Another lovely, quiet day here at the Volunteer Village. Warm, clear blue skies, with a wonderful, slight breeze. It doesn’t get any better than this, and we’re enjoying it. :c)
No work today, we report back on Monday with our job picks, hopefully some of our picks will be available, so we’ve chosen several different ones, just in case. We have to do our on line driver’s course, so that will take a few hours tonight or tomorrow.
With all this free time on my hands, you know I can’t sit still. Yesterday, we drove the one and a half hours to our daughter Heather’s house for a visit and so Marti could give grandsons Andrew and Owie their piano lessons. While she was teaching, I drove to the nearby Camping World and picked up a new LP Leak Detector.
It’s to replace the defective one that is in our Journey.
Opening the package, the new detector has just two wires to hook up, an easy install. The unit uses 12V battery power to work. Also note the manufacture date (in red letters), June 2013. The unit should be replaced after five years.
I unhooked the old detector, it has a plug connector.
Snipped off the wires,
and using a wire stripping plier, I stripped some insulation off the wires for inserting in an automotive wire butt connector.
Typical me, I taped the connections with electrical tape to make sure the connections don’t come apart from vibration. I just have to overbuild everything, I can’t help it, it’s my German heritage…
I also put the five year replacement date on the unit so I’ll remember to change it out. Funny, the instructions say to replace the unit five years from the manufacture date, yet on the front of the unit it shows a January 2015 replacement date. Maybe it was manufactured with an older cover? (Click to enlarge). I was happy to see the green light, showing that it was working normally.
This unit has a test button, I pressed it and got a loud alarm and a red light. We’re safe now!
Of course, nothing ever goes easy. The old detector fit in a hole cut in a wood panel that is too small for the new unit. I have to get some wood to cover the hole and make it look pretty. That will have to wait until our next trip into town, about 18 miles from here.
One more item, I made a brace on the piping on the Journey’s LP tank where the fitting came loose. I think vibration was what caused the fitting to loosen, so I used a “U'” bolt, some rubber and a couple of wire ties to support the piping and dampen any vibration.
We can sleep easier now, knowing we won’t be waking up in mid-air from an LP explosion. :cD
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