Finally,, a wonderful day to tinker,, Weather guy says NO rain forcasted,, temps in the upper 70's, light breeze,, Really couldnt ask for a better day to get into some type of mischief. Started off looking for some epoxy to fix the handle on a pot cover,,, and I think a gremlin hid it someplace,,OR, I put it someplace so I wouldnt lose it. ummm I lost it. Okayyyyy,, thats 1 thing on the to do list that apparently isnt getting done today. I get a call from the local cable company saying their tech is enroute to fix an ongoing internet problem we have been having. The tech, should really just quit his job and work in a back room somewhere by himself, because he had the personality of a rock. I tried to be nice and told him I had tracked their internet problem back to an amplifier/node,, and he said, Excuse me sir, But I have been a cable pro for 4 years and I think I know a hell of a lot more then you do ,,so sit down and I will show you how its done. I look at Deb,, shake my head,, and she gave me permission to set this snot nosed lil cuss right.. I said,, look buddy,, I know you think your good at your job,, maybe you are,, maybe your just an egotistical brat who was cuddled all his life,,, But Ive done cable for over 20 years and I have built complete cable systems even before you was a thought in your dads mind. I am trying to make your job easier by giving you a run down of what has already been checked,, but apparently Your to smart to take some advice to make your job easier.He gets a new modem installed and asks me if I can get online,, and I went into dumb arse mode and said, I dont know how to work a computer,, I can barley use the bathroom by myself,, Here you figure it out smart guy.
He then says he wants to check the connections outside etc,, and asks where it comes in at, and I do a duhhhhhhh I dont know,, Im to stoooooopid to know anything about wires and such... I pretty much gave this snot nose a really rough time,,, he couldnt wait to get out of there.... He finally left and a line tech comes up and says yea, it was an amplifier that I had told dispatch etc, and I was right on the money,,
So after that fiasco,, I decide to tackle my electric landing gear issue.
1st order of business,,, 12 V,, check,, keyed switch,on,,, check,, toggle switch good,, check,,, Flip the switch up then down,, nada.
Jumper wires directly to the motor,,, whirrrrrrrrrrrrrrr,,, Ok, issues with the switching and or wires, or all 3.I decide to replace and install new wires and connectors including solder,, That takes 30 minutes or so,, Cabin battery is like 6 inches from the motor and 6 inches from the outside control switch. Everything all replaced,,, flip the switch, and whirrrrrrrrr,, awesome,, it works,,, but when the legs go to lift the weight,, its groaning and moaning and pleading,, please stop,,,,
Light bulb blinks above my head,,,, Need a Tim the tool time Taylor remedy,, More power,,, Im glad I dont throw much away,,, I install a 1/3 hp mini electric reversable motor that came off something,,, a little tinkering with the end gear,, I fabricate a mounting bracket and install it,, wire it up,, and I do believe I have the fastest landing gear set up, this side of the Mississippi. So now instead of having to stand there for 20 minutes waiting for the landing gear to lower or raise like on normal landing gear set ups,,, its almost a 3o second manuver.. Kind of like a lawn tractor doing the 1/4 mile in under 4 seconds, I will have to apply some grease to the end caps of the main jack shafts,,, I think it might get warm in the hyper drive. I went over to the RV guys and told him to swing by and take a looky,,,, he came over about an hr later and I demonstrated it for him and he had a grin from ear to ear,,, then wrote down some numbers off the electric motor and said he wants to try that on his own personal rig...He even agrees that whirr whirr, whir, whir whir, for 10 minutes sucks and to speed it up will be an improvement. Landing jack honey do, is complete,,, Its dinner time and what a better way then to relax in the lawn chairs and enjoy the evening. Watching a few over night snow birds pull in to stay over before heading out in the morning heading home.