Burnt Cap

My boiler was having a hard time heating the house for a week or so. After not hearing back from heating companies for several days, on Saturday I woke up to the main floor heating zones being 55° and 58°. Not cool.

It was time for troubleshooting mode. I did a lot of reading and watched a lot of YouTube videos about boiler systems. Eventually I found the problem! The circulator pump has a capacitor for running its motor. This one obviously had blown.


I was able to replace it by stealing the cap out of my spare pump. 🔥 Here is the replacement wired and working, before I put the electrical cover back on.

Simple fix. I bet it would have cost several hundred dollars if one of the heating companies had actually called me back and came to fix this. Plumbing supply web sites don’t even sell the capacitor. They want $55 for a whole new wiring terminal strip! I ordered a new cap for the spare pump on Amazon for less than $4.

After having a cold house for a week I’m even more convinced people are crazy who keep their heat down to save $50 a month instead of giving up something like a daily $3 cup of coffee. I refuse to be uncomfortable in my own house and am very happy to be enjoying 70° again.

YI 4K Action Camera – Screen Replaced

The replacement came in for my shattered YI 4K Action Camera touchscreen. I was surprised it only took 10 days to get here from Shenzhen, China.

I followed this YouTube video, even though mine isn’t the newer 4K+ version of the camera. The only difference I noticed was the type of connector for the shutter.

I made one mistake, as you can see below, cracking the front cover above the lens. It won’t affect the performance, so not a big deal.

I wasn’t nearly as fast as the guy in the video, but I did it in less than an hour. Easy peasy compared to replacing the screen on an iPhone, which I will never attempt again.

Shattered Camera Touchscreen

I had my new YI Action Camera in one of those strap bags on my back today at Maker Faire Detroit and must have bumped into something. 😦 Hopefully it’s not too expensive for a new screen and easy to replace.

Update: Roughly $70 for a like-new replacement screen on eBay. Apparently it’s pretty easy to replace.