Archive for Repair

Of AC Motors and Capacitors…

Posted in Electronics, Woodworking with tags , , , , , , on 04 January 2011 by Richard Hornbaker

Some interesting lessons learned about start capacitors, run capacitors, and AC motors.  My pain is your gain… things are not always what they appear, and cheaper is not necessarily better! Continue reading

Fixed in a flash

Posted in Electronics, Photography with tags , , , , , , , , , on 30 November 2009 by Richard Hornbaker

Posting this as a work-in-progress.  I’ll get photos posted shortly.

[Insert photo of broken SB-800 LCD]

My Nikon SB-800 speedlight took a nosedive during a recent project, and the impact hit the LCD display squarely.  The outer LCD protective cover survived intact, but the shock shattered the fragile LCD panel inside, and most of the display became unreadable when the LCD fluid leaked.  Rather than ship this flash unit back to Nikon, I opted to buy a replacement LCD panel for about USD$50 and tackle the repair myself. Continue reading


Nikon D2H goes to pieces

Posted in Electronics, Photography with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 10 October 2009 by Richard Hornbaker


Nikon D2H body

If you’re curious like me, you’ve wondered what’s inside your camera, especially a pro DSLR.  So, of course, I couldn’t resist the idea of a “teardown project” with this broken Nikon D2H.  I really wanted to see if I was up to the task of replacing the shutter – get it working again, not just tear it apart. Continue reading