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#220626 How Deep is Your Lint? Bee Gees as Appliantologists

Posted by DurhamAppliance on 14 January 2012 - 12:07 PM

Last week we had several dryer repairs that had extreme lint buildup. One had caught on fire. One customer actually kept her vent pristine but had never cleaned the inside of the dryer. Anyhow, this morning I decided what better way to get the message across then to write a song (big surprise). But this time I also made a slide presentation.

How Deep is Your Lint? or Dyer Fire ie Bee Gees as Appliantologists

I believe that you
Don't want your doors to be charcoal
Or see the light from a fire in the darkest hour
Nor want your house to fall
And you may not think we care for you
When you know down inside
That we really do

Then it's time for you to show
How deep is your lint
How deep is your lint
You really need to know
Because your dryer is a major tool
That'll burn your house down
When it should always be lint free
If you love your family.

How deep is your lint?

#221725 Thank You For All Of The Help YOU Have Given Me!

Posted by themare on 25 January 2012 - 06:11 AM

I just want to take a few minutes to thank you for all of the help you have given me over the years. I just sent you another beer donation. I figure you have saved me at LEAST $1,000.00 in service calls by instructing me in how to fix my washer myself. So this is the least I can do.

This is a shout out to all of the people requesting help. Please send Almighty Master a donation. He really knows his stuff and really helps you save money!

#214395 There and Back Again, a Thanksgiving ode

Posted by DurhamAppliance on 14 November 2011 - 02:11 PM

In my best Lawerence Welk voice (young uns, look him up on youtube)...., "This time, a short Thanksgiving tribute to those of us who sacrifice family holiday time to help beleaguered customers "

There and Back Again,
The Travels Triumphs and Tributes of an Appliance Repairman

Over the river and through the woods
To customer's house you go
You know the way
'Cause GPS say
"Turn right, keep straight, go slow...ohhh! (everybody join in and hold the note to signify passage of time and for dramatic effect).....ooohhhh!"

Over more rivers and through more woods
Then rightly herald as "king!"
As customer bakes
A turkey, a cake
In an oven once stuck in Self-Clean.

Over the rivers and through the woods
Back to your house you go
To give thanks and pray
This Thanksgiving day,
For being blessed with a job you love so.

#265203 Thermistor Magic!

Posted by DurhamAppliance on 19 August 2013 - 01:13 AM

#212963 "The Craven" an appliance related Tale of Horror

Posted by DurhamAppliance on 31 October 2011 - 07:59 AM

or If Edgar Allen Poe (Master Poe?) was an Appliantologist (and less talented)

Once upon a late night dreary, while I staggered, weak and beery
Over many a quaint bottles from the neighborhood store.
While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping
As of someone barely rapping, rapping at my kitchen door
It's my girl, I stammered, "tapping at my kitchen door
Only this and nothing more"

Presently my soul grew stronger, hesitating then no longer
"Baby" said I, "truly your forgiveness I implore:
But the fact is I was dozing when you came a nozing
Around my kitchen door that I scarce was sure I heard you."
Then here I opened wide the door
...Darkness there, and nothing more.

Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there wondering, fearing
until the silence was quickly broken, scared to death I began choking
As the tapping. no the rapping, no the knocking I was sure,
Was the knock knock knocking of my GE's compressor.
The tell tale sign of death of my GE's compressor.

Nightmares of spending money, as I imagine my sweet honey
Shop, shop, shopping from store to store. "We must have a french door
A Wolf, a Sub Zero" she'd implore "or better yet a Thermador."
While in the background the constant knocking of my GE's compressor,
the knock knock knocking of my GE's compressor.

The knocking became a squeaking, as if the fridge was speaking
But it could not be no more than the state of my stupor,
Morphing sound into speech from the cursed compressor,
From the knock knock knocking of the cursed compressor.
"it's only the beer, and nothing more."

Then came an ungodly sound, my soul entranced, my mind spellbound
against its will to perform an act, to sell my soul through Faustian pact.
"Open my door" it forcefully roared, "the door to me, the Motherboard!"
Am I in hell or is this still the knocking, the constant knocking of my GE compressor?
I had to find out, I had to explore or was I compelled to remove the door.
or simply too craven to ignore.

