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Member Since 17 Feb 2006
Offline Last Active Feb 18 2015 03:49 PM

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Tight spots video/still camera for inspecting just about anything

01 February 2015 - 08:42 PM

This is not specifically an appliance tool, but I have used it for that purpose occasionally. If you have not seen the usb endoscope cameras coming out of China and for sale on all popular on-line marketplaces, you need to have a look. These use a laptop for power and display with a simple usb connection. They have either 4 or 6 LED's for lighting in the camera head and use a 1/6" CMOS camera mounted on a tiny circuit board and housed in an aluminum tube with lens....all waterproof(as advertised, anyway). I purchased a 10 meter unit for about $20 a year ago just to tinker with it. Was surprised at the clarity of the images and the depth of field in daylight. 


I've modified mine for use in plumbing applications by carefully separating the USB plug housing, desoldering the conductors from the board, running the cable inside a 25' metal spring-type sewer snake, then resoldering the wiring and reassembling the plug case. I also built a protective housing from a drilled 1/2" PVC cap with female threads and the bottom part of a 1/2" threaded sprinkler riser. This keeps the camera up off of the bottom of the pipe for better images, and enabled me to add more waterproofing around the camera and lens. The snake allows me to push the camera into plumbing drains and wall spaces. I thought it would last a day or two, but have used it on many occasions in the past year and it's still going strong. For $37 and a few hours brainstorming, it's been well worth the effort. The most worthwhile use for me has been locating plumbing drain breaks under slab foundations.


Here's a pic of the business end:


Amana dishwasher dead - #ADB1500AWW3

31 January 2015 - 12:29 PM

Background information: owner tells me that a servicer came a week ago to solve a no-pumpout issue. She used the unit once after this, and described the sound it made as "like a toy with the batteries running out". I did not ask why she did not call the original servicer back...I would have.


No control panel lights, no response to keypad presses. I pulled the toe panel to verify power to the machine and see right off the bat that the hot and common wires are reversed in the junction box...so I already know something's fried. I know the keypad is FUBAR, no continuity between pins 6 and 10 (start function) during a key press. Both door switches and wiring show continuity through to the control board with the latch in the closed position. Beyond this point I don't know if it's worth continuing the diagnostics...no burns or other visual problems with the board, but am not sure how to test this without a working keypad. 


Can anyone tell me how to test the board without a good keypad? Or is it more likely that multiple components have been damaged due to the reversed supply wiring? 


G.E. EWA5600G0WW top-loading washer. Water flowing from overflow tube during agitate.

27 January 2015 - 05:08 PM

Can anyone tell me the proper fill levels for this machine? When the level switch is set to "Super", the machine fills to 4 1/2" from the indicator line near the clips on the top of the tub. When agitate starts, water flows out of the overflow tube. Wanted to rule out improper water level as the cause. I think perhaps the basket is turning with the agitator and sloshing the water up to the overflow tube inlet, but not sure if this is normal for this machine.


Edit: this is a lot of water, not just a few drops....several cups per minute.

Whirlpool Cabrio WTW7800XW4 Top-loader overfilling bleach dispenser?

29 March 2014 - 10:53 AM

Anyone encountered this? Thought it was a a leaky hose or a crack in the dispenser after observing the leak while the machine was running with the back removed. After removing the dispenser/hose and filling them manually I find no leaks, though, and there are no obstructions in the siphon outlet.


The machine has a switch on the console that apparently turns on or off the bleach and fabric softener functions. Water enters the bleach dispenser even when this switch is set to the "off" position. Is this normal?

Frigidaire top-loader washer wailing on spin. FWSB6600FSO

22 October 2013 - 09:11 PM

Pulled the top and front cabinet off, bits of shredded belt material scattered about. The unit starts to spin OK on an empty tub, but once she settles in and starts to speed up, the screeching commences. Tranny bearing, tub bearing? Tub spins easily by hand one direction, does not spin the other way, as it should. No evidence of leakage between tranny and tub. How to proceed with diagnosis?

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