What Does That Treadmill Motor Coil Do?

I made a video that discusses the coil that is present in the circuit for treadmill motors. I perform some tests to demonstrate the behavior of the motor with the coil vs. without the coil. Watch the video to see what effect that coil has on the operation of the motor. This is a response to a question that a viewer posted in my previous video that showed the replacement of the treadmill controls with a 10K potentiometer. Previous Treadmill Motor Video: Subscribe: http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=UCYrXvMdKbXYtONur3rnRHcg

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Woodturning a Decorative Jar Lid

In this video, I show how I turned a decorative lid to make an ordinary glass jar a bit more special. This is a fun and easy project, and if you know someone who is into canning, it also makes a nice gift. I use these jars in the workshop as well, for storing small batches of finishes. This minimizes waste and allows me to keep finishes fresh before I use them.

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Variable Speed Treadmill Motor Electrical Conversion

I made this video to show how I salvaged the motor and speed control from a used treadmill. With a small modification, I was able to simplify the electronics for later use as a variable speed conversion for a fixed speed motor power tool. I removed the bulky control interface and replaced it with a 10K ohm potentiometer. I also show how you can reverse the direction of the motor and also stop and start the motor without having to constantly adjust the potentiometer.

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Tips for De-Hoarding

The label “Hoarder” isn’t usually something that most of us want to admit about ourselves, but I bet I’m not the only maker who has an issue with “stuff” accumulating in the workshop. I have been looking around the workshop (and in the mirror) and realize that some signs of Hoarding have crept up on me. I’ve been thinking about ways to counter the tendency, and I hope that my experiences can help other creators to tame this troublesome tendency. To help determine if Hoarding is an issue for you, consider these signs: Do you have tools in your shop that you haven’t used in years? Do you have materials in your shop that have more than a year of dust? Do you have consumables (finishes, paints, etc.) that have gone bad, but are still taking up space? Do you have paths between the “stuff” that you have to navigate, like a maze? Have you ever gotten injured because you […]

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