Archive for July, 2021

25
Jul
21

on the bench 2021

The continuing series cataloging repairs, tear downs and random stuff. Latest projects have been a stereo tape deck that’s been on the bench forever and coffee espresso machines so earphones, and stuff to clean up for sale.

some pictures may be repeats of previous posts

HITACHI KST 3410, NEEDS A LOT OF WORK , CASSETTE PLAYER DOESN’T WORK, ONLY PLAYS ONE CHANNEL, AM FM WORKS BOTH CHANNELS
REPLACED BELTS, STILL THE MECHANISM TIRES ON THE REELS AND OTHER PROBLEMS Not RELIABLE, eats tapes
NEEDS DIAL, RECORD, METER LIGHTs REPLACED, PROBABLY SELL FOR PARTS
NEW DIAL LIGHTS, RE ASSEMBLED TO USE THE RADIO
WHAT IS IT ? , ANOTHER COFFEEMAKER AN ESPRESSO MAKER CAFE RETRO EXPRESSIONE , SWITCH SHOT, BOTCHED REPAIR ON THE STEAM DIVERTER VALVE WITH SOME TYPE OF SEALER
PUMP WONT PRIME EITHER
DUAL THERMOSTATS, ONE FOR BREW THE OTHER FOR STEAM,, TEMP GAUGE, BOILER ETC
DIS ASSEMBLY OF THE DIVERTER VALVE, RE ASSEMBLE WITH THE JAM NUT PROPERLY TIGHTENED , NO NEED FOR SEALER
VIBRATORY PUMP DIS ASSEMBLY/ CLEAN
JUST A LITTLE BUILDUP IN THE BOILER, AFTER I SCRAPED ALOT OF RESIDUE OUT ! SOAKED THE PARTS IN PBW SOLUTION FOR A COUPLE OF DAYS , SCRUBBED AND RE ASSEMBLE. SHOT THROUGH SEVERAL TANKS OF WATER TO COMPLETE (PBW, POWDERED BREWERY WASH)
MIS MATCH ON HE WIRING AND I BLEW OUT THE KLIXON ON THE PUMP ASSEMBLY, GOOD, PREVENTED DAMAGE
PUMP AND VALVE ASSEMBLY,, OVERFLOW, REWIRING
WORKING ON A BELLA ESPRESSO CAPPUCCINO MACHINE BOUGHT USED, NOT A BAD LITTLE MACHINE FOR EVERYDAY USE
CASTING FROM THE BOILER TO THE GROUP HEAD WAS PLUGGED, DRILLED IT OUT AND DESCALED
TESTING BOILER OUTPUT
PRESSURE IS SELF REGULATING WITH A BLOW OFF IN THE TOPCOVER
RE ASSEMBLY FOR TESTING, LATER I ADDED SOME LED SEQUENTIAL DRIVER FLASHING LIGHTS TO THE CASE AND 12 VDC SUPPLY SO WHEN THE UNIT IS ON IT’S EASIER TOO SEE AS THE NEON LIGHT DOESN’T SHOW THAT BRIGHT
PARTS ARRIVED FOR THE ESPRESSSIONE COFFEE MAKER, NEEDED A PORTA FILTER AND SOME PARTS FOR THE BOILER OUTPUT, BOUGHT THIS MACHINE USED, PARTS ARE FROM ITALY
BOILER OUTPUT FILTER AND RETAINER NUT
OLD SETUP, YOU WOULD NEED A SPECIAL WRENCH TO GET THE NUT OUT
OK ! THE PARTS ORDERED FIT !
PULLING A SHOT
JUST WHEN I GET MACHINES TO FIX THE DAILY DRIVER KUERIG MACHINE FAILS
