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?

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

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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.

Installation guide for BC-200 NEXGEN $5 Bill Upgrade (Kit 27050001)

Do you own a Rowe changer?  Have you updated to the new $5 bill yet?  If you haven’t then you are as bad as I am.  But, I got a couple NEXGEN $5 bill upgrades from Rowe International.  It came with some instructions and was pretty easy.  The hardest part was staying in the equipment room since it is really hot here in Alabama.


1) Remove all the chips and the 3 stickers from the bag.  2) Turn the machine off then on again if it says “FAST PAY” then you need to find another HowTo somewhere else, this is only for the “DOUBLE DUMP”.  3) Turn the power off then remove the CCC from the machine.  4) Get the board out of the plastic housing.  (The third picture red arrow shows what you will be removing.)

The (yellow arrow) shows the black piece that will be removed from the (red arrow) blue piece.  The second picture shows the new board on the left and the old board on the right.  5) (Last picture) Gently remove the Eprom chip for “FAST PAY”. I used a screwdriver and was very careful but……


I kind of messed up the FP chip.  6) Now you need to install the “DDUMP V1.0” eprom.  This is actually the hardest part and I actually was careful with the pins being lined up correctly.  7) Next flip over the board and install the “DOUBLE DUMP” sticker.


8 ) Now line up the piggy back board with the main ccc board like shown. Skip step nine!  9) Next get a hammer and tap the small board into the ccc board use some force so it will be a snug fit.  10) Put the plastic housing back on and Install the “65082522” sticker and you can see the DD sticker on the left side.


11) Turn the unit on and watch all the updating on the ccc.  Then you should get the Night Rider Kit Car lights (the okay light).  12) Test and enjoy!  Everything worked great and it was actually very easy to do just skip step 9 unless you want to just purchase a new ccc.

How not to remove a pulley? – Update


After Mep1 told me I was heating up the wrong thing, I took his advise and heated up the pulley this time.  I believe that my problem is the wheel puller end that goes on the shaft is too fat?  The last picture shows the furthest I can pull the pulley off. 

I also beat the pulley with a hammer after a chunk of the pulley flew off and I picked it up like I was retarded.