The door fell open awakening evil inside. "Save me" it ordered, SAVE ME!" it cried
"Buy another fridge get another GE, Remove that board. Replace it with me!"
Suddenly from a drawer I withdrew a stake for fondue, From Hell's heart I stab at thee! From Hell's heart I run you through!"
What came over me? Something in my core? Something reinforced by Appliantology.org?
I continued the destruction while shouting at the board, "buy another GE, Huh? Ha!..............Nevermore!"

#116473 Service Manual Requests Only, Please

Posted by Samurai Appliance Repair Man on 03 March 2009 - 02:28 AM


As you probably inferred from its name, this forum is for service manual requests only. Please do not post problem descriptions or requests for service help here-- post those in the appropriate forum (Kitchen, Laundry, etc.).


Before posting a service manual request, go to the Downloads section of the site and search for the manual you need using the search box in the upper right hand corner of your screen.  You get the best results using partial model numbers with wild cards (e.g., GTS22*) rather than the complete model number.  You can search by type of manual, such as "Viking refrigerator."  Click the gear to the beside the green search button for advanced search option.  More help using the site search and lots more on the site help page:  http://appliantology...ore&module=help


This short screen cast walks you through using the search:



To request a manual, go to the Appliance Service Manual Requests forum and click the black button that says, "Start New Topic."  


If the button is grayed out, that means you are either a Lurker or a Grasshopper and you need to upgrade your membership:  http://apprentice.appliantology.org/


Please do not hijack someone else's topic and ask for a manual-- just start a new topic.  Much easier to keep track of that way.  




#300965 Sick of Not Making Any Money

Posted by Scottthewolf on 13 August 2014 - 10:20 PM

I start a new job on Monday with a company that has been in business since the 1950s.  I sense the beginning of a good job.

#261027 Posting With The Samurai.. ie if King Harvest were appliantologists

Posted by DurhamAppliance on 14 July 2013 - 08:01 AM

What better way to celebrate my 2000th post but with a rendition of an oldie but goodie. Click on the video below and sing along!

Posting With The Samurai, ( ie if King Harvest were Appliantologists)

We all log on most every night
Even when the moon is big and bright
Appliantology is a super site
so Everybodys posting with the Samurai

Everybody here is out of sight
We dont bark and we dont bite
We keep things loose, we keep things lite
so Everybody's posting with the Samurai

Posting with the Samurai
Appliantology makes us smart and bright
It's such a fine and useful site
so Everybody's posting with the Samurai

We like our fun and we never fight
you cant post here and stay uptight
Your stove won't heat? Check out this site
so everybody's posting with the Samurai

Posting with the Samurai
Appliantology makes us smart and bright
Your washer's broke? We'll make it right
So Everybody's posting with the Samurai

[time to pull out that air guitar and solo!]

Everybody here is out of sight
We dont bark and we dont bite
Fridge too warm? So log on tonight
where Everybody's posting with the Samurai

Posting with the Samurai
Appliantology makes us smart and bright
It's such a fine and useful site
so Everybody's posting with the Samurai

[repeat last verse a few times, ad lib, moan a bit then fade]

#251836 Today's appliance engineers should be forced to work on the stuff they de...

Posted by Scottthewolf on 08 April 2013 - 07:42 PM

OK, in a nutshell, these new grandiose designs that today's appliance engineers dream is starting to suck.


Today I had to take an entire stainless steel outer door panel off a KitchenAid built in side by side refrigerator just to replace an ice dispenser door.  How nice of the engineers to hide all the dispenser screws under the door panel.


And what the hell is with all these freakin icemakers stuffed in the freezer doors? Does that really give the customer that much freakin room  by stuffing the icemaker and the bin in the door?


GE now has a one piece door on a dishwasher, if there is a problem with the dispenser or the touchpad, tough luck, you have to replace the entire door. The electronic control on this lovely GE dishwasher is now stuffed underneath the dishwasher hidden under the frame of the unit.you have to pull the door off it's hinges to make enough room to take the electronic control out or pull the whole dishwasher out.


Also gotta love every top load washing machine is now front serviceable BUT the Whirlpool brands, tough luck, you gotta crawl underneath the machine  and on the Cabrio's get behind them to change the drain pump.


