Friday, December 31, 2010

Goodbye 2010...

This was a year of miracles, new beginnings and even revival in my life. I spent most of the year looking for work and not outpacing my unemployment benefits. More importantly, it was giving my son a chance to adapt to his new family, giving my wife and boys a hot meal and a clean house at the end of the day. I was an opportunity to give back to my family and concentrate on the Lord; thanking Him for the many blessings He provided for me and mine in a trying time.
I had to junk my car with 80,000 miles on it, and got another vehicle just in time to get back to work. It was a huge concern of mine to get reliable transportation, but the Lord had this covered.
So most importantly, it to be dependent on the Lord and just to stop the pride of worry and angst. These were things I was guilty of to the hilt before this soon to be former year. I thought I could handle my own troubles rather than the Lord, but thankfully I was wrong.
I'm still one class away from getting my bachelor's degree, but even this pales in comparison to the Object of my focus.
Now that I'm working, my hope is to keep trusting in Him and not me. Success is given by the Lord, not because of anything special we've done to earn it. I'm not counting on my job and haven't yet, but remain dependent on the Lord.
I'm sorry for the rambling capstone on this year and will continue to write my commentary and all the other stuff, Lord willing.

Friday, December 24, 2010

The Bridge.

River was deep
chasm too wide.
Got a big, big problem
cause we can’t cross the other side,
River too deep,
chasm too wide.

Man tried to build a mighty, mighty tower.
But it couldn’t cross the river,
chasm too wide.
Couldn’t even start to reach the other side,
River was deep
Chasm too wide.

Man was determined and he built a bridge so wide.
Only problem was it couldn’t reach the other side,
river was deep,
chasm too wide.

All man's effort fell in vain,
cause there was a big, big problem
that he couldn't contain.
Cause the river of sin and the chasm of separation,
made the problem of man, too much for him alone,
to ever solve by him alone.

Jesus was watching from on the other side,
said there was and man couldn’t even try,
To bridge the river and reach the other side.
So He had a plan to bring us to His side.

Took three three nails and an unwanted tree.
Laid down down His life for you and me.
Someday soon if we trust in Him, then one day we’ll
Reach the other side.

River was too deep,
Chasm too wide,
But the love of Christ made it,
Made it all work out.

Take that step and reach the other side,
Jesus got His hand to take you to His side.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Revelation Commentary, From a Handyman? Part Five

First of all, I realize that Jesus could have came back and got His church, had the Marriage Supper of the Lamb and got the elders in place by the time I got to part Five. Forgive me, brothers and sisters. I have been busy and have have had the usual stuff to tend to on this blog. As always, onward Christian soldiers.

12And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write; These things saith he which hath the sharp sword with two edges;

13I know thy works, and where thou dwellest, even where Satan's seat is: and thou holdest fast my name, and hast not denied my faith, even in those days wherein Antipas was my faithful martyr, who was slain among you, where Satan dwelleth.

14But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication.

15So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitanes, which thing I hate.

16Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.

17He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.

Pergamos, or Pergamum was an important political and religious center in what is now Turkey. The large and grotesque altar is also known as the throne of Zeus (the egomaniacial god with the thunderbolts). If you read the descriptions of Zeus, he is a dead ringer for Satan. This altar is also known as Satan's throne. No wonder this is where many Christians met their demise, including Antipas whom Jesus named.

However, the issue Christ had with this church was because they were tolerant of
the Nicolaitanes, whose name suggests a leadership over the laity. This group also believed it was fine to sin as long as you confessed your 'sins' to a member of the clergy. The problem Christ had with these clowns is because they strove to glorify man and not Him. This same group also practiced Baylonian religion that was a huge stumbling block for Israel.

The message of "Hidden Manna" is also the title of one of my dear friends, Tracie Justice and this is for good reason. Christ promised this church a fresh start and being well taken care of if they would only repent. Manna is what the Israelites ate in the wilderness for 40 years and sustained them through some tough times. Christ is compassionate and the only One who can forgive sin. He will sustain you if trust in Him. Blessings.

Blower Motor Troubles and What Gives.

Furnace or air handler blowers are, for the electrically uneducated, a riddle, wrapped in a mystery in an enigma. I'm a hands on kind of guy and not into the theory much, but hopefully this article will help those on the fence with this matter. True, even someone not mechanically inclined can diagnose one correctly if it releases the measured amount of magic smoke the engineers installed. However, a blower motor failing will seldom manifest something this obvious. For the sake of argument, I will refer to Ohm's law during this article for the purpose of clarity. I'll also give other methods to attempt to come to the same conclusion without the need for such calculations.

