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    I had the pleasure of "testing" one of the early...

    I had the pleasure of "testing" one of the early prototypes (picture a couple of gorillas in the zoo trying to play a violin). We found a few issues, but the prototype worked flawlessly. To his...
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    See the "Gas Gun Accident" thread for a list of...

    See the "Gas Gun Accident" thread for a list of preventative steps that can be taken now to reduce the chances of a similar failure.
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    You can do a couple of things to reduce the...

    You can do a couple of things to reduce the mechanical stresses absorbed by the torch-bottle connection.

    First, always remove the bottle when it's not in use and it's being transported or stored....
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    The bottle didn't "explode". The internal...

    The bottle didn't "explode". The internal pressure of the compressed gas forced open a crack in the bottleneck, pushing the fitting to one side as the photo shows. The gas then escaped under...
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    It really doesn't matter who makes the guns, all...

    It really doesn't matter who makes the guns, all of them have the same design flaw. The weak bottleneck is not protected from absorbing mechanical stresses. Metal fatigue failures can occur because...
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    As the photo shows, the bottleneck failed,...

    As the photo shows, the bottleneck failed, thereby allowing the gas to escape quickly. Most likely the resulting gas/air cloud ignited into a fireball that engulfed the bird boy's arm. The...
  7. Some additional input: 1) The dam, Lucy, is...

    Some additional input:

    1) The dam, Lucy, is owned by a couple in Nebraska who definitely bred and raised the litter. Lucy is used regularly for both waterfowl and upland retrieving.

    2) The AKC...
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    Yes, they use the same receiver. They can be...

    Yes, they use the same receiver. They can be configured to control two or four launchers.
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    Here's a photo of the Alfa with the side plate...

    Here's a photo of the Alfa with the side plate removed and the inside of the side plate with the spring loaded pin.
  10. If there is shrink wrap between the servo and the...

    If there is shrink wrap between the servo and the receiver, then there is probably a connector under the shrinkwrap. If so, cut off the shrink wrap, connect the new servo to the pin connector and...
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    Cut some short lengths of PVC pipe (1/2", 3/4",...

    Cut some short lengths of PVC pipe (1/2", 3/4", etc). Slip one over the barrel and then load the dummy on top. That will reduce the force exerted on the bumper. Test different lengths until you get...
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    When you reprogram the units to fire on different...

    When you reprogram the units to fire on different buttons, you should also make sure that they are configured for the proper number of shooters. Sometimes the receiver is configure for 4 shooters,...
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    The continuous firing problem is an elusive one....

    The continuous firing problem is an elusive one. Relay contacts stick for various reasons, mostly moisture related, but it's hard to cause them to stick in the workshop. Not sure why the manufacturer...
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    Thunder Blues

    A number of my training mates have had problems with their Thunder 500 and 1000 units over the past year and we'd like to exchange notes with others to develop a handy guide for diagnosing and...
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    Yes, the servos can be rewired to work with any...

    Yes, the servos can be rewired to work with any receiver that has two ports, which includes the current versions of Dogtra, Tritronics and Sport Dog. You'll need to remove the logic board from the...
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    Here's a snapshot of the charger that I use: ...

    Here's a snapshot of the charger that I use: 16VDC 500ma center-positive
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    Nice design. What's the diameter of your place...

    Nice design. What's the diameter of your place boards?
  18. My wife and I have been using noise canceling ear...

    My wife and I have been using noise canceling ear protection for the last year or so when working as bird boys in the field. They work quite well and definitely protect your hearing. Ours can also...
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    We got a couple to try in our training group and...

    We got a couple to try in our training group and every single dog, young and old, refused to pick them up in the middle, cigaring them instead. Looks to me like the angled shape in the middle hits...
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    When I have pups in my office I either tether...

    When I have pups in my office I either tether them to the desk or put a baby gate across the doorway. They don't go anywhere unless I let them go. Simple solution, no correction required. They...
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    In my past life I built a number of product...

    In my past life I built a number of product companies from the ground up and your pet peeve is a serious problem. Too often, product companies develop their design, start selling products and then...
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    I made a bracket for my dogtra receivers that...

    I made a bracket for my dogtra receivers that allows me to easily hang them on a short pole stuck in the ground next to my winger, BB launcher or Thunder launcher. The short pole provides some nice...
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    Yes, but they don't launch a duck very far ;)

    Yes, but they don't launch a duck very far ;)
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    Found similar coat hooks at the hardware store...

    Found similar coat hooks at the hardware store (for less $) and installed them myself. We usually use a less powerful setting, throws plenty far, easier to load and cords last longer.
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    Right after banning training collars for dogs,...

    Right after banning training collars for dogs, they should ban bit and bridle for horses. Riders can simply say "let's go left" in a positive manner or "can we stop now" when the horse is spooked. I...
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