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  • Samurai Appliance Repair Man

    The Appliantology Live Tech Help Chatroom

    By Samurai Appliance Repair Man

    Mah Breverens, As you may know, I hold weekly, live tech training webinars for Master Samurai Tech Academy students and I recently included Professional Appliantologist members here at Appliantology in those those webinars as well. I know, I know-- that was already a 10 on the Awesome Meter® and, just when you thought it wasn't humanly possible to get any more awesome value out of your Professional Appliantologist membership, we've gone and cranked it up to 11 by adding Live Tech Help!    Professional Appliantologist members can access Live Tech Help through the Appliantology Chatroom where you can chat with your brethrens and get live help on an appliance problem you’re working on.  Trouble reading a schematic? Need help figuring out how to troubleshoot an appliance problem you’re currently working on? This is where you can get live help!  Here's how it works: Like the rest of the site, the Appliantology Chatroom is completely mobile-friendly and works on any desktop computer or device (Android, Windows, and Apple).  Professional Appliantologists can go into the Chatroom at any time. If no one else is there, just hang out and do other stuff while you're waiting for someone else to pop in. When someone else comes in, you'll hear the door bell sound (make sure sound is enabled on your computer or device and in the chatroom-- look for the speaker icon in the chatroom window).  The more PA's who make it a habit to have the chatroom open whenever they are doing other things online, the more help will be given and received there! So come on in and hang for awhile. That's what I do. Now here's where it goes nuclear. If the Samurai is in the chat room, we can take it to the next level and open a live web meeting or conference call on Join.me. There, we can talk by voice live and real time, and look at the tech sheet and schematic together. Although Join.me will work in any browser, it's best using the Join.me app. If you're on a mobile device, you'll need the app. It's free so go ahead and download it here: https://www.join.me/apps This is all a free benefit included as part of your Professional Appliantologist membership here at Appliantology. If you’ve never attended one of our webinars on Join.me, please watch this short video to learn how to connect and control your audio so you’ll be ready to join in when the time comes!   Talk to you soon! Samurai Appliance Repair Man 
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  • Samurai Appliance Repair Man

    Master the Internet in 30 Minutes or Less!

    By Samurai Appliance Repair Man

    Wassmatta, Boopie-- got the Don't-know-my-ass-from-that-hole-called-the-Internet Blues? Well, unfurl thy brow and unbunch thy panties, my Internet-bungling friend for the Samurai shall shine the light of wisdom upon thee and make straight thy cyberpaths. And for FREE! Yes, my sweet-- the Internetology Course is our latest electronic offering to the Great Virtual Universe and we bequeath it unto all posterior unto the ages of ages. Amen.  [Read more about the Free Internetology course here]  
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  • Lorainfurniture

