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Computers are everywhere these days. You could find them in many forms such as a calculator, automobile controller, TiVo, desk, laptop, Palm, oven, etc. The purpose of this article is to show you how to replace the computer board in a home oven. Not every oven is built exactly the same, so the computer board in your oven is going to vary from the one outlined here. There are two side trim pieces holding the control panel with two screws each: Some ovens have Torx screws such as this one. Keep track of each screw since they are different. You can't interchange one screw with another since they vary in length, and the threads are different. The next step is to remove the two lower screws: The next step is to remove the two rear...
Introduction: Most modern ovens which are built today use a bar which glows to ignite gas for cooking. It is synonymous to a glow plug in a diesel engine. The top burners use a spark ignition which is synonymous to a spark plug in an internal combustion engine. Now, to explain the theory behind the glow bar, there are two designs: flat & round. The bar is wired in a series circuit with the gas valve. When the bar glows, it will continue to allow more current & voltage to pass into the valve until it get to its full brightness. At this point, it will allow the valve to fully open, and transfer gas into the burner assembly. The igniter will ignite the gas, and create a flame. If this bar does not come up to its full brightness, it...
With the rising cost of electricity, it's a good idea to keep lights off when they are not in use. Some places such as attics, closets, basements, hallways, etc could run all day because somebody forgot to turn them off. Installing a simple timer will ensure that the lights can't run more than a certain period of time. The timer that is used here has a 60 minute limit: It's a basic two wire series device which is also known as a single pole, single throw or SPST. An internal spring sets the desired tension to make the knob return to the off (center) position. Before we get started, always remember to turn off the power. Have all of your supplies ready so that you don't have to waste time looking for things with the power off...
There are many different types of keyless entry locks on the market. The one being installed has five buttons in a vertical row, and has a 2-3/8" backset on the deadbolt latch. Here is a picture of what comes in the box: This is the back of the lock with two shafts protruding out: The upper shaft engages a cam mechanism to change the combination from the inside of the door after the code is entered. This is only used to change the combination. The lower one is the shaft which opens the lock from the inside of the door. It's connected to the large knob. The upper part requires a screwdriver to turn the cam to reset the code. The steel door has the hinges on the left side, and opens when you push the door. It's a prehung door...
HVAC (Heating Ventilating Air Conditioning) is generally viewed as something which is out of the reach of the everyday do it yourself handyman. Disclosure: Certain states require certification before working on such systems because the average untrained person might let freon escape into the atmosphere. With this in mind, I take no responsibility for what the reader does while repairing an A/C or refrigeration system. Old freon has to be extracted from a non functioning system, stored in a cylinder, and not let into the air. There are special tools which professionals use on a daily basis, but are out of the budget for people who only plan to use them occasionally. There are ways to improvise without taking short cuts on the way the...
Compressors on most 120 volt refrigerators, and air conditioners require a part called an overload relay in order to start. Think of it as a comparison to a starter on an old fluorescent light fixture. This part will click, then enable the circuit. The parts that are factory installed on most modern day refrigerators are not as durable as the older mechanical relays of older models once used. Symptom: You hear a loud clicking noise coming from your refrigerator about 2 or 3 times a minute. Your food is starting to defrost in the freezer, and the refrigerator doesn't seem cold. You feel cold air coming from the vents, but the compressor doesn't seem to stay on long enough to maintain a sufficient temperature. What do you do? Do you...
My bathroom is very small. It started out as a closet under a staircase. It was very difficult to find a sink which would fit in this confined area. A lot of these super small sinks are made for specialty faucets which could only be mounted in single hose sinks. The sinks, and faucets are also very costly, and not readily available. This sink is 15" wide, and 12" from its front to the back. Although I did see slightly smaller models, it wasn't worth the cost for the extra inch of space. This model is made by Crane Plumbing Products: You need the following parts to complete this task: 1. Sink. 2. Faucet & pop up assembly. 3. Teflon tape. 4. Plumber's putty. 5. Supply lines. 6. Sink hanging bracket. Some sinks such as this one...