Again, this is more for information and less for educational or instructive purposes. If you can't use a multimeter, unsure of yourself around electricity; it's best to call a professional. I've no control over your work and you're responsible for any screw ups, or success you come up with.
I'll also add that one horsepower is 746 watts. So the 1/3 horsepower motor in this article would seem to be about 250 watts or 1/4 Kilowatt. Keep this in mind, with a grain of salt or perhaps a beer chaser.
I was working on a furnace in a massage parlour this afternoon where it was overheating and dropping out on limit, but the air coming out of the registers was about 85 degrees. Strangely, the temperature of the rearmost one closest to the furnace was 110 degrees.
Puzzled, I went to the furnace, pulled both doors and used my cheater magnet to close the door switch. I measured 2.8 amps at the neutral wire when the motor was under load and the door was partially closed. I got 115 volts at the board terminals, which meant the board was okay. What was wrong?
I needed to find the power this motor was out-putting and since I had the volts and amps, this should be a walk in the park. A look on the Ohm's wheel shows that Power equals Volts times Amps. Mathematically, this is P=V*I. Let's get to it.
2.8 amps times 115 Volts equals 322 watts. Yes this seems right, but wait. That motor is actually rated at at 6 amps, which makes this about 690 watts. If the motor's using 322 watts, and it can use 690, it's only using 47 percent of its potential. This means it's only moving about 50 percent of the air it should be, even if the airflow seems fine. This will cause the limit to trip. This is why you NEED to read the amp ratings on the motor and not rely on horsepower ratings on same. You WILL fail to see a problem 100% of the time, guaranteed. This is because ALL blower motors operate under load. Again, do not assume.
I replaced the motor and capacitor with a new one, and the temperature climbed to a balmy 80 degrees in the parlour within a few minutes. After explaining to the proprietor that I do not haggle on price, I was out of there. Maranatha!

Monday, December 6, 2010

A Song About Christmas, The Greatest Gift.

I know it's Christmastime,
anyone can see,
Even someone just like me.

See I had a problem, in reality.
Couldn't pay the layaway.
You have to understand,
when the pink slips lands,
not a lot to give away.

So I got my gift card,
bought some groceries.
Wiped a tear drop from my eye.

As I walked right down
those aisles misty eyed,
got to thinking bought Him.
All of the gifts I'd given and gotten
through through the years,
doesn't mean too much to me.

'Cause I don't need the presents underneath
the tree, just to know that You love me.
I'm gonna take some time, count my blessings down.
Then I'm sing some praise.

I called and told my wife,
she just choked back tears.
"Honey please just dry your eyes."
We need to make some time, in reality,
the holidays are here to share.

Lord I don't need the presents,
underneath the tree,
Just to know that You love me.

Your greatest gift to us in reality,
was your life shed on that unwanted tree.

I can't pay You back,
nor earn immunity,
You just came to die for me.
Saved me from a life of depravity and sin.
Jesus I can't thank You near enough.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Coleman Mobile Home Furnace Fix

UPDATE: As correctly pointed out by a commentator, you should call a pro when there is an issue such as this. At the time, I was a NATE certified technician with 25 years of experience and intended this as a technician job only. If you're qualified to work on furnaces, this may be just the ticket as I've worked on a few of these only to have a callback because the grommet to the ignitor wire didn't seal. If you are a homeowner and want to try and tackle this yourself, you need the proper tools as well as the knowledge to do these safely. Do not replace any part that is not intended for your furnace, or you could snuff out you and your family. That would not be good. This is for entertainment only, do this and any other fix or repair at your own risk.

Sorry, I didn't upload pictures yet again, but this my answer to a problem that in reality started two years ago. Anyone who has a Coleman mobile home furnace, or anyone who had the seeming misfortune of trying to diagnose an apparent problem with the combustion air (pressure) switch. This nearly always happens after replacing the hot surface ignitor or flame sensor. Putting the burner back in, along with the gas valve will inevitably bring this code up when starting the furnace.
You can put a manometer on the combustion air switch and test the pressure (not on the plastic part) and you'll get anywhere from -0.30 to -0.16 inches of water column, but the switch is set for -0.15. This isn't the problem; now what.

The board may look a little discolored around a couple resistors, but this isn't necessarily an issue by itself either. Replacing it won't solve it and the combustion air code will come back. This is very frustrating and expensive. Taking the vent and intake apart won't reveal much either, unless these are clogged, but again, probably not.

If you're a heating technician, this is frustrating, but completely fixable without charging the customer more money. Try this tip before calling tech support (which will tell you the thermostat or control board is bad because the furnace is losing its call for heat. This is if you can even get through. Remember that black grommet you removed when you replaced the ignitor or flame rod. Well do you? No doubt this is burned or not sealing properly. That combustion air switch is more than a bit finicky and from my experience, a manometer, properly zeroed in will still throw it off. Remove the manometer and put the hoses back where they belong on the switch and intake. Use a high temperature (red) silicone caulk or sealant around that grommet and seal up where the wires go in. This could be the cure to the problem. Let it dry a few minutes and turn the furnace on, cycling it naturally a few times. This means waiting about 15 to 20 minutes, but the furnace should run normally now. Maranatha!