    Location, Location, Location

    By Lorainfurniture

    I thought I would expand a bit more on some of the points in my first entry.  This part will focus strictly on location, and set up of your space.    First, Ill tell you where my store is located.  My place is located on a main corridor; you can drive clear through town on my street.  I am about 50 blocks away from downtown, in a poor/working class urban area.  15 years ago when I started, it was a proper ghetto, however, in the last few years my neighborhood has begun to gentrify.   Ideally you want to find something in a similar area.  Don't forget who will be your main customer, people who can't afford to buy new!   Of course, no two cities are alike, and your situation may be completely different.  Use your best judgment.  Its obvious that you don't want to be in the middle of nowhere, regardless of how cheap the rent is.  Cheap rent means nothing if you can't generate sales.  You also want to avoid getting on the hook for a lot of money every month, whether it be rent or mortgage.   1. Highly populated area 2. prefer on a main corridor with good traffic, but avoid roads that seem like mini highways. Your customer many never see you! 3. Be close to your target group of customers.  Great! so you found which neighborhood you want to be in, now time to look for the actual space.  Having a 1k sqft space is just not going to cut it.   You have to understand that operating a store incurs a lot of FIXED expenses.  Rent, lights, gas, insurance, licenses, phones, internet, and employees.   All of this stuff is called overhead ( ill discuss this in more detail in another post).  A smaller store may be a bit cheaper to rent/buy, but most, if not all, of the other expenses will be just about the same.  The amount of merchandise you have on the floor will directly affect how many appliances you sell per week.   You can make a living selling out of a 1k sq ft store, but at that point, you will likely make a better living just doing service work.  ( less stress too!) My store is around 5,500 sq ft. 2300 of it is actual showroom, about 800 ft occupies my ebay store, another 600 for my testing area,  and about 1500 is storage.  I have a small office, and a few utility closets/ bathrooms.  My store has physical walls dividing it in to those four quadrants, so I can't really change much about it.  In a perfect world I would have 4000 ft of showroom, 500 for testing/ fixing, and 1k for storage.    The store you are looking for should have 1 LARGE showroom. You can't be walking customers upstairs and around the corner.  You should be able to have several rows of appliances, every 20 appliances there should be a small isle.   Refrigerator section:  I have about 20-25 refrigerators on the floor and they are all plugged in and running.  They seem to instill a lot of confidence in the customer when they see it, feel it cold.  That said, you need to have a double outlet every 36" .  You should try and run as many separate circuits as you can.   You also need to have access to water to test ice/water function.   Stove section: Needs to be near (arms length ) to fridge section.  Dishwashers are also displayed here, along with otr microwaves,  table top microwaves.  Washer/ dryer section: I like to have stack units in one area, and match set washer and dryers in a section by themselves.  The odd stuff/ budget models are in another area.     Generally speaking, you are looking for a store that is well lit, large space, and has/ is a legitimate storefront with large display windows in front.  Wide doors are a must, a 36" front door is doable, but some of these larger units won't fit unless you strip the handles. Ideally commercial double doors, or a 40" door would be great.  A garage door would be a blessing.   Your location should have easy access to parking, it doesn't matter whether street or parking lot.  If a customer can't easily pull over and browse your store, they won't.  Your location should be easy to find, and have the ability to put a fairly decent size sign up.     Once you find your building you should figure out if the building is for sale.  More often than not, a property owner in the ghetto will bend over backwards to sell a property. They will often finance you, with little or no interest.  The nice thing about buying is that eventually the payment will stop. And then you actually own something equitable.  Rent will continue for eternity, and will go up every year based on your level of success. ( you think landlords are stupid?)           
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  • Samurai Appliance Repair Man

    New FREE Short Course: Appliantology 101 - Your Guide to the Ultimate Appliance Repair Information Tool

    By Samurai Appliance Repair Man

    The internet has been a game-changer for the appliance repair industry. But it only works for you if you know how to work it! Information is key. Professional appliance repair techs work on so many brands and models that access to manuals for disassembly info, schematics, and specifications is a big factor in the success of the repair.  And with the increase in computerization of appliances, war-gaming the service call ahead of time has become critical for increasing first-call completes, decreasing reliance on time-wasting and unpredictable tech lines, and increasing customer satisfaction - and yours! And you can’t war game without the info ahead of time. Back in the old days, we had shelves overflowing with annoying paper copies of manuals, VHS videos to scrub through, and tech lines operators to wait on hold for. Thankfully, those days are over! Now we have Appliantology: the web’s premier appliance repair tech support site.  Appliantology is rich and deep with resources for the professional tech: repair forums with world-class peer-to-peer tech support, live chat and tech help, service manual downloads for all makes and models, live training webinars, and exclusive tech training videos. But like any powerful tool, it’s only as useful as your ability to avail yourself of its many treasures. Some of our professional tech members sign up and only come around every now and then, and then wonder if the membership fee was worth it. It’s disappointing to invest in something and then not really know how to take advantage of it.  The Samurai sheds a tear for every Professional Appliantologist who barely scratches the surface of the site and never sees the power and beauty within! Others learn how to use the site fully, unleashing Appliantology’s power to amp up their repair mojo, and then ask us how we can offer such an amazing resource at such a low annual fee. A Professional Appliantologist membership is $149/year, that's less than $3 per week. When you are well-prepared for your jobs, you will not only be more profitable, but you will have more fun doing it. Who doesn’t want that? To take the free Appliantology 101 short course, all you need is a free registration at Master Samurai Tech which you can get here.  If you already have a student account just make sure you are logged in and you’ll see it in your course listings on your login/welcome page. Take our FREE short course, Appliantology 101, and see how easy it is to get started with the awesome functionality of the site, and then dive deeper into how to really take your work to the next level!  
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  • Lorainfurniture

    Merchandise, merchandising, from acquisition to delivery.

