Archive for April, 2010


Posted in Infrastructure, Power on April 13, 2010 by brandon314

Looking a few ex-military generators…I love recycling old stuff!

MEP-006A model…some are trailer mounted, some aren’t. The air-brake requirement for the trailer mounted ones would be a bit challenging since the Unimog (pintle hitch) doesn’t have air-assist brakes. ย At 5000+ lbs w/ trailer I’d like to be able to stop it ๐Ÿ™‚

The alternative is skid mounted units at about 4100-4300lbs. Good for 60kW and turbocharged diesel powered.

Good for events, electricity experiments, or powering that toy in the middle of nowhere ๐Ÿ™‚

Infrastructure win!


DorkBot PDX

Posted in Computing, Electronic Projects, Groups on April 13, 2010 by brandon314

Attend a DorkBot PDX meeting last night…good times.

Got to check out some projects and meet some great thinkers and tinkerers. Probably make the next one of these meetings…pull something cool off the project shelf and bring it down ๐Ÿ™‚

Tower, is mine…among other things!

Posted in Infrastructure, Power on April 13, 2010 by brandon314

So, couple weeks ago replaced the starter in the ex-security guard’s Ranger pickup, and fixed some wiring snafu in the engine compartment (was loosing power to ECU/coil pack). The tower is now mine. ๐Ÿ™‚

Another score came about after some scrap guys were cutting through conduit with a reciprocating saw and blew the blade off their saw. Since the whole site has been powered down to prevent injury to the scrappers, this came at a bit of a surprise to the guys. Turns out there was two 120VDC battery banks placed throughout the mill to power emergency lighting and signs.

The trade? Disable the battery systems (broke them down to about 30V packs) so that they could safely be moved off theย premises…into my waiting hands ๐Ÿ™‚ So I scored about 1500-1900lbs in sealed lead acid batteries…basically brand new. And a charger (120VDC out). Sounds like an electric car project in the making!

More later ๐Ÿ™‚