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Pellet Stove Exhaust Blower Motor fix update

November 27, 2010 Leave a comment

I’ve updated one of my older posts (ok really old) on a noisy exhaust blower motor on a Whitfield Advantage Optima 3 FS pellet stove (now owned by Lennox Hearth Products).  The update was largely due to my annual deep cleaning of my in-law’s stove and learning things along the way.

If you are into this kind of renegade after market noise reduction solution, go check it out here:

https://dompruitt.com/2008/12/25/whitfield-advantage-ii-pellet-stove-noisyrattling-blower/

– Dom

PodCampAZ 2010 Summary

November 24, 2010 2 comments

PodCampAZ 2010 was a great event with many people wanting to share their learning & experiences.  Well worth the effort to travel to Phoenix from Albuquerque.  Even though there were less people this year, I renewed many friendships from last year and made many new ones as well.

This year I had the great opportunity to “bask in the awesomeness” of the following speakers:

  • Chris Hewitt – Forget the Experts…
  • Derek Neighbors – New Media is a Connection Point not a End Point
  • Video Genius Panel – Izzy, Clintus, Dave, & Jacqui
  • Jeremy Vaught – Zero to Hero
  • Israel Hyman (Izzy) – How to make a living as a full time podcaster
  • WordPress SEO Genius Panel – Chuck, Charlene, & Sam
  • Kevin Kitteridge – Do It Live!

Some of the more important ideas that I walked away with were:

  • Digital interactions can not replace In Real Life interactions
  • A 3 product approach to developing a viable information product based business
  • A couple new WordPress/SEO plugins to take a look at

I also had the opportunity to jump in, on the last day, and present what I wanted to share with regard to Media & Time Shifted Learning in a Corporation.  The presentation went well, very informal as usual with a couple tangents based on questions.  I have re-recorded the content, I posted it in video format in case you happen to have missed the session or did not attend the conference.  Just a reminder, these are my opinions and are not opinions of my employer.

Media & Time Shifted Learning in a Corporation

Here is the link to the downloadable MP4 video file, it’s 22 minutes long and about 34 MB in size and can be played with the Apple QuickTime Player.

In summary, a great weekend, looking forward to what next year will bring.

– Dom

Eagle Creek Tarmac ES 22 Uneven Wheel Wear

November 12, 2010 4 comments

I’ve written about my Eagle Creek Tarmac ES 22 before, talking about the handle screws coming loose.  Now I want to talk a little bit about another thing I’ve discovered about the bag I love to travel with.

One thing I’ve noticed is that the wheels don’t quite track in the same direction with the bag.  Each of the wheels (if looking from the wheel side) point out which causes some uneven wear on the wheels as you can see in the picture below.  Notice the lighter color on the wheel which indicates this is the part that makes contact with the ground.

Because of this, I’ve taken a bit of proactive maintenance on my Tarmac 22 bag.  Since I live in dry and dusty part of the United States, every so often, I take the wheels off to clean and lubricate them.  I also note which side of the wheel was on the inside so I can flip the wheel to wear on the other side.

Removing the wheel involves using a set of pliers and a 5mm allen wrench to unbolt the wheel (you also have to unzip the bag liner).  The wheel is held in place by a bolt and a lock nut (nut with a plastic part to keep it from accidentally coming loose).  I use the pliers to grip the nut since it’s a tight fit.

Once the wheels are off and marked, I clean them with a penetrating lubricant like WD-40.  This clears out any dirt and dust and helps the ball bearings to move freely again.  You will typically find all kinds of dirt and hair on the wheels when you remove them.  Pictured below is a dirty wheel and one that has been cleaned.  Also don’t forget to clean out the wheel well too (pictured above without a wheel).

When all the cleaning is finished, just reverse the procedure to install the wheels.  Remember to flip the wheels so they start wearing on the other half of the wheel.

With a little bit of preventative maintenance you can make the wheels on your Tarmac 22 last as long as possible.  If the bearings ever wear out, I’m sure Eagle Creek will gladly replace the wheels since there is a lifetime guarantee on the bag.

– Dom

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