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Cactus Bob

Member Since 04 Apr 2008
Offline Last Active May 25 2015 12:02 AM

#290273 Bitcoin donations

Posted by Cactus Bob on 08 April 2014 - 01:58 PM

Do you really think the federal reserve and other world central banks would let a fiat currency compete against there fiat currency ?


If bitcoin should become of value . it's fate is sealed , squashed like a bug under the big foot of the world banks .


The only reason it is let be (so far) ,is that it is a joke and a dream of dreamers .


The ruling class gives us the small freedom to dream , beyond that you are silenced one way or another . know your place and "game "the system to live a happy life .


Bitcoin is dead because it is not a creation of central banks , it's that simple .

#290066 whirlpool cabrio washer wtw6400sw2 power surge damage

Posted by Cactus Bob on 06 April 2014 - 12:40 PM

Most of the time it's all gone . time to call your insurance ,or your power co.


when this "floating ground" happens ONE side of your 220v service takes the hit harder than the other . leaving half the house "half burned up " .surge protectors do not help you . the high voltage stays on the line until it is  repaired  ,power is cut or meter is pulled ,a surge protector can only protect for a split second "surge"


in my childhood i lived in a house that had this happen twice . it melted the tops of the alarm clocks in some rooms . other rooms had low voltage and nothing damaged .

The electric co. was at fault both times and paid for anything burned up .

#290063 Bitcoin donations

Posted by Cactus Bob on 06 April 2014 - 12:34 PM

Bitcoin  ! .........AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


BUT , you can send your silver dimes ! , there small and light and cheep so send them by the bag full !


Metals are always good . Gold , silver , copper , aluminum, any metal really .


when a customer drops off a dead lawn mower i say "thank you " . within a month that mower becomes cash . cash is always good .


Bitcoin is not always anything . ( that just sounds weird , but it's true)



FYI : Keep a silver dime in your water bottle , it will help keep bacteria from growing between washings . ( just don't swallow it !)

#289967 Tankless - My plumbing supply house pooh-poohed them?

Posted by Cactus Bob on 05 April 2014 - 02:59 AM

Patricio: I am in Arizona so we really do not have winter here . but we do have Snowbirds and collage apartments that keep us busy all winter long .

It was 70+ degrees almost every day this winter , so AC demand was high and so where breakdowns

this was a banner year , the old farts came and brought us a lot of money and the collage apartments landlords did too .

Best year in years !!

Now we take a break for a month until we hit summer , then it's off to the races again . we hope . 


I hope this winter was as good for you as it was for us , best wishes

#289966 Tankless - My plumbing supply house pooh-poohed them?

Posted by Cactus Bob on 05 April 2014 - 02:45 AM

DansParts : the problems i have seen mostly come from electronics in the heater , sensors are second . the electric ones need two 240v supplies and are expensive to install, if there not going to be close to the breaker box


I used to like the old ones from the 70's , these had no electronics and where triggered by a drop in temp of the inlet water . these kept the water in the heater a little warm all the time and turned on 4 water heater elements to quickly heat the water as it ran through the unit .these where great , lasted for years and only needed replacement of elements once in a while


Not so with the new ones . these can freeze if installed in an unheated room . water leaks and the need to sometimes run water a long time to trigger the unit on and heating

these units may not heat when using a low flow shower head , in this case you may need to run the sink water when showering to get hot water


All in all most plumbers that are not selling them , hate them

#289946 Tankless - My plumbing supply house pooh-poohed them?

Posted by Cactus Bob on 04 April 2014 - 07:06 PM

"My plumbing supply house pooh-poohed them" And so do I  .  for the amount extra they cost , the problems they have , i do not recommend them .

A tank style water heater is safe and long lasting . Provides a 30-50 gallon source of clean drinking water if or when your water supply get interrupted .


