Hot Water Boiler Relief Valve Leaking Problem – Fixed

This weekend I came into the house and it smelled like rusty steam. The air was humid. Also the temperature in the house dropped.

I went to the boiler and saw that the aquastat had been tripped. The aquastate was set to trip at about 220F. As its a hot water boiler and no a steam boiler the warer should really not exceed 212F.

After resetting the aquastat the boiler fired up.  About 3 minutes into the boiler running I heard a hiss from the Pressure Relief Valve(PRV) drop pipe. Water began to drip on the floor. It was only then I noticed that there was water on the floor the whole time. So I went to home depot and purchased the last PRV they had in stock for about $40. After a lot of struggling and the use of a butane torch and some banging I was able to replace the PRV. Turned on the the boiler feeling proud that the problem was solved.

Later that night around 2AM I started to feel a draft. I went to the radiator and it was cold. So back to the basement I went. I again reset the aquastat but stood there watching the boiler for some time. Again the PRV was letting out water. I wondered whether I had damaged the temperature sensitive spring inside with the butane torch. So I decided to turn down the internal temperature limit of the boiler in hopes that the pressure would not increase to the point where the PRV would release.

So I stayed there watching the boiler. Still the PRV released water.

So I looked at the built-in pressure and temperature gauge. I was able to see that the pressure in the boiler was increasing constantly as the temperature increased. Also the PRV was doing its job correctly as it released the pressure at 30psi exactly.

God inspired me to suspect the expansion tank. So I googled what are the sypmtoms of a bad expansion tank. There I found that the expansion tank is supposed to absorb approximately up to 50psi of pressure(may be different for different boilers). So I went to Lowes the next day and purchased their biggest(same size as mine) 4.4 gallon expansion tank.

Using my butane tank and a vice grip(not the best tool) as my two plumber’s wrenches were too big to grip the hex area of the tank I was able to eventually replace the existing unit.

I skipped descrition of some steps in the story: I had to drain the boiler a few times and then bleed the radiators. I also reset and reprogrammed my thermostat. I was able to get the heat to function for about 18 hours with the bad expansion tank connected but a lot of water was wasted during that time possibly up to 10 gallons. The expansion tank dropped as soon as I screwed it off as it was filled with water and heavy. I used the butane torch to dismantle the copper PRV drain pipe and to soften up the iron threads to assist removal.

So in conclusion if your PRV is leaking but the pressure gauge on the boiler says the PRV is working correctly then the PRV is fine. Its something else probably the expansion tank.

This applies to “hot water boilers” but does not apply to “hot water heaters” as they have combination Tempereture and Pressure Relief valves. You can tell the difference between the valves as the T&P valve(for heaters) has a rod sticking out of it while the PRV(for boilers) does not. 

Pinnacle Dazzle DC100 USB Capture Device Errors -FIXED

If you are running any operating system above Windows XP such as Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 10, you may have issue capturing video using the Dazzle video capture device.

The error codes from my memory are:

  • Device not found…
  • STI Error…
  •  Program is set to interact with desktop but it is not permitted…
  • Device could not be started may be in use…

Download and install the device drivers found here: http://cdn.pinnaclesys.com/SupportFiles/Hardware_Installer/readmeHW10.htm

Then you will have to reduce the resolution of your screen to 640×480(480p) pixels.

Reducing the screen resolution is how I eventually got the device to work. This could be due to the device and drivers being old or due to the fact that the maximum resolution you can get from a composite video connection is 480i.

Good luck.

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For Shame

The other day someone who is ungrateful, dysfunctional and a bully told me a story of their friend who went partying even though their mom was just admitted to hospital. I am a believer that life goes on and if there is nothing you can do, don’t stress over it. In this case I did not think it appropriate but it was justified. The person most likely went ahead to the party as all their life their mother was a dysfunctional bitch. Sorry to say but its true.

The mother would ignore the child’s chronic illness and also degrade and emasculate the father. This is where I come in as I have faced similar emasculation, though not for as many years.

When I heard this bitch was afflicted with cancer I said in my mind, and now on paper “that’s what you get you ****ing bitch.” I was ashamed of myself for thinking that but I still felt I was justified. I prayed to God to forgive me of my insensitive thoughts but it took some time to go away. My anger and hate came from my being able to relate to the father going through decades of being **** on, daily. His youth being ground down and blown away in the wind.

I thought that I would write him a letter saying how this is his time to enjoy life now that she is going to be dead. God help me. I’m the most docile worm you ever met but my mind takes me to some dark places at times. I’m not the one who gave her the cancer, her behavior and the universe did that. The universe is punishing me also right now, I think…

Anyways, don’t think I’m the worst person in the world. There are about what, 8 billion people by now? I’m maybe in the top 3 billion worst.

