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Can someone help me with this?

Discussion in 'Permanent Threads' started by sublime, Oct 20, 2009.

  1. Nettdata

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    Pop the spark plug out and pull it some more. If it's hydrolocked then the fluid will come out of the spark plug hole. Just swap out all the fluids, put in fresh gas, let it run for a while... it's not like it's a high performance, low tolerance engine... it might run a bit shittier than before, but meh, no big deal if you ask me. You may need to have the coils/windings cleaned, but most electric motor shops are shockingly cheap to have work done. Or just spray a whack of electrical contact cleaner in there... or even wd40... something to displace water and remove gunk.

    That being said, I wouldn't be too worried about the gas engine or alternator, it's the electronics I'd be worried about.

    Get it running, then find something that you don't care about and get one of your friends to plug it in, see how it goes.

    If it doesn't work, check for current off the alternator. If that looks good, then look for a replacement rectifier part on the internet and swap it in... you could even find something off-brand. If you're feeling really lucky, rip the electronics apart and look for something that melted or rusted, and try replacing it.

    I mean, it's only electricity and gas explosions... what could go wrong?
     
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    Sweet, thanks for the spark plug tip - that's what I needed. I will try that.

    I didn't see the step where you said set up the video camera first.
     
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    That's implied... I gave you some credit.
     
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    I have a friend of the family that REALLY fucked up a generator... as in a really nice, whole-home job that runs north of $5k.

    Her husband died, and she was alone with her 2 useless kids in a really nice country estate just outside of the city... they had it custom built, on 5 acres... I fucking love the place.

    Needless to say the rain was hitting pretty hard one night, and then they lost power... and the generator didn't kick on. They went out and looked at it, in the dark, with a flashlight... and saw that it had a "low oil" warning so it wasn't automatically turning on... and the sump pump wasn't running, and the basement was starting to flood.

    Panic was setting in.

    She found a case of oil in the garage and put a quart in. Then another. And another. She had no idea how much oil to put into the thing so she filled it to the top, just like you would gas. Needless to say it only had a low oil warning, not high oil warning, and in the process of filling it will all the oil ever created, the cylinders were flooded with oil. When she tried to start it constantly for about 20 minutes with the super high-powered starters running off of a few deep cycle marine batteries, she totally fucked over the engine... bent a whole bunch of internals.

    I got a call at 1am asking if I could come out to look at it, and I heard the story... just bowed my head and took out my small generator to run the sump pump.

    The repair guy came out a couple days later and was speechless... and felt really badly that it had to be scrapped. He ended up buying the carcass off of her for way more than it was worth and rebuilt it himself.

    She had me come out and help teach her how to keep the oil in her various engines.
     
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    I forgot to mention that you'll want to look down into the spark plug hole to see if you can see the piston rising while you're turning it over. Look for compression craters in the piston head to see if it was damaged due to being hydrolocked.
     
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    I once watched a guy siphon gas out of a lawnmower using a run-of-the-mill household vacuum cleaner. He quickly found out what could go wrong.

    I can see a lot of people making that mistake. It’s certainly a mistake you you won’t make twice, that’s what getting scorched and nearly blown up does. But there are people who have NO concept of anything mechanical. It gets alternately hilarious and frightening.
     
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    Success! Thanks Nett.

    Popped out the spark plug, pulled, no water spitting out. I thought, hmm, ok. Took out the oil drain plug - the first thing that comes out is like a cup of clear water, then oil. Oops.

    So, I drained the oil. Flushed through some fresh oil. Then I took the air filter off. Soaked wet. Took the carb assembly off. Full of water. But, the fuel was fine in the tank since I had closed the valve. Took it all apart and sprayed it all with carb cleaner. Skeeted a little starter fluid in and out the plug back. Pulled a couple times and it was all clank clank sounding. I was like oh oh. Then, wammo! Fired up and spit about two cups of water out of the exhaust. Lol. Ran a little shaky, but then, purrs like a kitten. Well, not that good, but good as before! I had taken off the electrical panel, and let it dry. Plugged up some test stuff and viola.

    Thanks again.
     
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    Now hurry up and sell it for lots and buy a non-flooded one.
     
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    Anyone have any recommendations for a Mac music player to replace iTunes? Only need it to play on OSX... specifically looking for better management/grouping/tagging of songs/albums... something that works better than iTunes playlists/genres.
     
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    Hello TiB'ers

    Need a little help with some tenant advice for a commercial building. The landlord for my body shop is a complete slumlord. A two time felon who only ended up with a $500k property because his wife inherited it. He has no money to put into the building (His only income is our rent which isn't much). As the building is 60 years old, it is needing some pretty dire repairs. The paint mixing room had about 3" of water in it last winter. His felon buddies had been out three times last year and twice this year and the mixing room still has water seeping in and causing mold on the drywall. And now, the paint room has water leaking in around the edges and even up through the hair line cracks in the concrete slab.

    What courses of action do I have? We have sent emails, pics, texts to the landlord and are always met with "I'll try to get it repaired" or just no reply.

    Thanks
     

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    If you legitimately have mold in your walls, get a mold testing kit and have it confirmed. Most places in the US require landlords to take action if there is hazardous materials out of your control, some even have mold-specific provisions regarding their liability.

    Also, what’s in your lease regarding upkeep on their part? You can go to some tenant rights board in your jurisdiction and have them inspect things and lay down the law, literally.