Daily Fantasy player Condia looks to be back for 2014 NFL Fanduel season

Daily Fantasy player Condia – who some suspect is a Full Time Player – is back on the Fanduel Leaderboard after 2014 NFL season week 1 at position 62 with 262 wins.

While I didn’t see him in the few games I played, it is fun to speculate on the work and return needed to Go Pro if indeed he (or she) is doing this and what kind of cash flow was generated in week one.

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Kawasaki 99916-2164 John Deere AM132715 Fuel Pump Diaphragm failure dissection

Kawasaki 99916-2164 John Deere AM132715 Fuel Pump

We had an older John Deere tractor in the shop recently with what could only be described as a major fuel leak when running.  Idling the tractor in a fixed location resulted in a pool of fuel forming underneath in a short time.  Shutting off the tractor stopped the leak so clearly this fuel was being pushed out under pressure.

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Product Review : Cold and incomplete soldering in CEN-TECH P37772 multimeter cause erratic readings


I picked up a CEN-TECH P37772 11 Function Digital Multimeter with Transistor Testing, Audible Continuity feature, support for type K thermocouple and more functionality for $5 at a recent sale.  These sell new for $20 at Harbor Freight so that seemed like a reasonable price to me.   It is a great meter, but I noticed that it just couldn’t be used on the 0 to 2 VDC or 0 to 20 VDC scale.  The reading jumped erratically to the point where the meter just could not be trusted.
With only $5 at stake, I boldly went past the "This instrument contains no operator serviceable parts" and declared myself eligible for ”Screw removal by qualified persons only" as engraved on the back.
To see what cold and incomplete soldering look like on my Centec P37772 read more….

Sansui 771 Stereo Receiver Troubleshooting Example and Tips

Sansui 771 Power Supply Regulator Speaker Relay Driver

My Sansui 771 Stereo receiver has been with me for more then 35 years .  This article will review a problem that came up 5 years ago and outline the steps I took to fix it. 


While I am unsure of the exact year, my Sansui 771 was manufactured in the mid 1970s with mostly discrete components.  The schematic for the 771 and many classic stereos ise available from hifiengine.com which makes troubleshooting much easier. 


The problem I had was two fuses blowing in the power supply and no output from the amplifier at all.   Like most of its peers in this mid-price range, the Sansui 771 delays engaging the speakers when it is powered up by several seconds and that was not happening.  


Read more for the steps I took to resolve this.


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