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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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Looks like that mouse hit line and neutral at the same time.  He looks pretty well grounded also.

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SARM, do you reward the cat?

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The best reward is to appreciate their present. The cat brings it to you as a sign of affection; it sees you as part of its lair and so is providing sustenance for you. Accordingly, with the cat present, we crouch down in our most dignified manner and pretend that we're feasting on the fresh rodent con carne with mucho gusto and much satisfied moaning. And then there's the obligatory belch and cigarette afterwards. Funny thing, I don't even smoke!

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To anyone who has a rodent problem: I highly recommend the "Rat Zapper"-- a device that relatively humanely, quickly, electrocutes rats & mice. You never have to touch them--just drop them from the zapper into a Ziploc, and throw away (or feed to birds of prey in a neighborhood field). I've used them for years and have been very pleased with them. I also highly recommend the rat tail--a device that connects with it, with a 12 ft. cord, that alerts you with a red flashing light if you've caught something. This is useful for hard to get to or see places, like behind appliances, or in attics, etc. I used sunflower seeds as bait, and would set out a Johnny Appleseed trail leading into the zapper, and put a pile of them way in the back (none on the stun plate). I'd let them have free meals for several days before turning the trap on, and then, ZAP! -- you'll usually be successful the first night, and no messy cleanup. No dead animals in the walls that died a slow death from poison :poison:, and no horrendous smell. :yikes:

I used to be able to order them directly from the manufacturer, at ratzapper dot com, but I just checked their web site, and it looks like they rely on dealers now. Maybe you could become a dealer, oh great Samurai!! Call them, toll Free, (888) DEAD-RAT (888) 332-3728. They give great advice on baiting & rat psychology, and on how to clean them periodically....They are great at repairs, too -- they never charged me......

The only dealers in NH are the following:

Freedom Hardware 603-539-4965 Route # 25 169 Porter Rd Freedom, NH USA -------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Goffstown True Value Hardware 603-497-2682 24 Main St.

Goffstown, NH USA


Jack's True Value Hardware #3476-9 603-352-1517 37 Park Ave. Keene, NH USA


Many Ace and True Value hardware stores sell them. For a complete list of dealers see ratzapper dot com.


A great online source, at a discount price, is cheapzappers dot com. Here are their prices:

Rat Zapper ULTRA - $44.99 - NEW, bigger, uses 4-D batteries rather than AAs(gets small squirrels & chipmunks,too) (and small bunnies)

Rat Zapper Classic (2000)- $29.99-what I've used for years....only gets rats and mice, and very small young bunnies. Since I would add the Rat Pack to this, which allows the use of 4-D batteries, rather than the originally configured AAs, I'd now recommend buying the ULTRA model instead, which doesn't need the retrofit...I'd probably buy this one again though if I only had a rare use for it, or if I wanted another loaner to lend to unconvinced friends ( I currently have 2 loaners).

Rat Tail - $11.95 --I've definitely found this useful, so the trap can be set where you can't see the flashing light on the top of it, indicating a kill. (Attics, behind appliances,etc.)

Rat Pack - $12.95-- add-on kit for the original Classic 2000 ratzapper -- allows use of 4 D batteries rather than AAs, giving you much longer battery life.

cheapzappers ships UPS ground and only charges tax for CA.

And No, I don't have any connection to the companies--I'm just a devoted fan who has referred many people to them in Southern California. When we had fires here a few years ago that burned hundreds of thousands of acres, the critters decided that our homes would be more pleasant to live in, and many of us found them to be very unpleasant,destructive, house guests. One neighbor had to have their car rewired twice because the critters found wires to be a delicacy...

I've appreciated your wisdom over the years. :) I hope you or your fans appreciate this tip for the day.... I haven't posted since you moved away from ezboard, but I used to contribute when you went on vacation, etc.....

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