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Member Since 16 Oct 2009
Offline Last Active Sep 07 2014 11:43 PM

Topics I've Started

Freezer minimum ambient temp?

03 February 2014 - 08:29 PM

I beg the masters' forgiveness and indulgence if this is a dumb-ass question.


We do not own a freezer, but are considering buying one.  We have a small, crowded house.  I think if we have a freezer, it will need to live in an outside shed.


We live in Wisconsin, where it gets dang cold in the winter (-29 degrees Fahrenheit just the other night).  My theory is, great, the freezer won't have to run at all in the coldest weather.  


Some folks (and a couple of websites I googled) tell me most freezers currently on the market won't work properly in a room that's less than 50 degrees F.  Something about oil filled compressors?


I have other friends who tell me they keep freezers in outside, unheated buildings.  The food stays frozen and and they have never had any problems.


So, what is true here?  Are there freezers available that will work when housed outside?

Windmill repair

21 October 2009 - 07:56 PM


My service may not seem relevant here, but what the hay. I restore old water-pumping windmills. I contend that they are among the original labor-saving appliances.

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Whirlpool Model LPA4505W0

21 October 2009 - 12:29 PM

In my previous Staber-covetous post I mentioned our late lamented Whirlpool suds-saver, which is model LPA4505W0, serial # 61298J516.

Actually it is still sitting in the hall outside the bath/laundry room.

I pronounced it dead several weeks ago after massive flooding. It looks like a major gushing leak coming down the center of the tub, where the shaft goes up into the agitator. I have been assuming the issue is either a seal, or the tub rusting through, and that it probably was not worth tearing the thing apart to find the leak, given the hoary age of the machine and the probable unavailability of parts.

Would this machine be resurrectable, or should we proceed with the assumption that it is time to replace it?

Will Staber washer work with low water pressure?

20 October 2009 - 08:43 PM

Does anyone out there in Samurai land have experience running a Staber washer on a gravity-flow water system?

After a decent interval of mourning for our late lamented ancient Whirlpool with suds saver, my wife and I search for a new washer. We like what we hear about the Staber: minimal water use; horizontal axis but with bearings on both sides of drum (instead of hanging from one bearing like most front loaders); ease of customer service.

We live in the boonies in an owner-built home. Our water system is an old model D602 Aermotor windmill, pumping from our 180' deep well into a 1000 gallon cistern, which is buried uphill from the house. Gravity water flow gives us five to eight PSI water pressure in the bath/laundry room.

Therein lies the rub-a-dub-dub. Staber says their machine requires a minimum of 20 PSI to function. I talked to a couple of local self-proclaimed appliance gurus who say ANY modern washing machine needs at least that much water pressure to work.

We talked to two different Staber phone service techs. One told my wife the water shutoff valve needs 20 PSI to open. (This sounds like a crock to me. Doesn't a solenoid open & close the water valve?)

The other Staber tech said the valve should not be affected by low pressure, but it will just take a long time for the washer to fill, and the drum will be spinning the whole time, unnecessarily wearing out washer parts and your clothes.

It takes 3 minutes to fill a five gallon bucket from the washer faucet, so I can't see that it should take an onerous amount of time to fill the machine. Our old Whirlpool worked on this system for years.

Any of you grasshoppers or Appliantologists have experience with low pressure water systems? Have you used a Staber or other washing machine, and have you had to put in a pressure pump just to run them?

Your assistance would be appreciated. We are getting sick of going to the laundromat, and want to buy a washer that will work on our water system.

By the way, how come when I go to the "Staber Store" section of this site, the page is blank?

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