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Here’s some clips of video I took during the final assembly of the Lincoln Navigator Running board rebuild and installation procedure.

Our 2003 Lincoln Navigator Power running boards were rusted so badly that the metal Swoll up and the running boards would bind.

Since I was already painting the truck, I decided now is a good time to rebuild them. I went ahead and took them off, dismantled them and cut off the mounting plates from the bottom of the original Running board assembly.

Then with the help of my good friend Todd, I welded new running boards from 1 1/2 inch angle iron. We welded the mounting plates from the original running boards to the bottom of the new Running board we built, but we had some problems aligning the pins so they fit into the arms perfectly. It took a little work with a hammer to get them straight.

I then painted them up with acid etch primer, and bolted them up to the truck and instead of bolting the covers on I used urethane windshield adhesive to glue the covers to the top of the new boards.

Cat Genie – External Fan Connector

Posted: 10th May 2010 by Jason in Automation
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I recently put the Cat Genie Automatic Litterbox in a custom made cabinet, But the moisture during the drying cycle was a problem – So I installed a bathroom fan in the cabinet. This fan was controlled by a motion sensor – but it was not the best. So tonight I voided yet another warranty and installed a External Fan connection on the Cat Genie 120.

Here is how you do it…

  1. Remove the 4 Screws, You will need a very long screwdriver like mine, Remove and then remove the rear cover.
  2. Locate the Fan and its wires, right near the top.  2.5 locate a suitable power connector
  3. There was just barely enough room here for the connector – There is more room where the label is on the back.
  4. Make a hole – I used a jigsaw.
  5. Solder the wires to the fan wires – Insulate using standard best practices.
  6. Install Firmware update cable. (optional)
  7. Put it all back together and admire your handiwork.

Custom Cabinet for Cat Genie 120

Posted: 10th April 2010 by Jason in Automation
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We recently bought the Cat Genie 120 from

I have no real complaints (that custom firmware will not solve). But my big problem is that the best place to install the unit, is the worst place to put this thing.

You see, you need to connect it to water and sewer. The laundry room is no good because there is a water heater next to the washing machine on one side and the furnace on the other. In addition, the door to that room would need to be left open all the time.

The best place for the installation would be in our home theater (on the other side of the wall),  but who wants to see a cat litter box in there?

So I built a cabinet with false doors and drawers, and put it in there. The doors can be lifted out for maintenance and the drawer faces are solid, except for one which swings and returns to closed with a rubber band.  Keen readers will note that humidity in this small area would be a problem, so I installed a bathroom fan and ran the vent outside. It’s on a motion timer right now, but I intend to fix that soon.

Trailer thermometer

Posted: 10th April 2010 by Jason in Uncategorized
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I finally installed a thermometer in the trailer to show us the outside temperature.


Welcome to the new blog!

Posted: 2nd April 2010 by Jason in Uncategorized
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This is the new post from iPhone