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RE: What is happening with our members?

I see other related forums and social media apps flourishing while this one fading away into the sunset. It appears has become another OCC (Old Codger's Club). The next generation that do happen to wander in the door are quickly scooted out by the grumpy old man or the 'how stupid can you be' mentality here. They find a more appealing, knowledgeable crowd elsewhere. It has nothing to do with the software or mod's actions.
2112 04/09/22 06:23am General RVing Issues
RE: Lubricant - Need Quick Answer

If it needs to be re-aligned, which is very likely, no lube is going to help. You could have done the job in less time than you have spent on this forum replying to folks that have tried to help you. If you have never done it, it's simple. You simply need to remove/install one screw.I agree with this. Roll it out. Measure from edge of tube to edge of fabric on both sides. Verify it's even, within half inch. Roll it back in. Verify fabric edges on both sides are perfectly evenly stacked on the tube. You may notice the last one or two wraps slightly drifted from the inner wraps. If this is the case or the fabric edge attached to the camper wall track is not perfectly aligned with the fabric edge rolled on the tube it needs adjusting. Take note which way and how far the fabric on the wall track needs to move. To adjust, you should find either one or two screws securing the fabric to the wall track on the camper wall, usually close to the edges. Roll fabric out a foot or so and remove the screws. Have two people push the awning arms towards the camper to create slack in the fabric. You can use tiewraps if nobody is available. Slide fabric in track as needed. Roll awning completely out and in a few times to verify proper operation. Adjust as needed. Once satisfied the awning is operating properly, reinstall the screw or screws through the fabric and into the wall track. It really is quite easy. It took me much longer to write the steps than actually doing it. The hardest part is dragging out the ladder.
2112 04/09/22 04:04am Class A Motorhomes
RE: 3d printers for making stuff for the RV

Design Time? How long did it take you to design the grill in as opposed to leaving it out and add some channels along the ledge to let the water out? You quadrupled your print time and used up a lot of material. If it's a one-off so be it. But what if you need to print 200 units?
2112 04/06/22 06:04am Tech Issues
RE: 3d printers for making stuff for the RV

WOW, that's impressive. I despise supports as much as you despise glue and hairspray. I try to design with the intent of avoiding supports. But like you said, sometimes you just have to suck it up.
2112 04/05/22 12:51pm Tech Issues
RE: 3d printers for making stuff for the RV

Dang weird looking support. What slicer do you use? I'm guessing Cura. Nice job *thumbs up* Could you have created a ledge with some weep channels to support the auto transformer and left the center open? I guess to ask it differently, is the grill necessary?
2112 04/05/22 11:53am Tech Issues
RE: 3d printers for making stuff for the RV

ya people keep saying that. I see a huge problem with glass going around but it seams to be with the newer ender bedsThere is counterfeit borosilicate glass out there. mine worked great for about 10 to 15 prints then all of a sudden when I switched to PETG nothing would stick, thought it was the switch but found PLA wouldnt stick eitherThat's a classic trait of tempered glass glue stick didnt work for me, maybe i used the wrong kindIt has to be Elmer's Diappearing Purple School Glue. You can get it at any dollar store for, you guessed it, one dollar
2112 04/05/22 10:11am Tech Issues
RE: 3d printers for making stuff for the RV

its interesting you don't use any bed heating for abs, seems to go against popular belief.Not if it's a small print with little mass. It takes longer to heat it up than it does to print. I'm sure the enclosure helps. That 20X20 is about as far as I would go cold, that's why I drew it that size. That was my comfortable limit this morning. When I started I thought everything had to be hot, done by the numbers, don't deviate from internet folklore. I have another spool of ABS I haven't tried yet. I may have to work that material differently. My intent was to demonstrate how well glue on glass works with a tuned in machine. I thought I could get by without the glue but it was too tall. A little twist and it popped right off. No hammer and chisel required. Although you may not smell it, apparently ABS is the worst in terms of voc and particle emissions. Not sure if you watched the video at all.You're exposed to more VOC walking into a furniture store or anywhere around town. Stay out of parking garages. my print is done, .... I learned a couple things .... and that's what it's all about. It got you off the couch, didn't it?
2112 04/05/22 09:36am Tech Issues
RE: 3d printers for making stuff for the RV

While I'm talking about the enclosure, here's a hardware design tip someone might find useful. I embedded 6-32 nuts in knobs by creating a clearance hex slot in the knob and press the nuts into place. I use these as retainer nuts to secure the plexiglass as well as handles on the plexiglass to make it easy to remove and handle. I shouldn't of recessed the plexiglass panels as I did. I gave up internal real estate doing this.
2112 04/05/22 06:07am Tech Issues
RE: 3d printers for making stuff for the RV

I printed a 20X20 test cube this morning using ABS to closely observe the odor and to see how well it would bond to a cold, untreated glass build plate. It started corner lifting at 4mm on the first attempt and 9mm on the second. Failed Then I gave it a glue stick wipe and all went well. However, I did notice after about 1.5 hrs of operation the bed temp went from 25C to 37C just from nozzle heat exposure so that puts the validity in question My primary objective was to observe odor. I generally don't pay attention to it. With the enclosure closed I couldn't smell anything, even standing above it. When I open the enclosure to get my hands in it I certainly notice the chemical smell but it's not overwhelming. It does have a burning plastic smell. I even went outside for 5 minutes to clear my senses and came in and walked straight to the printer and couldn't smell it until I opened the enclosure. BTW, my enclosure is 3 $10 Walmart end tables stacked and $40 of Home Depot plexiglass. I printed all the mounting brackets and knobs in ABS (under the cardboard box) :)
2112 04/05/22 03:50am Tech Issues
RE: 3d printers for making stuff for the RV

