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Old 08-21-2014, 12:57 PM   #361
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I had my 2000 Nissan Quest repaired yesterday for wheel overheating and new breaks, costed me $976.
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Old 08-21-2014, 01:50 PM   #362
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I repaired the agitator to our 20-year-old clothes washer. Cost: $4.79 for parts.

Spouse had asked, "Do you think it's time for a new washer? Our doesn't work anymore."

Savings: More than $300.
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Old 08-21-2014, 02:05 PM   #363
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RunningBum, I am like you as I try to fix anything. The scary part is when something that could cause a fire is repaired. I know you got it going but something caused this to happen in the first place. ??

What if it does it again and you are not around ? Just a small warning about repairing faulty electrical things. I would do some checking to make sure your dishwasher is not on recall. Things like that just worry me.

When I worked we had a electric water heater catch on fire and if I had not walked into the building when I did , well I think you know the rest of the story. Just a word of caution when messing with anything electrical. I worry sometimes about fixing an older computer for someone because power supplies have been known to catch homes on fire. I have seen one almost catch on fire because the fan in back stopped and I am telling you this computer got Hotttt. Don't mean to scare you but I would research your problem more if it were me. oldtrig
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Old 08-21-2014, 02:29 PM   #364
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RunningBum, I am like you as I try to fix anything. The scary part is when something that could cause a fire is repaired. I know you got it going but something caused this to happen in the first place. ??

What if it does it again and you are not around ? Just a small warning about repairing faulty electrical things. I would do some checking to make sure your dishwasher is not on recall. Things like that just worry me.

When I worked we had a electric water heater catch on fire and if I had not walked into the building when I did , well I think you know the rest of the story. Just a word of caution when messing with anything electrical. I worry sometimes about fixing an older computer for someone because power supplies have been known to catch homes on fire. I have seen one almost catch on fire because the fan in back stopped and I am telling you this computer got Hotttt. Don't mean to scare you but I would research your problem more if it were me. oldtrig
Those are all good points. I did check and my dishwasher wasn't on recall. My research also showed that this is a VERY common problem with this dishwasher, common enough that the repair manual shows a picture of the specific burnt out circuit and that it can be fixed with soldering. Not sure how it happened, maybe just over time, though we did have some power blips last week, enough that I unplugged everything I could and threw the circuit breakers on major appliances such as furnace, stove, etc. I don't remember doing the dishwasher and even though it wasn't on during all of this I wonder if this is when it happened.

That is also why I asked for friends with soldering experience, and found one. We both examined his work before turning the circuit breaker back on and decided it looked good--not slopped over onto anything else, and fully making the connection without excess.

I really think I took due care and feel safe about it. However, my practice has been to use the delay start to run it during the middle of the night. I may stop doing that.

Thanks for your concern and warnings. I will continue to think about them.
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Old 08-21-2014, 04:00 PM   #365
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Not retired here, but last night I fixed my washer. The part that tells the system the lid is down wasn't working and wouldn't agitate or spin (or drain!). I found online that this is common for this brand (Kenmore) and showed how to fix it for free. Took about an hour - much better than going to a laundromat, paying someone to fix it (and a replacement part), or buying a new one.
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I had my 2000 Nissan Quest repaired yesterday for wheel overheating and new breaks, costed me $976.
Ouch, that's a tough brake.
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I have a GE fridge that has an ice dispenser like this:


There is a nylon plug at one end. This plug appears, from web post to split. Mine split a year ago and I replaced the dispenser with a box. i.e. no ice in the door. Last week I ordered a new dispenser from Amazon. $140 OUCH!

I got to thinking there might be a way to fix the old one. I took a 1x3/4 x 2x3/4 hose clamp and worked it over the end of the nylon piece. Put it back in the freezer and IT WORKS! Will be interesting to see how long.
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Old 08-21-2014, 09:31 PM   #368
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RunningBum, in my over 50 years of working on things I have found that for every problem there was a reason it happened 99% of the time.

I have been burnt many times repairing something and not finding out what caused it. Most of the time I was just in a hurry

In your case you should be good to go. It could be something as simple as overloading it. I understand that your problem is probably a common thing that happens to these dishwashers .

I just wanted you to be safe. I grew up working on cars and trucks and over the years of working I have learned so many things the hard way. Those you never forget

I could write a book on the do's and don't of auto mechanics. Things normally happen because of a reason. Many times over the years all I had to do when working on a vehicle is find out about the history of the repair work that was done before it came to my shop. Many many times errors were made by humans that caused the problem in front on me.

Good luck and good job on your repair. Oldtrig
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RunningBum, in my over 50 years of working on things I have found that for every problem there was a reason it happened 99% of the time.
I thought of that when I read PhrugalPhan's note on the washer repair. The switches on the lids/doors of washers give out a lot more often if the doors/lids are habitually slammed shut.
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I just spent $263 to make the check engine light on my 2000 Park Avenue go away. It was some kind of evaporative vent valve in the emissions system. Oh, and they changed the oil while it was at the shop.