A tankless is none of the above

#278423 Refrigerator compressor activates fan

Posted by Cactus Bob on 20 December 2013 - 09:37 AM

how hot do you expect it to get back there ?

where do you live ? if your living in a place like Arizona , your going to need a lot of cooling .


just a thought , the fan switch used on an attic fan , it would only turn when it was needed , you might even be able to use an attic fan too

this way even when the fridge cycled off if the area was still warm , the fan would continue to run until it was not needed


where do you expect "take up air" to come from ? if it's  coming from the room the fridge is in , this system could increase your heating /cooling costs if ducted outside


have you thought about the increased noise level , with a fan running ?

#278162 Goodman manufacturing GMPN080-4 furnace. What the heck is going on with the...

Posted by Cactus Bob on 18 December 2013 - 02:17 PM

yes they do have a lot of sizes and just screw in place where the grill was , no need to change anything


as far as dirt , looking at the photo of what you have , the filter as well as the blower area look clean , so i would not worry much , just don't let anymore "new" dirt get in  there


sometime you can put a little brick inside the furnance to hold the filter to the side

#278083 Goodman manufacturing GMPN080-4 furnace. What the heck is going on with the...

Posted by Cactus Bob on 18 December 2013 - 02:46 AM

how about a photo of where the return duct goes ?

is there a grill in a hallway or somewhere else ?

#277354 40 yr old GE dual-oven electric range P7 help!

Posted by Cactus Bob on 11 December 2013 - 09:30 PM

this should be your part #on the burner element :  WB30X218





this is a 2 post element , please recheck i think you only have 2 posts



PS : i just had a thought , do you have a turn knob to control heat on these elements or a row of push buttons ?  the push button control ones have 4 connectors on the elements

#277248 sub zero vacuum condenser light goes away, and comes back!

Posted by Cactus Bob on 11 December 2013 - 12:20 PM

vacuuming may not be enough , dirt and dust gets inside the condenser coils , the only way to get it out is with compressed air

Does the compressor compartment feel HOT ?

Do the condenser coils have a DRY dust and dirt on therm when you vacuum , or is the dirt more sticky or greasy , on an extreme note does the coil drip grease !!! ?



On a side note : if anyone knows how the sub zero knows when to light the light , please post !!!!

I have never figured it out , i just clean the coil and the light goes out ........so far .............

AND no guessing ! .........I want to know once and for all time , fact to carve in stone !

#277127 Okeefe and Merritt Oven control knob installation

Posted by Cactus Bob on 10 December 2013 - 02:49 PM

what would i say : I say fine as long as someone who know what they are doing does the rebuilding


used or "repaired" gas valves may work fine one minute and leak the next


leading to ..............BOOM  !


A homeowner or a standard appliance repair person should never attempt such a task .


the simple "liability" of such an action makes it not worth any benefit

#277046 Why so my control boards ?

Posted by Cactus Bob on 10 December 2013 - 01:43 AM

there have been weeks and months that i have paid everyone but myself

there have been weeks i have paid myself double


after 39 years i have bought a little rental real estate and my homes are paid off ....but, we live like few of our friends do

we never buy much new , our cars are all used , tv's are 15 years old and bought used

furniture is the same stuff i bought 30 years ago

everything about our lifestyle is ultra frugal


Appliance/HVAC repair is tough , it pays the bills but your not going to get rich on it

#277038 Okeefe and Merritt Oven control knob installation

Posted by Cactus Bob on 10 December 2013 - 12:42 AM

 I wondered if it is possible to disassemble and clean the valve. I assume it would need some sort of seals that are likely not available, but some sort of stock O rings might do in a pinch.


Have i made myself clear ?  NO !!!!!!!





about getting a valve : I use a local supply house that handles these appliances , you should be able to find one in your city too .

#277000 Okeefe and Merritt Oven control knob installation

Posted by Cactus Bob on 09 December 2013 - 08:32 PM

most of the time when this control gets hard to turn , it's the control itself

the control gets hard and the homeowner turns it until the knob breaks


did you already get a new knob ?

if you did i comes with the clip installed

just put the trim ring in place , the spring , then push the knob on

make sure the oven is off and you line up the "off" on the knob at the top


i would guess you are going to need a valve too


if you do replace the valve , a word of advice : start all the small gas lines by hand before you touch any of them with a wrench

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