Also gotta love Whirlpool using the one time use hose clamps on the new dishwashers, the hose clamps are so bad, they let go on their own, now Whirlpool has a rework, funny how they save 5 cents per dishwasher on the one time use hose clamp now costs them a $70 rework. They are also using that one time use hose clamp on the new front load washers, so now everytime you replace a drain pump on those washers you have to change the hose clamp. That's thinking Whirlpool.


Also, I would like to know why Whirlpool is making a ton of electronic controls NLA after only 5 to 10 years.  Like everybody will just go buy a new appliance.


OK, end of rant for now.

#247157 Precautionary Tale -- Clean your dryer vent

Posted by admranger on 25 January 2013 - 02:18 PM

I had the air ducts in the house cleaned (bad allergies) and part of the service was to clean the dryer vent out.  I'm thinking:  "bah, I clean that out once a year and make sure there is no build up..."


My dryer vents straight up through the roof of my single story house.  It's a 14' run straight up.  Odd configuration and one I now strongly don't recommend.


Anyway, the guy gets up on the roof with his long brush and starts going to work running it up and down.  I live in Vegas and yet it looked like a Minnesota blizzard around my house.  Big chunks of lint and lots of lint dust flying all over the place as the technician did his thing.  I'd estimate a half-pound of lint total (that's a lot!).


So I dodged a bullet there with that amount of build up.  I have added regular dryer vent cleaning by a professional to my house maintenance list.


Hopefully, this will help others avoid a big problem.  Get your dryer vents cleaned please!

#206359 Hurricane/flood related Fridge tips

Posted by DurhamAppliance on 25 August 2011 - 07:00 AM

We practice basic safe food handling in our daily lives, but obtaining and storing food safely becomes more challenging during a power outage or natural disasters such as hurricanes and floods.

Steps to Follow to Prepare for a Possible Weather Emergency:

Keep an appliance thermometer in the refrigerator and freezer. An appliance thermometer will indicate the temperature in the refrigerator and freezer in case of a power outage and help determine the safety of the food.

Make sure the freezer is at 0 °F (Fahrenheit) or below and the refrigerator is at 40 °F or below.

Freeze containers of water for ice to help keep food cold in the freezer, refrigerator, or coolers after the power is out.

Freeze refrigerated items such as leftovers, milk, and fresh meat and poultry that you may not need immediately-this helps keep them at a safe temperature longer.

Plan ahead and know where dry ice and block ice can be purchased.
Store food on shelves that will be safely out of the way of contaminated water in case of flooding.

Have coolers on hand to keep refrigerator food cold if the power will be out for more than 4 hours. Purchase or make ice cubes and store in the freezer for use in the refrigerator or in a cooler. Freeze gel packs ahead of time for use in coolers.
Group food together in the freezer—this helps the food stay cold longer.

Steps to Follow During and After the Weather Emergency:

Never taste a food to determine its safety!

Keep the refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible to maintain the cold temperature.

The refrigerator will keep food safely cold for about 4 hours if it is unopened. A full freezer will hold the temperature for approximately 48 hours (24 hours if it is half full and the door remains closed).

Food may be safely refrozen if it still contains ice crystals or is at 40 °F or below.
Obtain block ice or dry ice to keep your refrigerator and freezer as cold as possible if the power is going to be out for a prolonged period of time. Fifty pounds of dry ice should hold an 18-cubic-foot full freezer for 2 days.

If the power has been out for several days, then check the temperature of the freezer with an appliance thermometer or food thermometer. If the food still contains ice crystals or is at 40 °F or below, the food is safe.
If a thermometer has not been kept in the freezer, then check each package of food to determine its safety. If the food still contains ice crystals, the food is safe.
Discard refrigerated perishable food such as meat, poultry, fish, soft cheeses, milk, eggs, leftovers, and deli items after 4 hours without power.

When in Doubt, Throw it Out!

from http://www.fsis.usda...Guide/index.asp

#283545 Please search the Downloads section BEFORE posting a service manual request!