    By Lorainfurniture

    So you found the perfect space, now is the time to fill it up? But how?  First, and best choice, find the guys who deliver for new appliance stores.  You see them on the side of the road, pull over, give them your phone number.  These guys are the lifeblood of your business.  There is no better resource for appliances than these guys.  Often you will get stuff that just works, where the customer was simply upgrading.  Needless to say you still need to go over them, but you save huge on the parts department.   Sometimes it becomes a nuisance, you are overstocked, cash poor, etc.  You still need to take care of your good trucks, as they will never come back if you screw them once.   Sometimes you need a bunch of appliances all at once, especially if your sales floor is woefully low.  There are wholesalers out there, but keep in mind that all of that stuff has already been picked over at least 2 times.  Once by the delivery truck, and second by the wholesaler.  Nobody will sell you a gem for $30 when they can plug it in real quick and flip it for $350! Other options include craigslist, etc, but requires a lot of leg work as you will need to pick all of the items up.     Fixing, testing, cleaning.  The appliance needs, must, be 100% functional.  You should test by hooking the washers up to water, and washing your dirty shop towels.  Towels not dirty? Go outside and get them dirty.  Typically you don't need to add soap as the machine will be so gunked up that you may have to run it 2x just to get all the residual soap out. You should dry your towels in the dryer.  Dryers should also be vacuumed, lubed, and belt inspected. If the belt has any cracking, replace it.   Stoves are pretty simple, 4 burners should work fine, oven should be brought up to 350 to check accuracy. Gas units: Oven should ignite in less than 1 minute, if not, change ignitor.  Refrigerators are the most challenging, there are a lot of things to test/ verify.  Freezer must be 0-10, fridge side needs to be about 38*.  You need to check the defrost cycle, also clogged drain.  Gaskets need to be inspected as well.  Ideally, you would be running the unit for a few days.  Don't forget the ice and water.  After it tests ok, mark your initials and the date you okayed it on the back.    What brings the demise of most appliance shops around my neck of the woods is the quality of product.  They put out shit, then complain about too many warranty calls, then stop honoring their warranty, = The End.   Your appliances need to be working. Period.  Its great when you find the dryer with the bad element, you know why the person got rid of the unit, and therefore, you know that the unit should be 100% after the repair.  It gets tricky when you can't find anything wrong.  Test it twice.  After it checks out, mark your initials and the date you okayed it.   Another thing worth noting.  DONT STORE BROKEN APPLIANCES!  I can't tell you who many dealers I visit boast their mountain of scrap (untested) appliances.  Its like "wow, you have 100 broken appliances, you really are going places!" FIX the stuff, clean it, THEN its ok to store.  Instead of storing scrap metal, you now have valuable inventory.   Its important to sell ALL major appliances.  Stoves, fridge, washer, dryer, dishwasher, microwave, built in appliances, etc.  Don't limit yourself to any specific brand, style, etc.  I know of a outfit that only sells direct drive washers.  I can understand, they are easy to fix, parts are cheap. Go to HH gregg and see if they only sell LG's.    Ideally all of your appliances should be 100% complete.  This applies mostly to refrigerators, as you can't sell a stove with missing burner caps etc.  You can sell a ref if its missing a shelf, or the kick plate.  Ask yourself:  would you put it in your kitchen ?  You can live without the kick plate, but if it only has one shelf its not a very usable unit.  I know this sounds silly, but you should go check out your "competition"  Its ridiculous.  Clean and Priced: This is the difference between making it, and just getting by.  Refrigerators should be stripped, and cleaned. Warm soapy water for the shelves, and cleaner with bleach for the liner.  You don't need to strip the doors out, but it should be squeaky clean.  All light bulbs should be working. The fridge should be bright, SMELL CLEAN, and look clean.  Washers should be scrubbed, especially at the lid.  I use a gong brush.  When done, the washer should SMELL CLEAN, be without rust ( spray paint!!!) All of the hoses should be in the tub, ready to ship.  Dryers should be vacuumed, lint filters washed, and should be rust free.  Also, all legs should be attached and somewhat functional.   Stoves need to be grease free, look, I know it sucks cleaning a greasy stove.  I go by this principle: If I am not willing to clean it, I shouldn't buy it.   When you go to a used car dealership (a successful one), you don't see dirty cars for sale, do you? Your popular restaurant: is your table dirty? You get the picture.  There are people willing to buy dirty appliances at a discount.  Ill leave that decision up to you.  Sure, I have done it before, but I would rather sell a immaculate clean machine for top dollar than sell junk, at junk prices.   All of your machines should be priced.  No exceptions.  For years, I would just "quote" the customer a price when they walked in.  People always suspect foul play.  How could the customer know if you are charging them more than the last customer? You go to the sporting goods store, and see a nice coat on the rack, no price.  Is is $50? $200? $500?  Chances are, after looking for a price, you don't find it, and you put it back on the rack and don't buy it.  People are shy, and don't want to bother you.  They will go somewhere else where the items are priced.  Price it at the maximum you think you can get.  You can always talk down, its hard to talk up.   Your price tags should have your name, A box for a brief description of the appliance you are selling, and a box for price.  If its missing a kick plate, or door bin, put "missing kick plate".  Be upfront about it.  Better they know about it now then after its installed in their kitchen.   Delivery: Delivery is mandatory to success.  It sucks, is expensive, and you typically have to subsidize the delivery.  I charge $20 for curbside drop off, and $50 for full installation.  Full install includes all connections, dryer vents etc. and haul away.   One way to cut costs is to deliver only a few days a week.  Its cost of doing business, get over it.  Your delivery guys should know how to deliver correctly, hook up and install the units professionally, and be courteous to your customer.  The delivery guy is the last face the customer sees that represents your company, it needs to be a happy face.  They should be wearing dickies, work boots, and uniform tee shirt.  Buy shubees, moving pads, dollies.  Just like you need the correct tools for your job, delivery guys need their tools.  If they wind up missing, make them pay for it.  The customer's unit should be fully installed, in ready to go condition.  What good is a washer if the customer still can't wash?     
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  1. This little tidbit applies to basically every facet of your life.   What do you really need?  Of course, the answer is very simple.  Food, water, and shelter.  These are the 3 very basic things a person needs to survive.  When I say survive, I mean literally not dying.  This is not living, its just not dying.   The key to "living" is the first 3 a written above, and add two more: companionship and MONEY.   Money can provide you with all the material things that you need to survive, and companionship can give you your sense of love, purpose, socialization, offspring, etc. 

