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Other Energy Sources / Pulsing generator
« Last post by TheWizard on Today at 10:04:41 AM »
Long time listener of the podcast and hoping the TSP community can help me troubleshoot an issue with a Powerland PD3G8500E.

This was a gift a few years ago. It ran well and I test it every 3 months or so. Today I ran it on natural gas and gasoline, but the power output is pulsing every 3 seconds. Below is a video of a halogen shop light plugged in directly to an onboard outlet. What could be causing this?

The Recipe Board / Re: Black Rice Bread (bread machine recipe)
« Last post by Redman on Today at 08:26:39 AM »
The Recipe Board / Re: Black Rice Bread (bread machine recipe)
« Last post by CharlesH on Today at 07:49:58 AM »
Sounds good.  Is black rice the same thing as wild rice?
The Recipe Board / Black Rice Bread (bread machine recipe)
« Last post by Mr. Bill on Yesterday at 09:48:00 PM »
My doctor told me to cut back on starch, so I bought a bread machine and made purple bread.

Why? Because I'm looking for breads with extra fiber and extra protein. I'm not ready to drop bread from my diet yet, but I figure I can do better than what's available in the grocery store.

Okay, it's not quite purple, but it's purple-ISH. This is essentially a white bread recipe, with the addition of precooked black rice and pea protein powder.

I have a Zojirushi Virtuoso BB-PAC20 breadmaker. This recipe ought to work unchanged with the newer Virtuoso Plus BB-PDC20, the older Supreme BB-CEC-20, and (with luck) with any 2-pound bread machine.

The Zojirushi machines have a convenient "Jam" cycle. Yes, we're going to cook the black rice in the bread machine!

    ¼ cup black rice (rinsed in strainer)
    1½ cups water

Put the ingredients in the baking pan and run on "Jam" cycle (1h20m). (If you don't have a "Jam" cycle, just heat it at not-quite-boiling in a covered pot on the stove, with occasional stirring.) Don't expect all the water to be absorbed.

When done, drain the rice through a sieve into a measuring cup. You'll probably have about ⅜ cup of purple liquid left; we'll include that in the bread ingredients.

Add to the baking pan:

    The cooked black rice
    1¼ cups water (total, including the drained rice water)
    1½ teaspoons salt
    1 teaspoon sugar

Add the dry ingredients on top:

    4 cups white bread flour
    ¼ cup pea protein powder
    2¼ teaspoons active dry yeast (on the very top so it doesn't get wet prematurely)

Run on the "Basic/Regular" cycle, crust darkness "Medium" (3h25m). (If you have a different brand of breadmaker, try the standard "White Bread" cycle.) The dough might look a little dry at the start of kneading, but as the rice grains get broken up, they will release more moisture.


Stolen from my blog: Bread machine recipe: Black Rice Bread
Transportation / Re: changing transmission fluid
« Last post by Stwood on Yesterday at 05:57:32 PM »
I go bt color on automatics.
Standards, which I have 2 of, I ho-hum them. Mainly just ck to make sure they are full.
If I have a leak, then ck more often.
Brake fluid, I use silicon, which does not absorb water. Higher priced, yes. And does not mix with Dot3 or 4.
Transportation / Re: changing transmission fluid
« Last post by machinisttx on Yesterday at 04:39:48 PM »
If it's a high mileage vehicle and maintenance hasn't been done, then there is a chance that the new fluid(with it's fresh detergents) can break up deposits and create more problems than it will solve. Otherwise, every 25-30k for an automatic. I need to change the fluid in the manual in my truck..but the recommended fluid is only available from either a GM or Chrysler dealer at something like $13 per quart. No exact replacement for that fluid is available anywhere else, so I haven't been in any hurry to get it done.

Carl brings up a good idea. Brake fluid is hygroscopic and needs to be changed infrequently. That's the reason it always says to only use brake fluid from a sealed container. Coolant becomes acidic and needs to be changed.
Emergency Preparations / Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Last post by Stwood on Yesterday at 03:36:57 PM »
Sink cabinet usually screwed to the wall at the back, inside top of cabinet.
Remove the basin first.
I just got a Ruger American Rimfire Target model. It uses the rotary magazine, which I like. I've had trouble with Marlin magazines cutting my fingers during rapid reloads (for an Appleseed). And I had an old A-Bolt .22 that couldn't feed a round at any fast pace - the lips of the original 5 round and replacement 15 round magazines just couldn't precisely position the cartridge. So I am hoping the Ruger ( with its 10 round rotary mag will do the trick.

By the way, it comes with a sort of Ruger "Pickatinny Rail" on it. I have several scopes set up with tip-off rings, but not one spare set of Pickatiny rings. Then I noticed a sort of groove under the rail. The rail came off easily (four Torx T-10 head 6-48 screws) and that revealed the standard Ruger grooves for .22LR. Got the scope mounted up - now to sight it in.  I wonder why none of the Ruger literature, or any of the reviews, mentioned the tip-off grooves?
Solar Power / Re: Portable solar system to run electric fans
« Last post by chad on Yesterday at 01:47:03 PM »
Thanks Carl, I'm up to 330 watts now.
Solar Power / Re: Portable solar system to run electric fans
« Last post by Carl on Yesterday at 01:23:34 PM »
Nice panel Chad.
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