Author Archives: Walter Spurgiasz

ASRock J5040-ITX Fails to Find Boot USB

Seemed no matter what USB stick I used, or how I created the bootable image, my ASRock J5040-ITX would fail to recognize the USB drive. That until I discovered that if I plugged the USB stick in to the black … Continue reading

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Listen to Bloomberg Radio WBBR with VLC

For years I have been using volumio to listen to radio stations with a Raspberry Pi, but recently it got a bug where it would constantly restart making it useless. Tried a few options, but they all had issues, and … Continue reading

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Convert Black+Decker DustBuster 16V CHV1410L to run on car plug

I had a 16-Volt Max Cordless Lithium DustBuster Hand Vacuum and the batteries were wearing out. I wanted to see if I could convert it to run on an auto cigarette plug. I used a PH1 screwdriver to remove the … Continue reading

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Run 4 D Battery Devices on 12V Car Plug

After going camping years ago and having a dead car battery when we tried to leave because the family used the car to charge phones, etc., I started a project to power the camping trips on solar power. This was … Continue reading

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Public IP Address Notification Emailer

Sometimes you want to know the IP address of a remote server, but it can have a dynamic address that can change. There are services that can provide this service, but I wanted something free and simple that also provided … Continue reading

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Leitner rack on 1999 – 2006 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

Leitner no longer claims to have fitment for their racks on 1st Generation Chevrolet Silverado 1500 trucks. But I measured and measured, and it seemed to me that the racks for the current Silverados would fit. I contacted the guys … Continue reading

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Minka-Aire Fan Reset Remote Code / Frequency RCS213

The 3 year old was playing with the fan remote and managed to take off the battery cover and scramble the code / frequency switches. It ends up relinking the fan and remote was easier than feared, but not knowing … Continue reading

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Frigidaire Gas Range FFGF3053L How to Remove Top

I had some flaky igniters on a Frigidaire Gas Range Model FFGF3053LSF but was having a hard time finding out how to remove the top. It is obvious you need to remove the screws on the top that attach the … Continue reading

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Prevent Slab, Copper Pipe and Ice Maker Leaks

We just had a bad copper pipe slab leak and have been dealing with on and off problems with the ice maker leaking. It is a long, sad story; to sum it up: we had to repipe the whole house, … Continue reading

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Fix a Leaking Tile Roof on the Cheap

On rainy days buckets would need to be put out to catch water dripping from the ceiling. In the past, I would call a roofer and get out a pile of cash. During one of those wallet thinning meetings with … Continue reading

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