Yesterday, the pump in the fish pond died. I meant to go get another one, but got tied up with other things, including getting the car back from the mechanic. So, I might go out today, or tomorrow, and get a new pump. I don't think they're too terribly expensive.
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I thought of that when I read PhrugalPhan's note on the washer repair. The switches on the lids/doors of washers give out a lot more often if the doors/lids are habitually slammed shut.
Lid slamming may be true, but the housing for the mechanism that indicates if the lid is down is plastic and just glued, not screwed together . Basically saving pennies during manufacture and leaving a nice failure point to sell part and repair services. Videos online showed how to solve the problem so it doesn't happen again at no cost.

And last night I fixed the sun visor on my car that broke off. Cheap plastic connector - its a safety hazard others have complained online about . Once I looked into it, a small screw, a small washer, and 15 minutes of effort and its fixed. It was great having the visor on the commute in today. Avoided getting a new one for $60 online or paying $120 for the dealer to put a new one in.
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I replaced our water heater this weekend. We got 9 years out of a unit warranted to last 12 years, so we'll see if we get any money back. It rusted out, I think due to our softened water (it has quite a bit of salt). I never checked/changed out the sacrifical anode rod in the old WH, I'm fairly sure it was consumed and the tank was doomed at that point. I wanted to check the old anode rod as part of the required post mortem, but couldn't get it out (bent a breaker bar trying to get it to budge using a 5 foot "cheater"). There was very little sediment in the tank, just rust.
The new WH is in place and working fine, no drama there. I"m thinking of buying a "powered anode" to put in place of the factory magnesium one. Its pricy ($250), but is supposed to last 100 years. They draw very little power, and apparently do a good job of protecting the tank. And, I could re-use it in my next water heater when this one dies (heat exchanger, etc).
Here's a pretty good site on extending the life of water heaters. Mostly it "boils down" to keeping the anode rod in good shape (he prefers magnesium ones over aluminum) and reducing sediment buildup. A $50 replacement anode rod can easily double the life of a $500 water heater, and it's a lot easier to install than a new WH. The guy is obviously selling stuff, but the prices are reasonable and (to me) the info there is worth paying the requested small premium for the parts.
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I am in the process of repairing one of these old Grundig consoles. Cost about $1000 when new in 1958-top of the line I'm sure!

I've checked and replaced some tubes. Have about 40 replacement capacitors on order. Also fixing the turntable-it needed needle, belts and an idler wheel. This thing is very cool. Turntable and tuner both pull out. Each compartment lights up. Very nice cabinetry.
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I replaced our water heater this weekend. We got 9 years out of a unit warranted to last 12 years, so we'll see if we get any money back.
A follow-up: I did very well on the warranty. Surprisingly, it wasn't pro-rated, so if the water heater crumps out at 11 years, 11 months, HD/Rheem still replaces it with a new one of the same kind. Since mandated changes have made "ones of the same kind" impossible to buy I got a refund of my initial purchase price. Sure, I lost out due to inflation, but I still got enough to almost buy the replacement (less capable 6-year) WH. I am very satisfied. Now, with that jingle in my pocket, I'm having an easy time rationalizing the purchase of that fancy powered anode for this new WH and see if I can make it last a looong time.
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Repaired Mother in Law's basement faucet. Only two trips to the hardware store. Hot side and cold side were two different valves due to previous repair. Hardware store had no innards replacement so they used screw extractors to repair the existing ones so that they would accept the rubber gasket. They worked on this for about an hour and charged me nothing. Total bill was $2.35! Tried to tip him but that didn't work. Maybe now MIL's water bill will be something less than $300 per month.
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Started on my garage organization. Installed Lowe's K-rails on the wall and hung up tools. Got seville rolling cabinets and work table from Sam's club also. Garage is starting to take shape. Nice being able to find tools quicker now. Never been an organized person so this is a big step for me.



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Last night, as I flush, I hear click click in other words a piece of plastic connecting the toilet handle broke. If one can't flush, that IS an emergency. I went ahead a bought a replacement handle and lever. But, I got the wrong kind of mount (front instead of side)

Luckily, I had some string and had a temporary solution for today.

Now I'm off to get the right part
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Last night, as I flush, I hear click click in other words a piece of plastic connecting the toilet handle broke. If one can't flush, that IS an emergency. I went ahead a bought a replacement handle and lever. But, I got the wrong kind of mount (front instead of side)

Luckily, I had some string and had a temporary solution for today.

Now I'm off to get the right part
You can flush a toilet by simply dumping a bucket of water into the bowl.
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You can flush a toilet by simply dumping a bucket of water into the bowl.
Thanks. Yes, I knew about the bucket of water method. But the string method got me through the night.

I did get and install the side mounted handle/lever. Got one made mostly of metal instead of the cheap plastic stuff
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