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Offline Dr Obbins

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Re: Davis Weather Station Repair/Refurb Information
« Reply #25 on: May 17, 2015, 08:55:09 AM »
As the company's safety manager, I can't help but recommend wearing a fall protection harness and have a spotter with you.  ;)

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Re: Davis Weather Station Repair/Refurb Information
« Reply #26 on: May 17, 2015, 09:21:17 AM »
As the company's safety manager, I can't help but recommend wearing a fall protection harness and have a spotter with you.  ;)

We usually don't get those out until September or October.   :lol:

Seriously, though, that's a good idea.  They have them at Lowe's:

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Re: Davis Weather Station Repair/Refurb Information
« Reply #27 on: May 17, 2015, 09:56:53 AM »
As the company's safety manager, I can't help but recommend wearing a fall protection harness and have a spotter with you.  ;)

We usually don't get those out until September or October.   :lol:
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Re: Davis Weather Station Repair/Refurb Information
« Reply #28 on: May 17, 2015, 12:14:39 PM »
Whew!
Glad that's over.
Didn't have a harness but it wasn't a problem. Just told my daughter that if I  fall, catch me. So we had all the bases covered. :roll:
Now the harsh reality sets in. No weather station for a couple weeks. :-(
I mean,.... how do I know what the dew point will be tonight at 8:30???
Just bare with me the next couple weeks. I'll be data starved and probably suffering from withdrawal symptoms. ](*,)

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Re: Davis Weather Station Repair/Refurb Information
« Reply #29 on: May 17, 2015, 01:37:29 PM »
Whew!
Glad that's over.
Didn't have a harness but it wasn't a problem. Just told my daughter that if I  fall, catch me. So we had all the bases covered. :roll:
Now the harsh reality sets in. No weather station for a couple weeks. :-(
I mean,.... how do I know what the dew point will be tonight at 8:30???
Just bare with me the next couple weeks. I'll be data starved and probably suffering from withdrawal symptoms. ](*,)

Just a thought:  I ran across a Vue ISS for $100 and bought it.  I have never used it.  I figured if I ever had to send in my VP2 for refurb, at least I'd have something to stick up there while it was gone.  Keep your eyes open and if you run across a bargain, you'll have a spare for times like these.
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Re: Davis Weather Station Repair/Refurb Information
« Reply #30 on: May 17, 2015, 01:55:03 PM »
Whew!
Glad that's over.
Didn't have a harness but it wasn't a problem. Just told my daughter that if I  fall, catch me. So we had all the bases covered. :roll:
Now the harsh reality sets in. No weather station for a couple weeks. :-(
I mean,.... how do I know what the dew point will be tonight at 8:30???
Just bare with me the next couple weeks. I'll be data starved and probably suffering from withdrawal symptoms. ](*,)

I couldn't handle it , Good luck
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Re: Davis Weather Station Repair/Refurb Information
« Reply #31 on: May 17, 2015, 04:17:39 PM »
Whew!
Glad that's over.
Didn't have a harness but it wasn't a problem. Just told my daughter that if I  fall, catch me. So we had all the bases covered. :roll:
Now the harsh reality sets in. No weather station for a couple weeks. :-(
I mean,.... how do I know what the dew point will be tonight at 8:30???
Just bare with me the next couple weeks. I'll be data starved and probably suffering from withdrawal symptoms. ](*,)

I couldn't handle it , Good luck
I was thinking about starting a thread about how folks would feel if they lost their PWS, for whatever reason, and see if I was the only one who would go into the fetal position. I just knew I wasn't alone. ;)
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Re: Davis Weather Station Repair/Refurb Information
« Reply #32 on: May 24, 2015, 09:57:18 AM »
It will be delivered on Tuesday.
Been a tough week. :-( Hopefully they get it shipped back out by Friday and I could have it in 2 weeks.

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Re: Davis Weather Station Repair/Refurb Information
« Reply #33 on: June 01, 2015, 08:39:31 PM »
Woohoo!
Shipped out today from Davis. Looks like I should have it by Saturday. [-o<

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Re: Davis Weather Station Repair/Refurb Information
« Reply #34 on: June 01, 2015, 09:59:54 PM »
Woohoo!
Shipped out today from Davis. Looks like I should have it by Saturday. [-o<
Soooo, what did you have done/getting?
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Re: Davis Weather Station Repair/Refurb Information
« Reply #35 on: June 01, 2015, 10:03:25 PM »
Woohoo!
Shipped out today from Davis. Looks like I should have it by Saturday. [-o<

Good for you!   =D>
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Re: Davis Weather Station Repair/Refurb Information
« Reply #36 on: June 02, 2015, 05:50:08 AM »
Woohoo!
Shipped out today from Davis. Looks like I should have it by Saturday. [-o<
Soooo, what did you have done/getting?
The refurb.

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Re: Davis Weather Station Repair/Refurb Information
« Reply #37 on: October 10, 2015, 07:37:46 PM »
Any information on the latest cost for sending in Vantage Pro 2 for refurbishment?

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Re: Davis Weather Station Repair/Refurb Information
« Reply #38 on: October 11, 2015, 12:05:43 AM »
Got two holes in my data, each almost 3 weeks long (one last year, and one this year) while sending my VP2 back to Davis. 

Originally sent back because the barometer (in the console) would go nuts and jump all over the place, and Weather Display would recognize it was completely erroneous, and record none of the data (rain, temp, etc).  Sent it to davis, with description of the problem, and got it back after a couple of weeks.  Reinstalled and all seemed OK.

