Computers and Eye Strain

Computers and Eye Strain

I sit for long hours at the computer both day and night. Lately I have noticed that My eyes tear a lot at night while sitting at the computer, and sometimes during the day too. I was having a hard time sleeping after sitting at the computer for several hours at night and sometimes I would have a headache. I happened to run across an article about something called Blue Light and Eye Strain. My Monitor is a Sanyo 26 inch HDTV and even though it has automatic Light adjustment for Day and Night viewing I found it was not enough to protect my eyes from Blue Light. Another symptom was having a hard time going to sleep on many nights and headaches, which I never had before.. In reading the Article, it stated that the blue light fools the body into thinking it is daylight when in fact it could be the middle of the night. It will often time strain the eyes as well as make it hard for you to go to sleep, especially if you have spent long hours at the computer.

What is the answer you may ask. I found a neat little Utility called “F.LUX” for Windows 10 and Linux. What it does is filter out the blue light according to the time of day or not. You set it up according to your Location and it will take care of the filtering according to the time of day or night. There are several other Utilities that do the same. There are other Physical filters that slip on the screen to do the same thing, But I like this handy little utility and it does the job for me. There is also one for Chrome Browser called Midnight lizard that you can add to your chrome browser. The “F.LUX” has been a blessing especially on my Laptop with the glaring white screen. I would suggest that you read up on Blue Light and eye strain. Save Your Eyes.

Mel

Adding Rear Air Bags to My Motor Home

Adding Rear Air Bags to a Motor Home

Ford F-53 Chassis

I have been wanting to add Firestone Ride Right Air Bags to the rear of my motor Home, which is a 2006 Thor Four Winds Hurricane 31D with the Ford F-53 Chassis. I purchased a set on a open package deal for a little over $200. Last October. I’ve been waiting for good weather and the ambition to do the Job. Yesterday started and finished one side today.

Although the Kit is for the F-53 Chassis, Firestone and others warn that the jit is not for Thor Motor home because of the location of the House brackets holding the house to the Chassis frame> I know of a few others who have done it so I decided to try. Here is my story.

First off I had to modify the House Brackets so I could install the upper air bag bracket to the frame. I bought a 12 ton Bottle Jack on sale at Harbor freight and placed it under the axle, I blocked the front wheels and the rear wheel on the other side. I then jacked up the motor home so that the dual tires just cleared the ground enough to remove them from the Hub. After removing the wheel liner, I took my air impack wrench and loosened the lug nuts. After removing the Dual tires, I placed another jack stand on the axle for safety. I took the air bag upper bracket and loosely bolted it to the frame. This way I could see how much of the house bracket I would have to remove and how much I would have to remove on the upper air bag bracket. After marking and measuring the real work began. I took my 4 inch welders grinder and started the grind the house bracket so the upper air bag bracket would clear. See Picture below.

This is the House Bracket on the Motor Home Frame after I ground off the metal so the upper air bag bracket would clear. The two big holes below the bracket is where the lower bolt holes in the Upper air bag bracket goes. You have to drill two holes in the frame for the upper air bag brackets bolts to go. Next I had to modify the air bag bracket. See Picture below. 

You can see where I had to modify the bracket so it would clear the house bracket on the frame. The Next Picture shows in more detail the Modified Upper bracket Bracket.

Modified Upper Air Bag Bracket

Next was to install the air bag to the upper and lower air bag brackets, using Locktite Blue on all threads. Then using the Grade 8 Bolts and lock nuts supplied, I installed the air bag assy to the frame. See Picture below:

Air bag and brackets bolted to Motor Home Frame.

Air line is routed to a compartment so air filler fittings are out of sight and locked in compartment. See picture below:

Air filler fittings Locked inside compartment to prevent tampering.

Tomorrow I will start on the other side weather and temps permitting. I am stiff and sore so it could be a couple of days before I get started again.

Mel

DIY Track Bar installed

As promised here are some pictures of the track bar installed and almost done. I still have to Drill 2 more holes in the frame for the bracket. I have drilled one hole and that is holding the bracket for now. If the weather holds maybe I will drill the other two holes tomorrow. Below are pictures of the Track Bar installed. Mel

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My Year End Update for 2016

My Year End Update for 2016

Reflecting Back over the past year, it has been a bad year for us as far as Rving goes. My Motor Home has hardly moved since a 3000 mile trip to Texas in Oct – Nov of 2015. In 2016 We were able to make a round trip of 500 miles to Nevada and back to our home in Utah. Except for Safety Inspection and emissions testing the Motor Home has Sat in the Driveway. I have went out and started it up and ran the generator every month. I have made several Modifications and updates to it averaging at least one a month. Unfortunately With Doctors appointments and my DW’s eye appointments, we just have not been able to take the motor home and go. My Wife developed Macular Degeneration in her eyes and the Eye Doctors are trying to keep it from getting any worse. The shots in here eyes have helped but the left eye still is leaking and the Eye Doctor is trying to save her sight, So we have had to stay close to home for her appointments.

To keep busy I make Mods and updates on the motor home. It has been ready to go for over a year. I keep hoping that we can get away to a warmer climate at least for a month or two. For 20 years we were Snowbirds going to Yuma Arizona and Texas every year for 4 or 5 months during the Winter. For the past 4 years we have only been able to go for a month or 6 weeks, But not this year. I keep hoping, but it doesn’t look like we will be able to go until spring if at all. It has been hard for me not being able to go Rving especially after almost 50 years of Rving. I am 78 years old and was hoping to get another 3 to 5 years of Rving in before my time is up. Time will tell. You can read about all of the Modifications I have made this year to our Motor Home.

Mel

Do it Yourself (DIY) Track Bar for Motor Home

DSCF0004.JPGSteps for “Making a Do It Yourself Track Bar” I have made several Mods to My Motor Home and the Ford F-53 Chassis to improve handling. CHF, Tires, Sway Bar Bushings, Bilstien Shocks, and a Steer Safe. Each of these items helped the handling of the motor home. My F-53 came with a Front Track Bar, but not one on the rear. The short 32 ft motor home has a Long overhang behind the rear wheels. This makes it prone to wagging the dog or wagging its tail in High wind or when a semi passes. Because of cost I decided to make my own track bar.

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Tail Light Mod

a3.JPGI have had nothing but problems with Tail, Turn Signal, Stop, and Backup Lights on my Motor Home. Every Trip one or more of the lights would stop working or else be Blinking on and off. It is because of a poor designed Tail Light Assy for the 2006 Four Winds Hurricane 31D and the same Assy is also used on the Newmar 2006 Kountry Star. Both have the same type problems. I decided to do something about it. Could not locate a new Assy anywhere so I modified the ones I had to fix the problem.

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