Let me pray. God please have mercy on me, and please help me to earn your favor so I may live comfortably and happy in this life and the next. Amen.

 

Featured image by https://www.flickr.com/photos/denisdervisevic/

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Social Status

I often sound like a broken record but I guess I am like Dori of Finding Nemo fame. Ideas that I have encountered previously pop up and I’m like “You look familiar.” I was driving to work today wondering how people get scammed by the same hustles over and over. I also was wondering how I continue to allow myself to endure disrespect, abuse and isolation. Unfortunately i did not motivate myself enough to remove myself from my current shit-uation but the idea that resurface is people want to feel exceptional.

Oh now I remember what sparked the idea. It was a song I was listening to on Youtube. In essence they guy was praying to God not to allow him to just be another nobody. I wondered, why would you not want to be like everyone else. In actuality you are almost identical to everyone else. Given the same geographic location, education, familial structure, and other environmental conditions you are almost the same as the other guy. That is why the kids in the upscale community have similar stats and they are different from the kids in poverty who have stats identical to other kids in poverty.

So why was this singer praying to God to make him exceptional? It is because we are social animals and we gain approval and validation from our peers and others. We need people to prop us up emotionally and psychologically.

I recently watched a nature documentary on a troop of monkeys in India. What it showed was the social hierarchy of the monkeys is deadly serious to the point where if you are of low social status you may starve to death. Just as we have a social order where crime and violence are shunned, the same translates to this and other groups pf primates. A monkey could simply grab the food from a higher ranking one but they do not. Their conformance to the social order causes them to starve to the point of death unless a higher ranking monkey authorities them to eat or adopts them and inducts them into the higher social class where they have access to the first share of food.

So the singer, a human, a so-called higher form of primate still lives by the primitive social constructs to which we all subscribe. The higher you are in status, the greater access you have to human resources. People who view you as deserving of special treatment, are invaluable. Soldiers fight and die based upon the imaginary social hierarchy that allows the commanding officer to order them to take that hill. A woman is able to extract resources from a man who works to wine, dine and gift her fine things, because he holds her of higher value than himself. In the case of a pimp, he is able to extract resources from a woman who most likely has suffered so much trauma she believes her social status to be very low.

We are social animals. All relationships are transnational. Therefore you can negotiate the profit margin in your transaction based upon your perceived social status in the troop. This to me explains the innate capacity for humans, especially myself to express Stockholm Syndrome, which people now call Trauma Bonding.

So now that we are aware of this, what is to be done? The benefit of a soicial order is the capacity to collaborate, but it is like the proverbial golden handcuffs which also debilitate.

 

Photo credit: Huxley, T. H. (1904). Science and education: Essays. JA Hill and company

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Audi Q7 4.2L Base BAR engine codes(Revised)

The car started to idle rough, sometimes it would shut off, other times it was difficult to start. The EPC and CEL(check engine light) were both on. To prevent the car from laboring too much I would have to keep it in neutral at stops. I updated this posting in red. 

The following two codes(P0171, p0174) were remedied by replacing the PVC valve that is located near the firewall above the throttle body. You will need a T27 or T30 star bit to get it out. It is in a tight space. Took me about 45 minutes. Under further inspection these codes are caused by a split hose. A leaky vacuum hose connected to the intake. 

P0171

P0174

The following code(P0129B) was remedied by bending the metal contacts inside the connectors to the two high pressure fuel pumps. Once I had gotten this code previously because of a blown fuse in the engine bay fuse box located under the hood, on the drivers side just below the windshield. It was one of the blue 15 amp fuses. Its best to check the fuses and connectors before replacing these high pressure pumps because they are expensive. This took about 2 hours of trail and error, swapping relays, testing the regulator/solenoid coil continuity, battery connections, etc. After replacing my High Pressure Fuel Pump at the tune of about $300 I found this issue is related to the solenoids. Under the driver’s side wind sheild wiper there is a fuse box. One section is easy to open with plastic knobs, the back of it has to be removed using torx bits. I saw a solenoid number 614 in both sections. I swapped them around and this code went away.

P129B

The following (P0300)code was remedied by changing the PVC valve, the ignition coils and spark plugs. The issue arose because the bad PCV valve caused oil to build up in the spark plug wells and reduced the quality of the connection between the ignition coil and spark plug. I could have simply cleaned the connectors on the coils and the plugs and this would probably have been good enough. I would suggest using a lot of dielectric grease when putting the coils in as it keeps some of the motor oil from getting into the space between the coils and plugs. I forgot to put grease on the ignition coil harness connectors…… Before buying a whole set of ignition coils. I would try to clean the connectors inside. This was caused by the solonoid mentioned above. 