About 7 months later, the same problem.  Davis guarantees their refurbish for only 90 days.  Called them, and their support people looked up the original work order, and discovered they did nothing to the console, except upgrade the firmware.  Got it escalated to a supervisor, and they agreed to again do a refurb without charge.  Of course I had to pay to ship to them.  They also replace the anemometer unit, though I had not noticed a problem with the wind speed or direction.  It has been back for just over 4 months and so far so good.

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Re: Davis Weather Station Repair/Refurb Information
« Reply #39 on: October 11, 2015, 06:16:33 PM »
Any information on the latest cost for sending in Vantage Pro 2 for refurbishment?

Why don't you call Davis yourself and then post the current refurb pricing in this thread so we all can benefit from the answer?
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Re: Davis Weather Station Repair/Refurb Information
« Reply #40 on: October 11, 2015, 06:32:04 PM »
Got two holes in my data, each almost 3 weeks long (one last year, and one this year) while sending my VP2 back to Davis. 

Originally sent back because the barometer (in the console) would go nuts and jump all over the place, and Weather Display would recognize it was completely erroneous, and record none of the data (rain, temp, etc).  Sent it to davis, with description of the problem, and got it back after a couple of weeks.  Reinstalled and all seemed OK.

About 7 months later, the same problem.  Davis guarantees their refurbish for only 90 days.  Called them, and their support people looked up the original work order, and discovered they did nothing to the console, except upgrade the firmware.  Got it escalated to a supervisor, and they agreed to again do a refurb without charge.  Of course I had to pay to ship to them.  They also replace the anemometer unit, though I had not noticed a problem with the wind speed or direction.  It has been back for just over 4 months and so far so good.

Yet another plus for Davis Support doing the right thing. As for the replaced anemometer unit, I suspect they replaced it with their new electronic hall-effect switch design. That replaces the old mechanical reed-switch that many of us have had problems with over the years.
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Re: Davis Weather Station Repair/Refurb Information
« Reply #41 on: October 14, 2015, 09:43:27 PM »
Saw this post and decided to have Davis refurbish my station.  $200 because mine has the fars option.  And $12 for S&H.  Tech told me that mine was over 9 years old.  I am thinking that it has been running on borrowed time.

Now I need to switch over the local METAR.

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Re: Davis Weather Station Repair/Refurb Information
« Reply #42 on: November 13, 2015, 12:16:36 PM »
I had my VP2 "refurbished" by Davis about a year ago.  It was $200 (24 hr FARS).  I was not so impressed with the results in terms of aesthetics.  Specifically, the white part of the ISS was still pretty dirty.  Not sure you can get that thing white again after numerous years collecting dust and sitting in the sun, though.

Other than aesthetics, they did replace one of the solar panels and the serial logger for a USB logger as part of the $200. 

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Re: Davis Weather Station Repair/Refurb Information
« Reply #43 on: November 13, 2015, 01:30:56 PM »
They replaced a boatload of items on mine.
The anemometer and cable.
Both of the solar sensors and mounts.
The rain arm (tipper) and supports.
The heater resistor and cable.
The solar panel and cover.
The circuit board and a new battery.
The FARS fan.
I think I got my $200 worth. :)  Well worth it.

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Re: Davis Weather Station Repair/Refurb Information
« Reply #44 on: November 13, 2015, 01:33:38 PM »
They replaced a boatload of items on mine.
The anemometer and cable.
Both of the solar sensors and mounts.
The rain arm (tipper) and supports.
The heater resistor and cable.
The solar panel and cover.
The circuit board and a new battery.
The FARS fan.
I think I got my $200 worth. :)  Well worth it.




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I have no idea what they replaced - besides the few obvious things I mentioned above.  Did they give you a detailed list?
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Re: Davis Weather Station Repair/Refurb Information
« Reply #45 on: November 13, 2015, 02:32:52 PM »
Davis used to include a detailed list of all items that were replaced and/or repaired. It was part of the documentation that came back with the refurbed unit. I always marked my equipment with a recognizable mark on all of the major components just to see if they had been returned or replaced. Guess I am just too anal about those things...  :roll:

The outer casing of all of the Davis equipment will discolor and age over time. I doubt that "looks or aesthetics" is part of their refurb efforts. What really counts to me though, is whether the equipment itself works correctly, or not. UV rays will change the looks of any plastic that sits in the sun day after day and is simply part of the normal aging process.
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Re: Davis Weather Station Repair/Refurb Information
« Reply #46 on: November 13, 2015, 05:31:19 PM »
Superduty

Why did you change my quote?
Quote
I have no idea what they replaced - besides the few obvious things I mentioned above.  Did they give you a detailed list?
Was not part of my post??

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Re: Davis Weather Station Repair/Refurb Information
« Reply #47 on: November 13, 2015, 06:05:12 PM »
Superduty

Why did you change my quote?
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I have no idea what they replaced - besides the few obvious things I mentioned above.  Did they give you a detailed list?
Was not part of my post??

Mark


Sorry about that, I will see if I can go back and edit it.  The "I have no idea...." sentence was my response to your post.  I inserted it within your quote accidentally. . . .  FIXED.

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Re: Davis Weather Station Repair/Refurb Information
« Reply #48 on: November 23, 2015, 03:17:58 PM »
I called today and was told that the refurb would cost $500.  They would fix anything that was wrong with my VP2.  I asked if she was sure, as I thought it was around $200.  She double checked and confirmed the price.  I now have an email in to support to see what they say.

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Re: Davis Weather Station Repair/Refurb Information
« Reply #49 on: November 23, 2015, 03:42:18 PM »
LOL.  Isn't that about the price of a new station (non-MAP price)