributors on the forum that we haven't felt the need to jump in and throw our weight around. :grin: I think the frequency of posts and the general pace of the forum reflects the Internet d...
by VernGraner
Mon Oct 20, 2014 10:18 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Trying to find / download a service manual...
Replies: 6
Views: 1827

Re: Trying to find / download a service manual...

I cant be sure, but is this the manual you are looking for?

https://www.scribd.com/doc/123539202/Manual-R2600
by VernGraner
Sat Oct 18, 2014 4:17 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: RIP Dean Huster 1949-2014
Replies: 9
Views: 1678

RIP Dean Huster 1949-2014

It is with a heavy heart that I announce that long time forum contributor and self styled electronics curmudgeon extraordinaire Dean Huster has passed away. Here is the obituary from his home town: http://www.fowlersullivanfuneralhome.com/obituaries/harold-dean-huster http://www.notepad.org/pics/Dea...
by VernGraner
Sat Oct 11, 2014 2:43 pm
Forum: Projects & Kits
Topic: Peek-a-Boo PICAXE Servo Board
Replies: 5
Views: 8939

Re: Peek-a-Boo PICAXE Servo Board

I do see some issues with the servos when power is first applied. They tend to go off in random directions until a couple of "peek-a-boo" cycles and then seem to settle down. Occasionally, at the end of a cycle, the servos may stop in odd locations (not covering the eyes) but again, seem to recover...
by VernGraner
Wed Oct 08, 2014 7:27 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: RSS feed for the blog?
Replies: 1
Views: 817

Re: RSS feed for the blog?

rea5245 wrote:Is there an RSS feed for the Nuts & Volts blog?
Sorry for the slow reply here. The RSS feed for the Nuts & Volts blog is here:

http://www.nutsvolts.com/index.php?/blog/rss_all

Let me know if that works for you! :smile:
Vern
by VernGraner
Tue Oct 07, 2014 10:08 am
Forum: Projects & Kits
Topic: Peek-a-Boo PICAXE Servo Board
Replies: 5
Views: 8939

Re: Peek-a-Boo PICAXE Servo Board

Discovered the problem... :smile: ... C1 (CAP012 - 33uf tantalum capacitor) was installed wrong or shorted. Hard to tell if it was installed wrong as there is no + mark on the capacitor and the PICAXE Servo Driver parts list specifies this capacitor is polarized. How does one tell which lead is the...
by VernGraner
Tue Apr 29, 2014 1:51 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Higher Capacity Sealed Lead-Acid Battery
Replies: 7
Views: 1880

Re: Higher Capacity Sealed Lead-Acid Battery

You could always get the existing battery packs rebuilt with different type cells (NIMH/LION) or just with higher capacity by using Primecell: http://www.primecell.com I had them rebuild the battery packs for my DeWalt drills with some hi-capacity NiMH cells. was cheaper and had better torque - also...
by VernGraner
Mon Dec 16, 2013 10:22 am
Forum: Reader Projects
Topic: My Christmas Can Light Dimmer
Replies: 13
Views: 7315

Re: My Christmas Can Light Dimmer

I got a response from the magazine so I thought I would share it here: Attention Nuts & Volts readers The Christmas Can Light Dimmer article in the December issue of Nuts & Volts has some safety issues if built as described. Instead of using a polarized plug on lamp cord, use three wire cord with a ...
by VernGraner
Tue Jun 26, 2012 8:21 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Need help with findind all the T&L articiles for Animatromic
Replies: 3
Views: 1491

Re: Need help with findind all the T&L articiles for Animatr

Second question is do any of you know of any websites/Books/ etc. that I can get to help me with this task. Hi DC.. I sent you a response as a private message but it occurred to me that you might find a lot of good detail using this book: http://www.amazon.com/Animatronics-Holiday-Displays-Edwin-Wi...
by VernGraner
Wed Feb 29, 2012 1:21 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Battery Shock!!
Replies: 16
Views: 4844

Re: Battery Shock!!

I haven't seen any inexpensive 9V Batteries. I guess it depends on the definition of inexpensive. :) Many of the home improvement / hardware stores sell house branded "contractor packs" of batteries. (A bit of googling later) found a battery wholesaler: http://www.batterywholesale.com That link abo...
by VernGraner
Wed Feb 29, 2012 8:17 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Battery Shock!!
Replies: 16
Views: 4844

Re: Battery Shock!!

The 'B' battery, 67.5V is $60+ and the 7.5V 'A' battery we could not find. Possible solution (depending on the available space) the "B" battery could be made from a relatively inexpensive "Stack" of regular off-the-shelf 9v batteries. seven of them in series would deliver about 63 volts? Connect th...
by VernGraner
Tue Dec 20, 2011 10:28 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Forum Login
Replies: 11
Views: 1988

Re: Forum Login

sghioto wrote:Is it just me or is anyone else having problems with the login?

It doesn't remember my login between visits and yes I've checked the box "rememember me". This is the only site I'm having a problem with.

Steve G.
This should now be fixed. Let us know if not. :smile:

Vern
by VernGraner
Wed Dec 07, 2011 11:06 am
Forum: Reader Projects
Topic: Simple Pill Bottle Pushbutton Trigger
Replies: 3
Views: 3636

Re: Simple Pill Bottle Pushbutton Trigger

Oh Wow. Good use for used pill bottles. Back in the 70's I had a similar need and I was a smoker back then. So I took one of my plastic cigar holder, (just a round end tube with a bottle cap type closure and mounted a pushbutton in it. worked for many years but got lost in one of my moves. I haven'...
by VernGraner
Thu Oct 20, 2011 1:11 pm
Forum: Reader Projects
Topic: Fiber optic light fixture
Replies: 17
Views: 7648

Re: Fiber optic light fixture

Thanks Vern, I watched about a half dozen video and it makes my project look very complicated. I got the solar panels in the mail and I'm waiting the chip. Just musing here, but have you considered using clear rubber hose filled with water as an optic conductor instead of "real" glass fibers? Hose ...
by VernGraner
Wed Oct 19, 2011 9:52 am
Forum: Reader Projects
Topic: Fiber optic light fixture
Replies: 17
Views: 7648

Re: Fiber optic light fixture

The idea here is to build a light fixture that uses sunshine through fiber optic to light the room Being done ins some 3rd world countries with a soda bottle and water. Pretty ingenious: The "Isang Litrong Liwanag" (A Liter of Light) project A video of the process and project is here: www.youtube.c...