Tuesday, February 22, 2011


This picture up above is how close I cam to shelling out $250 bucks and about 2 hours worth of labor today.

Yesterday I heard a tremendous thud coming from my garage.  I figured that the kids had knocked over some of my junk in the garage as they brought their bikes back in.   When I went upstairs to check it out - it was my wife who had come home and her garage door opening mechanism had malfunctioned.

The main spring which assists in lifting the door had broken.  After 13 years it had lived a good life.  I went to Lowes and purchased another one that same day, replacing it myself.  I felt good as she told me that the neighbor had recently experienced the same thing but her husband called out a repair man to do the job.  Though I still have some grease under my fingernails it was worth it to see how the components work together and then figure out how to replace the damaged part myself.  I am keeping my money to myself as much as I can today.

Since I bought two springs but only installed one as a replacement for the damaged unit it seems that the new spring is stronger than the other one and thus the door's balance is a little off.  This showed itself by the fact that the door fails to close 10% of the time.  I applied some lubrication (since this did the trick a few months ago).   The jury is still out on if it worked.

This morning after running through the open and close cycle about 8 times the garage door opener died on me.  The dome light went out as the most immediate sign.   I tried the other door and it worked fine.  I went to the circuit breaker box to flip the switch a few times.  Nope - still broken.

I took the plastic casing off of the head.  I vowed not to get shocked while performing my inspection.  Nothing but circuit boards and a motor.  Nothing I could do.   I plugged the unit into an extension cord to see if the electrical socket had went bad.  Still as dead as the collection of bugs that were in the plastic housing.

I went to the web site of Genie (the site sux), Home Depot and Lowes.   I had contented myself that after 13 years it was due for replacement.  I was going to get the more powerful motor in order to avoid the problems that I had faced with sticky bearings.

About one hour later as I went to my car to retrieve some items - I had forgotten all about the problems with the garage door opener.  I pressed the button as I normally do - and IT OPENED.  


It just needed to cool down for a few after I had worked it during my testing.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Arizona To Get $5B Intel Chip Manufacturing Plant And 4,000 Jobs - So Much For The Boycott

Intel to spend $5 billion on new 14nm fab in Arizona, create 4,000 new jobs this year

Engadget Story

When Paul Otellini isn't too busy talking about being jilted by Nokia, he spends his time hosting presidents and splashing billions of dollars on new manufacturing facilities. Intel's CEO is wrapping his tumultuous week on a high note, having welcomed Barack Obama to Chipzilla's Oregon facility and treated the president to the happy news that Intel will invest $5 billion back into the US economy by building its most advanced fab yet -- which will introduce an impossibly small 14nm production process -- in Arizona, to begin operation in 2013. Construction starts in the middle of this year and is expected to create "thousands" of jobs, both temporary and permanent. Aside from that, Otellini has disclosed Intel's intention to create 4,000 new jobs in the US, mostly in R&D and product development. Music to Obama's ears, we're sure.

Debate Over "Pepsi Skinny Can" Americans Have It Too Good

Diet Pepsi 'skinny' can stirs up big controversy

Fresh off of the outrage over the Pepsi MX commercial aired during the Super Bowl it seems that people are after Pepsi once again.  This time people are pissed that the new "slim can", which has a reduced diameter but is taller - sends a hidden message to people who are battling with weight related hangups, regarding how "thin is in".

 In this debate we have lost sight of the billions of people around the world who:

  • Only wish they'd had access to clean water - in a can or otherwise
  • Have "weight problems" induced by involuntary famine which triggers the malnutrition that they suffer from

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Billy Ray Cyrus - Fame Around "Hannah Montana" Destoryed My Family

Billy Ray Cyrus: ‘Hannah Montana' destroyed my family

The grass is not always greener on the other side when you are loaded with green cash.

Sounds like Billy Ray would rather have his family back together than have the spotlight.

Rihanna's Perfume - Web Presence

Feels So Good Feels So Bad

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Cuba Frees Two Political Prisoners

Cuba frees 2 political prisoners against their wishes

Atlas Shrugged - The Movie

"Atlas Shrugged" Screened At The GOPAC Convention

This film is likely to start the next round of the ideological wars between left and right.

The "statist confiscators" versus the "meritocracy capitalists".

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Global Food Prices Begin To Rise - Fueling Economic Concerns In Some Nations

World Food Prices Hit Record High

A few years ago there was a price spike on rice and grains.

This year most food categories are rising in price.