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Scrotum Scrubber Roundup

Posted by Samurai Appliance Repair Man , in Samurai Wisdom, Samurai Incarnate, General Appliance Repair Wisdom 12 January 2012 · 2,599 views

Here are a few of the scrotum scrubbers I've repaired in my distinguished career as an appliance repair professional. Personally, I don't use this type of appliance-- why have an appliance do something that a simple wash cloth will do? Saves money and energy and it's better for the environment. Honestly, I think our society's obsession with technology is unhealthy sometimes.

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The Poly Scrub
Has a more gentle scrubbing action than some of the others but may leave some skin behind and may not be as thorough.

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The Buffer
Attachment for a power drill for buffing, not technically a scrubber per se.

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Spike n' Dry
This is a unique one: it's designed for hard-to-reach scrotums (think obesity) and dries at the same time.

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Pine Scrub Attachment
This one leaves a nice piney scent when finished.

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Dremel Scrub Attachment
For use with your Dremel tool on very small scrotillia.

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Steel Bristle Scrubber
One of the industrial strength attachments.

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Industrial Strength Scrubber
When you really mean clean!

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The Ball Buster
When you don't care what's left when you're done scrubbing.


Tech Tip # VIII: Wood Tools

Posted by Samurai Appliance Repair Man , in General Appliance Repair Wisdom 12 January 2012 · 548 views

On the Service van I carry................

A piece of 24" X 24" ..1/2 " plywood to help the hand truck up 'N' over sliding glass door tracks........

A pair of 1" X 3/4" X 28" furring strips to hold up a cook top, up 'N' out of it's hole...........

A 12" X 30 " of cabinet paneling for lifting, holding items, ( Sub O evap. coils )...in place. ( see "Frigid glass top replacement" for use )....................

A 4" X 4" X 14" to hold a tipped back washer,,,,,,,,,,

A 3/8 " X 24 " wooden dowel with a small finishing nail in one end, to hold up a lid on a dryer, washer,..... ( watch the video on changing a W/P dryer blower wheel, Who has that much room ?? )....

Another pair of furring strips that are 12" long to hold up the top of a range....Most wire harness will only allow that much lift.... Pictures to follow.....

Source: Tech. Tip # VIII wood tools


Ohms Law Pie Chart

Posted by Samurai Appliance Repair Man , in General Appliance Repair Wisdom 02 January 2012 · 1,416 views

Download and share with your friends! Makes a great gift!

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Source: From: Ohms Law Pie Chart


Some service call tips for Professional Appliantologists to avoid call-backs, insurance claims, and lawsuits (and keep happy customers)

Posted by Samurai Appliance Repair Man , in General Appliance Repair Wisdom 30 December 2011 · 722 views

Leaving the appliance (and your work area) *cleaner* than it was before you arrived---is another win-win with the customer.

Quadruple check the refrigerator / dishwasher / washer water hoses---and at both ends. Even if you haven't touched them. Chances are someone else (before you arrived) has---and left the hose(s) only finger-tight.
A little movement of the appliance---and the hose begins to leak after a few cycles (or use of the appliance).
The sudden pressure build-up in a hose---when the valve closes---can spring a drip-drip-drip type leak.

Gas pipe connections---tighten 'em---leak test 'em. Check again. Replace the gas pipe when in doubt of it's overall condition.

Floors---wood or congoleum---notify the customer of any/all blemishes---the moment that you enter the kitchen or laundry room.
Most customers (in my area at least) are appreciative of a technician that demonstrates immediate *situational awareness*.
Not some guy plodding through their home in a "Mental Holiday" state-of-mind.

Lastly---if you *do* goof/screw-up---own up to it.
People are amazed when someone takes responsibility for their errors---they'll also likely continue to use your services---even if an insurance claim was required. Been there,done that.

Source: "Duh" repair follow ups and how to avoid them


Ultimate Appliance Gift Ideas

Posted by Samurai Appliance Repair Man , in General Appliance Repair Wisdom 14 December 2011 · 2,053 views

The Samurai has scoured both the Innernet AND the Outernet rounding up those perfect Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanzaa, and Festivus gift ideas for that special Fixer Dude or Dudette in your life.  Click the photos for more info or to purchase.


Stay warm AND safe with this Pocket Air Check combustible gas leak detector. Works with Natural and LP gas.


Multimeter.  The indispensable tool for every DIYer.  Specs: Volts AC 750 , Volts DC 1000, Amps AC 10, Resistance max. (Ohms) 2M, Continuity, Temperature -4 °F to 2498° F, Display (Counts) 2,000, Operating Temperature 32° F to 74° F (0°C to 23°C), Fuse Protection mA: 0.2A/ 250V, Power 9 V Battery (included), Size 5.5"L x 3"W x 1.5". Temp probe included.