P0300

I found the best deal on the OEM NGK spark plugs  and no frills ignition coils on RockAuto.com. I cant recall where I purchased the PVC/breather box as it took me a year after buying it to install it. If you have the time and the freedom(#MGTOW) just address a CEL/EPC light immediately or other problems will develop. Those of us on the plantation do not have that luxury and end up spending thousands for the dealer to do a simple fix.

If you need to access Qudi Q7 4.2 Manuals I found a few by digging around online and have uploaded them here: Audi Q7 4.2 Manuals

Featured photo: Tennen-Gas [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)%5D

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Gen Y doesn’t care Why

Just read an article that the trading platform Robin Hood now has a 7 Billion dollar valuation. The app iti totally phone based, and you cannot manage your account via a computer as of this writing.

I had an account for a short time and actually made some money using it. The great feature is that the trading is commission free. They cover the costs by selling your information to who knows what entity, maybe they sell it to R Kelly or Woody Allen or Jeffrey Epstein(since he faked his death), Citizens United or some other sick individual or corporation. Who knows? They won’t tell you.

One day Robinhood sent me a message that in order to continue trading I would have to provide them with some totally non financial and non tax related information. I thought to myself why the capital F do you need this information? The capitalist in me enjoyed the commission free trades but the Libertarian in me said GTFOH byotch! So I requested my account be closed.

A similar thing happened with the micro investing app Prosper. It seems unless you give these companies your underwear size they wont allow you to make a buck. You already have my social security number, name, address, age, DOB and some of my money. What else do you bastards want?

This is another precursor or indicator of the requirement to take on the mark of the beast in order to conduct commerce(See Revelations in the Bible).

Most of these apps are targeted to the Gen Y. Lets just for writing effect call them Gen YOLO. They have facial scanning, fingerprint scanning, location sharing, constant social media exposing lives. I am an old fart and happy to be so. I remember when there were no mobile phones during the 80s and early 90s. We were so free. Who knew convenience was so oppressive?

You YOLOs can go ahead and share all of your life on the digital heathcare databases. As we can see by the string of hacks at CapitalOne, Target, and even worse Equifax, no information is safe. I guess when you have 10000 online friends and are filled with anxiety and loneliness they only way to feel not so lonely is to have your guts showing on multiple screens across the world.

I say no, I say no to you YOLO culture. Stay out of my business government. Stay out of my business corporations. Heck, there’s so much surveillance but we cant catch seriously dangerous criminals. All we can do is sell people advertising and in the process cause their identity to be stolen by some guy in India or Nigeria.

But I’m just an old Cardi B fart anyways.

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As long as my bitches love me

Drake has a song, I believe it is featuring the artists known as Future. Part of his chorus or hook is: “Long as my bitches love me.”

What Drake has known and proven, is that having validation from the female consumer is the most important thing to being successful in selling consumer products. B2B products on the other hand is male dominated end user environment.

Statistics show that approximately 75% of household consumption is done by women. Therefore when marketing a product, the largest demographic you should place your focus on, for sustainable sales, is the female consumer i.e. “bitches”.

Recently I read an article detailing how America’s consumerism causes a lot of waste and garbage. Approximately 68% of our economy is driven by consumers. Consumers eventually produce waste. China and other formerly developing-now first world countries are refusing to take our recyclable and non recyclable waste. Now towns in America are faced with the problem of the old method of dumping onto landfills and burning our garbage to get rid of it.

Landfills leach pollutants into the earth and eventually into the water table and in turn into the oceans. Burning waste releases carcinogens including PCBs and a multitude of hazardous materials into the environment.

If we care so much about the environment and claim to be “WOKE” why are we buying so much stuff? I may  have mentioned in previous post that 24% of women are on prescription antidepressants or some other psychotropic to cope with life. Coping mechanisms of the depressed and anxiety suffering include: retail therapy i.e. shopping, eating, social media and other methods of self medication. Saving, minimalism and frugality are associated with restriction which makes one even more anxiety prone. So more bags, more shoes, more trips, more unused exercise equipment, unused gym subscriptions, unused cosmetics are purchased as treatment for psychological, emotional and or chemical imbalance.

This extends even to partner to such a person. In a relationship with a consumerist. you must fork over gifts on birthdays, Christmas, valentines and mothers day or you will be abused psychologically, emotionally, socially, and possibly physically. You do not want to face the wrath of their anxiety so you must be economically exploited and abused in order to increase the social coins a woman collects from her peer group when she displays the gifts.

There is a connection between the female driven consumerist society and the destruction of the earth. All of the amazon boxes, Styrofoam peanuts, plastic airbags, silica packets, plastic adhesive tape and other packaging waste is reaching a critical point. I have not even mentioned the discarding of the actual products, but many articles have been written on the detrimental effects of fast fashion on the environment.

