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Things are hopping at the Samurai Tech Academy as we now have a steady stream of students, and quite a few enthusiastic graduates already. Here's a new presentation video for the Samurai Tech Academy that we created for the Sample Course page at the Academy site to introduce the course to prospective students. My two sons, Stephen and Sam, put together the presentation and wrote the script and I'm the big-mouth talking it through. Check it out!



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What's wrong with this dryer outlet?

Posted by Samurai Appliance Repair Man, in Dryer Repair 13 December 2014 · 927 views
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What specific problem do you think this outlet was causing with the dryer and why? When you're ready for the answer, click here.

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What's wrong with this picture?

Posted by Samurai Appliance Repair Man, in Icemaker Repair, Refrigerator Repair 09 December 2014 · 1,298 views
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This is a picture from a recent service call I did. That white/translucent plastic tubing you see coming out of the floor and connecting to the gray PEX tubing on the refrigerator is a big No-No. That's a flood waiting to happen. Think about it: that plastic tubing us under household water pressure 24/7-- that's 40 to 60 psi. Combine that with with the fact that it gets hot behind a refrigerator that's pushed back against the wall, especially in summer.

Heat... plastic... brittle... cracked or burst plastic tubing.

And what's to stop the water from spraying out at household pressure when (not if) that plastic tubing breaks? Ain't but one thing: your hand on the shut off valve to stop the water flow.

What if you can't find the shut off valve to stop the water flow because the plumber installed it in a weird location or the house has been renovated since the water line was installed and the valve is inaccessible?

What if you can't reach the shut off valve because it's up behind a drop ceiling and you can't find the ladder during the panic to stop the water?

What happens if you're not home when that cheap plastic tubing bursts, as it inevitably will given enough heat and time?

You get the idea. So how do you avoid all this unpleasantness? Any water supply line or tubing in your house that's under continuous household pressure should only be one of three things: copper, steel-braided flex line, or PEX.

Now, if the plastic water tubing were AFTER the refrigerator's water inlet valve, as is commonly the case with older refrigerators, not such a big deal because 1) the tubing is not under continuous pressure; it’s only under pressure when the solenoid valve opens which 2) only occurs for several seconds every couple of hours or so for the ice maker or on-demand for the water dispenser.

Moral of the story: plastic and household plumbing don't mix.


Huge discount on Professional Appliantologist membership for students at the Samurai Tech Academy

Posted by Samurai Appliance Repair Man, in Appliance Repair Training, Forum Updates 01 December 2014 · 567 views
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As if lifetime access to all the comprehensive training packed into the courses at the Samurai Tech Academy wasn't enough of a benefit, we've gone one better and turned it up to 11! Now, students enrolled in any course at the Samurai Tech Academy get a huge discount on the Professional Appliantologist membership fee here at Appliantology. Get the scoop here.


Everything you ever wanted to know about those new Evernote enex ZIP files in the Downloads section

Posted by Samurai Appliance Repair Man, in Forum Updates 16 November 2014 · 556 views
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You may have noticed the recent files added to the Downloads section of the site have a funny ending not seen here before: Evernote enex ZIP. There's a not very long and maybe less interesting story about these files. I'll also tell you how to use them.

Periodically, I run across paper service bulletins (actual paper! I mean who does that?) that are worth storing for later retrieval. A great source of these is the MSA World magazine where they include lots of manufacturer service bulletins in the back of each issue. The problem is that physical paper isn't searchable. And information that isn't searchable is just data. Or noise. Or clutter.

So, unless you have a photographic memory, all those fresh paper pearls of appliantological tips and tricks are simply washed away with the next few brewskis. What's a crotchety old Appliantologist to do?

Enter Evernote. When you scan a document into Evernote, it gets OCR'd so that it's searchable. Evernote does this automatically, stealthily, behind the scenes, at night while you're asleep, or when you turn your head to sneeze and BAM! it's done. You don't want to know any more.

What you do want to know is that these notes can then be exported and shared so that other Evernoters can import them and so the love is shared. When Evernote exports a note, the exported note has the extension "enex." So that answers that part of this blog post title.

It turns out, though, that for some weird reason, I could not directly upload enex files to the Downloads section. The file would upload completely but then I'd get a message that the upload failed. I checked this, tweaked that, changed some settings, scratched myself, made quizzical noises, then figured out a work-around, which was to simply ZIP the enex file. The System liked this and there was much rejoicing. So there you have the "Evernote enex ZIP" portion of this blog post title.

Using these special files is easy: just download them like you would any other file from the Downloads section and unzip them. Then open the Evernote app on your pooter and select File > Import Notes... from the top menu. The import can take a minute or two, tricking the more impetuous among you into thinking that the process is stalled. But here's where having the bushido of a Samurai will win the day for, with patience, victory shall be thine. The note will import into its own notebook but you can move it to wherever you want in your Evernote.

The downloading, unzipping, and importing described above are all done on a desktop computer. Works fine on my iMac. I've not tried it on a device and don't see how it would work because of the unZIP operation required. But I'm sure one of you bright-eyed info-jocks will figure it out and post an addendum comment to this post.






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