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Swamp Cooler Motor Repair Guide

Swamp Cooler Motor

When you have the tools for the job, and a good set of instructions, you can repair your swamp cooler motor on your own. There are some issues that are common to swamp cooler motors, but there are fixes for these too.
Items Needed:

• belt (if necessary)
• wrench
• water pump (if necessary)
• asphalt based sealant
• wet vacuum

The top priority would be to locate leaks that may be around the motor.

First: Pan

The first thing to do is to dump your catch pan. After you have done this, then use the wet vacuum to get the rest of it out. Make sure it is dry before you begin the next part.

Second: Seal

This is the time for you to find any leaks that there might be and get them sealed up. To do this, you will use the sealant that is asphalt based. Make sure that you use a generous application of the sealant. If you neglect to apply more than adequate sealant, the area may leak again. After dealing with the leaks, it will be time to take a look at the belt.

Third: Inspection

Check the belt over for any areas that have splits or cracks in them. If these are not there, then you are fine. If they are there, then you need to replace the belt.

Fourth: Old Belt

Use your wrench to get the motor mounts loose so that you can get the belt off easily. Now, remove the belt and take it with you to find the right new one.

Fifth: New Belt

Put the new belt on in the same manner that you took the old one off. Be sure that it is snug fitting before you tighten everything back down. After you have it on there snugly, you will tighten the belt and the mounts so that it is held properly in place. Now that you have taken care of the leaks and the belt, it is time to look at the water pump.

Sixth: Hot Air

If your issue with the swamp cooler motor is the hot air that it is always blowing, then you may need to look more closely at your water pump. Turn it to the lowest setting that it has and see if you are still getting hot air from it. If yes, then go to the next step.

Seventh: Off

Make sure that you turn the water pump off then take it out. Disconnect all hoses to it too.

Eighth: Testing

Put the water pump in water and then turn it on again. If it begins to run properly, then you are more than likely experiencing a problem that is due to some type of clog. Clean out the lines and hoses.

If your water pump still will not run, then you are going to need to replace it. This is just the same as with the belt. Take it with you to buy the new pump, then put it in like you took the other one out.

A Dish of Advice on Dish Displays

Dish Display

Dish displays have always been a traditional country style mostly seen in older homes or homes in rural areas. While many view hanging dishes as a post-dated trend, when done tastefully and appropriately the look can take a modern appeal.

A Dish of Advice on Dish Displays

Most dish displays are plagued by contrasting design schemes and, at worst, tacky designs on the actual dishes.
Portraits of kittens and long faded television stars are no longer considered vogue or chic. Instead, dishes decorated in a minimalist design of small flowers or brightly painted patterns are the popular way to go when choosing what to hang.

Taste is the key when using dish displays. It is important to keep the entire room in mind and use patterns that do not clash or draw attention to the displays.

They are used to accent the walls and should not be the center focus. In a room sparse of color, do not choose plates with vivid bursts of color, instead, choose a more vintage look with antique white and perhaps light pinks or blues, but only as long as it fits in the overall design scheme.

Luckily, there are a few creative display options so the plates do not have to be flat against the wall. This makes the display more interesting and gives it character and personality which separates it from other wall hangings.
Holders shaped as small trees allow plates to be displayed on ‘branches’ complete with small iron leaves. These holders come in an array of colors, but the most popular are white.

Other arrangements can be done such as a circular pattern or diagonal. Try hanging the plates in unusual places and do not take cue from the local Italian restaurant; these plates do not have to be displayed in the dining room or eating areas.

Dish displays are no longer for grandmas. Using taste and common sense, anyone can hang dishes in a fashion that will be unique, new, and inventive.

Build A Wind Turbine and Start Making Your Own Power

Build A Wind Turbine

Learning how to build a wind turbine is very straightforward and can be done quite cheaply. It is also an enjoyable alternative energy project that the whole family can get involved in.

Two of the most popular sources of renewable energy are solar and wind.  As standard energy prices continue to rise and the effects of using fossil fuels become more and more apparent, it is no surprise that many people are seeking information on how to build a wind turbine or construct a solar panel.

While both approaches are incredibly valuable for any person who wants to break the grip of the energy companies, the fact is that for the average person, wind power is much easier and less expensive to harness. If you have a steady source of wind in your neighborhood, sufficient space on your property, and the local building codes are favorable, then learning how to build a wind turbine is a great way to break into the world of renewable energy.

What You’ll Need to Build A Wind Turbine

The first thing you need to build a wind turbine is space. A turbine will not work effectively if the prevailing winds are blocked by trees and buildings.

The second thing you will need is local regulations and building codes that permit the construction of turbines. Turbines do produce some noise and for some people a windmill is an eyesore. It is a great idea to sound out your neighbors before you start to build, to make sure they are OK with the idea.  The last thing you want is a neighborhood dispute spoiling your project.

