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DIYGranny

Member Since 25 Sep 2012
Offline Last Active Oct 04 2012 04:31 PM

Topics I've Started

How to remove melted plastic item in oven

04 October 2012 - 03:44 PM

I haven't seen this addressed here. It happened to me just the other day, so thought I'd post about it.

In my case it was a green plastic lid from one of those plastic food container sets - like tupperware, but it wasn't tupperware. I was going to bake a cake and after getting out all ingredients, it is my habit to light the oven right before I start to mix the ingredients. That way, just about the time I am done mixing, the oven is ready.

Well, standing right there in the kitchen, the smell of the melting plastic hit me. I opened the oven door and immediately saw the melting lid. AND it was situated in a manner that liquid plastic was running down through two of the "slots" into the area below.

I immediately turned off the oven. Left the door open. Turned on exhaust fan and opened kitchen window. If fumes were any heavier, I would have brought a fan into the room to remove the fumes out through the window, but they were not all that bad and went away promptly. (I would NOT stand around breathing in these fumes, by the way.)

After 10-15 minutes, when the interior walls and bottom of the oven were still warm to the touch, I removed the racks, then used a razor scraper tool and it just lifted entire blobs of plastic up. I carefully scraped off all remaining residue on oven bottom and then used a barely wetted Brillo pad to make sure all was gone. Down into the holes I could stick a finger and remove thin "strings" of melted plastic that extended down into blobs of melted plastic, located on a metal panel about 2" below the bottom of the oven.

I saw two big screws at the back of the oven floor, one on either side, and thought I might need to remove the oven bottom to get to the last of the blobs of plastic. But decided to try just sticking a sharp paring knife into a "blob" to see what happened. Glory be, it lifted right up, stuck to the point of the knife. I was able to remove all of the rest of the plastic by using the knife technique.

DIYGranny

Little dead black fruit flies in freezer compartment

27 September 2012 - 06:53 PM

I have been finding these in my freezer compartment lately. 5-6 dead ones towards the front of the freezer compartment. I clean them up but next time I open it, there are more.

About 6 months ago this unit froze up due to freezing of the exterior drain tube. Using info gained here I took it apart, defrosted everything, unfroze the drain tube using hot salt water. (Salt is also good for killing bacteria, by the way.)

Until reading about these little critters back in the "Customer Service Stories" area I never even guessed they could be coming from INSIDE the refrigerator! Where do they usually breed? What do you do to get rid of them?

Thanks a lot.

DIYGranny

Lid switch on top loading washer

27 September 2012 - 06:40 PM

The washer would not spin or drain. After reading here, I tried the lid switch and nothing. Reached in under and it came off in my hand. The little plastic "sockets" where the screws screw into were both cracked and came off into my hand when I wiggled them. But the switch worked fine when I manually closed it.

I now have it rigged up with the switch taped closed and the wirin extending up out of the machine opening. I encased the switch box itself in plastic and secured it with duct tape to the deck of the machine. The lid ALMOST closes, but of course the wires are there.

Questions:
1. Coming out of the middle of the lid switch is a 6-8" long piece of clear plastic tubing. Very small diameter. What is this? Did it encase the ground wire?

2.) Is this set up dangerous in terms of electrical hazard? I know about the danger of the lid switch being inoperable.

3.) Is it possible to use superglue to reattach the still operating lid switch back to the underside of the deck of the machine? (I will need to wait for an older grandson to come and assist with getting the cover off and upside down. It is in a small space)

Any input you have on this would be appreciated. I've been using it for two days now and it works fine, by the way.

Thanks in advance for all the good advice.

DIYGranny


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