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Old 10-18-2013, 06:18 PM   #11
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Nice looking work Myron!
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Old 10-22-2013, 12:45 AM   #12
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To putt or not to putt.

He don’t play golf but he putts. An incurable putterer. Got too much free time on his hands; result is finding projects too minor to mention, ah, maybe except for here, now.

His shop is small, in the garage. Tools all elementary, knowledge base very ordinary, definitely not engineer-grade. Drinking beers in uncle Walt’s basement old Walt once called him a putz, but then saw the hurt he caused and made up for it by admitting if anything, he was inquisitive and had some imagination.

The 17 watt bulb that came with his 19’s under cabinet exhaust hood is small, incandescent, good for nothing except as a way to light the area for midnight trips to the John without disturbing others. But, the putterer will instinctively imagine the need to somehow improve upon this use as a night light.

LED lights are a good thing in an RV because they draw so little amps. Not so cheap, but when you need the lesser draw, and you are a putterer, well, you cannot help yourself. You putt away.

He used to prowl through salvage yards for car parts. Every junked car new or old still has a nice jack left in its trunk, or knobs, good pipes, belts, plastic faring, 12-volt electronics, whatever. Unscrew the lens that covers that crunched SUV’s third rear light and you will find a nice strip of perfectly good red LED’s waiting for diagonal pliers.

The putterers’ Scape 19’s stovetop exhaust hood is held in place underneath the cabinet with four long screws. Unscrew them and the hood drops exposing two wires. Add a toggle switch in the hole already there and tap into them wires. Get on the table saw and shape a simple wood strip to bed the salvaged SUV-LED strip, then drill clever holes in it. Two of them four long hood screws can now be employed to secure the strip in place along with the hood.

Of course, the putterer did all this before he heard about that very neat Ribbonflex LED tape wiring system Lee Valley & Veritas sells on line. No matter. Another afternoon of time consuming, personal putting bliss accomplished.
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Old 10-22-2013, 07:16 AM   #13
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Another good mod. The hood fan light is none too bright, that's for sure. I too upgraded these lights, but did so with LEDs in the light box on it.

Why use coloured lights and have them where they are in the path of steam and grease though?
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I like the story....
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Old 10-22-2013, 07:50 AM   #15
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I like the story....
Yes, a very good tale. Thanks for sharing.
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Old 10-22-2013, 10:00 AM   #16
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Thanks guys. Yes, I think red is the perfect color for a night light. Looks real cool, allows me to fantasize about being in a submarine during WW2. As for the steam and grease... what steam and grease?
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Thanks guys. Yes, I think red is the perfect color for a night light. Looks real cool, allows me to fantasize about being in a submarine during WW2. ...
To complete your WW2 submarine simulation, you need to have someone setting off fireworks outside your trailer and a couple more people rocking it back and forth.
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I installed several "night time easy on eye" red lights in my 19 with a microswitch to turn on/off plus a step light for those night time walks.
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Thanks guys. Yes, I think red is the perfect color for a night light. Looks real cool, allows me to fantasize about being in a submarine during WW2. As for the steam and grease... what steam and grease?
I missed the part that it was to be used as a night light. I also assume by the cooking utensils hanging beside it you do cook inside, no?
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Just as an FYI, those LED light strips are being sold at our local Costco, I think in various colors. Can't remember the price, but the box wasn't all that expensive.
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