The third thing you need to build a wind turbine is, not surprisingly, a steady source of wind. A steady wind speed of 10-12 mph can provide most of the energy for a small home.  In many locations that is not a problem.  If you are unsure, check with your local meteorological station to see what records they keep.

If you have enough wind in your area, the next thing you need is the equipment and materials to build a wind turbine and store the energy you collect.  In essence, it is all very simple.  You need blades to catch the wind, a generator to convert the wind energy into electrical energy, copper wiring to transfer that energy, and batteries to store it for later use.   You can easily purchase all these materials online or at a hardware center, or you can source them yourself.

The blades need to be lightweight, concave and durable.  PVC pipe, plastic or recycled plastic bottles are some of the materials you can use. For most people, purchasing the generator is the best way to go. As far as batteries go, check with an electrical center to make sure you get batteries with sufficient storage capacity to match your energy requirements.

The final requirement is a structure to support your windmill, such as a small tower or pole. Strong recycled materials such as galvanized iron pipe are great. Don’t skimp on the strength of your supporting structure – for obvious reasons it has to be able to withstand any storms that come along.  For safety purposes, it is a good idea to position the structure so that no-one can climb it.

Learning how to build a wind turbine is a simple, yet immensely satisfying project. You can cut your energy bills and at the same time make a great contribution to protecting the environment…it doesn’t get much better than that!

Making Your Own Electricity Is Easy

Making Your Own Electricity

Making your own electricity from alternative energy sources is one of the most useful and rewarding things you can do for your family. As non-renewable resources such as oil become scarcer, and their negative effects more obvious, renewable energy is set to play a major role in all our lives. Fortunately, there is a wealth of knowledge available on this subject, and we live in a time when anyone with some basic skills and the desire to learn can start producing their own renewable energy. In fact, people have been harnessing the power of the wind for hundreds of years to grind grain, supply water and even cut wood.  We can draw on this inspiring heritage to make our own power using the advantages of modern technology.

Types of Renewable Energy You Can Use

For the average household the two main options for making your own electricity are wind and solar power. Most places have a good supply of wind and sun so the main requirement of wind and solar energy systems is already satisfied. In terms of wind power, it is quite straightforward to set up a small turbine on your roof and link it to a battery storage system which will power appliances and lights in your home.  It may not replace all your power needs but it can go a long way towards cutting down your reliance on the grid.

Solar power is also a good option for making your own electricity using photovoltaic cells that convert the sun’s energy into electrical energy.  Solar power is even more versatile than wind because you can also use it to directly heat water which you can use for washing and heating your home.

As you can see, both solar and wind are readily available and highly adaptable for domestic situations, unlike traditional sources such as coal that really have to be used on a large scale to produce useable power.

The Drawbacks of Making Your Own Electricity

Making your own electricity does have its drawbacks, of course.  Whatever system you use there will be some ongoing maintenance.  Depending on what you install, it may also take several years to recoup the setup costs.  Don’t let this deter you, though.  It is a great feeling to cut back on those regular power bills and to know that you have your own independent source of energy, not to mention the positive effect on the environment.

You also need to consider the appearance of your renewable energy generator, particularly if you are thinking about installing a wind turbine. Your neighbors may not like the look of small windmills or the sound they make.  However, with a bit of goodwill such objections can usually be overcome.

Investing In Your Future

Making your own electricity will cost you money, but the wise person knows that it is an investment that will create a better future for their family and community.  Fossil fuels are not going to last forever, so anything we can do to develop and utilize alternative energy sources has got to be a good thing.  Becoming actively involved in this change is one of the most empowering things you can do.

There are plenty of online resources that give detailed plans for how to go about making your own electricity. If you are already into DIY projects, the chances are that you already have some of the materials and tools you need right there in your shed, or you know where you can obtain them.  With the right advice and some careful planning, you can easily go about making your own electricity in a fun and cost-effective way.

Geothermal Energy

Geothermal Energy

One of the most exciting recent developments in alternative energy supplies has been the growth in exploration of geothermal energy sources. In Australia, for example, there are a number of companies seeking to extract heat from basement granites, or near-basement sedimentary rocks. Some have just begun their exploration, while others are on the verge of producing commercial power supplies.

Geothermal Energy

Put simply, geothermal energy stations extract heat from hot rocks deep below the earth’s surface by pumping cool water into fractures within that rock.  The water rapidly heats up and is then brought back up to the surface where it is used to drive a steam turbine.

There is almost no carbon footprint with geothermal energy, and unlike other green energy sources, it can provide baseload power. Geothermal energy has always been with us – think of the geysers you can see in some parts of the US, or the hot mineral springs that people have used for thousands of years.  The only difference between now and then is that modern energy companies are using drilling techniques that control and maximize the amount of energy that can be recovered.

In Australia it is estimated that geothermal energy could supply the country’s entire energy demands for the next 450 years.

That is a fantastic resource by anyone’s standards, and the next 5-10 years are bound to bring an astounding growth in this form of green energy.