August 1, 2014

Repairing a Whirlpool Washing Machine -Video

Sometimes the hardest part of repairing an appliance, is knowing how to get the machine apart so that you can get in and get to work. A professional has seen a washing machine disassembled enough times to know when to push and when to pull. Here’s a great little video with instructions on how to take apart a Whirlpool Washing Machine to make repairs yourself.

Thinking About Deep Fried Turkey? Think Again.

Underwriter Labs certifies the safety and proper use of many products including small appliances. There’s one product that they won’t certify under any circumstances. The Turkey Deep Fryer. Check out this safety video from Underwriter Labs.

Haier Moves Higher

Never heard of Haier? We think you’ll be hearing from them a lot in the next few years.

More Toaster Silliness

One thing I’ve always learned about kitchen appliances is that you should never anthropomorphize them.

They hate that.

Samsung Sivercare Washer and Dryer Vibration Reduction

One of the reasons to love front loading washers, is the potential for them to run quietly. Nevertheless, the Bosch washer currently in our test lab often sounds like a jet taking off. Manufacturers are working on the technology to make them quieter. Here’s a video from Samsung on how they are attacking the problem with the SAMSUNG’S WF337 Washer.

Ellen and the Vacuum Kid

Kelly Ripa helps bring Electrolux Kitchen Appliances to America

Electrolux, known mostly for vacuums in the US is known in Europe for its premium appliances. This spring they are trying to make a splash here in the US with Kelly Ripa.

I sing the body electric – Linemen fly to keep your microwave humming

I realize that every job probably gets routine after a while, but some jobs probably get the juices flowing more than others. Here’s one that that keeps the juice flowing to all of us.

So I did a bit of research, and hey its the real deal. YOU probably encounter faraday cages/faraday shields in your every day life too. They work on the principal that if you can get an electric current to flow over the surface of a sphere, the field at each point inside the sphere created by the current on the surface tends to cancel out creating an electrically quiescent area in the middle. Some interesting applications: Mobile phones, radios and wireless networks may have no reception inside elevators or buildings built using a virtual cage of rebar or plaster with metal lath.

Ever notice the light metal grid in the door of your microwave oven? Its part of a Faraday Cage enclosure that traps the microwaves inside with your food rather than out in the room cooking you.

According to WikiPedia, some United States national security buildings are contained in Faraday cages, intended to act as a TEMPEST shield, and possibly also as a mitigation against electromagnetic pulse.

Faraday Cage Underwear for the electrically adventurous
You can even buy
underwear with a built in Faraday Cage, but I wouldn’t advise testing them by trying a highwire act on your local high voltage lines. (and if you do, you better get life insurance first.