Saturday, December 13, 2014

Futile Fan

During my headlight removal (more on that later), I discovered one of the two electric fans mounted to the radiator (passenger side) was mostly for the air conditioning, so I didn't think I needed it any more.  This discovery came about due to two large relays that were mounted to the headlight.  It took a pretty deep dive into the wiring diagram to figure everything out.
Mystery Relays
Here's the fan from below.  I also removed two of the elbows you can see.
I hope you appreciate this photo, because getting below the car is not a trivial task.
Here's what I pulled out.  Weight savings:  3 lb, 1.7 oz.

I had to disconnect the coolant hose and remove the intake tube to get the fan out.

 And here is the final product.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Trespassing for Tree Trimming

These are some of the worst things in the world.  They are dropped by our neighbors tree onto our patio, and they hurt even more than Legos when you step on them barefoot.  Something had to be done.
It turns out that something was reaching over the fence and cutting off the branch that most protruded into our yard.  Here's the before and after.


Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Drawer Drama

The drawer on Chrissy's desk decided it didn't want to be one piece anymore, so I had to take action.  It was held together by a couple plastic brackets, which had snapped.  I bought some small metal "L" brackets to replace them.  Amazingly, I was able to use the same holes and half the original hardware.  The other half I replaced with stainless steel pieces.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Crappy Case

I bought this case on Amazon for my new (used) cell phone.  When it arrived it was not what I expected.  It was much thicker than necessary, and also thicker than the product photo indicated it would be.  There was no thickness listed, so I was forced to rely on the photo for an estimate.

Here's an image that illustrates the problem.  I spliced together a picture of my case and the product photo from Amazon, scaling everything correctly.
 As you can see, there is a significant difference between the picture and reality.

I contacted the 3rd party seller and they offered a refund or exchange for a slimmer model, but I would have to pay for return shipping, and deal with going to the post office.  For a $8 case, it's not worth it.
I felt they should cover everything since they misrepresented their product, but they disagreed, and I didn't feel like fighting.  I took matters into my own hands instead.
The case was too thick, so I made it thinner.