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Friday, December 27, 2002
Appliance manufacturers (praise be their holy names), in their infinite wisdom and mercy have determined that it is in our best interest that they carefully guard the meanings of their precious fault codes. And to make our joy complete, they even vary the codes from model to model! But, even though there are no standard fault codes, even within the same brand, Allah has revealed ALL appliance fault codes to me in a dream. Yea verily, God bless Allah!
1. Two times a week, we go to a nice restaurant, have a little beverage, then comes good food and companionship. She goes on Tuesdays, I go on Fridays.
George Orwell was right: Big Brother is watching your every key stroke, even your mouse movements.
Thursday, December 26, 2002
Slow-or-no-water-into-the-washer and flooding washer complaints just gotsta be in the top five most frequent appliance complaints I get. Thang about it is that it's just so gawd-awful simple to fix that I'm reluctant to give away the secret to this great cash cow. Yeah, I know, I shouldn't reveal this treasured trade secret that all appliance repair techs swear an oath to defend. What? You say you want me to tell you anydamnway? Well alright then.
Most of the time, your water flow complaints will be about either the cold or the hot water being restricted to near nothing. Sometimes, both the hot and cold water flow are restricted and the water just trickles in no matter where you got the temp control set at. Either way, 90% of the time, the problem is because of sediment built up on the inlet screen of the washer inlet valve.
Here's a typical two-solenoid inlet valve. This is the most common, although some Whirlpool's use a three solenoid arrangement, but the diagnosis and correction are the same. Most of the time, what happens is that sediment builds up on the inlet screen of the solenoid valve and restricts the water flow into the valve.
Now, here's where you can benefit from my lifetime experience as a certified technical guru. There's something I call the "cute plumber's trick" where the unsuspecting appliance owner calls in one o' them real hairy, stinky plumbers to fix their washer. Well, Buttcrack Bubba correctly takes a look at the inlet valve and figgers he's being reeeel cute by just removing the inlet screen altogether. Most of the time, Buttcrack Bubba does this 'cause he ain't even got a washer valve on his truck so it's the difference between making something off the job 'cause he "fixed" it, or making next to nothing 'cause he didn't have the part and he'd have to come back to do the repair. Buttcrack Bubba's in, what we in the trade call, "the horns of an enema." Yessir, so he goes ahead and removes that screen. The customer don't know any better; heck, all he knows is that water's flowing to his washer again. It's a freakin' miracle!
What happens next, though, is a sad tale to tell. Y'see, after a while, the innards of the valve get so gunked up with sediment that the valve can no longer stop the flow of water when it's supposed to (like, when there's no power on it). You can see here that they's a whole buncha delicate leetle bitty parts in there, da, comrade? Little, itty-bitty pieces of dirt and pipe scale can stick that plunger guide wide-ace open. So, water just keeps on flowing into the washer. Meanwhile, you're outside playing with the dog, or changing a poopy diaper, or...whatever. Point is, the washer floods on you and makes one helluva mess in your house. All cause o' that "cute plumber's trick." Now, how smart was that to call in a plumber to do an appliance tech's job?
Other times, problems with no water can be the pressure switch or a burned-out solenoid in the water valve. If there ain't much sediment on the inlet screen of the water valve, you gotsta measure the continuity of the solenoid coil at the terminals. If your meter says there's no ohms in the solenoid coil, that sucker is slap-open and it's gotta be replaced. That's the name o' that tune, Hoss.
If solenoid continuity is OK, then you may need to measure the voltage at solenoid coil. This is a live test, meaning the circuit will have 120v on it, so you can get your hind quarters shocked off if'n you ain't careful, Slick. If you ain't getting 120v to the valve during the fill portion of the cycle, then you need to check the pressure switch, or fill switch.
Well alright then.
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When your dryer drum isn't turning anymore, it's usually a broken belt. Tearing the dryer apart is usually straight-forward enough but stringing the new belt on the motor and idler pulley can be tricky. The Complete Encyclopedia of Dryer Belt Configurations shows the belt configurations for almost every dryer brand you can think of. Ok, go fix your dryer.
Monday, December 23, 2002
The Samurai's reproductive units and semper fi canine unit join him and Mrs. Samurai in wishing all his faithful grasshoppers a Merry Christmas. After you've racked up a MasterCard bill that you'll spend most of 2003 paying off, try to remember that, despite its pagan origins and modern materialism, Christmas is supposed to be about remembering the birth of Jesus Christ, the Saviour of us all. (Yes, Mohammed, even in your sad delusion, He's your Saviour, too.)
Have a merry one and may all your appliances function within design parameters.
Sunday, December 22, 2002
Hillstomping Update: Mts. Welch and Dickey
Been a while since I've done a Hillstomping Update. Been a while since I've done some serious hillstomping. A couple weeks ago, my semper fi canine hiking bud, Ouzo, and I had a superlative winter hillstomp up Mts. Welch and Dickey in Waterville Valley. Perfect day, clear skies, temp in the upper 20's. You can check out all the pics from this trip here.
Saturday, December 21, 2002
Reasonable Thoughts for Reasonable People
1. Food has replaced sex in my life, now I can't even get into my own pants.
Wednesday, December 18, 2002
1. Ratio of an igloo's circumference to its diameter? = Eskimo Pi
The Guru's Lair
Since announcing the grand opening of my new service offering fine, custom-made gaskets for the discriminating commercial kitchen, I've been deluged by email from devoted grasshoppers asking to see pictures of my new award-winning gasket manufacturing operation. Well, there ya go, budrow. Click the thumbnail for a bigger view.
