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Update - problem solved

I replaced the "chopper assembly" which is the screen, the chopper blade, and the plastic shaft (less than $20). Comparing the new part with the old made the problem obvious - and the dishwasher...
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Whirlpool Dishwasher - food grinder clogged

I have a Whirlpool GU1200XTLQ0 dishwasher. It has an internal "food grinder" that chops up food particles and then filters them through a screen before the water gets to the pump. When this screen...
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Whirlpool Dishwasher - low pump pressure

I have a similar problem and, based on the model number, possibly a similar dishwasher. If yours is the same as mine, it has an internal "food grinder" that is like a miniature garbage disposer with...
05-25-07, 04:21 PM
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Question Whirlpool dryer - intermittent heat

The dryer heats intermittently and then the relay/igniter buzz cycles - apparently in an attempt to restart the flame. Sometimes it will go most of a cycle with heat, other times not.

The thermal...
01-22-07, 11:28 AM
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HPS light - dead

Yes, I have 120v. And the little round device that I thought was a capacitor appears to be an igniter - I'm now even more suspicious that this is the problem. I've started looking around for a...
01-22-07, 10:27 AM
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High-Pressure Sodium (dead) - ballast or cap?

I have a 70W HPS fixture that has worked fine for the past 15 years. I replaced the bulb once and the dawn/dusk sensor once. It recently stopped working completely - no flickering, no glowing,...
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Napco Magnum Alert 2600 repair or replace

I have an intermittent problem with a Napco MA 2600 and therefore will likely be looking at repair or replacement of the unit in the near (?) future (it is currently working properly, but that hasn't...
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Intermittent hard starting 1995 Mercury Sable 3.8L V6

Very occasionally (it has now happened three times over a period of four days) the engine cranks but will not start after overnight or at least 2 hour stop. It cranks vigorously for several minutes...
04-05-06, 08:55 AM
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Yep, that's what I said, but it's not what came...

Yep, that's what I said, but it's not what came out of my keyboard. Ah well.

The condensate drain is , of course, on the evaporator - both of which are inside. If you have liquid leakage out of...
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I'll have to cast another vote for Dell. I've...

I'll have to cast another vote for Dell. I've personally purchased about 15 Dells over the years, both laptops and desktops, and still own or support 8 of them. I have always purchased extended...
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Check both drives to verify jumper settings. I...

Check both drives to verify jumper settings. I had a similar problem and finally had to jumper one to "master" and the other to "slave" rather than "cable select" for either. The combination of...
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If the coax is usually connected to a TV for...

If the coax is usually connected to a TV for viewing, then it is most likely an analog video signal. This means that any inexpensive VCR will accept the RF/coax input and the composite video output...
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The other piece about using the Windows Update...

The other piece about using the Windows Update site is that if you use "express" you will only see the critical Windows updates. Click "custom" to see other hardware (driver) and software updates...
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Thanks for the info. I discounted roller...

Thanks for the info. I discounted roller application because I assumed it would leave bubbles. Maybe if you go slow enough? Or does it just flow out?

Any advice on specific brands?
04-04-06, 03:51 PM
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While this might (or might not) work for a...

While this might (or might not) work for a clogged condensate drain, I installed a valve and a "T" in the line right at the condenser. Since the unit is in the attic right next to the hot water...
04-04-06, 12:53 PM
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Or for about $15 you can buy floodlights for your...

Or for about $15 you can buy floodlights for your garage with the dedicated motion detector already attached. It's not high tech, but it's a solution that has been working for a long time in...
04-04-06, 12:47 PM
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Other than multi-computer Internet access, one of...

Other than multi-computer Internet access, one of my primary uses of the home network is for periodic backup. One of the machines has a large drive installed that we use for backup/archive. Running...
04-04-06, 10:30 AM
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Quite a number of years ago while visiting...

Quite a number of years ago while visiting friends in Ireland, I became enamored with a Russell Hobbs electric teakettle. Unlike the wimpy 1500w U.S. standard, this one was 220/240v, 2.0/2.4kW and...
Forum: Water Heaters
04-04-06, 09:15 AM
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If the problem persists, check the circuit...

If the problem persists, check the circuit breaker. If the elements are operating properly, it may be a bad breaker.
Forum: Water Heaters
04-04-06, 09:08 AM
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On reflection, it was a good idea - but no. ...

On reflection, it was a good idea - but no. Thanks for the reminder about the 15 year old water heater. After thinking about that, I just reconnected the plumbing for a single water heater, drained...
Forum: Water Heaters
04-04-06, 09:01 AM
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You might try turning the shower to full hot and...

You might try turning the shower to full hot and letting it run. If it goes cold after 5 minutes, check the temperature of the outlet pipe at the water heater. If it is cold then the water heater...
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Polyurethane application advice?

I have oak strip floors that I have sanded. They were refinished once by a "professional" but the finish didn't last and the floors were badly sanded - rippled. I have now sanded back to smooth and...
Forum: Water Heaters
03-26-06, 06:12 PM
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Series reconnection

I have two 50 gallon gas water heaters in the attic. One is about 15 years old, the other was recently replaced. Each serves part of the house, but we really don't need that much capacity. Instead...
03-21-06, 07:41 PM
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The two GREAT suggestions I got from the Air...

The two GREAT suggestions I got from the Air Conditioning forum were:

1) just find a newer thermostat with the delay capability and install it.

2) replace the fan relay with a "time off delay"...
03-20-06, 02:29 PM
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Actually, if you want to turn this into a really...

Actually, if you want to turn this into a really interesting (and legal) contstruction project, you could build a little mechanical device that picked up the phone and poked the button - all...
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