THIS KUERIG K60 HAS MORE PLUMBING THAT AN ARTIFICIAL HEART, LOOKS LIKE THE MAIN WATER PUMP IS NG, MANY YEARS OF USE FINALLY GAVE UP, SINCE ITS THE WIFE’S MAIN MACHINE WONT ATTEMPT A REPAIR , SHE BOUGHT REPLACEMENT K55
THE MY K CUP THAT FIT THE OLD KUERIG WONT FIT THE NEW ONE, HAD TO BUY ANOTHER ONE, THE INSTRUCTIONS INCORRECTLY SHOWS THE PLACEMENT OF THE GASKET, IT SHOULD BE ON TOP OF THE LID, OTHERWISE THE COFFEE AND WATER LEAKS FROM THE TOP WHERE IT MATES WITH THE WATER OUTPUT
BEATS X EARPHONE BATTERY REPLACEMENT
EARPHONES WONT POWER UP OR CHARGE
REPLACED THE BATTERY, DID NOT SOLVE PROBLEM
TELCON AMBASSADOR 4 TERMINAL , PUTTING UP FOR SALE
BOUGHT USED AT A COMPUTER FLEE MARKET YEARS AGO ,MID 80’S, USED WITH A ACOUSTIC MODEM CONNECTED TO “INTERNET” WAS TEXT ONLY! SOMEWHAT WORKS NOW , CRT DISPLAYS GARBLE ON POWER UP
THERMOSTAT FOR REPRESSION COFFEE MAKER
BYPASSED ALL THE THERMOSTATS FOR FRONT PANEL CONTROL OF TEMPERATURE, NOW BLOWS MAXIMUM STEAM !
NOW ABLE TO BLAST THE TEMP UP, THE THERMOSTAT IS NOT THAT ACCURATE, BUT CONSIDERING THE COST OK, NO ROOM TO INSTALL A PID CONTROLLER AND RELAY IN THE THE MACHINE. LEFT SWITCH IS POWER AND RIGHT SWITCH IS PUMP ON/OFF
RCA TAPE REEL TO REEL RECORDER, BOUGHT USED. OTHER THAN A SLOPPY FAST FORWARD, WORKS FINE ! SOME OLD TAPES TO CONVERT TO DIGITAL FROM WHEN I WAS YOUNGER, MUCH YOUNGER !
THE ONKYO 4500 MARK 2, PUTTING UP FOR SALE
THE ONKYO 4500 MARK 2, PUTTING UP FOR SALE
NEW , BUT OLD MACHINE IN STARBUCKS SIRENA ESPRESSO MACHINE, BROKEN KNOB ON THE STEAM OUTPUT DIVERTED VALVE, ORDERED REPLACEMENT
THE STARBUCKS MACHINE, FULL AUTOMATIC TEMP CONTROL,, WORKS
WILL GET A CLEANING AND DESCALING
ACTUALLY HAS A PLATE HEATER,, INSULATION REMOVED, FOR THE STEAM FUNCTION IN ADDITION TO THE MAIN BOILER, DIVERTER VALVE ON THE RIGHT, CLEAN INSIDE OTHERWISE NICE MACHINE BOUGH USED
STEAM DIVERTER VALVE HAS CIRCUIT BOARD HALL EFFECT TO SENSE WHEN THE VALVE IS OPEN TO TURN ON THE PUMP
REPLACEMENT STEAM VALVE KNOB INSTALLED
CLOSE UP OF KNOB INSTALLATION
BREAK TIME ! 18 VS 3 !!!
NOT ALL REPAIRS , KIT TIME ! SOLDERING !
CLOCK KIT WITH LED DISPLAY
displaying temp, other than a few leds to re solder and the clock crystal also, now working. should put temp sensor on the front of the board, testing clock for accuracy. Multiple led ring display modes possible and has alarm function. Neat kit for the price
ANOTHER JOB NOT ON THE BENCH, TV ANTENNA NEEDS SERVICE TO STRAIGHTEN
13
Jul
21

