Well from the sound of what you are doing we here in Houston between all of us have done just about everything in that list collectively. If you happen to be in the area during one of our get together meets or repair/install meets then I am sure someone wouldn't mind helping.
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"2nd Gen problems"
I've spent too long looking into the abyss. It's starting to look back.