Honeywell Thermostat Not Reaching Set Temperature Troubleshooting

A Honeywell thermostat not reaching set temperature can occur for many reasons from improper placement of the thermostat to a malfunctioning heating / cooling system.  Here, we discuss the various reasons why this might occur, and offer troubleshooting tips and solutions to address these causes.  First, we look at what problems are likely to occur within … Continue reading Honeywell Thermostat Not Reaching Set Temperature Troubleshooting



How to Restart a Honeywell Thermostat

You may wish to reboot your Honeywell thermostat if it starts behaving strangely, freezes, hangs, does not turn on or off the furnace even though the current temperature and current setting are far apart, will not connect to Wi-Fi, is not properly sending information periodically to the Honeywell Total Comfort Connect servers on the internet, et al. Before attempting … Continue reading How to Restart a Honeywell Thermostat



Fixing Blowing Fuses Problem, Altec Lansing ATP5 Powered Speakers

Love these Altec Lansing ATP5 amplified speakers. But the other day, they started blowing their internal 1.6A slow-blow fuse when plugged into mains power. And, given how sweet these units sound, we couldn’t bear throwing them out without at least ATTEMPTING repairs.   Thus, during disassembly of the subwoofer (big) unit in the above picture, we spotted … Continue reading Fixing Blowing Fuses Problem, Altec Lansing ATP5 Powered Speakers



APC Smart UPS Battery Replacement Troubleshooting SU1400NET

This week’s tinker project: An APC SU1400NET Smart UPS battery backup system. Rescued two of these from a junk pile bound wagon last week in Pittsburgh. Had to leave one of them with buddies out there however, because even with their dead batteries removed, each uninterruptible power supply (UPS) still weighs close to 30 pounds … Continue reading APC Smart UPS Battery Replacement Troubleshooting SU1400NET



Switching Power Supply Adapter Failure 12v External Hard Drive

Switching power supplies and adapters of sizes from the very large to the almost infinitesimal, convert mains and auto electricity into the correct voltage, current, and regulation levels necessary for running today’s high tech computing devices; everything from cell phones and tablets, laptop and desktop computers, to just about any device based on IT technology.  … Continue reading Switching Power Supply Adapter Failure 12v External Hard Drive



Solving WiFi Connect Problems, Victor Reader Stream, New Generation

The New Generation of the Victor Reader Stream, the second version of this already useful blind friendly talking book and media player, taps into a whole new realm of audio and textual media, from the web.  Victor Reader has now been Internet enabled, via wireless connectivity through standard WiFi.   Firmware releases since 2013, have added … Continue reading Solving WiFi Connect Problems, Victor Reader Stream, New Generation