Providence Strikes Again – Free Air Conditioner

WACHooray!  Once again the thing I want comes to me by itself.

For a few years now I’ve been toying with the idea of buying a window air conditioner that I can take apart and play with OR just to have on hand in an emergency.  You can get one for around $100 nowadays.

Today I was driving home when just three houses down from me there existed a 8000 BTU air conditioner sitting abandoned at the curb!  Sweeeeet!   The only thing better than buying an air conditioner is finding a broken one and fixing it.  I immediately grabbed my dolly and picked it up and brought it home.

I plugged it in and the fan came on but the compressor didn’t.  Not unexpected but better than I had expected.  I got out my multi-meter and probed around on the power connections to the compressor.  The hot wire read 110V at the overload protector but 0V on the other side!  Hmm. That didn’t seem right. (Not knowing it was an overload protector at the time.)  It appeared to be some kind of sensor because it was not actually connected to the compressor body.  As a diagnostic, I bypassed the whatchamadoodle and connected the power right to the compressor.  I plugged it back in and jumped in fear as the compressor sprang to life.  Within a few minutes the unit was cooling again!  Damn I’m good!

The thing was a proper mess.  Full of dust, dirt and covered in foam sealant on the outside where the previous owner tried to make it air-tight to the window.  I used my air compressor to blow out as much dust as possible. I scraped off all the foam and took the whole thing out to the yard and cleaned the coils with the garden hose sprayer.  Much better!

After letting it dry for a few hours in the sun, I put it back on my workbench to test it again.  Yep!  Works!  Good as new.

Overload Protector

I went on Ebay to look for a replacement overload protector where I found one for $3.45 with free shipping.  I could probably run it without one but why not make it safe for $3.45.

There’s nothing more fun than taking someone else’s discarded machine and fixing it.

Free stuuuuuuuuuuuufffff!



If I need something, it will come to me.

tvmtI must lead a charmed life.  It seems that whenever I need something, it comes to me.

I bought a new TV for my RV a while back and decided I might as well put the old one in my bedroom at home but I couldn’t find the stand.  I just propped it up against the wall on the top of the dresser.

Today I went for a walk to buy myself a lottery ticket and low and behold, there was a TV mounting bracket just sitting there on the sidewalk in front of someone’s house meaning they were throwing it out.  All it needed was a few screws of which I have plenty.

Damn!  It’s like the world is reading my mind.  Good things really do come to those who wait. I’m seriously thinking that if the things I want that I can’t get are things I shouldn’t have because if I really needed them, they would reveal themselves.  I think I’m just going to stop struggling for those things.  There are things that I am just not supposed to have and life has a way of making sure you don’t get them unless you absolutely need them and are destined to have them.

Good Things Come To Those Who Wait

pwshrIt is often said that “Good things come to those who wait.”  It is something that I have experienced many times in my life.  It has almost become the basis for my entire being.

I am 1/16th Native American according to my genealogy.   My Indian name is One Who Waits.

The most recent example of this happened today.  I got up and took my occasional morning walk around the neighborhood.  Suddenly a wild pressure washer appeared on the sidewalk by the street.  This month is Junk Pickup in my neighborhood where everyone puts their junk out by the curb for the city to pick up.  In the weeks preceding the pickup date the Pickers arrive.   Trolling slowly up and down the streets in their old Sanford and Son pickup trucks they look for metal to recycle and usable stuff to fix.

I saw the pressure washer and said, “Sweeet!”  I completed my walk cutting it a little short and drove over to pick it up.  If I had waited just one minute more or let the Picker Truck coming down the street pass me before I turned I might have missed out on my treasure!    I grabbed the washer and loaded it into the back of my Prius.  As I headed back to my house I passed another Picker Truck just stopping to pick up a vacuum cleaner that I would have also grabbed.  Missed that one.

A few years ago I picked up a carpet shampooing machine.  All it needed was a new cord and a good cleaning.   I’ve used it a lot since then.

I brought the washer home and plugged it in.  The motor worked!  Not a motor problem.  I hooked up the hose and the washer gun.  It pumped water but the stream was extremely weak.  I just happened to have a unused washer gun from a previous gas powered pressure washer sitting under my workbench.   I swapped it out and tested it.  Boom!  Perfect operation.

I tested it out on my sidewalk.  It is less powerful than my gas powered washer but it works just fine.  My gas washer is noisy and difficult to get working.  It has a carburetor problem that I need to sort out.  I think even though the electric one is less powerful, I prefer it because of its ease of use and quietness.  I hate disturbing the neighborhood with noise even though the neighborhood doesn’t mind disturbing me with their noise.

I had been wanting an electric pressure washer for a long time now but made do with the gas model.  Now I have what I want and it cost me nothing at all.

It just goes to prove that ff you wait long enough, whatever you want or need will come to you.  Just be sure you recognize when it comes to you and act quickly or you will lose the opportunity.

One day a friend will come to me if I wait long enough.  I just hope I can recognize him or her when he or she appears.  I’m not very good at that when it comes to people.

I think I am going to take more morning walks for the next few weeks.  I need some used fence boards and more fun things to fix.