I vent it if it gets too hot inside. Some ABS has a stronger chemical smell than others. It's never been bad enough for concern but it does have a smell. I'm using Shaxon now. It's not bad at all.
2112 04/04/22 05:15pm Tech Issues
RE: 3d printers for making stuff for the RV

Yea, I might upgrade to magnetic flex PEI someday. I have everything tweaked in now so I'm not messing with anything until I have to. I didn't mention the glue stick is $1 per year investment I use to occasionally clean the glass with vinegar but I don't even do that anymore
2112 04/04/22 03:05pm Tech Issues
RE: 3d printers for making stuff for the RV

Man, I'm just the opposite. I started off using Aquanet. I had to chisel parts off and clean off the buildup. Didn't like spraying the hairspray in the house. Moved to Kapton. Worked well but had to remove it to print nylon. That introduced me to purple glue stick. Super quick and simple and doesn't require forcing parts off. As I learned and my process evolved, got my bed completely level and locked in place, I realized I didn't always require heating the plate and prepping the glass. Most anything small other than nylon will hold on cold, clean glass. Everything large holds to purple glue stick other than ABS. My experience with a non-flexible PEI plate was disappointing. Back to chiseling, but this time while it's still on the printer. I felt like I was beating up my printer. I couldn't remove that PEI plate. So back to glass and glue stick for me
2112 04/04/22 12:41pm Tech Issues
RE: Ford Brake Controller recall

This affects 2021-2022 Ford F-150 models and 2022 Ford Super Duty F-250, F-350, F-450, and F-550. Recall Link
2112 04/04/22 04:14am Tow Vehicles
RE: 3d printers for making stuff for the RV

All the printers at work have flexible build plates. It's nice to just give them a little twist and the part pops off. I'm sure what the Stratasys' plates are coated with but they work real nice. All automated, never fail. We have to use blue tape on the Makerbot's.
2112 04/03/22 04:57pm Tech Issues
RE: Black Series fire hazard

This one cracks me up. Unbelievable no matter where it is
2112 04/03/22 02:45pm Travel Trailers
RE: 3d printers for making stuff for the RV

Garolite - Ah, G10. You're talking about the build plate. That's a red FR4 heat plate with a sheet of borosilicate glass clamped to it. I print on glass. That's the original build plate setup. I upgraded my build plate to a multi-zone heated, PEI coated plate and didn't like it. It stuck too well and it wasn't removable, although it was a little larger. I went back to original. With this setup I can remove the glass and easily evenly coat it with either a thin layer of glue stick or ABS juice. If the part is stuck on hard after the print I take it to the sink and run a little cold water over it and the part pops right off. Small PLA or PETG parts don't require prep. Just print on clean glass. Now they have the magnetic flexible PEI sheets. I MIGHT upgrade to that someday but I appreciate what I have. It just works and makes a nice smooth bottom layer.
2112 04/03/22 09:56am Tech Issues
RE: 3d printers for making stuff for the RV

Garolite? Yea, it sux getting half way through a large print and it starts lifting. More times than not, my experience is it only gets worse as it goes and I just waste more material hoping I can save it. I get irritated when it breaks loose and starts making spaghetti. Even petg will warp on something that large. Turn up bed Turn down nozzle and fan Slow the speed Use a raft (that's my last resort) A simple enclosure made from whatever's available around the house, even a quilt, will help. Put it under a table or two chairs back to back and cover it with sheets and bed spreads to create a tent if you have to. Put a space heater in there but don't get it too hot. Your driver board and power supply has their limits. Sometimes I open the top of the rear panel to vent some heat out.
2112 04/03/22 08:49am Tech Issues
RE: 3d printers for making stuff for the RV

Use a cardboard box with a small viewing window as an enclosure. I used the box my Prusa came in until I had my enclosure built. I cut a small hole in the front to look into and another small hole on the side to shine a small flashlight into. Placing a 60w lamp inside will help keep the heat up. This is the enclosure I built
2112 04/03/22 06:08am Tech Issues
RE: 3d printers for making stuff for the RV

I know I will be looking into spare nozzles and likely alternative filaments, both color and type.I forgot to mention in regards to color if you are modeling, DW uses white or gray PLA and either brush paints it with acrylic or sprays with Krylon outdoor plastic furniture rattle can. I use black. As far as nozzles, they last a Long Time unless you are using abrasive filament. A 0.6mm nozzle will speed up your print time and make a stronger part once properly dialed in.
2112 04/01/22 04:48pm Tech Issues
RE: Dish network internet

We started with WildBlue many years ago. Then moved to Excede for faster service sometime along the way. Viasat bought out Excede but we are still using our Excede account and hardware.
2112 04/01/22 04:48am Technology Corner
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