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Member Since 22 Dec 2005
Offline Last Active Jan 14 2012 11:13 PM

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Glass-top stove circuit...existing wire?

14 January 2012 - 04:34 PM

Well, the push is on to get a stove. The wife wants a smooth top setup...we've had a gas for years but mama wants an electric and if mama's happy *I* am happy :).

Looking at the specs on several of these it looks like 40 amp circuits are called for but options are there for either 3 or 4 wire hookups. My house was built back around 1950 and has an existing 3-wire stove circuit.in place, The house had an electric stove in it before we moved in.

About 20 years ago we replaced the old glass and paper fuse box with a breaker box. There were two separate boxes and I can't remember if there were any breakers at all in one of them, I don't think there were, though. The stove circuit was retained and there is a 50 amp double breaker for it. The old 3-wire Leviton plug is rated at 50 amp.

I was thinking I would need to replace the wiring, that it was probably a 30 amp circuit. Once I took the panel off of the breaker box and looked, the wires seem larger than the wires in the 6/3 wiring that I purchased to replace it. Now I'm wondering if the circuit is indeed heavy enough to handle a new stove with it's 40 amp requirement. I've included a couple of images of the plug. Anybody want to take a look a wager a guess as to what gauge the wiring is? Whether it would rate as a 40 amp circuit? The wiring is old, I know, but.....???? It would save me a lot of trouble *and* $$$ if I could use the existing wire and go with a 3-wire hookup. But, I don't wanta burn the house down either!

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Need flat-top stove recommendation...

12 November 2010 - 04:17 AM

I know not to attempt to acquire an appliance without the wiley wisdom of this group of folks, so...here I am again!!!  ;)

It is time to replace the old gassy stove that my wife loves to hate that we've had for the last 15 years.  I could probably go in a work on it and get it going reasonably well again but I opened my big trap and said we'd get a new one a while back, and well...there's no turning back now. :nono:   I gotta admit I haven't ever been really happy with this gas burner.

Anyhow, the beautiful lady that I married wants a flat-topped electric stove this go-round and that is fine with me.  There is already wiring for the stove (it was there when *I* chose a gas stove last time :uhyeah: ).  What I need is some recommendations on brand/models that are solid stoves *and* recommendations on what to stay away from.

In regards to the cook top we have some cast iron pans that we use at times, but mostly light-weight steel pans are the norm.   In the oven she does some baking off and on, I cook a turkey a couple of times a year.  The rest of the time is regular(?) stuff...roasts, baked chicken, casseroles, biscuits/bread, etc.,. 

The ease of clean-up is a compelling attraction for my wife (and me).  But, lots of gadgetry isn't appealing.   This website taught me that the simpler machines are the best...less to break down.  Oh yeah, I don't have Donald Trump's credit card limit either.  :shock:

So, without much more ado', I sure would appreciate it if someone could point me towards some models (or a specific one) that would be a good stove for us.  If there's more information you need from me just give me a holler and I'll tell ya what I can.

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HELP!!! Cotter pins and a Whirlpool WTW5300 washer (new install)

10 August 2009 - 03:59 PM

Ok, I got *everything* squared away.  Even handled another small project this evening.  I carefully slide the new WTW5300 over close to it's new home, carefully cut the cardboard away, pull the drain hose out, and finally....pull the infamous yellow strap out.

:shock:  OH NO!!!  Only ONE (1) cotter pin came out. :(  Everything says it should be 2, but only one came out.  I really tried my best on this but only the one came out.  It's longer  than the ones I've seen in the past.  Rather than the 1" to 2" cotter pin this pin is all of 11.25" long!  In the strap there appears to be only one hole for a pin to go through.  The other yellow strap I think was simply to secure the end of the plug to the cabinet.  ????? :? :?

Have they changed and gone to a single cotter pin?  If not, anybody want to point out to me how I should go about retrieving the other pin?

<ARGGGHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!>     Ed

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Intheswamp's Whirlpool Washer Purchase...

08 August 2009 - 06:47 PM

Well, I bit the bullet and purchased a Whirlpool WTW5300VW this afternoon at Lowe's.  Our washer/dryer setup has been less than acceptable and I've been doing some work on it better (more room)...this involved moving the hot water heater over several feet (did that last night).

Anyhow, I had pretty much made up my mind to buy the washer so I went on a pickup truck to Lowe's.  Lowe's is about 30 miles from so it's not a "run down the street" trip so you plan ahead.   I was browsing the washers when a sales clerk asked if she could help me.  I told her if I could get 10% off on the washer that I'd buy it.  She said she thought she could do that and asked if that would do it...I responded that 15% would be better...she smiled and said she couldn't do that but that she'd check on that 10%.

Anyhow, walked out of Lowe's with the 5300 for $421.20 plus tax.  It's still sitting in the box as I've got a little more prep work to do in the garage to make a comfy home for it.  I moved the hot water heater last night and have a window to repair and I'll be all set.  I had a big problem with my previous washer rusting out (as mentioned in another thread) so repairing the window is a priority.  I also bought a piece of "polywall", a 4x8 sheet of some kind of plastic, to slide under the appliances as a type of "vapour/concrete" barrier...not sure if it'll help but after the problem that I've had I wanted something between the appliances and the concrete floor in the garage.

Anyhow, if you shop at Lowe's don't be afraid to put a big goofy smile on your face and ask for an extra 10% off on your appliance purchase....worked for me!



Washing Machine less than 42" tall??? Top-loader...

29 July 2009 - 11:20 AM

Well, I'm once again in the market for a top-loading washer.  I'm hoping to find something less than 40" in height if possible.  It looks like the mainstream top-loaders run around 42"- 43".

I did find a Whirlpool Model GCAM2792TQ that is stated as being a "commercial" washer that stands in at 36" tall (would be a great height!).  Anybody know much about this washer's reputation?   It looks like it doesn't have a delicate or gentle cycle which might be a deal-killer for my wife but I'll run it pass her to see.

If anybody has a suggestion I'd appreciate it.  I'm not tied to getting a Whirlpool but the last I heard they were regarded pretty good so brand suggestions are welcome too!  The wife has some back problems and a front-loader is not in the running.

Thanks...yet again! :)


ETA:  Changed the stated height above to 36" from 26"....26" would've been a mite short, eh? :oops:

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