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     A few months ago I got a call from a lady, asked if we bought appliance parts.  She proceeded to explain that her husband was a repairman, and that his van was full of parts, as well as the basement.  I jumped in my car and got over there.   

    Literally, hundreds upon hundreds of timers.  If I had to guess Id say roughly 4-500.  JUST TIMERS.  There was a huge variety of stuff.  Enough to fill up a 16 ft box truck 3/4 of the way, waist high, and still didn't touch the van.  If I had to take a wild guess, this guy had at least $50k in inventory.  Just for the record, all of my numbers are wholesale (his cost) numbers unless otherwise noted.   All of this shit was more or less stacked, kind of organized in a chaotic sort of way.  Bottom line is that I was 100% sure that that guy lost track at some point and had no real idea of what he had.  

     

    This is the problem.  The guy had a basement full of parts that he paid cash for, and was now being sold for $300.   Not a good ROI.  Not one of those parts was newer than 20 years.  All that shit just sitting there getting eaten up by mice.  Imagine if he would have invested all that cash in the stock market, or a mutual fund.  How much is $50,000 in 1970's money worth today?  

    His wife had to sell the house, as she couldn't afford to stay there.  The guy worked until he died.  Never saved for retirement.  Now here she is moving in to a 1 bedroom apartment. 

     

    To all you technicians: What is the point of hoarding parts in you basement? if its not in your van, your got to go back anyway.  No FCC.  Most appliance parts stores can get you your part in a day or 2.  I can completely understand the fast moving parts, like the 341241 dryer belt, ignitors, etc.  I usually buy in bulk if there is a deal to be had.  Last year I was able to buy 20 of those common ge boards for around $80 each.  Things like that are perfectly ok.  Timers, on the other hand, not so much.  Most will only cover 1 or 2 models, and they rarely go bad to begin with.  I do not stock a single timer, anywhere.  

     

    The bottom line is this.  You can do a lot better things with your money than investing it in a depreciating asset that is appliance parts.  If its not in your car, you might as well let servall hold that depreciating bag.  They also have more space than you and can do a lot better job of keeping inventory.   You don't need a huge parts hoard to survive.  In fact, its just bad business. 

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    I used to own a lot of things.  At one point I had 5 cars, a basement full of parts, and other stuff, a garage that was almost impassable.  Even my closet was full of clothes that I never wore.  All of these things exist in your mind just as much as they exist in real life, in the sense that if your garage is cluttered, your mind is as well.   One of the most dramatic changes in my life was the day I emptied my garage.  Just threw it all away.  I kept my tool box, lawn mower, and about 3 other boxes of "stuff".   Throwing all that stuff away made me feel sick. Sick like when you know you are throwing valuable things away.  That kind of sick.  Now the stuff is gone and my mind is clear.  I feel better. 

