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Posted by Samurai Appliance Repair Man, in Appliance Repair Training 06 July 2015 · 24 views
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Learn appliance repair at the best online appliance repair school on the web! Act now to take advantage of this limited-time offer for a 14% tuition discount. Offer ends July 11, 2015. Use the coupon code FREEDOM14 on the Enroll page: http://mastersamurai...ine-enrollment/

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Dielectric Grease: Myths and Reality

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There's a lot of misinformation and mythology out there in the tech community about the use of dielectric grease on electrical connections. Some techs, knowing that the word "dielectric" refers to an electrically insulating material, mistakenly conclude that dielectric grease should never be used on electrical connections. This is based on a misunderstanding about how dielectric grease works.

Dielectric grease has two main properties that make it especially desirable specifically for use on electrical connections, especially in wet environments such as refrigerators and washing machines. In fact, this is its primary intended design use. Those properties are:

1. Low viscosity. This means that the grease will readily get out of the way of two metal contacts touching each other and flow around the contacts giving rise to the second desirable properly...

2. Sealant effect. As the dielectric grease flows around the contacts, it seals out moisture and oxygen preventing them from reaching the contacts and causing corrosion and/or oxidation.

Still don't believe me? How about Frigidaire tech bulletin RF1207:

Recommendation for Use of Dielectric Grease on French Door Models with Bullet-Style FFIM (RF1207)

Water intrusion into electrical connections within the FFIM causes intermittent interruption of ice production and melting of ice in the bin.

Symptoms: No ice in FF
Ice melting in the ice bin while FFIM is
turned on

Models Affected: All ICON, Electrolux and Frigidaire models with Bullet-Style FFIM

Solution: Use dielectric grease Part number: 5304485963

Part number: 5304485963

to improve electrical connections inside the FFIM. Application is recommended on EEV, TH3, TH1 and fan connectors, however it can also be used on any connector within the FFIM assembly. In general, if all diagnostics pass and the unit has 8.1/8.5 FFIM board yet the unit is either not producing or not maintaining ice, water intrusion into electrical connection can be suspected and dielectric grease may resolve the problem.

Bulletin is in the Downloads section here, starting on page 1-5.

Basic Electricity Demonstrated on the Hoary Cliffs of Moher

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In this video, filmed on the hoary Cliffs of Moher in Ireland, I demonstrate basic electrical principles, like voltage and current path, using an electric cow fence charged with 5,000 volts. See, even when I'm on vacation, I'm thinking of ways I can explain this stuff to y'all!

Team Samurai Heading off to the Old Country

Posted by Samurai Appliance Repair Man, in Samurai Incarnate 26 May 2015 · 539 views
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Well, mah Bruvahs, Mrs. Samurai finally convinced me that we needed to take a vacation. It's been decades since we've taken a true vacation that wasn't a business trip in disguise.

The past couple of years have been especially intense and transformative ones for Team Samurai (me, Mrs. Samurai, and our two sons Stephen and Sam) with the creation and development of the Samurai Tech Academy. I know I make all this look easy and it seems like one day I just whipped out MasterSamuraiTech.com like, "Oh, look what I just pulled outta my ass."

But designing the Academy and creating all the content for it was probably the toughest project I've ever undertaken. The comprehensive, preeminent training courses at the Samurai Tech Academy and the website itself represents tens of thousands of hours of intense focus by the whole team. The only other thing I've ever done that comes close in terms of sustained project focus was getting my Master's degree in Environmental Engineering and writing my Master's thesis-- and I was a lot younger, smarter, and better looking then.

These past few years have been so intense that it changed my whole lifestyle for the worse. That's okay-- you have to do that sometimes to get shit done. Short term sacrifice, long term gain and all that. Plus, I'm extremely proud of the Academy and all of the effort from Team Samurai. But sustaining that kind of lifestyle is also a great way to die early. I'm 55 years old. According to insurance company death statistics, the 50's are death alley for men. If a man is going to drop dead, he'll generally do it in his 50's. That's exactly where I was headed if I kept up the lifestyle of the past few years.

So, I'm going to use this trip to make a lifestyle change, too. For example, I haven't been hiking in the White Mountains in years and certainly not as a lifestyle anymore. That, my friends, will change. When I get back, there's gonna be less work, a more balanced life, and many, many sweaty, blissful hours spent bagging peaks with the Oz Man in New Hampshire's White Mountains.

So with the release of two new courses at the Samurai Tech Academy, the timing is perfect for Team Samurai to fly off to Ireland-- the "Old Country" as the referred to by the Irish diaspora-- for a ten day vacation. I'll do the obligatory beer drinking and pub diving thing but hopefully get in some hiking, too. Wifi is ubiquitous in Ireland so I'll still be checking in here at Appliantology and checking/replying to email.

