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Posted January 01, 2018 - 03:27 PM

The more you spend the better results you'll have. Watch for gimmicky setups

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Posted January 01, 2018 - 04:39 PM

I can't spend much, but don't need much boost. I can get calls, but if I walk inside the shop while talking, it'll drop the call every time.
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Posted January 01, 2018 - 04:47 PM

Oh, and after warming the shop from 48 to 65* a few hours today, Steve's batteries went up in voltage from 12.65V to 12.8V! It's sure looking like problem solved!
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Posted January 01, 2018 - 04:50 PM

There's no better feeling then fixing something that nobody else has been able to fix!  

That might require something stronger then a cold one to celebrate!


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Posted January 01, 2018 - 05:21 PM

Glad to hear you have good voltage in the batteries! I like the idea of using another source to control the voltage.


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Posted January 01, 2018 - 05:32 PM

I can't spend much, but don't need much boost. I can get calls, but if I walk inside the shop while talking, it'll drop the call every time.

Just do a lot of reading about what you are going to get. Wilson makes some nice affordable units. The cradle mounts work awesome. But kind of limits where you can place your phone.

Do you have Wi-Fi at your shop? I read about apps that allow for Wi-Fi calling using your number.

Google hangouts allows other people with hangouts to video call, text and voice call across wifi. It works great and it's free.

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Posted January 01, 2018 - 09:26 PM

 

Do you have Wi-Fi at your shop? I read about apps that allow for Wi-Fi calling using your number.

 

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No wifi at shop.  That's one reason I'd like the booster so my cell phone will get better internet as well as improved phone service.


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Posted January 02, 2018 - 05:19 AM

All that metal is keeping you from getting a signal in there. Even my little tractor port has issues sometimes.


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Posted January 02, 2018 - 06:58 PM

Well, it's been over 3 days since rerouting Steve's dash panel power supply, and with shop at a constant 48*, batteries still read 12.65V and after raising shop Temps just 2 hours to 60*, they again went up a couple points. 2 more days with stable voltage and I'm declaring it fixed and calling Steve to come get it.
The 30 gallons of waste oil pumped over to my heater oil supply tank just fine this afternoon. Tank has 170 gallons in it, and I still have two 55gl drums full here, 270 gallons at a friends house, and Southern States has over 100 gallons for me. So I have enough for this winter and them some. I'll hoard all I can get though for sure!


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Posted January 02, 2018 - 07:24 PM

How much do you think you burn in 10 hours? 

I know my shop isn't insulated and it's a lot colder here but I'd like to compare our heaters. I think I run about 5 or 6 gallons when it's in the low 30's .  That's starting in the morning with a stone cold shop. 

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Posted January 02, 2018 - 07:34 PM

How much do you think you burn in 10 hours? 

I know my shop isn't insulated and it's a lot colder here but I'd like to compare our heaters. I think I run about 5 or 6 gallons when it's in the low 30's 

Thanks. 

I've never checked it during the day, but I will soon.  Mine burns 1.8 gallons per hour, so I would guess it would only run a total 2, maybe 2 &1/2 hours, so anywhere from 3 1/2 to 4 1/2 gallons in low 20's weather, but I do keep it pretty warm in there at around 68+.  The other night I checked the meter and to keep it 48* it only burned 1/3 gallon from 7pm to 9am and temps were in the low teens.  But then again I'm well insulated, and it started out fairly warm in there.  So your heater does quite well indeed!  

  We went to town most of today, but when I got back I drained the antifreeze in the GMC grain truck.  It was only good to -5 and I didn't want to let bitter weather sneak up on me and forget it.  I'll put fresh mix in it tomorrow.  Everything else is good for well below sub zero temps.


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Posted January 02, 2018 - 09:15 PM

That's a pretty good consumption! At that rate for night time I'd never turn it off. I bet you'd use less running it all night than trying to warm up a cold shop in the morning.
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Posted January 02, 2018 - 10:17 PM

That's a pretty good consumption! At that rate for night time I'd never turn it off. I bet you'd use less running it all night than trying to warm up a cold shop in the morning. 

 

 

One of these first days I'm going to let it run all night to see how it works. We just got home from the west coast. I guess a couple of nights ago it was -28F. That would have been a good night to give it a test. The lowest we saw coming across Montana was -19F.

 

so anywhere from 3 1/2 to 4 1/2 gallons in low 20's 

 

 

At that rate for a shop the size of yours I'd be plum happy. Especially since it's free heat. 


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Posted January 02, 2018 - 10:19 PM

That's a pretty good consumption! At that rate for night time I'd never turn it off. I bet you'd use less running it all night than trying to warm up a cold shop in the morning.

Yes, on really cold nights with it off, it takes a good hour just to get it bearable.  Once warmed well, it just kicks on for a few minutes each hour.  I'm planning to just leave it at 48* since I have plenty of oil.  Looking like I'll have some semi-steady work to do for others, and I have a lot of things I can work on for myself.  I can't sit in the house very long at a time anyway.

  I have also come to terms with my neck issues where it involves motorcycles, so I'll be getting the fuel leak fixed on my 96 Yamaha Virago 1100 and putting it up for sale come spring.  It is time.  I have tons more of my own things to get done between paying jobs.


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Posted January 03, 2018 - 09:55 AM

Hey Daniel I forgot to tell you how good the house looked when I was there. Best I've ever seen it going back to the ripe old age of 2 lol 


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