25 Cent Life Hack: Stop Ceiling Fan Wobble

Got a wobbling fan?

Stop the fan and tip it with your hand. Don’t hit the ceiling.

Move it slowly and watch as it rocks and settles down. The high side needs a balance weight.

As suggested by the title, I stuck a quarter up there with a double sided tape pad from the junk drawer.

Adjust / repeat as necessary.

* may also work with a penny, dime, two quarters— your mileage may vary. Probably won’t work on “hugger” style low profile fans as easily as you can’t tilt them – just try the weight on each blade until you see the best improvement then fine tune by moving it in and out on the blade.

Frequently Asked Ridiculous Questions (FARQ)

How did you wind up in California?

I went to the left. Then to the left a bit more. Then up and down a few times.

So you traded hurricanes for earthquakes?

I’m nowhere near the San Andreas Fault, but thanks for your concern.

Are they REALLY still using old Moseley PCL-505s?

Yes. And they sound just fine, thanks!

Rain please

This California fire season is unusually scary. Early in the week, high winds whipped up massive, fast moving fires that consumed dry vegetation and in some cases wiped out entire neighborhoods. I’m very glad to see CALM conditions have appeared, so the fire activity is settling down a bit.

Wouldn’t mind seeing some nice rainfall hit though. I’m told it usually rains in the winter here. How does California winter work? I don’t know yet.

(This is a screenshot and is not current data! Please see links below for live data.)


The red dots on this map show recent fire activity; yellow dots are historic points.

For current data please see the following:
Cal Fire’s live map

GEOMAC

MODIS Fire Detection data in Google Earth (as seen in the screenshot)

Linguini Mountain

Names changed to protect the innocent.

And guilty.

Here we go. Before you read this you will need to take some reasonable precautions:

i love VFDs

The road up Linguini Mountain is the kind of thing either dreams or nightmares are made of. It’s well maintained but narrow and unpaved. One edge is a small anti erosion ditch that could easily snag a wheel; the other edge is…… Let’s not think about that too hard, but man what a view

After a switchback that inexplicably shut down the truck engine and those VFD readouts pictured above went blank…. Umm…. Yeah… I made it

Okay, no clue what’s with that but let’s just go inside.

At the far wall sits this generator. It’s too small to run the transmitter so there’s an emergency backup relay system that switches the exciter output straight to the antenna if the site is on gen power, so it remains on the air at low power.

Beyond this point, uhhHERE BE DRAGONS

This transfer switch….. I have no words.

Not exactly what Burk Technologies had in mind for their ARC-16 control ports but ok

Wait maybe on the other hand that was better

Wait what’s going on here

No this can’t be

That isn’t seriously—–??

The air filter was not in use, it ought to be just squeaky clean in that cavity..

Gonna cautiously assume that’s at least 240vac exposed

Old marti repurposed to send telemetry but wait what’s that?

And where’s it powered?

Wait wait enhance

That’s… A tree spine jamming the wires in

Reportedly this QEI won’t run if you put the cover on

That twisted pair bridge wire runs who knows where

Welp. Looks like i have a project.

What is any of this

There are mountains on one side and orange groves on the other. The bus is a Gillig low floor that looks like it either gets fully cleaned nightly or it juuuuust rolled up here from Hayward.

Something tells me I’m not on MDT anymore.

The other coast.

I’m in California, cooking dinner on this glorious range. It’s almond, chrome, and fake wood behind glass.

And it glows.

I’m up in the small towns north of Sacramento. They don’t have traffic reports up here because they don’t need them. Can I retire my #trafFUCKED tag?

Grocery bags seem to cost 10 cents each at the stores but they’re a very thick, strong plastic, intended to be reused “up to 125 times”. I’m not complaining… Just kinda a new thing.

Also there are mountains and there’s this one road, California 20, from Donner Pass to Nevada City, that I’ve named “AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA Highway”.

Deep thoughts from the road

Florida: the AARGH, Only One Lane Open State. Also amusing hurricane damage in the form of this sign:

[W] [A] [F] [F] [L] [E]

[H] [O] [_] [S] [_]

Georgia: Land of Abandoned Motels

Alabama: …. Nothing but abandoned gas stations for like three hours. Gas prices on the signs frozen at $4+ a gallon when the region collapsed. What happened? I vaguely remember NPR talking about it.

Tennessee: why is your major city in a corner? Huh? Think we spent literally 15 minutes in the state

Kansas:

Image from the Rachelle Unplugged blog.

Colorado: road signs ominously warning “Winter is coming!!!”

Unpopular Opinions (?)

The Monroe Systems DASDEC literally looks like some hack job I’d have put together out of shell scripts and awful HTML on a Fedora Core Linux box made of spare parts in my parents’ living room when I was 17 years old and still thought Drowning Pool was kinda great

That charming feeling

A police officer just warned me not to leave the property of my apartment complex and cross the street over to the trashed mobile home park across the street because they’ve already hauled off five of my neighbors from this complex for walking over there under cover of darkness and looting.

My neighbors. Ha ha hahahahaha *gag* what

So we made it through Irma. No power and our phones just started working this evening. Ham radio was useless as there are few people on it here and the repeaters are awful little things with no emergency power. Until Internet access returned, the only source of local information was BBC World Service being carried by WLRN. Broward County isn’t telling local media anything. Glorious!

The area is a total mess. At this point I’m just looking forward to getting away from it. That’ll be a while though as our gas stations all went dry SEVEN DAYS AGO and none have been refilled. Some stores have reopened on limited hours (due to the curfew I only know about thanks to BBC World Service!!) but they are not restocking.

Had the first real dinner in a while tonight though. We used one of the big iron charcoal grills out in the common area to barbecue some burgers and hot dogs. I never want to see crackers and peanut butter again.

Just looking forward to things ascending back from “third world post apocalyptic” to “third world war zone” as usual. Le sigh. A cold front would be just as welcome.

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