In conclusion this post may be invalidated as it is written by a toxic male. Fortunately or unfortunately facts are not relative to the messenger, they are just facts. The most important woman, mother nature, will eventually regurgitate the trash we are feeding her and destroy all human  life. Justice will be served. We will continue to delude ourselves that we can consume our way into happiness until we demand that the stereotypes of shop-till-you-drop, retail therapy, materialism be removed from media and elsewhere. Demand real solutions to anxiety, depression, loneliness and mental illness and not simply the treatment of symptoms or sedation. End our hypocrisy of being “woke” on the environment while simultaneously trashing it. As woman make up 51% of the global population, they should lead the cause to reduce consumerism, and it’s waste by-products, and legitimately help their sister, Mother Earth.

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Locating HP Compaq Presario C700 or F759WM Drivers

I have had many problems with the subject device.

I have had problems with a lot of devices.  Thankfully in most cases I was able to search online and locate a savant who had a solution. Nerds RULE!!

I have made some small gains myself in locating drivers and solutions. The hardest being locating drivers.

HP has discontinued support for this laptop but there are places where files can still be found.

Its good to know the device specifications before doing a search.

Here is the CNET breakdown of the device’s specifications: https://www.cnet.com/products/compaq-presario-f759wm-15-4-turion-64-x2-tk-57-vista-home-premium-1-gb-ram-160-gb-hdd-series/

Here is NVIDIA’s, the motherboard chipset manufacturer’s generic board features: https://www.nvidia.com/object/mobogpu_nb_7series.html

Here is NVIDIA’s driver download site: https://www.nvidia.com/Download/index.aspx?lang=en-us

Download.com which is owned by CNET also had drivers and BIOS flash programs for this specific unit. I was able to locate the file on Download.com. I was not able to directly find the correct files using Download.com’s search field. I found the exact service package/driver execulatble name via other blogs, some shady. Then used Yandex to search for the file name which allowed me to find the correct executable on on Download.com in the Yandex search results.

Here is almost useless information verifying that the unit is no longer supported. Select Laptops>Compaq>Presario F: https://support.hp.com/us-en/retired-products

Using Google or Bing to find anything brings up virus sites, spam and a few thousand results most of which are useless. I prefer to use tthe Russian search engine Yandex as it is not so ad driven. Enter as many words as you can relating to what you are looking for. Entering “Compaq Presario “f759wm” 64bit HP Nvidia AMD Chipset Phoenix Bios” still generates 7000+ results.

Any executable file that you find and download. DO NOT run it until you look at its properties and check that the Digital Signature says its either from HP or NVIDIA. you can do that by right clicking then going to properties. One of the tabs will take you to the certificate where you can see who made the program or file.

Also look at the status bar at the bottom of your browser when you hover your cursor over a link. If the link is taking you to somewhere other than an HP ftp link or a Nvidia certificate.

I thought i would download files and link them here but its better you take your own risks. Most of the drivers release by HP have executable files with names that start with the letters “sp____.exe.” Good luck.

 

The Two Irelands

St. Patrick’s day is coming up and I think John Boehner is Irish(he wears a lot of green ties) maybe of German decent. Who knows? I am writing this post because for my many years on earth I did not understand what the difference was between the two Irelands. I watched a Youtube video on Ireland to determine which one was cool and which one was lame. So here we go my summary of the two Irelands.

Northern Ireland is a part of England. They use English money and are not a separate or sovereign state. Within Northern Ireland there are separatists who want Northern Ireland to break away from England.

The separatists in Northern Ireland want to join the sovereign country called The Republic of Ireland(south of northern Ireland). While the loyalists are the residents of Northern Ireland who want to remain part of England.

The English government and therefore the loyalists are associated with one of the protestant religious sects. While the Republic of Ireland and the separatists are associated with the Catholic Church.

So the violence that took place for years, had it’s front-line mainly in the English territory of Northern Ireland. Armed groups financed by The larger English and Republic of Ireland governments conducted bombings and shootings against their own Irish brothers over politics and religion.

So in summary the cool one would be the Republic of Ireland and the loyalists because just like the United States of America they kicked England’s butt. Unfortunately Northern Ireland did not gain independence but the loyalists groups eventually got some legitimate political representation in Northern Ireland. Most importantly today there is no war and the two sides live in peace.

 

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Mom and Pop pop

I wrote yesterday about commercial real estate is headed downhill. Today I saw a blurb for an article by NYU Stern saying Amazon is killing location New York shop owners. So my thinking we could say is in line with that of NYU, but this is nothing new.

The transfer of consumables and household items from storefront to online is a threat but there is hope in the services industry. As people can’t get thier haircare, childcare, medical care or any human or animal body work in a box. Additionally car repair (those who still have them), home repair(those who still have them), police, fireman, politicians and municipal services.

So the world as we know it will change and retail stores will diminish. People will still need last minute outfits that make them look good. As long as looking good or attracting a mate is a thing. Until that is deemed descriminatory or offensive.