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#1981 olcowhand ONLINE  

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Posted December 12, 2013 - 09:11 AM

Got finished milking then noticed a film in my milk weigh jars.  Did a HEAVY wash treatment & got it off, but in the process found our only 1 year old water heater isn't heating proper.  Now I have to drop other things I was going to do & check this out.  It's an industrial heater that is supposed to resist mineral buildup, so surely it isn't that.  Oh well, it's always something!


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Posted December 12, 2013 - 10:20 AM

 

 Oh well, it's always something!

 

We used to call it job security or it's nice to be needed. :wallbanging:


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Posted December 12, 2013 - 10:57 AM

Water heater is fixed.  Lower element out.  It didn't rupture the element, but open circuit.  I had some 4500 watt elements (old heater used 4500), where in 220V it's supposed to be 3500 watt, but it should do fine.  In 3 phase it says 4500 watt elements.  I'll pick up a couple 3500 elements soon as I get to Lowes.  

  Now onto the next breakdown!  :smilewink:


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Posted December 12, 2013 - 11:47 AM

As Forrest Gump says, "One less thing!"


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Posted December 12, 2013 - 03:17 PM

Well, so much for the water heater being fixed.  The element I put in the lower end is not heating, and it tested ok before I installed it.  It was a used one taken from the old heater when we put the new heater in.  I was going to use the used one till I could get new.  Now I have to run to town for elements.  Teresa is gone taking Mom to see Dad & get new tags on their car that she noticed ran out 11/30.  Run

, run, run....


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Posted December 12, 2013 - 06:05 PM

Long day again, but one definite success story.....cook stove repaired!  I found a used display board on ebay listed for $49 buy it now, and put in an offer of $30.  He countered with $38 so I took it.  When it came it was different on the back, but all the plugs matched, even the markings on the boards.  So we're back in (cooking) business!  Works perfect.  The difference in the boards is likely ours was an older style, as it had....guess what...a transformer on it, while the new (used) one is all solid state.

 

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Here's the old one.  Sometime I will test the transformer on this old board.  If it's fried, I might try putting a new transformer on it to see if it will work for a spare...just in case!

 

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Now for the bad for the day.  The silage mixer wagon has sprang 3 more holes in it's bottom.  Called a guy 15 miles up the road to see about what it will cost to have them rebuild the floor.  I am just too swamped to do it myself now.  I can buy the metal for $800, but likely having it done will be a good 3 grand or more.  I gotta get the farm account checkbook balanced to see exactly how much we have.  If not enough, I'll have to keep patching for a while yet.

  As I said....it's ALWAYS something....almost every single day.  Hard to get simple daily chores done for all the crap happening.


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Posted December 12, 2013 - 07:42 PM

I have the same model of stove. Been good for ten years now, keeping my fingers crossed! Good to know parts are available.

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Posted December 12, 2013 - 07:44 PM

I have the same model of stove. Been good for ten years now, keeping my fingers crossed! Good to know parts are available.

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Yes, but ya better find used parts if you need any.  This panel lists for $299 retail new!  I didn't give much more at all for the entire stove when I bought it!


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Posted December 12, 2013 - 07:57 PM

I think I paid $359 for mine. I may just start shopping, just in case!

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Posted December 13, 2013 - 02:21 PM

Good grief one thing after another. Uncle I sure feel for you. Wish I could give u a hand. But I guess prayer is all I can give from here!
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Posted December 13, 2013 - 02:28 PM

Just got the new fridge fan installed, so we're all repaired from the surge.   :thumbs:


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Posted December 13, 2013 - 04:27 PM

Also took the clutch inspection cover off underneath the Massey 285 today, but can't tell a thing about where the oil leak is coming from.  Sooner or later I'll have to split the tractor to fix this leak.

  Found a 350lb heifer dead next to a hay ring feeder.  No idea what was wrong, but it could have been bloat.  It happens, so not gonna worry over it.  Everything else looks ok except for a few that escaped the other field & need to be put back with their young counterparts.  

  Waiting for coffee to brew before heading to the milk parlor.  My day off tomorrow, so hope to catch up on some sleep!


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Posted December 13, 2013 - 04:34 PM

Glad to hear your day off is tomorrow, maybe you can rest a while between working on put off things!


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Posted December 13, 2013 - 04:39 PM

Hope to tinker on the HD-12 some.  Ordered a key switch off ebay identical to what TSC sells.  Came in today & it's defective.  Soon as key is placed to "ON", the starter pole is energized, and "ACC" won't energize unless you get the key to stick in between On & Off position.  Waiting for seller to respond.  I have an old used one I can put on for now.  I just wanted new and tried to save $3 on ebay.....not worth the hassle.  If I have to pay return shipping, I end up losing money.  :wallbanging:


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Posted December 13, 2013 - 04:49 PM

If he is smart he should just send you a new one.


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