BROKEN WALLFLOWER (Bath and Body Works)
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Ok, so this sounds like a pretty gay thread, but as man of the house part of my job is to fix my lady's things. Also, shit does not smell good and the Cranberry Woods scent for these things smells awesome, so my girl bought one for me. They are great, but are notorious for breaking.
You can take them back and they will replace them after some argument, supposedly. However, there are certain ones that are limited time only or discontinued and they look a certain way. My girlfriend wanted to know if I could fix her special Halloween one.
So I hacked my broken one apart first. It seemed that they were just shittily press fit together, but after making mine look like shit I discovered that there 4 dots on the back around the plug which looked like production marks or something. With a tiny screwdriver you can pry them off, unscrew the 4 screws underneath, and they pry right apart. There are also two small clips to release from underneath the "flower" where you screw in the scent bulb, if it gives you trouble.
Once I had it apart, I was amazed at how little is in there. There are 2 wires, the plug, a ceramic heating element and a small black component mounted in-line. After Googling, I found this item to be a Radial Thermal Cutoff.
Basically, if it detects temps in excess of 130 F, a small bit of alloy inside melts, and surface tension draws it apart into 2 beads, breaking the circuit. PERMANENTLY. Its not a fuse, its not resetable, it just breaks it. You could replace it, but why.
I cut it out and twisted the wire back together (too lazy to solder, come on, its a scent bulb.) Now it works again. Of course, it could overheat and burn my house down, but how the fuck is it going to do that?
Apparently the issue is that power surges break the little temp cutoff and fubar the whole thing.
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Ok /d/ykes, let's see if you can work this one out...
I'm currently designing my own controller for the climate control in my AE101 Toyota Corolla Levin.
There is this little sensor (pictured) on the dash that Toyota call a 'Solar Sensor' obviously to sense the heat load on the car from the sun.
I need to get the specs for this thing....
Here is what I know:
07 5b3 is printed on the side
when measuring resistance, it ranges from 380 ohms to 560 ohms from dark to light under a 1 watt LED torch.
If I swap the leads I get a negative resistance reading
If I measure voltage, I get 0mV in the dark, to 560mV under the LED.
So, I think it is some sort of solar cell.
Can anyone shed some light on what this part actually is so I can get some specs? I have a few spares so I can run whatever tests are required.
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I had new sod put in.
But Raccoons are coming every night to roll it up to eat the bugs underneath.
This is driving me nuts.
I bought a pellet gun, but they seem to know whenever I'm awake, so I rarely see them in the act. When I do see them, non of my shots were effective, and they just run away.
I started laying chicken wire on my lawn. But I realized the 4 inch lawn staples used to pin it down are easily pulled up.
Not really sure what to do anymore. Maybe put up an electric fence, but that's going overkill.
I need capacitor advice
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My old Samsung Syncmaster 205bw died on me and I decided to pick up the ol' Weller and fix it in the /diy/ spirit. I do have a couple questions, however. Here are the bad caps I have removed from the board:
5x Capxon 820uF 25v 10x20
1x Capxon 330uF 25v 10x13
Would you help me find proper replacements for these, please? I am looking for caps online, as there are limited options in shops where I live. I'd like to order from Hungary, Europe, and would like some tips on what to get and where. I heard I should go for Panasonic FC series caps.
All tips and information are greatly appreciated, gentlemen.
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/diy/, I has a question.
The management of the building my flat is located in decided to reduce the tenants' (yeah, that includes me) drain on their budget by limiting the usage of shared electricity... By making sure we can't use any common electricit- powered appliances in our basements. The fuckers did that by severing the existing instalation and laying a 24V AC one instead to provide lighting (I am fairly sure it's a pretty bad investment, but what do I know). Regardless, I want my electicity back, so I decided to cook up a 24 to 230 V transformer and tap into the new installation. Questions are:
Is it worth coughing up the additional money for a toroidal transformer?
Will the transformer heat up much? I'm asking because I only have experience with lower powered ones.
How do I voltage spike-proof the circuit? As in, exactly how, because although I know the basic principles I still need it explained in detail because I'm a retard.
Anything else I should keep in mind?
Nasty Trailer Lock-down
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Hi /diy/. I need your help.
Fifty years ago, my grandpa and his brother bought this trailer to leave at the family hunting ranch. It was a nice gesture but today it serves only to endanger visitors.
See, It was abandoned years ago, and no one has set foot in it since the early 1990s... the thing is a biohazard.
>killer bee colony (no joke)
>almost certainly venomous snakes
I *want* to burn it down (seriously, it needs purification by fire), but due to drought conditions, that is not an option for the foreseeable future. In the meantime, I want to put this fucker on lock-down. How do I effectively:
>kill the vermin
>seal it up
Let's try to keep the budget at $80 or less.