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50mg generic viagra I went on the Internet and found that a blown “start capacitor” is the usual reason a pool pump hums without starting.

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50mg generic viagra Turns out the 2 horsepower electric motor that runs the pump has two capacitors, 50mg generic viagra a “run” capacitor riding inside its own little cover on top and a “start” capacitor hidden in the metal cap that is held on by two bolts to the end of the motor.  (The left side of the picture to the right.)

50mg generic viagra I got a new capacitor and put it in. 50mg generic viagra I started the pump up and the new capacitor blew its top.

50mg generic viagra I called my local electric motor repair shop. 50mg generic viagra They told me I hooked up the capacitor wrong. 50mg generic viagra There are two terminals on the capacitor. 50mg generic viagra You’re supposed to hook both yellow wires to one side and the red-white wire to the other. 50mg generic viagra I’d put the yellow wires on opposite terminals and blew it out immediately.

50mg generic viagra The shop closed at noon. 50mg generic viagra It was eleven. 50mg generic viagra I raced downtown to buy a second start capacitor and installed it as instructed. 50mg generic viagra I also installed a new switch the guys at the shop gave me. 50mg generic viagra It was, 50mg generic viagra seemingly, 50mg generic viagra simple to put in. 50mg generic viagra But the motor died again.

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50mg generic viagra I’d found a video on the net that said to use a rubber mallet to remove the ring. 50mg generic viagra I didn’t have a rubber mallet, 50mg generic viagra but my wife felt sorry for me and ran out and bought one. 50mg generic viagra Viola! Motor was free. 50mg generic viagra Thinking I’d blown a second start capacitor, 50mg generic viagra somehow, 50mg generic viagra I lugged the motor to the shop. 50mg generic viagra Later that day, 50mg generic viagra they told me the capacitor was fine. 50mg generic viagra I’d screwed up installing the freebie switch and a wire had been cut by a nearby rotor. 50mg generic viagra Forty dollars later, 50mg generic viagra I had a working pump motor and was a little wiser.

50mg generic viagra Now for the final challenge.

50mg generic viagra Like a dope, 50mg generic viagra I’d disconnected the pump motor without taking care to notice how it was connected to the three wires leading into the metal cap on the end. 50mg generic viagra The green grounding wire was easy. 50mg generic viagra It went under the green grounding screw. 50mg generic viagra Then there were two blue wires.  Turns out the pump is 230 volts A/C, 50mg generic viagra so both those wires are “hot” and it doesn’t matter which terminal they plug into. 50mg generic viagra The motor will work either way. 50mg generic viagra So I plugged one wire onto L1 and the other on L2 and let it rip.

50mg generic viagra Nothing blew up, 50mg generic viagra the pump started, 50mg generic viagra praise Jesus.

50mg generic viagra As it turned out, 50mg generic viagra I fixed the pump for less than $100 and a few hours of research and trial and error.

50mg generic viagra At least I didn’t electrocute myself.

50mg generic viagra The troubles won’t end here, 50mg generic viagra however. 50mg generic viagra The guys at the shop told me the bearings in the motor are going to fail soon, 50mg generic viagra and that means either replacing them myself (having the shop do it would cost more than half what a new motor would) or buying a new motor for between two- and three-hundred dollars.

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