    "What if I threw away something that you needed?" , Good question.  Ill just buy it again.  

    Instead of having 5 shitty cars, I have one that is "good", and one that is "great", both Mercedes.  I had 5 cheap suits.  Now I have one tailored suit.  

     

    Think about how much junk you have laying around in or around your house.  Pretend you die tomorrow.  Your wife/son/daughter is going to deal with your mess.  They don't know that control board is NLA and worth $550.  They are going to sell it to me for $5.  Or worse ,throw it away.   Further, you are burdening them with the responsibility of dealing with something you should have dealt with a long time ago. 

     

    As an estate liquidator I can tell you this.  Im coming in your house, and with one sweeping motion I will empty your entire china cabinet in to a garbage bag. I will continue to do that until your house is empty, at which point I submit your children a bill for the cleanup.   Your children don't want your stuff.  They have their own lives, their own stuff.   Get rid of your junk and leave your kids a bank account full of money instead. 

  2. Just a reminder, don't trust your pocket knife's lock open function. I got complaisant and learned the hard way. I knew better but just got carried away scraping at something thinking I'd be done in a few seconds. Well I was, but because the knife folded on my finger and not because I was finished. Sharp serrated mf'r too. 

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  3. Moostafa
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    Hello, my infidel friends. Today, I would like to share with you a sad tale which illustrates the cultural distinction between the low-brow Arab people and the much more refined Pashtun and Tajik tribes of Afghanistan:

     

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    Customs officers at the Hamad International Airport, in the Qatari capital, have arrested a Yemeni man attempting to smuggle more than 12 kilograms (27 lbs) of sliced bacon hidden in his anal cavity.

    53-year old Abd al Rahman Shamoun, was spotted by a specially trained police dog, looking for drugs or pork meat on passengers and in their luggage.

    He appeared visibly nervous and sweaty, so the customs took him in a separate office for a more thorough search and investigation.

    The search revealed 4 larges condoms hidden in his anal cavity, each containing more than 3 kilograms of bacon.

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    The full story is published here.

    You see, here in Afghanistan we do not have such problems as discussed in the above article, for we consume the "bacon" of male yak. Since it is made not from pigs, our "bacon" is halal, that is, it is permitted under the Sharia laws of Allah, the Merciful and Compassionate, who irritates the bowels of the wicked.

    This article is but one of many examples of Arab dull-wittedness. Had Abd al Rahman Shamoun known about the enlightened Afghani yak "bacon" delicacy, he would not have needed to smuggle the unclean pig flesh in his even more unclean rectum. 

    It is true that my sand-slinging Arabian brethren have a rather difficult time telling the two flesh meats apart since they have no yaks in Arab countries. But penis of yak is an ancient delicacy among the the Pashtun and Tajik peoples of Afghanistan. 

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    Although harvesting the "bacon" of male yaks leaves them neutered and impotent, the smoky, salty delicacy is a cherished part of our tribal bonding rituals.

    I would like to point out the squirreling away of items in one’s rectum is an age-old technique of my people to hide our possessions, few they may be, from the many infidel invaders who have troubled our country in the past. It is part of the standard education of all boys here in genteel Afghanistan. Yes, I remember being a young boy and the extreme discomfort whenever I sat down.

    This man in the news article was–how do you say in Ameedica–an amateur. While I was in the elite Appliance Repair Corps of the feared Mujahideen warriors, I once carried my entire tool bag in my rectum for 50 miles past military checkpoints just to repair one, smelly washing machine. I have never been structurally the same since that day though. We shall see what happens to the man in this article, for my keffiyeh-wearing cousins are known to overreact.

    Allahu Akbar!

    Moostafa

  4. Just got done sitting through an 8 hour course on the NEC.  This course goes towards my continuing education hours needed to maintain my electrician certificate for appliance repair (07D Washington State Specialty Electrician).  Most of the class doesn't pertain to our trade, but I was able to pick up a few gems.  

    The National Electric Code (NEC) is the code used by jurisdictions to determine if your electrical supply is up to code, which releases a new edition every 3 years.

    Section 210.8 is where it talks about Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) requirements.  With the edition of NEC 2014, 210.8 (A) reads: All 125-volt, single-phase, 15- and 20-ampere receptacles installed in the locations specificed in 210.8(A)(1) through (10) shall have GFCI protection for personnel.

