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Old 06-05-2019, 08:02 PM   #31
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Nice job
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Old 06-06-2019, 08:21 PM   #32
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Ok last pictures I promise!


This morning I fabricated a hold down bracket for the battery when I have to shove that thing in the van. The rubber straps won't be enough. I forgot to say the truck is not steady standing up by itself. It toppled over on the floor with a single nudge or a slight breeze. Lay it flat or leave a weight on the tongue.


I had a very difficult time installing the new lift chain. I had loosened the adjustment to the max and I still couldn't get the links close enough. I tried several things until I took a good look in my tool chests. I took snap ring pliers and brought them closer but still freaking tight, not even half a millimeter to spare. One side was ultra tight and the other side chain loose as a goose.

Anyway I should be good to go and I'm preparing a google post for water heater installs. We'll see if I can catch those who aren't price shoppers.


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Old 06-06-2019, 09:20 PM   #33
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Looks awesome... hopefully after a couple heavy ones that chain will stretch just a bit... too much tension is no good...

Looks awesome nice fab job on the battery mount.. that's 20-30lbs you dont have to worry about bouncing down the stairs..

Keep up the good work on those homemade tools... sometimes it's just better to make it yourself... you know what you need and if you have the skills then it's a no brainer..

I've made a few homemade drain cutters for different applications..

Should be another clip for that master link as well
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Old 06-12-2019, 05:17 PM   #34
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you are more mechanically inclined than I am

I would have sent the thing back and told them to stick it up
their butts.....

The unit is much more light duty than the 1200 lb one is because
the chain is probably half the size than the one on mine.....I dont have any pictures but I can see its lighter.....

My older unit probably needs a new motor or switch cause its
gotten very slow.... I dont have the time or patience to fool with
it and I wish you were closer and I could pay you to repair it...

good luck with it.... I suggest you dont take on anything too heavy
until you are sure it is up to the challenge.....

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Old 06-12-2019, 06:23 PM   #35
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you are more mechanically inclined than I am

I would have sent the thing back and told them to stick it up
their butts.....

The unit is much more light duty than the 1200 lb one is because
the chain is probably half the size than the one on mine.....I dont have any pictures but I can see its lighter.....

My older unit probably needs a new motor or switch cause its
gotten very slow.... I dont have the time or patience to fool with
it and I wish you were closer and I could pay you to repair it...

good luck with it.... I suggest you dont take on anything too heavy
until you are sure it is up to the challenge.....


Thanks. I can repair just about anything. I do my own truck repairs too. Rebuilt the entire differential and axles of my 4runner last summer. I completely removed and rebuilt the entire front suspension on that 20 year old ultra rusty truck, then pulled the axles 3 times in the work van etc etc. I'm seriously thinking of buying an expensive truck that has been wrecked, fix it and sell it. I'm not getting enough calls in plumbing.

Sending it back at a cost of 200-300$ would of been a huge gamble. Even if they do say they'll refund the return shipping and once they have their item they can screw you over by not refunding it. Ebay will do nothing. I know I got screwed 2 months ago for some milwaukee batteries. Then they also won't pay duty fees which by the way cost me 216$. A 500$ loss to return an item is a scam.

Anyway, the one I have has a single chain, yours is a dual, the gear ratio is also different. The rest I presume would be similar except a few things.

I've tested it with around 180 pounds for about 36 steps up and down and no issues. It works great. A 60 gallon (Canadian) is 145 pounds.

If your staircat is slow I would try the battery from your newer stair climber. if it's still slow then I would replace the motor. The motor has only 2 bolts and one for the tension of the rubber belt. Real easy to change out for anyone. Seriously replacing the motor is a 5-15 minute job.
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@Master Mark here take a look. Only 2 long bolts through and through holding the motor if you need to replace it.

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Old 06-12-2019, 09:12 PM   #37
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This diagram is your model (1200 pounds) Looks like it has an extra drive chain compared to mine (# 19) and (#8) also is different


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@Master Mark I just thought of something that can cause your lift to be slow. Check the tension of the rubber belt. The motor one. If the belt is loose it will slip on the pulleys and make your stair climber slow. Tighten the adjustment nut(right under the #39 tension spring) below the motor.

On mine I put 2 nuts together to jam them so they don't unscrew and loosen the belt.


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thanks, they told me that it could be the motor which is about 150 bucks or it is the actual thumb switch that works the whole thing can begin to short out ... 29 bucks....

I am just not into it at this time, might get around to it some day but the new one works fine... its not high on the list of things I want to do

I have been cleaning out my shop this week and been throwing away a whole bunch of junk that has been sitting on my shelves since about 1985.... got about 200 lbs of brass already in old delta faucets that are way outdated, white, polished brass, ect ..... just a bunch of throw back junk from the early 90s... I basically got it all for free from the supply houses because they did not want to pay the yearly taxes on it so they scrapped it all out to me for practically nothing..

Robbed all the good cartridges off of the delta faucets and threw away the bodies....

I thew out a bunch of old power vent gas valves probably from 2001 ... just junk

I got about 10 new rheem propane gas valves and burner assemblies brand new that I will probably throw out.... just more free junk that I will never use...

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I am finding stuff I never knew I had buried in the junk....

I only got 4 more rooms to go in the front building, then its back into the deepest bowels of the place in the back building....and that is gonna be real ugly .

I know there are about 3 rolls of l soft copper hanging on a rack that have been there since 95.... tons of old pvc fittings that are gonna get throw out.... .

Its alll got to go


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I might not need it but if I do it'll be handy to get a heavy water heater full of crud in the van all by myself. It could be good if I buy a heavy drain machine or something.

I made a bracket to hook onto the door latch and I shortened the handle and re-sleeved it as it was riveted. Thinking about it I'll weld a bar closer to the bracket where truck body is, The latch will bend but anyway you get the idea.


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