Posted by Samurai Appliance Repair Man on 05 February 2014 - 11:03 AM

Lots of people are posting service manual requests when they could've found it themselves by searching the Downloads section.  This delays you getting a service manual while you wait for someone else to search the Download section for you-- something that you can easily do yourself.  This short screencast shows you how:


#247855 Preaching to customers to fix their Whirlpool Direct Drive Top Load Washers

Posted by Scottthewolf on 06 February 2013 - 06:25 PM

I replaced a basket drive and drive block on a 3 year old Whirlpool direct drive top load washer today.  Customer originally wanted to get rid of it and buy a new washer due to the $372.00 repair quote I gave them. I convinced them it was worth the money to get it fixed because they no longer make these washers and that they won't find another top load washer as durable and dependable as this washer.  I also told them it is rare on these for the drive block to get stripped enough to ruin the basket drive.   To me it is worth saving these washers from the junkyards no matter how much money is spent repairing them.

#246252 Is it acceptable to put a brass compression nut on 1/4" plastic line?

Posted by Budget Appliance Repair on 14 January 2013 - 06:50 AM

If you're going to use a brass nut and feral on a plastic water line you need the metal inserts that correspond to the size of the water line to keep the compression feral from crushing the plastic line.

#235295 Flushmate Recalls Pressure-Assisted Toilet Flushing System

Posted by RegUS_PatOff on 30 June 2012 - 03:06 PM

Flushmate Recalls Flushmate® III Pressure-Assisted Flushing System Due to Impact and Laceration Hazards

Name of Product: Flushmate® III Pressure-Assist Flushing System

Units: About 2,330,600 in the U.S. and 9,400 in Canada

Manufacturer: Flushmate, of New Hudson, Mich., a division of Sloan Valve Company

Hazard: The system can burst at or near the vessel weld seam releasing stored pressure. This pressure can lift the tank lid and shatter the tank, posing impact or laceration hazards to consumers and property damage.

Incidents/Injuries: Flushmate has received 304 reports of the product bursting, resulting in property damage and 14 impact or laceration injuries.

Description: This recall is for Series 503 Flushmate® III Pressure Assist flushing systems installed inside toilet tanks. The recalled systems were manufactured from October 1997 to February 2008. The units are rectangular, black, two-piece vessels made of injection molded plastic. The date code/serial number is 16 characters long and is located on the label on the top of the Flushmate III. The first six numerals of the serial number are the date code. The date code range for this recall begins with 101497 (October 14, 1997) and continues through 022908 (February 29, 2008).

Sold at: The Home Depot and Lowe's stores, distributors and plumbing contractors nationwide for about $108, and sold to toilet manufacturers including American Standard, Crane, Eljer, Gerber, Kohler, Mansfield and St. Thomas.

Manufactured in: United States

Remedy: Consumers should immediately turn off the water supply to the recalled Flushmate III unit and stop using the system. Consumers should contact the firm to determine if their Flushmate III serial number is included in the recall and to request a free repair kit.

Consumer Contact: For more information, contact Flushmate toll-free at (800) 303-5123 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm's website at www.flushmate.com and http://recall.flushmate.com

Note: Health Canada's press release is available at http://cpsr-rspc.hc-....jsp?re_id=1633

#231057 R134a now available to the public in Wisconsin

Posted by RegUS_PatOff on 26 April 2012 - 09:07 PM

R134a now available to the public in Wisconsin


I've seen it at Big Lots in Milwaukee
(locked-up in glass display)
(I'm not sure of the can sizes.. some with leak detection)
12 oz can $ 8
10 oz can w/stop leak / with hose $ 12
20 oz can w/ hose & small gauge $ 20

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#228073 coleman mosquito deleto 2910

Posted by jumptrout on 25 March 2012 - 09:28 AM

Looking for owners manual for Coleman 2910 mosquito deleto.

#21755 Understanding Tech Sheets

Posted by Samurai Appliance Repair Man on 16 November 2005 - 08:09 AM

Tech sheets are very brief but essential documentation of the key information needed to troubleshoot an appliance. They typically include such information as wiring diagrams and schematics, timing charts, resistance values of key components, ladder diagrams, etc.

