Electronics - Motor repair success

I fixed my broken motor that is meant to power the auger via the tiny gearbox that will deliver the fish food in my demand fish feeder.

Normally I prefer less complicated sentences.

But I'm all excited.

It turns out, the problem was there were simply too many parts.

Or more accurately one too many parts, and one that was simply in the way.

The silver bit was the one too many. I think that broke off the bit where the wires connect, and fell into the motor, generally clagging things up.

The little nylon washer creates part of the front bearing, but it made getting the brushes back on impossible, because it had to be put on after the brushes. That's an impossible path through the plastic front. I don't have the kinds of quantum tools that walking through walls requires. And if I did, I wouldn't waste my time with motor repairs. I'd do much more interesting stuff, like poking my head through the fridge to see if the light really does go off when the door is closed.

So be leaving out those two small parts, I managed to make my motor work.

Only two parts.

And they were tiny.

Those that know me will realise that's a pretty low number of excess bits after a repair. I think I did quite well.

So well in fact, that it looks like this when it's running.

That should do nicely.

What this all means, is that there is really no reason why I cant put this thing together today, and actually finish something.


120 Things in 20 years - If I keep repairing them, one day an electronic motor repair might leave me with enough parts to eventually build another motor. I should fix cars.

1 comment:

  1. My Brother-in-law refers to the extra screws from re-assembling things 'Shipping Screws' - you know the extra screws they put into things to hold it together for shipping but aren't otherwise necessary.

    I guess you had a shipping washer?


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