And in case you're interested, here's a shot of my office, where all the webmagic happens.
Ok, peep show's over. Go back to what you were doing.
Tuesday, December 17, 2002
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Monday, December 16, 2002
I run several other websites besides this one so I've learned a thing or two about web services and tools. You need a good domain registrar and website host so people can get to your site. And you need good site-building tools if you're going have something for 'em to see once they get there. Here, now, the Samurai will share his hard-won web wisdom with his precious grasshoppers. Y'all grab a beer and gather 'round.
There's a bewildering array of registrar choices out there, all with varying prices and services. What's a grasshopper to do? Depends on how valuable your website is. Does the site make any money or pay for itself or is it just a goof site? If the website generates any revenue at all, there's only one choice in registrars: Verisign. I know, I know, I've heard all the horror stories and I've had a few myself but they ain't going out of bidness next week or next year. Can you be so sure about some of these other registrars like AAArealfrikkincheapdomains.com? Would you trust your domain name to a web bidness that's just hanging on by a shoestring and a prayer? On the other hand, if yours is just a goof site, and I've got a few of those myself, then save a few shekels and shop around for the el-cheapo registrar. My favorite of the el-cheapo's is DotYou.com. Avoid NameObscure.com--too many glitches. I had some domains with them and each day I had to deal with the glitch du jour. Ok, enough about registrars.
This is the next most crucial player in your website. I've been through a bunch of 'em, too--the good, the bad, and the ugly. I learned the hard way: when it comes to hosting, support is the numero uno criteria for selection. Price is only a secondary concern. For most of the past year, Bluedomino.com has been the web host for Fixitnow.com and they are mucho supremo grande! They have 24/7 LIVE tech support right at their website via Live Person--like what I have at my website except you ain't gonna get me 24/7. All webhosts will occasionally have technical glitches, that just comes with the territory, lot's of stuff to break down, dontcha know. What makes the difference is how they deal with it. I've talked to those guys at Bluedomino at 3 am and on a Sunday live, at their website. Problem handled, or at least I knew what was going on. In contrast, when Yahoo was my webhost, there was frequent prolonged downtime, and absolutely no technical support, certainly not live.
Website Building Tools
CoffeeCup Software, the parent company of Bluedomino, has the best overall package deal going in website building software, especially their flagship product, CoffeeCup HTML editor. You can download the software from their website and try it out before you buy it.
Last tip: if you're just running a goof site, host it for free on one of the many free servers available. My favorite is Tripod. Then, if you think of a cool domain name, register it at DotYou.com where you can forward your domain URL to your Tripod site. If you already have a domain registered somewhere, you can use Redirection.net to forward your cool URL to your website.
Sunday, December 15, 2002
Nice banner, even better website software. I use them to build and maintain this site. Come git you some:
Wednesday, December 11, 2002
So yesterday the toilet in the hallway stopped up...again! One of the kids likes to use most of a full roll of toilet paper after their constitutional. After they finish, toilet paper is heaping up out of the water in the toilet, still dry. I haven't figured out who the culprit is and they're not talking, either. Anyway, I tried to plunger the whole mess down, must have fought with it for half an hour. No go. So, I roll up my shirt sleeve and I'm just about to take the Nestea plunge when my wife screams, "STOP!" I mean, my bare hand was mere centimeters from the toxic waste in the toilet bowl when she screamed.
"What?" I yell back, "I'm just gonna scoop out some of the poopy to clear the toilet. What's the problem?"
"Let's try this stuff and see how well it works," she says, holding up a jar of Biodegreat.
So she sprinkles in a couple teaspoons, let is sit for a few hours and, WALLA! the toilet flushes without having to get any poopy under my fingernails. In fact, it flushes better that it ever has. Apparently, it has enzymes that love to eat the nasty, slimy stuff growing in dark, wet drains.
Isn't it worth spending a few shekels on Biodegreat to avoid sticking your arm into the toilet?
Monday, December 09, 2002
Appliance Tip of the Day: Custom Made Gaskets for Commercial Refrigeration
Replacing gaskets can be extremely expensive and you may have to wait weeks for the installation to be completed. Even then, the replacement gasket is usually far less than perfect because the gaskets are shipped folded and twisted and it's almost impossible to get all the creases out of the newly installed gasket. What's a commercial kitchen to do?
Call Mr. Appliance! We are experts at crafting custom-made gaskets for commercial refrigeration equipment. And we can do it fast and at reasonable prices. When you call us, we will:
* We use only Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) gaskets to ensure a good fit every time. Be aware that general purpose, one-size-fits-all gaskets just do not work.
Here are just a few of the manufacturer's brands we service:
Anthony, Ardco, Bally, Barr, Bastian Blessing, Beverage Air, Bohn, Carter-Hoffman, Continental, Delfield, Duke, Elliott-Williams, Federal, Foster, Glenco/Star Metal, Hobart/Koch, Howard/McCray, Hussman, Jordon/Fogel, Kelvinator, Kolpak/McCall, Leer, Master-Bilt, McQuay, Milgali, Nor-Lake, Norris, Northland, Perlick, Pinnacle,Progressive, Randell, Russell, Schaefer, Silver King, Stanley-Knight, Styleline, Sub-Zero, Tafco, Traulsen, True, Tyler, U-Line, Universal Nolin, Utolity, Verring/DeVille, Victory/Raetone, Vollrath, Vulcan, Hart, Zero Zone
To make all your gasket headaches go away, call or email me today!
Saturday, December 07, 2002
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