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      Webinar Recordings Index Page   11/07/2017

      On-demand appliance repair training videos for Professional Appliantologist members Over 30 hours (and growing!) of original, high quality appliance training webinars developed and given by yours truly are at your fingertips, on topics you won't find anywhere else. Fill in those knowledge gaps, strengthen those areas of uncertainty, and boost your skills. Watch on mobile or desktop at your convenience whenever, wherever.  Ultra Short Primer on Basic Electricity, Circuits, Ohm's Law, and Schematic Reading (Length: 1:04:48) Basic Refrigerator Troubleshooting (Length: 1:10:45) Schematic Reading Workshop, 10/2015 (Length 1:19:08) Troubleshooting Strategies for Computer-Controlled Appliances (Length: 48:34) Semiconductors and PN Junctions (Length: 1:04:37) Appliance Temperature Sensing Devices & Technology (Length: 1:27:33) Voltage Measurements, Meters, Ghost Voltages, and Triac-controlled Neutrals (Length: 1:29:32) Troubleshooting with Tech Sheets, Part 1, 4/2016 (Length: 1:09:26) Troubleshooting with Tech Sheets, Part 2, 4/2016 (Length: 1:21:11) Tech Sheet Review, 4/9/2016: Bosch Speed Cooker, Amana Refrigerator, GE Glass Cooktop Range (Length: 1:22:58) Pulse Width Modulated (PWM) Switches used in Samsung Switched Mode Power Supplies (SMPS) (Length: 27:07) PWM Computer Cooling Fan in a Whirlpool Refrigerator (Length: 14:53) Understanding AC Split-phase Household Power Supplies (Length: 52:41) Troubleshooting a Samsung Electric Dryer without Disassembly using Live Tests and the Schematic (Length: 22:47) Troubleshooting a Bosch Dishwasher No-Heat Problem using the Schematic and Live Tests (Length: 15:38) Linear Motors and Linear Compressors (Length: 55:54) Bi-directional PSC Drive Motor Systems in Whirlpool VM Washers (Length: 56:52) Appliance Service Call Structure and Troubleshooting Strategies (Length: 1:00:16) The Ten Step Troubleshooting Tango and Workshop Exercises (Length: 1:35:39) Troubleshooting Ten-Step Tango Advanced Workshop (Length: 1:32:06) Ten-Step Tango Troubleshooting Workshop: Refrigerators (Length: 1:35:57) Whirlpool Duet Washer Schematic Analysis & Whirlpool Dryer Moisture Sensor System (Length: 1:03:04) Neutral Vs. Ground, Inverter Microwave, Digital Communications, Loading Down in DC loads, and more! (Length: 1:14:45) Gas Oven Service Call After a Parts Changing Monkey (Length: 36:04) AFCI and GFCI Circuit Protection Technology (Length: 41:26) Troubleshooting Samsung Refrigerators and more (Length: 1:29:58) 3-way Valves and Dual Evaporator Refrigerators (Length: 1:15:45) Split-Phase Compressors and PTC Start Devices (Length: 1:11:57) Gas Dryer Ignition Systems (Length: 53:50) Refrigerator Sealed System Thermodynamics, Part 1 (Length: 43:07) Refrigerator Sealed System Thermodynamics, Part 2 (Length: 1:09:09) Refrigerator Sealed System Thermodynamics, Part 3 (Length: 1:11:56) Refrigerator Sealed System Thermodynamics, Part 4 (Length: 37:45) Refrigerator Sealed System Thermodynamics, Part 5 (Length: 16:35) To access these webinars and all the other info-goodies here at Appliantology, become a Professional Appliantologist today. If you need cost-effective, time-flexible, state-of-the-art appliance technical training, check out the Master Samurai Tech Academy.
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      [Webinar] Appliantology Workshop   11/09/2017

      Information is the name of the game in the appliance repair trade today. Appliantology is a powerful information tool for the professional appliance repair technician. But just like with any of the more capable tools in your tool bag, many of the more powerful features are hidden from you unless you "read the manual." Ugh! Who wants to do that? Well, this is one time when you don't have to! In this webinar, Team Samurai will personally walk you through the site and show you many of the useful and powerful features that even long-time users probably never knew existed.   
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Appliance Repair Revelation, The Secrets of Household Electricity... REVEALED!

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If you're looking for a good reference to help you understand simple home wiring, the Samurai recommends The Basics of Household Wiring DVD. If you think you already know it all, then you don't know what you don't know. Think about that, "You don't know what you don't know." You know, the mark of an educated person isn't that they know everything or even a lot of things; no, the mark of an educated person is that they do know what they don't know. I've been working with electricity for over 30 years and there were things in this DVD that even I didn't know.

My Diddy always telled me, he said, "Son, the only real sin is wasting good beer." No, wait, wrong quote; he used tell me, "Son, the day you stop learning is the day you might as well check out 'cuz yer brain done died so what's the point of living?" Yeah, my Diddy taught me lots of stuff. He even taught me how to tell time on his watch, which he never took out of his pocket. But, hey, that's a story for another post. What were we talking about?

Oh yes: The Basics of Household Wiring is a professionally produced DVD by the production company, Getting Up To Speed. This excellent tutorial is designed to help you clearly understand electricity in your home, and demonstrates how to safely perform simple electrical projects. You can feast your Vulcan squinties on sample clips of this DVD here.

Topics covered in this comprehensive DVD include:

  • The Basics of Electricity
    • Safety, code reference, permits and insurance compliance
    • Wire colours and their meaning
    • How electricity is distributed in your home

    [*]Service Panels

    • Understanding the purpose and function

    [*]Grounding

    • The importance of grounding

    [*]Circuit Breakers

    • Their important role and function
    • How they operate
    • What to do when a breaker trips and how to reset

    [*]Household Wiring

    • Different types and sizes of wire
    • Wire colors and their meaning
    • Cabling
    • Wire gauges and how to interpret wire size

    [*]Understanding Amperage

    • How to choose the appropriate wire size based on required amps

    [*]Short Circuits

    • The causes of short circuits

    [*]Amps, Volts and Watts

    • Definitions
    • Understanding circuitry in your home
    • Learn how to calculate the safe capacity for a circuit breaker
    • How to avoid overloading a circuit in your home

    [*]Safety & Testing

    • Safe practices for working around electricity in your home
    • Proper testing of currents using voltage meters

    [*]Electrical Outlets

    • Understanding receptacles
    • The anatomy and function of common receptacles
    • How to properly replace an outlet

    [*]G.F.C.I.'s

    • Understanding the role of a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter
    • How they operate

    [*]Switches

    • The basics of a two-way or single pole switch
    • Testing a switch with a continuity tester
    • Safely replacing a switch

    [*]Light Fixtures

    • How to safely install a light fixture in your home

This DVD is a must-have if you're planning on tackling any home electrical project. Also, if you're attempting any electrical repair on your appliances, it is essential that you arm yourself with a solid understanding of electricity in your home and the basics of wiring. The Basics of Household Wiring does exactly that.

Ok, so right about now you're saying, "I'm a believer! Gimme, gimme! How much?" That's sweet of you to offer to buy it, but this DVD ain't for sale. Nope. Since the Samurai is all-touchy, all-feely, and all-smelly, he is giving this DVD away as a free gift to his tired, his poor, his huddled grasshoppers yearning to fix it now with either

Recommended Reading: Making Basic Electrical Measurements.

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