    Newly added to the the NEC 2014: 208.10(A)(10) Laundry Areas.  That's right.  All laundry areas in new built or remodeled homes will include GFCI to all 120 volt receptacles.

    Another new add on for the 2014 NEC:  210.8(D) Kitchen Dishwasher Branch Circuit.  GFCI protection shall be provided for outlets that supply dishwashers installed in dwelling unit locations.

    One comment mentioned by the instructor at my class today.  "Every year that I teach the class, the NEC adds more locations that GFCIs are required."
     Which was followed by a comment from him.  The Code Panel is talking about adding GFCI to 240Volt outlets to the list of required circuit.  If this is so, the GFCI reset would  most likely be on the circuit breaker, because GFCI breakers are becoming more and more common.  

     

  5.  

    We all want to grow our companies,  but finding and keeping qualified techs or just finding anyone that posseses even the slightest work ethic is a difficult,  near impossible task.  This song laments this sad state of affairs but also is a tribute to the recent passing of one of the greats. 

     

    Scroll down,  start the video,  scroll back up and sing along! 

    Whirlpool Drain (or if Prince was an Appliantologist looking for good help) 

    Maybe you never meant to cause me any sorrow
    Maybe you never meant to cause me any pain
    I only wanted to one time see you working
    I only wanted to see you
    working on a Whirlpool Drain

    Whirlpool Drain, Whirlpool Drain
    Whirlpool Drain, Whirlpool Drain
    Whirlpool Drain, Whirlpool Drain 
    I only wanted to see you
    Steaming up a Whirlpool Drain 

    I never wanted to be a hard-assed employer
    But neither could I be some kind of friend
    Now please go away,  go work for another
    For your employment with me has to end

    Whirlpool Drain, Whirlpool Drain
    Whirlpool Drain, Whirlpool Drain
    Whirlpool Drain, Whirlpool Drain
    I only wanted to see you
    Underneath a Whirlpool Drain

    Dude, I know, I know
    I know  appliances are changing
    It's time we all reach out
    to learn something new, that means you too

    You say you want me to teach you
    But you can't seem to concentrate your mind
    So I think you better pack it
    Since you can't even Ptrap a Whirlpool Drain

    Whirlpool Drain, Whirlpool Drain
    Whirlpool Drain, Whirlpool Drain
    Service Owners, if you know what I'm singing about up here
    C'mon, raise your hand

    Whirlpool Drain, Whirlpool Drain
    I only want to have one
    Only want to see one
    Working on a Whirlpool Drain

     

    This song debuting on AppLYRICology  Best of Durham Music Vol 1  

     

  6. Well ladies and gents. Sorry I have been MIA for a while. Life has been crazy with service calls and my new technician. Also had our first baby (technician in training) blogentry-82264-0-29266900-1449760812_th. It's been an amazing experience. I am loving every second of it. It has been tough through all the changes which is why i have been absent from here for a bit. But i'm BACK! I hope the Samurai and Durham have been holding the fort down and not letting you guys get away with too much! hahaha.

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    It was during the first break of day in the middle of a heat wave when we first received the call. A villager had requested assistance with a situation he could no longer contain. He and his family had been attacked by a once well behaved friend taking residence inside their home. This well-behaved friend had turned into a villainous foe, terrorizing the family by destroying their stockpiles of sustenance when least expected, an action which severely disrupted the family’s daily routine. They called upon us to fend off this rebellious foe and to restore civility back into their home.

    So with a brave heart I prepared for impending battle. With my heavy weapons strapped to my side and only experience to guide me, I journeyed to the residence in need. When I arrived I was greeted by the saddened man and his family, begging me to tame the beast that ailed them. As I stepped into the arena of battle a sinister smell caught me off guard. The smell of burning copper singed my nostrils as I made my way towards the beast’s lair. It seemed to be annoyed by my presence and howled in anger. A great battle emerged as the two newly made arch-enemies began their attacks. Though the beast was a respectable foe, I took swift, fearless action and it was quickly and easily defeated. I had tamed the beast back into a domesticated pet, doing only as it was originally intended to do.

    In order to prevent such rebellion and travesty in the future, I trained the villager on how to properly discipline and care for the now domesticated beast. I left him with the knowledge and the proper tools to keep his family’s stockpiles of food from ever being destroyed again. The villager and his family were eternally grateful and he practically offered his oldest daughter’s hand in marriage as a token of appreciation. As I left his home victorious, I only hoped he’d pay heed to my instructions.

