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Stan2004 and JPloco, thanks for the information and detail.  Members like you make this forum valuable.

I have several Menards buildings and like them a lot.  I have a Red OWL store and the blinking light starts making noise after running it for a while.  At some point I will probably go in from the bottom and disconnect just that light and then stick an LED in to light the sign.

My experiences with Menards customer service has been exceptional.  If you have a store in your area, you can always try bringing your building in with or without a receipt and they will help you.  I once had an electrical project that I bought a bunch of stuff for and lost the receipt.   After deciding not to do the project, I brought the stuff back in and they gave me store credit for all of it -- 2 years later!  I finished my basement, 1/2 of which is my train room, using material (wood, electrical, plumbing) and all bathroom fixtures from Menards.  There was never an issue returning or exchanging anything.  They even took back a shower stall I ordered online from them because it didn't fit right in my opening -- an exception that the manager kindly approved.

Mike

@Bill Sherry posted:

So sorry for breaking the TOS ,  I was unaware and Stan2004 and myself were just trying to help Iron Horse get his Menards unit running.

It was Fredstrains you were responding to, not me.

I just chimed in on the subject to compliment you and Stan2004 for stepping up to help another forum member and to throw my two cents in on my Menards' customer experience and great buildings.

Ironhorse

@IRON HORSE posted:

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I have several Menards buildings and like them a lot.  I have a Red OWL store and the blinking light starts making noise after running it for a while.  At some point I will probably go in from the bottom and disconnect just that light and then stick an LED in to light the sign.



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If by "noise" you mean a high-pitch whine, yup, this has been reported for the Red Owl in previous OGR threads such as:

Menards Red Owl High Pitch whine synced with flashing Owl

There have been deeper dives into the cause in other OGR threads such as:

Menards building noise

Could it have been designed so as not to create this whine?  Sure.  But it is what it is.  I am not aware of anyone who has taken the time/effort to modify their electronics for silent-running.

There are several motors for sale on an auction site for $5-10 (plus shipping) which might be candidates for anyone ambitious enough to attempt a DIY repair.  Search for "Menards DC motor" and you might find something like this.

menards dc motor

They are listed as "Used" and he has many many Menards parts salvaged from buildings.  Kind of makes me wonder if he has some bulk deal with Menards to get warranty-returns, open-box-returns, etc. and then dis-assembles and re-sells piece parts. 

Along the lines of tracking down an unknown motor (if indeed that is what is broken) and there is no known part number, try searching using a photo of the motor.  For example, if using the above photo in Google Images, it finds many motors that look like candidate replacements. 

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