Most appliances sold in Ameedica today have a technician's cheat sheet (or "tech sheet) cleverly hidden inside them somewhere. Finding it sometimes be a challenge all by itself. But then once you do find it, you've got to know how to read it, understand it, and interpret it. This excellent tutorial from Whirlpool Corporation can help you understand and use a tech sheet to troubleshoot and fix your appliances: 


Understanding Tech Sheets 

Recommended reading: Making Basic Electrical Measurements

#303832 Maytag LSE7806ACE dryer works, washer wont do squat

Posted by DurhamAppliance on 22 September 2014 - 12:38 AM

Should I try and replace the lid switch assembly? If so, what's the likelihood of that actually fixing it? I don't want to get in over my head and would be happy pay a professional rip-off artist to fix it instead. Thanks.

If the lid switch is faulty, then the chances that replacing it would fix your problem is about 99.9%

As to your initial question, we "professional rip-off artists" would test the lid switch and replace it only if it is the source of your problem.

btw let me get this straight.. You come to a site ran by and supported by techs, seek free advice from said techs, ask these same such techs to forgive any faux pas you may or may not make, then in short order, intimate that techs are professional rip-off artists? If I summed this up correctly, wouldn't you agree that's either ballsy, highly insensitive, verging on complete and utter ignorance or all of the above?

#302742 VamPLIERS anyone use them?

Posted by olyteddy on 07 September 2014 - 11:33 AM

Don says: I remember a torpedoman asking me for a Crescent Wrench. 
When I asked him what size; he said doesn't make any difference, I'm
going to use it as a hammer.

Some of this may be true. Judge for yourself.

A tall upright machine useful for suddenly snatching flat metal bar stock
out of your hands so that it smacks you in the chest and flings your beer
across the room, denting the freshly-painted vertical stabilizer which you
had carefully set in the corner where nothing could get to it.

Cleans paint off bolts and then throws them somewhere under the workbench
with the speed of light. Also removes fingerprints and hard-earned calluses
from fingers in about the time it takes you to say, 'Oh sh--....'

Normally used for spinning pop rivets in their holes until you die of old age .

A portable cutting tool used to make studs too short.

Used to round off bolt heads. Sometimes used in the creation of blood-blisters.

An electric sanding tool commonly used to convert minor touch-up jobs into
major refinishing jobs.

One of a family of cutting tools built on the Ouija board principle. It transforms
human energy into a crooked, unpredictable motion, and the more you attempt
to influence its course, the more dismal your future becomes.

Generally used after pliers to completely round off bolt heads. If nothing else
is available, they can also be used to transfer intense welding heat to the palm
of your hand.

Heavy duty leather gloves used to prolong the conduction of intense welding
heat to the palm of your hand.

Used almost entirely for lighting various flammable objects in your shop on
fire. Also handy for igniting the grease inside the wheel hub out of which you
want to remove a bearing race.

A large stationary power tool commonly used to launch wood projectiles for
testing wall integrity.

HYDRAULIC FLOOR JACK: Used for lowering an automobile to the
ground after you have installed your new brake shoes, trapping the jack
h an dle firmly under the bumper.

Used for levering an automobile upward off of a trapped hydraulic jack handle.

A tool ten times harder than any known drill bit that snaps neatly off in bolt
holes thereby ending any possible future use.

A large stationary power saw primarily used by most shops to cut good
aluminum sheet into smaller pieces that more easily fit into the trash can
after you cut on the inside of the line instead of the outside edge.

A tool for testing the maximum tensile strength of everything you forgot to

A very large pry bar that inexplicably has an accurately machined screwdriver
tip on the end opposite the handle.

See hacksaw.

Normally used to stab the vacuum seals under lids or for opening old-style
paper-and-tin oil cans and splashing oil on your shirt; but can also be used,
as the name implies, to strip out Phillips screw heads.

A tool for opening paint cans. Sometimes used to convert common slotted
screws into non-removable screws.

A tool used to crumple the metal surrounding that clip or bracket you needed
to remove in order to replace a 50 cent part.

A tool used to make hoses too short.

Originally employed as a weapon of war, the hammer nowadays is used as a
kind of divining rod to locate the most expensive parts adjacent the object we
are trying to hit.

Used to open and slice through the contents of cardboard cartons delivered
to your front door; works particularly well on contents such as seats, vinyl
records, liquids in plastic bottles, collector magazines , refund checks, and
rubber or plastic parts. Especially useful for slicing work clothes, but only
while in use.

Any handy tool that you grab and throw across the garage while yelling
'DAMMIT' at the top of your lungs. It is also, most often, the next tool that you
will need.


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