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Samurai Tech Academy Open House and Campus Tour

Posted by Samurai Appliance Repair Man, in Appliance Repair Training 07 April 2015 · 1,207 views
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NOTE: The meeting details have been edited.

Who: YOU!

What: You've undoubtedly heard of the Samurai Tech Academy, where young apprentice appliantologists and seasoned appliance warriors alike come to hone their troubleshooting skills to razor-sharp deadly accuracy. Here, now, is the opportunity you've been longing for to peek behind the bamboo shades of the legendary dojo of Master Samurai Techs in training. Come join us for an open house and campus tour of the Samurai Tech Academy and watch with amazement and delight as legendary Master Samurai Techs are formed in the fiery crucible of appliantological knowledge. Virtual sencha green tea, Sapporo rice beer, and Akita Homare sake will be served. We look forward to your fellowship.

When: April 20, 2015 @7:30pm Eastern Time

Where: https://join.me/837-661-044

(note - if the wrong number is in the box, enter the number 837-661-044 where it needs to be)
The Join.me service will work fine with a web browser but the app gives a better experience. You can download the free app here: https://www.join.me/apps

Once in the conference, you'll need to enable audio by either connecting with your computer or your phone. This page has the simple instructions: http://help.join.me/...conference-call

On a computer, use any browser with Flash. Nothing to download.
On a phone or tablet, launch the join.me app and enter meeting code: 837-661-044

Join the audio conference:
Dial a phone number and enter access code, or connect via internet.

By phone:
United States - Camden, DE+1.302.202.5900
United States - Detroit, MI+1.734.746.0035
United States - Hartford, CT+1.860.970.0010
United States - Los Angeles, CA+
United States - New York, NY+1.646.307.1990
United States - San Francisco, CA+1.415.655.0381
United States - Saugus, MA+1.781.666.2350
United States - Tampa, FL+1.813.769.0500
Canada - Bradford+1.226.401.9363
Canada - Charlottetown+1.902.200.0149
Canada - Edmonton+1.587.415.0177
Canada - Montreal+1.514.800.1233
Canada - Ottawa+1.613.699.9318
Canada - Quebec+1.581.705.4251
Canada - Saskatchewan+1.306.400.1019
Canada - Toronto+1.647.977.2648
Canada - Vancouver+1.778.654.8779
Ireland - Dublin+353.1.531.4868
Ireland - Dublin+353.1.513.4791
United Kingdom - London+44.33.0088.2634
United Kingdom - London+44.20.3514.9080
United Kingdom - Manchester+44.161.820.1607
Access Code763-500-396#

Other international numbers available

By computer via internet:
Join the meeting, click the phone icon and select 'Call via internet'. A small download might be required.

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A Master Samurai Tech Presentation: Troubleshooting Appliances using Ohm’s Law and Schematic Analysis

Posted by Samurai Appliance Repair Man, in Appliance Repair Training 27 March 2015 · 560 views
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A Master Samurai Tech Presentation:

Troubleshooting Appliances using Ohm's Law and Schematic Analysis

Learn from the Samurai and become a troubleshooting master!

In this action-packed, riveting, 30-minute, recording of a live webinar, Samurai Appliance Repair Man explains:
  • Ohm's Law: what it is and how it's used
  • Understanding power and work in electric circuits
  • Applying Ohm's Law to real-world troubleshooting situations
  • Schematic analysis of real schematics using Ohm's Law and series circuit analysis
  • Understanding voltage vs. voltage drop
  • Understanding series loads
... and much more!

Click here to begin your Journey of Total Appliance Enlightenment!

Here are a few tantalizing screenshots of the presentation...

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Click here to begin your Journey of Total Appliance Enlightenment!

Appliantology is Changing with the Times

Posted by Samurai Appliance Repair Man, in Forum Updates 26 March 2015 · 1,275 views
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It's a great time to be a Professional Appliantologist at Appliantology!

A lot has changed at Appliantology.org over the years! We've gone from being a site that focused on helping DIYers to a site focused on supporting the professional tech community.

In the past, one of the ways this site supported and funded itself was through parts sales to DIYers. But today, parts sales to DIYers isn't nearly as big a source of funding for this site as it once was.

Part of this change was a result of increased competition for parts sales online, especially with Amazon and eBay becoming major retailers in this area. So DIYers were coming here for help and then shopping around to buy the parts for a couple bucks cheaper elsewhere.

Concurrent with this trend was the opening of the Samurai Tech Academy last year where we offer first-rate, online, cost-effective training to professional and aspiring appliance technicians. With MasterSamuraiTech.com as our tech training site, it seemed natural to increase our focus on tech support at Appliantology.org.

Under the old paradigm where we catered to DIYers, it made sense to offer a complimentary membership upgrade to professional techs to encourage them to come in and help answer questions from DIYers. The idea was that instead of supporting the site with money, they would support the site with knowledge, which helped generate income in the form of DIYer parts sales. In return, they would have access to all the tech-only forums and resources, including the Downloads.

But with the changes in parts sales mentioned above, and Appliantology now primarily focused on supporting professional appliance techs, we've had to put some limits on the the complimentary membership program.

The complimentary membership upgrade ("Appliantologist") is still available and retains many of its original perks such as access to the chat room, use of the PM system, ability to edit their own posts, upload and download attachments, ability to reply to other people's topics (not just topics they start), and file privileges in the Downloads section (one download for every two posts).

However, the Appliantologist membership no longer includes access to the tech-only forums.

We needed to make these changes to adapt to the changing economic realities of running a site like Appliantology and to ensure it remains a viable and valuable resource for technicians. As a result, we need the support from professional tech subscription memberships. But in return, we're offering more!

Professional Appliantologist members enjoy the following perks:

- Access to all features of the site (chat room, PM system, post editing, etc.)
- Access to tech-only forums
- Unlimited file downloads in the Downloads section of the site
- Access to the Tech-only calendar where webinars are announced
- Free access to tech training webinars
- Free access to webinar recordings (in case you can't make the live event)
- And more perks are in the works!

We want Appliantology to be such an indispensable information tool in your appliance repair arsenal that you'll agree that it's a fantastic bargain even if it were at twice the price!


Here's the recording of the webinar we had last night, March 29, 2015, discussing the member groups and currencies for dues payments here at Appliantology:

You can download the PDF of the presentation here: http://appliantology...-dues-payments/

Unlocking a Stuck Door on a Maytag Whirlpool Alpha Platform Front Load Washer

Posted by Samurai Appliance Repair Man, in Washing Machine Repair 21 March 2015 · 763 views
Whirlpool, Maytag, washer and 3 more...
In this scintillating safari into front load washer wasteland, Samurai Appliance Repair Man shows you how to manually unlock the door on a front load washer with the door stuck locked. This particular kata is for the Maytag-Whirlpool Alpha 2 platform front load washers but the same technique can be applied to most other models.

To order parts, call our parts department at 877-803-7957

Guided Tour of the Samurai Tech Academy Campus

Posted by Samurai Appliance Repair Man, in Appliance Repair Training 19 March 2015 · 648 views
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Join Samurai Appliance Repair Man on a personal guided tour of the Samurai Tech Academy campus. I'll show you the answers to common questions that people have when they call or email us:

- What courses do you offer?
- What kind of things do you teach in the courses?
- How much are the courses?
- Do you teach how to read schematics?
- Do you teach about the new, electronic appliances?
- Do you teach how to run an appliance repair business?
- Do you have any discounts?
- There's so much stuff at that site, I don't even know what to ask!

Learn how to read schematics and troubleshoot like a real appliance technician at the Samurai Tech Academy.

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