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  1. Can you find the Dyson in a store or is it just online? Quite pricey I think, correct?
  2. Yeah, I'm probably giving too much thought on the issue. But it annoys me to go into the store, stare at 25 different models and have it come down to color, style, and price and not what should matter: function (since you can't try them out!). That's why I'm on here asking. Thanks guys... On a digression but...we once bought my mother a vacuum cleaner for Christmas back when I was just a pup. I mean, my sister, dad, and me. Can you believe that, a vacuum cleaner? What a slap in the face. I mean, we didn't know any better we were just kids but my dad.... So much for romanticism, among a host of other isms....
  3. thanks Kiwi. I don't know, too, exactly what I'm looking for! I like the ability of the shop vacs to suck up everything in their path...they don't seem persnickety about it. They are bigger, yes, so maybe a hassle to bring up the stairs. And not good on carpets. But on a hard floor they seem to work great. The ones I saw at Tesco were rated a lot lower in wattage than the small ones. But what does this translate to? Since you can't test them out it's a dilemma. 2000w sounds like a lot on your model. I'm from the States and I have a Craftsman big 'ol wet/dry shop vac that was used heavily 20 years ago (when I still lived there and was doing construction) and is still going strong (just cleaned out my dad's barn last I was there). I guess that's my reference point.
  4. Hi Chiang Mai folks, I would like to purchase a new vacuum but...which model? Can anyone point me in the right direction based on personal experience? I've always liked shop vacs as they are strong, indestructible, and will suck up anything but I am not necessarily stuck on a shop vac. I don't have any carpeting. I have a lot of space so not worried about size. I do have a lot of dirt and dust and debris. My current little Phillips model of at least 5 years shuts down due to overheating after 10 or 15 minutes (depending on season); I certainly would like to avoid that problem. And they don't even make bags for it anymore. Thank you.
  5. On a similar note, does anyone have experience or knowledge of going to Laos for the Songkran period? I seem to recall reading that they do have songkran on a small scale but I hope it is very small. Also, is it possible to travel around easily or will everything be booked up solid like it is in Thailand? I'm thinking to book tickets to and fro Vientiane then bus it around the country at my whim. Possible or will this be a bad period for attempting that? Thanks so much.
  6. Just driving around you will pass many electrical shops, even around the moat. I'm sure they will have them. Home Pro or Global House probably also has them. I have not yet purchased one yet, however, but it's on my list.
  7. Excellent. I'm off to the switch store! Cheers, your help will keep me cool as a cucumber and safe, too. Thanks!
  8. Hi Crossy, Something such as in the attached image? I can wire up something like that, sure. That little bit is not above my capacitor, um, I mean my capacity. Will this keep the motor cooler? Do I need to look for a particular rating with the switch? Thanks again, cheers...
  9. Hi Crossy, I thought a rheostat and lamp dimmer were the same thing but based on your question I guess not. I posted a pic below of what I used. As I said, I didn't notice anything amiss except the motor of the fan seemingly getting hotter than without using this dimmer box. Does that make sense? I did not notice any buzzing. Do you think I can carry on as is or am I risking damaging the fan motor? If I replace the capacitor....what is the outcome? Slower speeds on the fan? Thanks for your help, very much appreciated.
  10. Hiya folks, I just bought a big Hatari fan, a 22" that stands on a tripod and really lets it rip (can see it on Amazon here at about 10 x the price: https://www.amazon.com/Hatari-Industrial-Electric-Glossy-Hc-i22m1/dp/B01AZ94FVK). In fact, it's a little bit much and strangely the difference between the speeds 1, 2, and 3 is almost negligible (almost as if the slow speed was already almost the top speed). Well, I put a cheap rheostat on it that I had laying around and I was able to knock the speed down to the perfect level...and all was good. But the top of the motor housing got pretty hot and I started to think that perhaps this was not a good idea electrically (though the motor gets hot without the rheostat, too, but perhaps not as much) and so I've gone to searching on the internet where I've seen answers saying it's fine and answers saying don't do it. Some folks claim I need a different kind of thing-a-ma-jig to properly cut the current. Anyhow, does anyone with feet on the ground here in Thailand and knowledge of such things have any conclusive input? Can I use the rheostat? Do I need to purchase a "fan speed controller" (such as for a ceiling fan) or a different kind of switch? Or is there nothing to be done except be blown away? Thanks folks, cheers.....
  11. My wife bought these at a Royal Project thingy in Mae Sa Mai (sp?) village in Mae Rim (at Mae Rim?). It is a Hmong village somewhere up in the mountains around those parts. I had some more of the berries this afternoon since posting and they are getting sweeter and really are quite enjoyable. I'm a convert.
  12. My wife just bought a couple kgs of them. They look albino, 85% white. However, much to my surprise, they taste pretty good. Tart yes but with enough sweetness to make them enjoyable. Kind of like a green mango when it's half sweet/half sour. Are they adulterated? I dunno...
  13. Ok, I'll get a thermometer and also test the temp dial on unit. Thank you. There is no doubt that the pump needs to be serviced. The owner of the house refuses to do it in the sense that I brought it up when her son-in-law jack of all poorly done handiwork was here to install some new PVC pipe and they kind of laughed it away. It's like the fix-it guys for the heater. Warm water comes out therefore heater working. Water comes out of tap therefore pump working.
  14. Some pics... I've been told on this forum that my pump is under powered for a 2-story house. Plus it is ancient. As for the water heater, mine is the HES-45V
  15. My candy thermometer does not seem up to the task. I re-read your post and saw you mentioned an "instant" thermometer. Indeed, mine is too slow to react to the changing water temp. Interesting, last night I had the hottest shower I've ever had in Thailand with high water pressure and volume. So, though I still have no hard numbers to back up my research there is no doubt that the heater is capable of producing much hotter water than it has been producing if everything is working correctly. I should back-track a bit and mention that there is also a water flow problem. The shower is on the second floor on the other side of the house from where the old leaking pump is located (outside of course). I'm in a rental and the owners do not see fit to address this pump as for them it works just fine...even though leaking and always surrounded by a water stain. So when the pump is on the pressure and volume surges and ebbs...of course causing temp problems. I can test without the pump on though, just using the city water pressure. But your comments about switches kicking on or off depending on the pressure AND the 10 minute very hot water/high pressure shower last night (for some unknown reason the pressure was unusually high) makes me think that perhaps the problem is an overall lack of water volume/pressure causing the machine to not work correctly? I know they will cut off when the volume is super low. My pressure is never THAT low unless I turn it down manually. But...makes me think. I do here various noises from the heater, sort of a wheezing sound I believe when the water pressure decreases. Is this the reed switch you talk of? Ah, more likely the heat exchanger boiling. Can I think of the trim pot as an actual pot...of water? Where would I purchase an instant thermometer? I assume these are digital, yes? Thanks for your help RichCor.