Gene Mills

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FreeNAS box completed!

Posted on 13 Jan 2014 in Projects | Comments Off on FreeNAS box completed!

Wow, rarely do I ever get to say I completed a project! LOL. I actually built this box before going home for the holidays but once I had it running I was getting a S.M.A.R.T. error that one of the hard drives was failing. Thinking it was one of my newer WD Red 3TB drives […]

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Posted on 18 Dec 2013 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on DIY NAS Box: FreeNAS

I use a D-DLINK DNS-323 Dual Bay NAS at home. It was something cheap I picked up from a clearance table at Staples for $100 a few years ago. It houses two 1TB WD Black hard drives running in Raid 1 so if one drive fails the other should have my data as they are […]

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My Vendo 44 History

Posted on 17 Nov 2013 in Projects | Comments Off on My Vendo 44 History

I’ve successfully converted my machine to vend cans now replacing the bottle rockers. I suppose I will hold onto them for memorabilia sake and if I ever figure out how to cheaply refill and recap the older 8 oz bottles. I received a nice note from the guy who owned my machine on this history […]

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Vending Mechanism Success!!!

Posted on 03 Oct 2013 in Projects, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Vending Mechanism Success!!!

After a couple sprays of WD-40 last night and today the darn thing still wouldn’t budge. Did a little reading on the forums and saw that the spring inside not only lets it move left and right but in and out. Reached inside and gave it a little tug…not sure if the WD-40 finally kicked […]

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Coke Bottle Rack

Posted on 03 Oct 2013 in Projects | Comments Off on Coke Bottle Rack

In my attempts today to load the Vendo 44, it appears the actuator is a little stuck and not turning enough to move the rockers or vend anything. Removing the bottle rack was pretty simple..3 screws and it slid right out. Tonight I’ll put it on the balcony and spray some WD-40 on it and […]

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Coca Cola Collector!

Posted on 01 Oct 2013 in Projects | Comments Off on Coca Cola Collector!

I’ve been collecting Coca Cola memorabilia for as long as I can remember. I really don’t know when I started but I do recall what started it: an old Vending machine. Over the years of acquiring various Coke stuff I always knew that a vending machine would be the pinnacle of my collection. I even […]

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