vortex revisited

Now that i have had use of the oven for more than 3 months, is it still a useful device? Has it been delegated to the back of the cabinet or other room storage ?

There are many uses for the vortex air fry oven , now that the hot weather approaches, the idea of using a regular gas or electric full size oven in the kitchen can be avoided by using this smaller oven in an another room that is not air conditioned. The most difficult is planning the portions to fit the size of the oven. Usually cooking for one or two persons anyways the biggest challenge was to find cookware to fit the ~10 inch by 10 inch oven. also if needed the bottom drip tray can be utilized so that you can have a 3 tray capacity if the height of the food is small enough to fit the spacing of the racks.

Do you really need a bread baking machine ? I was considering a bread baking machine set up in the storage room to alleviate the use of the main oven during the summer. I found one of the bread pans that fit the vortex and used the proof function. The maximum you can set it for is 40 minutes. You may be able to set it longer on a oven setting at 90 temperature for a longer time. While it works the proofing function is really not necessary. I can still use my regular oven with it’s pilot light flame it’s at about 100 degrees. The ambient air temp is also suitable for the proofing. Mixing the dough is not a huge advantage with a bread machine. I have scaled back the recipe for the size of a 1 pan loaf that i use in the vortex. 330 flour grams to 265 water, 3/4 of a yeast measuring spoon, a bit of salt and mix with a silicone spatula, cover and let rise, or for a single rise, place the dough in the bread pan. Let rise and then bake in the oven. really no need for another appliance. Just watch the top of the bread tends to brown more than a regular oven because of the location of the heat source.

Dehydrating, yes, it works but you have to get used to the limited surface area available. Made some candied fruit peels and dried some spent grain for beer brewing.

Toast function: not so good, first batch of toast too light, best to let the oven preheat ( it doesn’t automatically indicate preheat and add food in toast mode as it does in other modes). Alternative would be using broil function. If you really need a toaster, than it does work as one and best results would be to flip bread.

So far the rotisserie (basket) is the air fryers best advantage for air fry potatoes and roasting veggies.

Summary: The size is both an advantage and a short coming depending on it’s use and meal prepared . The appliance performed flawlessly operations provided that you use portions and cooking vessels that fit the small cavity. Best suitable for usually 1 or 2 person servings. Small enough to carry and use in in different household locations. Could be utilized as a full oven in a space limited kitchen. Rotisserie is a plus with the basket option. The super hot convention is a easier alternative to deep fat frying.

Most preset functions can be modified, remember your only changes are to time and temperature. Placement of the food , especially when using 2 racks and flipping gives better results for even cooking.

think this is chicken thigh on rotisserie with brad and onions at the same time
veggies and fish wrapped in parchment
candied orange lemon and lime peels, dehydrate function
drying spent grain from beer brewing, dehydtaing
checking out the proof function
proffing
proofing completes
baking the bread , not quit done
finished
the finished product
baked apples
fry time !
going for pizza, 8 inch round pan
proofed
removed form pan to finish on rack
fish fillets
chicken balls
chicken balls served with sauce and noodle
chicken balls
fries again
breaded stuffed chicken breast
complete
crinkle cut potatoes, you definitely want to have a crinkle cutter available
13
Jul
21

garden 2021

chronologically (for the most part)

This year peppers in addition to the tomatoes, all organic

Sakura and Montesimo Tomato seeds

HMS Red Picnic, Milena F1 Sweet, Lively Italian Orange Peppers

The irrigation system was upgraded from last year as the capacity was increased from 5 to 10 gallon , 2 five gallon buckets were joined by tubing, One bucket with a submersible pump on a timer for early morning watering is connected to the irrigation tubing and water is dispersed to each plant . Liquid fertilizer is added as necessary also the ability to utilize rain water collection is available.

Most suckers are pinched from the tomato plants for best results and height of plantings

seedlings
landscape fabric layout
nutrients
seedlings
in larger containers, irrigation layout
seedlings getting sun
potting soil and topsoil delivery
in grow chamber, unused freezer with led grow light provides temp and lighting (on timer)
getting sun
looking a bit scrawny
tomato tower construction, used wire for bracing to hold together instead of glue for possible reconfiguration and easy breakdown for storage
construction, some metal tubing driven into ground slight larger diameter than the PVC tubing (painted)
upright installed, top section about to be raised
growing very well
getting more sun
tomato tower for 6 plants and wooden stakes for pepper plants
peppers planted
some pepper plants potted
all pants planted and cleaned up irrigation to be finished
secured tubing to uprights with zip ties, drill hole at the base of each plant in the tubing, pump bucket upper right hand corner
flowering shrub
runners ties off to string from the top of the structure
fruit at the lower level
peppers appearing
peppers




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