Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Replacing Fuel Filter Really Works

So my van was making this tremendously loud whine from the fuel pump. It was so loud you could not use a cell phone at speed, which is nice. I replaced the fuel filter, a little $5 plastic box and the noise dropped to a low hum, still audible but a huge difference. I did the switch in a gravel parking area at the barn with a screw driver in about 10 minutes. I used a pair of vice grips to gently pinch the line coming out of the tank. Put a cloth down to catch the fuel coming out of the pump and old filter, probably about 3 ounces.

Monday, January 3, 2011

iTube for iPod

So Santa brought me connector that plays my iPod through the FM radio. The problem was that there is a total tangle of cords and plugs and the FM display thing hanging there. It is almost impossible to work the thing while driving. So I took a section of 1 1/2" PVC, cut slices in the edges to route the cables and finished the prototype with electrical tape. Some velcroon the outside with a patch on the dash and it will stay put. Finally, if I had made it just a bit bigger, the iPod and the connector wouldall fit in the tube for travel/storage.

I kowmy last two projects were PVC based. I am not a "make everything with PVC," I have just been doing lot ofplumbing lately.

The slots are at 90 degree angles to each other and they are about 2 saw blades wide. Use a file or rasp or sound paper folded around a paint stirrer to widen and smooth the slots. Fresh cut PVC will slice open a charging cable jammed into the slot - (note electrical tape on charger.)
Caps on the end, maybe some zip ties or even grommets could dress it up nicely.