    Was this some sort of animal you ask? I would only tend to describe it as an animal when misbehaving, but no, it was not. Everybody has one of these often friendly devices and the same thing can happen to you and your family if you fail to take notice and learn the necessary information that this young villager learned the hard way. In fact, there are many friendly devices in your home that require tender loving care every so often. If left unattended to for too long it is very possible that they will turn on you and the situation can get very ugly; even uglier than the story I just told you.

    So what was it living in this nice family’s home that turned so villainous and destroyed all of their food? It was that which was originally supposed to keep their food safe from spoilage, insects and other hungry animals; their refrigerator. If you’re not careful, it may happen to you too.

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    So, if your usually domesticated appliances start giving you a fuss and you happen to live in or near the village of Lubbock, TX - head no other place than to LBKappliance.com and summon the brave knight to bring your appliances back to order. If you're elsewhere, go to appliantology.org and The Alliance of Appliantology may be able to help you to kick swift appliance butt!

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    LONG AGO IN A DISTANT LAND..

    The people were happy. They had not a care in the world. They thought their beloved appliances would always behave. They woke up in the morning to the quiet hum of refrigerators, keeping their daily meals nice and fresh. They used washers and dryers to clean clothes to pristine condition. They used the microwaves to heat their food quickly and efficiently. They thought the appliances would always be there for them, always making their lives easier.

    .....They thought wrong.

    Suddenly, one day, as if from nowhere, the appliances attacked!

    The Washer began spewing water all over their beautiful laundry rooms:

    Washer

    The Dryer began spitting fire and smoke everywhere:

    Dryer

    Microwaves took to the skies, shocking the citizens in horrible flocks:

    Micros

    Fridges stopped cooling the food, turning it into gookus, and then spewed noxious odors into everyone's faces:

    Fridge

    "OH THE HUMANITY! IS THERE NO ONE TO SAVE US?! IS THERE NO ONE WITH THE SKILL TO STOP THESE EVIL MACHINES?!", the citizens cried!

    Have no fear, good people! Your heroes are here!

    Introducing....

    The Alliance of Appliantology

    "Fighting atrocious appliances with aptitude!"

    This Troop of Techs scour the land, searching for any disobedient appliance, doing battle with them, and turning them back into the good machines they were made to be!

    First up, we have the Appliance Technician himself, Walter:

    Walter

    Walter is a monkey. His weapon is a katana, mixed with a flashlight. Good for slashing and scaring off those appliance monsters who are afraid of the light.

    Next is Weswayne, or just Wayne:

    Wayne

    Wayne is a seahorse, wielding a screwdriver-shooting crossbow. Nothing wrong with a ranged weapon!

    Here's Scottthewolf, or more appropriately, Scott the Lion:

    Scott The Lion

    Scott is smartly using meter leads, one of a tech's most powerful tools, he's using them as axes, but I guess that gets the job done!

    Here's some guy named Smashycomman, or just Smashy if you're confused on what a "comman" is:

    Smashy

    He uses a giant screwdriver as a warhammer. There's a better use for that, kid!

    Don't forget about DanInKansas, or maybe just Dan:

    Dan

    Dan is a beaver, who uses a shield and spear with pliers on the end. Stick 'em with the pokey end!

    Last, but certainly not least, is our very own DurhamAppliance, who's gonna go by the very serious name of Durham:

    Durham

    Durham is the highest-ranking member of the group so far. Yes, he's a pink unicorn, but don't let that make you think he won't smack yer teeth out with his mages' staff.

    Our citizens are saved! With their incredible knowledge of the inner-workings of these dastardly monsters, the Alliance of Appliantology takes them down one-by-one, turning them back into the hard-working and wonderful machines they should be. The citizens are very thankful! The day is saved!

    Want to be in the Alliance? Here's one way:

    BEGIN YOUR TRAINING

    Ok, so, I decided to do this after making a "What animal would you be?" thread on the 40-watt club sub-forum. What started as just a dumb question got me thinking about how fun it would be to actually draw these guys as these animals... then one thing lead to another and here we are. This took about 2 months or so. Having a kid makes it so you really don't have much time anymore! Anyway, hope you guys like it!

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    I was talking with another tech this morning about checking RPM. this brought up the subject of strobes. As we were

    discussing strobes it occurred to me someone had probably created an app with RPM already. Shazaaam!!! :woot:

    Here's a app that will allow you to test RPM on fans. You can also test motor rpm, if, you place a mark on the shaft.

    https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/strobe-light-tachometer-to/id708094321?mt=8

    To check fan speed just dial it in till the fan appears to be not moving at all. That'll give you your RPM.

