I really wanted the drone RC got a call from my wife a few minutes ago. Said Happy B-Day and ordered the drone.

My Wife and children all pitched in to get me it.

How cool is that?!

Love you guys!!

Don’t know how I got so lucky.

My best friend

Posted: March 20, 2015 in Uncategorized

I love the time we spend together. He is loyal, loving and doesn’t have a mean bone in his body. He’s never jealous or spiteful.
Just my best friend.

Just played disc catch for a long while. He hasn’t played like that in a long time. Amazes me he hurt his right leg playing yesterday never cried or anything and today went playing never stopping and played for a long time.
Shows how loyal he is and how much he wants to please me even if it hurts.
Side note I would rather we not played when he’s hurt but he just bugs me non-stop until I play.

20150320_115051Sammy my true friend and best pal. I Love you!

But have since changed my mind. Sure the one I like has a camera built on but that’s not what I like Don’t like cameras at all on any small flying object. Main reason I never added a camera to any of my helicopters is because of the creepy factor.
The Drone is edge lit with LED lighting front one color back another to be able to tell front from back. Plus can night fly that is cool:-)
To light up a RC Helicopter is a bit costly and requires extra power meaning another battery. Once you move into 450 and larger they are heavy enough without extra lights or battery.

Model i’m looking at is a starter model but comes ready to fly and is able to flip in flight.
Hero RC XQ-5 V626 UFO Drone
HERO Drone

From what I see it’s a good starter and comes with spare blades and battery and is only $105.95.

Align T-Rex 450 back up AGAIN

Posted: March 19, 2015 in Uncategorized

Lost my 450’s functionality meaning no flight or if it did lift tail spun or shook so bad caused minor earth quakes in it’s flight path.
It’s an older model I’ve been flying them for about 7-8 years. Now they have much better equipment namely flybarless technology. I thought the jump from MHz to Ghz was huge it was in it’s time. But flybarless is just amazing.

Thinking in a year or 2 moving to a 500 or larger when I do flybarless will be at top of my list.

New tail assembly
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I did a few minute hover test seemed solid no shakes tail locked nicely. Have to go over everything 1 more time verify integrity and use locktite where needed.

450 next to my collective 250

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Vizio VX42L Repair

Posted: March 19, 2015 in Uncategorized

Received this TV as repair. Issue when taken in no power wouldn’t turn on by remote or by hard panel button. “No picture or Sound”

Power cord was good and fuse was okay as well.
First place TV on a flat surface with a blanket underneath to protect screen from unwanted scratches. Also be sure there isn’t any screws or small objects on the surface your laying the TV down on. Missing a small screw or object can and most likely will result in cracking the LCD panel once this is done may as well toss the TV and/or pay customer for your mistake. The cost for panel is much more than just buying a new TV set. Especially if your repairing a 42″ or smaller.

Remove the back off television first remove the 8-screws that hold the stand on TV. Then there is about 20 more screws on back of the television after removing all of them use a plastic card or any non metal pry tool to pop the back off.  It’s small snap latches that hold back on after removing the screws.

This tool is perfect for popping the lock rivets. They are sold online can be used on tablets and cell phones as well. Cost $5 and will not damage the plastic around the TV set.
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Once back is off the Power supply is in plain sight. Be sure to label the wires on right side it’s important that they be plugged back into correct slots.
Vizio vx42l PSU back off

Normally I would do some testing but this issue was heard. When turning on the TV could hear the PSU clicking. Which means the PSU is bad there are Repair Kits for Power Board and Inverter Boards but this cost is right at $30. May as well shop around and just buy the whole PSU which can start at $40 and go up to $65.

Old PSU looks nice but it is bad:-(
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While sure you can save $10-$20 by purchasing the kit but remember more time means more labor costs so spending a bit more on whole PSU may save you from charging customer a few more hours labor. In the end could save or break even either way both you and the customer benefit.

Always make sure your grounded and be careful these power supply’s hold enough power to knock you to the coffin. If you don’t know much about these things get help or just pay someone to do it for you.

Finished product
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Keep looking I may be taking in a Mitsubishi 60″ DLP HDTV. From what I was described as issue was white specks or stars. These can also be black as well. Means the mirrors are sticking and will require chip replacement. When I take it in I will go ahead and post details of issue and cost & repair.

My friend buys the 3d Bluray movies but doesn’t have a 3d television. So he gives me the 3d version of the movie and keeps the Standard 1080p BR and DVD discs.
I have a few spare Bluray cases but I don’t get the cover. Can’t complain since he gave me the 3d copy for free:-)

So thanks to a tool called UnderCover10 located @ http://www.emdb.eu/undercover10/
And a fine site to get your case cover art custom or scanned in can even grab inlays and discs as well @ http://www.freecovers.net/
Both are free & freecovers requires registration.
So far he gave me 2- 3d movies Captain America Winter Soldier & Thor The Dark World.
Can buy 50 Bluray cases at Amazon for $23.99 new. If you shop around online you can probably find them a lot cheaoer than that.
Using Kodak Photo paper glossy and our EPSON XP-310 printer was able to make some very good case art.
The Epson is a decent printer main reason for us getting it was ink. Basically it’s not a throw away since the ink carts cost $6-7. 1-Black 3-Colors RGB totaling $30 plus tax to replace all carts.

EPSON XP-310 can be purchased at Walmart for $60. You can buy the corner isle printers for $29.99-$39.99 but these printers are what I call throwaways because once the ink is out the cost for ink replacement is more than double what you paid for the printer.
Shop around always look at ink costs better to pay more for a printer that has affordable ink.

Looks pretty good all cased up and no one to watch:-)
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Blog private! NO longer

Posted: March 18, 2015 in Uncategorized

After getting multiple requests for access to my blog.
Decided to go ahead and pull it from being private. Had no idea people still used my blog for some of my old Android hacks and stuff.

So open it is.