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Post by JR. » Sat Aug 22, 2020 9:56 am

This morning I checked after three sprays, and saw exactly one yellow jacket fly into the nest.

I had my pump sprayer loaded with carpenter ant/termite spray so dosed the yellow jacket nest again with mo poison.

Odds are this will be the coup de grace...

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Re: home improvement turns into science fair projects?

Post by JR. » Sat Sep 19, 2020 10:23 am

I have talked about this before but I just realized that my solar franken-lamps are still working.... a good thing. :lol:

Over the last few years I have made several modifications,

-I cobbled together 2 solar arrays on each lamp for more voltage during cloudy days,
-then I changed the value of the inductor in the charge pump to put less current into the efficient modern LEDs,
-then finally I substituted NIMH batteries for the cheaper nicads that only seem to last a season or two.

Still rocking.. I am pleasantly surprised that the controller chip is that flexible and robust but I guess it isn't really getting 2x voltage since the solar panels are loaded by the batteries when sunlight is hitting them.

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Re: home improvement turns into science fair projects?

Post by JR. » Sun Sep 20, 2020 2:20 pm

Finally getting around to finishing a project I have been chewing on for well over a year.
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I purchased this blower for a crazy cheap price <$30 IIRC... The blower moves way too much air but I finessed that with a three speed switch using series capacitors to scrub off mains voltage. High speed that still has a cap in series is too high but medium and low speeds are usable. I am grabbing power from the old ceiling heater, so I have 3 speeds and off... 8-)
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For over a year I had this rig sitting in my hallway between main room and back bedroom. It worked well enough but my wife would kill me (if I had a wife). The right thing to do is install the blower up in the attic, and punch holes through the ceiling, but there was no way I was going up in my attic and doing this. My compromise was to mount the blower to the ceiling of my bathroom and punch holes between the walls so I could pull air from the main room, near the air-conditioner/heat pump, and exhaust the warm/cool air into my bedroom closet.

The vent in the main room almost looks professional... the bathroom not so much, but I don't mind.
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I can probably clean up the closet vent a little. I did a test with the blower on high speed, and it blew that vent grill right off the duct. Now secured with gaffer tape.

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Re: home improvement turns into science fair projects?

Post by JR. » Sat Oct 10, 2020 6:21 pm

I sussed out how to switch the blower between always on (summer cooling) and modulated on from back bedroom thermostat for winter heat. To avoid rewiring it twice every year, I wired up a DPDT 120V relay, so when I turn on the wall switch in the bathroom(was ceiling heater) it energizes the relay and routes power to the blower... For winter when wall switch is off, the relay normally closed contacts pull power from the back bedroom.

I wired up the relay and bolted it to ceiling back box, and it hums like a drunk at closing time when energized. The relay hum is now louder than the blower.

It works properly so that is all good, tomorrow I think I will unbolt it and wrap it in some padding to quiet it down.

So two steps forward one step back. Its always something... :lol:

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[update, unscrewed the relay, wrapped it in some bubble wrap, and a rubber glove. Now it is quieter than the blower so all good. Time will tell if it has heat dissipation issues. /update]
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Re: home improvement turns into science fair projects?

Post by JR. » Mon Oct 12, 2020 12:18 pm

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Sun Jul 26, 2020 11:31 am
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Fri May 08, 2020 8:52 am
Finally got my smaller diameter (lighter weight) 3/8" hose.

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I wish I had this sorted earlier in the year... but its all good.

I can now spray closer to the tops of my pecan trees.

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I just ordered a parade flag pole harness (belt?) that should make it easier to support the weight of this pole.
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When fully loaded with spry bottle and hoses full of water, not easy to manage and steer. This harness should make it easier.
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BTW I am seeing new pecans forming already on my most productive tree...nuts on my other trees are smaller but still coming. I am optimistic that all my spraying this season did something useful. The caterpillar (bacteria) spray pretty much nuked the tent caterpillars this year. 8-)

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I don't want to jinx this by taking a victory lap too soon but my early pecan crop is way above average compared to previous years..

The internet rocks, I was able to find advice about spraying my trees... The DIY spraying to reach tall trees was not so simple but I feel like I finally have that sorted so next year could be even better.

[update- Today while sitting out in my yard shelling pecans a mocking bird in my yard was squawking for over an hour... sounded like mainstream media. :lol: /update

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PS; I have also recently refined my fire ant strategy... I use a two prong attack... acephate dissolved in water poured down into the mound, then bifen ant baits spread in the general area to prevent new mound start ups. New plan now I first hit the mound with the bifen baits, then pour some dry acephate on top of the mound. Finally I pour water from my watering can directly onto the mound dissolving the acephate and driving it deep down into the mound. The ants will never stop coming, but I can keep spanking them down.
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