02-08-2012, 07:06 PM
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Originally Posted by Tazman
SEND THEM BACK TO THE MANUFACTURER.
NO ONE SHOULD BE TOUCHING WHAT YOU ARE NOT QUALIFIED TO TOUCH.
Common sense! send it back as maybe it is an issue they are not aware of! Manufacturing problems do occur.
I would strongly advise people AGAINST opening up electronic equipment you are NOT qualified to inspect...it can be deadly.
Just an example it takes a very minimal amount of electrical current to fully stop your heart, your TV on average holds a 5000v charge for up to 15-20 seconds after you turn the power off!
This made me LOL I won't lie. I'm not qualified to touch anything electrical but jeez the things I have fixed. Not being qualified and not understanding are two very different things. This though is an AIR PUMP. Its not ginog to hold any charge for any considerable amount of time. Similar to the TV example... yeah it may hold a charge for a whole 20 seconds. If anyone can open up an electronic that fast they deserve an award of some kind. An air pump has no ability to store energy either. I don't use air pumps normally, but my rena airpump has what looks like a magnetic motor, similar to filter motors. And uses that to compress a diaphragm. There is no danger taking off the cover of the pump and checking the workman ship. If you don't feel confident working on electronics then simply don't. This though is like popping your cars hood to see if anything is noticeably wrong.
I'm a bio-major as well. Regardless nothing I own is safe from my tampering and repair attempts. I've either built or rewired all my tank lights, I've taken apart a few heaters, poked in some filters. Aquarium equipment is pretty safe, simple, and resilient for the most part. Its hard to damage it by taking it apart. Unlike a lot of other things I've taken apart like cellphones, computers, laptops, game consoles, and a TV. In those cases I'm actually more cautious that my body's electricity doesn't hurt the device since a small static shock can really screw things up. Only time I have been dangerously shocked I wasn't working on anything, just plugging something into a wall outlet.
I'm all for returning products to the manufacturer. However if they are out of warranty they are not going to do anything about it. Which is why I generally mess around with things I am not qualified around with.
If its any help the inside of my rena airpump looks like pretty decent workman ship.