Well, mah bruvahs, I leave you with a non-traditional Irish blessing from the inimitable and iconoclastic Ween:

Aye aye aye, sharpen your boot, and bludgeon your eye
Aye aye aye, the blarney stone brings a tear to me eye

The Advanced Schematic Analysis and Troubleshooting training course is now available!

Posted by Samurai Appliance Repair Man, in Appliance Repair Training 24 May 2015 · 401 views
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At last, your wait is at an end: The Advanced Schematic Analysis and Troubleshooting (ASAT) training course is now open for enrollment!

In the ASAT course, you will delve deeply into sophisticated and esoteric appliance circuit troubleshooting techniques. You'll learn how to use timing charts together with the schematic to troubleshoot problems; how to use Ohm's Law as a powerful troubleshooting tool to give you a clear understanding of how a circuit works; how to troubleshoot deceptive and tricky open neutral problems; and how to troubleshoot appliances with control boards, including multiple control boards and microprocessor boards.

But wait-- incredibly, there's more! You will also put your newly-found schematic reading and troubleshooting skills to the test in a challenging series of schematic exercises where you're given a tech sheet and schematic and then asked a series of quiz questions about them. The quiz is graded instantly.

These schematic exercises are a powerful component of the ASAT course because you get to apply the principles you've learned in the screencasts on different tech sheets and schematics. The exercises use the actual tech sheets from real appliances and cover various brands (Frigidaire, GE, Whirlpool, Samsung, Bosch, and Wolf) and appliance types (washer, stacked laundry, range, dishwasher, dual fuel range, and refrigerator). The idea is not to give you monkey training on specific appliances, but rather to give you practice at applying the troubleshooting principles taught in the course.

The ASAT course requires a solid understanding of electricity, circuits, and troubleshooting, which can be learned from the Fundamentals of Appliance Repair training course or the Basic Electricity Boot Camp (BEBC). The BEBC course is designed for the experienced appliance tech who wants to take the ASAT course but needs the prerequisite thorough training in basic electricity, circuits, and schematics. It is not offered as a stand-alone course, only bundled with the ASAT course.

Click here to enroll in the Advanced Schematic Analysis and Troubleshooting course today!

We've been getting slammed with new enrollments from techs who've been asking for this course as well as techs who are interested in it and want to know more. Here are some of the common questions folks are asking us about the ASAT course:

Q. Will this course help me work on Samsungs, or Bosch, etc??

A. Absolutely! But maybe not for the reason you may think. You will learn troubleshooting principles and techniques that apply to any brand. The point of the ASAT course is not to give you monkey training on specific appliances but rather to teach you advanced technical skills and to give you practice at interpreting schematics and applying the troubleshooting principles taught in the course.

Q. How much about electricity do I need to know to take the ASAT course?

A. You should have a good working understanding of basic electricity and series and parallel circuits and already have some familiarity with reading schematics. You would get a solid foundation in these skills in the Fundamentals of Appliance Repair training course or the Basic Electricity Boot Camp.

Q. I've already taken the Fundamentals course how will the ASAT course help me beyond that?

A. The ASAT course kicks it up to 11 and gives you in-depth instruction on tricky troubleshooting situations that commonly befuddle techs such as how to troubleshoot deceptive and tricky open neutral problems and how to troubleshoot appliances with control boards, including multiple control boards and microprocessor boards.

Q. How long will it take to complete the course?

A. The ASAT course is a combined total of 17 lessons and schematic exercise units.

The lessons consist of 12 Samurai-original presentation videos, almost 5 hours of viewing time, some you'll need to watch more than once. Each lesson has a quiz where you'll apply what you've learned in the presentation.

In addition, the course has 6 schematic exercises (more may be added over time) where you're given a tech sheet or service manual and asked a series of questions requiring you to read the schematics and interpret specifications in various troubleshooting scenarios.

How long will all this take? That's up to you! The course is entirely self-paced and the time it takes for you to complete it depends on how much you work at it. And you can start the course any time you like after you enroll.

Q. How long will I have access to the course?

A. As with all Samurai Tech Academy courses, you have lifetime access to any course you are enrolled in, even after you graduate! This includes access to any new material added to the courses (as we frequently do) to keep them fresh and up to date.

Q. How much is the tuition for the ASAT course?

A. Tuition is $350 but we're offering a 10% discount coupon good through the end of the month. Just enter ASATLAUNCH in the coupon slot on the enroll page. BTW, that coupon is good for 10% off any of our courses and it expires at the end of this month so...

Click here to enroll in the Advanced Schematic Analysis and Troubleshooting course today!

If you have any other questions, post 'em here or contact me through the Academy's contact form.

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