Multimeter - Part # 964740 Mfg Part # DM10T


Non-contact A/C voltage detector. Test for voltage without touching any bare wires. This detector works by sensing voltage through the wire's insulation. Detector has an audible beeper and visible flashing light indicator.

Voltage Tester - Part # 1255942 Mfg Part # 1000100009


3 in 1 tool for splicing wires. Has wire strippers for stripping off insulation from the wire. Crimpers for crimping solderless connectors and bolt cutters for cutting small bolts. High quality.

Wire Splicing Tool - Part # 967613 Mfg Part # 1002


240 Volt 240 Volt outlet checkers for checking the outlets on electric ranges and dryers.

Tool - Part # 1176379 Mfg Part # 4396932


Dryer Vent Tester for testing the backpressure on a dryer vent.  Excessive backpressure is the single most common cause of overly long dryer times, repeatedly blowing thermal fuses and poor dryer performance.  A vent can be free of lint and still be bad!  Use this spiffy tool to check your dryer vent.  A must-have if you're a pro in the trade.

Tool - Part # 1447456 Mfg Part # W10106710


Microwave leakage detector.

Microwave Test Kit - Part # 1668485 Mfg Part # A138


Refrigerator and freezer thermometer, temps from -20 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Thermometer face has special markings to show where food is safe and where it is at risk of spoilage.

Thermometer - Part # 903650 Mfg Part # 8171720


The Kill-A-Watt Energy Usage Meter. This plug-in meter allows you to track total power consumption by hour, day, week, month, or year. Also displays Voltage (V), Line Frequency (Hz), and Power Factor (PF). 15 amp maximum. No batteries required. Accepts standard 110 volt plugs, 2 or 3 prong.

Energy Usage Meter - Part # 1012487 Mfg Part # P4400


Freezer alarm, sounds if freezer temperature goes above 15 degrees.  Never lose expensive frozen foods again!

Freezer Alarm - Part # 786349 Mfg Part # 8171458


Gasohol tester.  Used to test the alcohol content in the fuel.

Gasohol Tester - Part # 1611245 Mfg Part # 795161


Polder 3 function thermometer: large LCD read out displays the temperature of food during cooking. Presettable HI/LOW and inside the range temperature alert. Timer: 24 hour count down and count-up. Clock: Real-time clock. Stainless steel probe. Temperature chart and battery included.

Digital Meat Thermometer - Part # 905158 Mfg Part # 601-90


Glide n Guard floor protector for appliance moving.

Floor Protectors for Moving Appliance - Part # 12914 Mfg Part # 93001


Affresh HE Washer Cleaner Pack - Use once a month to keep your HE (high efficiency) washer clean and odor-free! 3 Power Puck tablets and 4 Grit Grabber cloths per box.

Cleaner Kit - Part # 1914804 Mfg Part # W10306172


Affresh Dishwasher and Disposal Cleaner - 6 Tablets.

Dishwasher and Disposer Cleaner - Part # 1552531 Mfg Part # W10282479


Glisten dishwasher cleaner

Dishwasher Cleaner - Part # 1915432 Mfg Part # 5304482929


Refrigerator and freezer condenser coil cleaning brush with instructions. Also works great for dryer lint.

Long Handled Bristle Brush - Part # 12859 Mfg Part # 5303318693


Solid-surface range element cleaner (Sponge no longer included).

Solid Surface Element Cleaner - Part # 12830 Mfg Part # 5303310267


Vacuum cleaner attachment for condenser and dryer cleaning - This long vacuum cleaner attachment will help to clean dust and lint build-up in and around your refrigerator condenser coils underneath the refrigerator and dryer lint in the area where the lint filter is inserted. Fits 1-1/4 inch vacuum hose.

Vacuum Hose Attachment - Part # 1544893 Mfg Part # 8171579A


Dryer vent cleaning brush. For 4" diameter round ducts. 20 feet long.

20 Foot Vent Cleaning Brush - Part # 424663 Mfg Part # 18001034


Complete Ceramic Cooktop Care Kit - contains a 10 ounce Cooktop Cleaner to clean and polish all glass or ceramic cooktops. A 4 ounce bottle of Cooktop Protectant. Six small cooktop cleaning pads and one larger Cooktop Protectant applicator.

Glass Cooktop Cleaner - Part # 959474 Mfg Part # 31605


Stainless steel cleaner.

Stainless Steel Cleaner - Part # 1542817 Mfg Part # 31462A


Gas grate cleaner.

Grate Cleaner - Part # 496592 Mfg Part # 316119700


Rust remover - Removes rust stains from clothes, dishes, glassware, kitchen and bathroom fixtures, painted surfaces, concrete and water softeners. 16-ounce bottle.

Rust Remover - Part # 1550725 Mfg Part # W10278629


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