Friday, August 19, 2016

Some recent work:

Data closet wire management:

Before:


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Friday, May 13, 2016

Increasing video resolution for Ubuntu 14.04 running under VirtualBox

sudo apt-get remove libcheese-gtk23

sudo apt-get install xserver-xorg-core


sudo apt-get install -f virtualbox-guest-utils virtualbox-guest-x11 virtualbox-guest-dkms


Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Friday, December 27, 2013

Bumper received!

     After much confusion and many phone calls, we finally discovered that the bumper had been sitting at a local shipping dock for the past two weeks. Also, the passenger side of the bumper was sticking through the packaging.




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Sunday, December 22, 2013

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Home Subwoofer Enclosure

     I recently installed a Yamaha RX-A830 in my mother's house. It is powering two seven inch full range drivers in the kitchen ceiling and patio ceiling. I didn't realize just how loud it was going to be, but but the kitchen and back yard sound amazing. Although, I am quite impressed with the performance, it doesn't seem complete without low end bass. At first, I planned on adding an enclosure to each of the full range speakers in hopes of broadening their range. Currently, they are just mounted in the sheet rock and have fiberglass insulation laying over them.

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Thursday, October 3, 2013

Finally started a floppy band.

Looking for seven more members...

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Trim sensor gets a second chance.


     Sometime last summer the trim sensor on our boat started acting up. It would work for a while until the steering wheel was turned or the trim was adjusted. That was a pretty clear indication that a wire was about to break or a connection was loose. The trim sensor finally gave up and quit working. I completely ignored the issue until this week.

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Norway


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Saturday, August 24, 2013

This is why Bentley doesn't get baths.




Silverado Quad Lights

     I plan to have a full write-up or video explaining how this is done. Until then, you can check out this forum post:

http://www.tahoeforum.com/showthread.php?t=2383

     They have instructions for pre '03 models and '03+. They are both fairly simple and work great. I've done this on a '00 1/2 Silverado and a '04 3/4 ton Sierra.



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Thursday, August 1, 2013

Ported stealth box.

     Just a quick post about the stealth box I constructed for my pickup. The pickup is a 2000 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Z71, but the design should fit in many different models. I know it also fits in a 2004 GMC Sierra 2500HD. Just check out the first picture for all of the details.



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Monday, July 15, 2013

My buddy Bentley (Will be missed)


The first photo I ever took of you, Christmas of 2012.




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Thursday, June 13, 2013

First RGB Strand Test






     This test is the main reason for "Project Overkill". The LEDs needed 5 volts and I would use the power supply in the future. I just spent too much time working on it. Nevertheless, I finally loaded a demo sketch onto my Arduino Uno and hooked it all up. So far everything works great. The strand in the picture is fifty LEDs. Soon after this picture was taken, I modified the sketch and daisy-chained an additional fifty LED strand. Without re-injecting power, I expected some flickering or unusual behavior. To my surprise, all 100 LEDs worked just fine. I plan to buy a few more strands soon. 

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Project Overkill

     So, I set out to convert an old, unused ATX power supply into a workbench power supply. This. After receiving the binding posts in the mail, I went out to the shop and attempted to drill holes in the stock case. 

    


Monday, April 22, 2013

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

2004 Sierra quad light mod (incomplete)

     I plan to have a full write-up or video explaining how this is done. Until then, you can check out this forum post:

http://www.tahoeforum.com/showthread.php?t=2383

     They have instructions for pre '03 models and '03+. They are both fairly simple and work great. I've done this on a '00 1/2 Silverado and a '04 3/4 ton Sierra. 



Dashboard LED Swap (incomplete)

I have several lights burned out in my dash, so I've decided to swap them out with LEDs. I don't really have time for a full write up, but here are some teaser pictures.



Monday, January 21, 2013

How-To: Stop that annoying ding in your vehicle. (Part Two)

     Earlier, I showed you how to remove the buzzer/indicator from your late '99 to 2002 General Motors fullsize pickup or SUV. This post will show you how to replace it with a LED.


     My first step was to remove the housing of the BCM with it still plugged in. This allowed me to test the voltage supplied to the buzzer. This variable needs to be known in order to choose a resistor, if needed. In our case, one is needed. The voltage powering the buzzer is between 9 and 12 volts. That is more than enough to ruin a LED. 

This photo shows the BCM connected to the vehicle with the housing removed.

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

How-To: Stop that annoying ding in your vehicle. (Part One)

     When I'm searching for "How-To's" and guides, I want just that. You have your reasons for the mods you do, and I have mine. This short write-up will explain how to remove the annoying buzzer from Chevrolet Silverados or GMC Sierras from 1999 (late) to 2002. This may work on newer vehicles or even other models, but I've not had experience with others to this date.


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