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Dielectric Grease: Myths and Reality

dielectric grease
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.


New Year's Resolutions for 2014

Posted by Samurai Appliance Repair Man, in Samurai Wisdom, Samurai Incarnate 02 January 2014 · 620 views
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Normally I don’t like New Year’s Resolutions-- lose weight, be more thoughtful, blah blah blah-- but HERE are some resolutions that will ROCK YOUR WORLD!



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A word of inspiration and hope for aspiring Appliantologists

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Sometimes, undertaking an appliance repair can be daunting. You'll be met with frustration and unpleasant surprises, obstacles over things that seem like they should be easy. In these dark times, remember the words of the Samurai...


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Every day should be a day of thanksgiving

Posted by Samurai Appliance Repair Man, in Samurai Incarnate, Samurai Wisdom 28 November 2013 · 576 views
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It's interesting how just finding the little things to be thankful for each day can transform our outlook and affect everything about us-- our mood, attitude, memory, even our health. Sometimes, I lose sight of that in my day-to-day struggles and get bogged down in tedious things or things that are not uplifting or beneficial. Or I focus and dwell on things that give me tension or irritation.

That's why I'm glad there's a special day just for giving thanks-- it's a reminder that everyday should be a small thanksgiving. Even if only for one or two things. The more you look, the more you find.

I hope and pray that this is an especially blessed Thanksgiving Day for you.

Samurai Appliance Repair Man


Scrotum Scrubber Roundup


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.






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