Jim Coleman holding tank


The Jim Coleman unit has a large holding tank to hold water for all the car wash bays.  Today I noticed that there is a leak in one of the plastic fittings.  Also, the hydrominder is extremely slow letting water flow through, but I will look at that problem tomorrow.


While filling up the tank I noticed their was a leak.  The leak was coming from a check valve from the bottom of the holding tank so the water was low pressure.

House no more


It is kind of like someone is trying to clean up the neighborhood?  They removed the burnt down house across the street from my car wash.  Now there is just garbage from people dumping.  So a good improvement!

Neon transformers should not kill you?


Around a week ago I took down some neon tubes and transformers from my Dad’s car wash he sold (they are ripping it down to build a CVS).  I decided to test the transformers because my Dad said they didn’t work.  I also borrowed a transformer that worked from Greg to make sure the tubes were actually good.


So I take the transformers out of their boxes and observed the connections but I am not really sure how to hook up the neon.  I searched around the interwebs and still could not figure it out.  The problem I am having is with the ground (green wire) and what it is connected to?

Picture 528.jpgPicture 435.jpg

The first step was to find a tube that worked using Greg working transformer.  I found a tube which lit up just fine.

Picture 508.jpgPicture 503.jpg

Next step: I tried 2 unknown transformers and got the same results, sparky fire looking things and the neon was not lit fully.  I then (this was a total mistake) grabbed both ends of the transformer (so the electricy could run all the way through my body) and shocked myself, then the neon was fully lit and there were no more sparks.  I did have it grounded on the plug though, the same as with the known working transformer.  So are my 2 transformers bad or the ground bad?  Not really sure.