Author Archives: Eric Kirkhuff

My Tutorials – Replacing your Gas Valves as a result of high-winds entering the back of the grill head

Almost every grill manufacture has a gap in the back top of the grill to allow some excess heat escape from your grill so it does not cause any damage.

High-wind entering this gap area from the back can cause a “blow-torch” effect from back to the front and sides of a grill, potentially damaging your food, Gas Valves, switches, and wiring.

Summerset carries a Spoiler to block the wind and protect the grill. This video shows you how to easily access and replace your valves.

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Common Issues With Denon AVR-2807 In the Trash is where it belongs

DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME

A DYI Techie will probably appreciate this post.

You might think that this is a rather harsh decision but it was not something I took lightly. I have been able to repair complex electronic issues for many years and have spent countless hours trying to fix something that is not worth it and this is one of them.

I weighted the fact that there were not any real good posts on this amp and that even I spent a few hours on it and replaced the parts for a few hundred bucks, that it still was not a reliable amp and basically, I decided that it was a POS and deserved to be at the bottom of a trash can, hence the photo.

The symptom was that the intermittently, the sound would drop along with the M Volume display line would disappear. The standby light would also remain green, which made me think that the main power block was ok and the defect was in the microprocessor or power supply area, probably a circuit going south. At any cost I took it completely apart and tried to get it to fail with circuit board flex and heat.

This convinced me that it was a failing component and again, not a good bet it would last over time. 90% of intermittent failures are connection or technical related.

Again, even if you spent $250 on a service repair from a Denon dealer, it the AVR-2807 is still not designed to last. It is the Jaguar or Fiat of Amplifiers.

 

 

 

Heart attack and Water

I thought I would post this as it make perfect sense and it cannot hurt to follow it.

Heart Attack & Water

Something I didn’t know either! I asked my Doctor why do I and other people urinate so much at night time. Answer from my Cardiac Doctor = Gravity holds water in the lower part of your body when you are upright (legs swell).

When you lie down and the lower body (legs and etc) seeks level with the kidneys it is then that the kidneys remove the water because it is easier. This then ties in with the last statement.

I knew you need your minimum water to help flush the toxins out of your body, but this was news to me.
Correct time to drink water… Very Important. From A Cardiac Specialist!

Drinking water at a certain time maximizes its effectiveness on the body:

2 glasses of water after waking up – helps activate internal organs
1 glass of water 30 minutes before a meal – helps digestion
1 glass of water before taking a bath – helps lower blood pressure
1 glass of water before going to bed – avoids stroke or heart attack

iCloud – Is your iPhone backed up? Probably Not

Most of us learn the hard way when our phone breaks, crashes, gets stolen, or disappears.

It is my understanding that if you have ATT or Verizon, you need to turn this on manually. It does not happen automatically.

It is ok if your not a fan of iCloud, but you do want to be at least have it on and backing up all of your precious phone settings, like mail and app selections, passwords etc.

Did you know that it will not fully function if you do not have an apple ID email, like YourName@me.com, so if you do not have one, change your email to that.

If you have not converted from Mobile Me to iCloud, you need to do it now. Once setup, your not Done. In order to have the phone configuration to backup wireless, you need to turn on the backup to iCloud. It is not what you think, it is a backup that you do not have access unless you need it. It is not part of the 5gig you are given free, so d not worry about it. Follow these steps below.

Start with going to Settings >> iCloud >> Storage & Backup

At the bottom of the Storage & Backup page, turn ON the iCloud Backup and it will immediately start working,given you have iCloud setup.

If you do not have iCloud setup, learn how and then go back to these steps.

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Still Juicing and My health

It has been quite some time now and like any good system that you use, if it works don’t tweak it much.

I have had my days where I have not juiced but I punish myself and eat less and double up on my juice and maybe change up my exercise.

Sugar is my #1 enemy, but I have been doing good and still weigh 187-189 consistently, and is still the 17LBS I lost when I did my Juicing reboot.

Remember, each person has different metabolic rates, that are affected by age, workouts, and types of foods you eat on a daily basis. It seems like it is easier to lose weight when you work at home or close to the office, or your work,  because you can control what you eat. Keep Raw Almonds, apples, and Carrots handy.

I find that eating 2 peanut butter filled celery sticks in the morning after my coffee really helps keep me focused and not hungry till about 10Am.

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