    Same with a motor if you mark the shaft. When the mark appears to no longer be moving you've got the RPM.

    I'm not really sure if this is the correct use of this Blog thingy, but, bet I'll find out sure enough!! Yeeehaw!!!

    Huh... I hope I wasn't the last person on earth to figure this out!

  10. Miele produces the best dishwashers on the market today. They are high end machines...very quiet, they wash well and last many years beyond the life span of a lesser quality brand. However, like all machines they do break down. One of the most common failures to occur on a Miele dishwasher is the Water Proof System (WPS). That's that mysterious grey box under your sink. What is that thing?

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    The WPS is a dual water inlet valve. The redundancy ensures that if one valve fails to close the other will, greatly reducing the chance of flooding your kitchen. That brass part on the left attaches to the house plumbing, the box contains the two solenoids and the gray tube contains the water intake hose, the wiring and outer sleeve. When the electronic calls for water the solenoids open and the water flows through the intake hose and into the dishwasher.

    The outer sleeve acts a protection against leaks. If the solenoids leak the water will flow along the outer sleeve and into the drip tray in the base of the dishwasher. When enough water accumulates the float switch will be activated and the water intake will stop. The drain pump will also be activated until the machine is unplugged or the water is no longer present in the drip tray.

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    The inlet to the WPS contains a filter and a restrictor. The filter stops large debris from entering the system and the restrictor ensures correct water pressure. The filters often get clogged and can be easily cleaned.

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    The Miele dishwasher service manual states:

    The WaterProof System (WPS) consists of a number of interdependent safety features to provide protection against water leakage.

    1. Protection against solenoid valve leakage: Each water intake is controlled by an inlet valve. If this valve cannot close properly due to some defect or blockage by a foreign object, a second inlet valve ensures that the water supply is shut off.

    2. Protection against water intake hose leakage: If a leakage occurs, water flows along an outer hose sleeve surrounding the intake hose to the drip pan. Here a float switch then acts to switch off a microswitch which closes the inlet valves to cut off the water supply.

    3. Protection against dishwasher overflow: If some defect has caused the water level in the appliance to rise so that it overflows into the drip pan, and the water quantity sensor has also failed, the float switch is activated. This switches off a microswitch which closes the inlet valves to cut off the water supply. At the same time the drain pump is activated.

    4. Protection against drain pump failure or blocked drain path: In this case the water level in the appliance rises until it overflows into the drip pan where the float switch is activated. This switches off a microswitch which closes the inlet valves to cut off the water supply.

    Thanks for reading.

    David

    RD Appliance Service, Corp.

    http://www.rdapplianceservice.com

    RD Appliance Blog

  11. Here's a Thai-inspired chicken soup that is easy to make and bursting with flavor! It's healthy comfort food with an Asian twist.

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    Ingredients

    • 2 tablespoons coconut oil, ghee, or butter
    • 1 onion, chopped
    • 1-2 pounds uncooked chicken breast, diced
    • 1 inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and chopped fine
    • 4 cloves garlic, minced, divided
    • 1 quart chicken broth (I use either homemade or a box of low sodium, no added MSG.)
    • 1 can coconut milk (look for this in the Asian/Thai section of the grocery store. I prefer regular, not "lite".)
    • 1 lime, juiced, divided
    • ¼ tsp. red pepper flakes
    • 4 scallions, chopped
    • ½ bunch cilantro, chopped
    • salt, to taste
    • optional: Thai fish sauce, cooked rice

    Directions

    Heat a soup pot over medium high heat, then add the coconut oil. Saute the onions with a little salt for a few minutes, then add the chicken chunks with a little more salt. Cook, stirring frequently, until chicken is just cooked through. Add the ginger and half of the garlic towards the end of this.

    Stir in the broth and bring to a boil, then stir in the coconut milk, half of the lime juice, and the red pepper flakes. Reduce the heat to low and simmer covered for at least 15 minutes (longer is fine, too).

    Turn off the heat, and add salt to taste (depends on the amount in your chicken broth). Stir in the rest of the garlic, the scallions, and most of the cilantro (leave a little aside for topping individual bowls). Add the rest of the lime juice if desired. Cover and let sit off-heat for 5 to 10 minutes, then serve.

    Great served over rice. Add a few drops of fish sauce to your serving to knock the flavor out of the park!

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