Welcome to the Home Improvement Forum!! This is where all you Tim Allen wannabee's can ask questions and give advice on home improvment. This forum follows all of the guidelines in the forum rules section. In addition to the site rules: 1- Please use the Search function before you ask a question, if you still can't find the answer you needed then post away. This will help keep down on the clutter and make my job easier. 2- When you have a question, please be as specific as possible. Questions like "how do I fix my plumbing?" are a little tough to answer. A more appropriate question would be "how do I stop the slow leak around the base of my toilet?" 3- If you ask for an opinion, be prepared to hear things you might not like...
I have a 580 sq ft deck that needs a stain in the worst kind of way. I'm not sure its ever been protected since it was built (2006). I wanted to do it last year after we bought the house.. but you know how that goes. Anyway, I want to get it going before its too late. So I swung by the Home Depot and got some Behr 2-in-1 Wood Prep. It removes mold, mildew, algae, and fungus. My deck isn't too close to any water or trees, so its in pretty good shape aside from UV damage. So, Home Depot only have Behr stain (well, Thompsons Water Seal but that doesn't count). Does anyone have any experience with it? My plan is to shoot it on with the airless and go behind it with a painting pad. What do I need to plan for? The can said a...
Hello all, I have a pretty typical 4 panel sectional overhead garage door. The motor pulls from the center, the spring is a torsion type, there is one track on each side, and 5 rollers on each side. Maybe 3 or so months ago the rollers started eating themselves. I didn't notice any changes in the door set up, so I replaced the rollers (standard type). Now again the #1 (not the bottom, the next one up) and the #2 rollers have been destroyed. It looks like the tracks are twisting. The puzzling thing is this door is 25-30 years old, and I have replaced rollers over the years (I have lived in this house for 7 years). The springs and operator motor have been replaced. The culprits in my mind are the tracks or the hinges themselves. How...
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I like milkshakes! In the late 1940's early 1950's my grandfather drove a truck by day and ran Smitty's tavern in Talmage, Nebraska at night. Between the 2 jobs he brought in 125- 130 dollars per month which made the 25.00 per month refrigerator payment easier to swallow. In those days refrigerators cost more than rent. Part of Smitty's tavern was this milkshake mixer made by Gilchrist. Going out on a limb Smitty sold more beer than milkshakes with his burgers. It was used until 1955 then stuck in storage. The cord was old cloth wrapped stuff with cracking noises inside every time you moved it so I wanted to replace it. The problem is this design. Raymond Gilchrist had a unique mechanism for sure, however when he took...
I have been looking at property in Northern Arizona lately and it got me thinking if I do go for it, I should design my own building. I have been messing around with a old drafting program (Visio) designing my ultimate man cave / shop / house. It will all fit inside a 60x80 building. I have two versions so far. I really like what I came up with for the master suite. The walls dividing the sleeping area from the changing/bathing/pooping area would not go all the way to the ceiling to keep it more open. The doors into the living space from both bedrooms would be hanging sliding doors, as big as would fit. The 2nd room would probably end up with a shower and no tub, since no one uses tubs anyways. I would also put a spa outside on...
I have owned a pool table for about 6 years now and have never had it set up in my own place. I got it when I was living in a 1 bd apt, but couldn't pass up the deal (from my step sister and her husband), so it went in the garage for a couple of years. Then my friend asked if he could use it until I had a place to put it, so of course I said, yes. It had been at his house for the last 4 years until today. New felt and new bumpers so it feels like a brand new table. Cost almost as much as I paid for the table too... Here is what the room looked like before. Here is now, with a few progress pics. The rest of the furniture moved to the next room. I still need a rug.
I have limited electrical knowledge and I’m trying to help get info for a friend. She has a stacked washer dryer unit that she wants to replace her old separate washer and dryer with. The existing dryer plug is three prong 220. The stackable has four prong. How can we tell if it would be as simple as switching the plug receptacle box to four prong? Or would need to have new wire run from the panel? Somebody told me it depends if the old wiring is single phase or three phase? Here’s the new dryer’s plug and info sticker. Can anyone tell just from this?
The wife and I need a new shower head for the master bath. Not looking to spend a fortune, but we want something nice that'll last. Requirements: -Must have a hand-held... whether it's a 'hanging' hand-held or a head with a diverter and separate hand-held, it doesn't matter... just has to have a hand-held. -Most have a relatively coarse spray available. We both tend to like a coarse spray pattern. I can't remember the last time either of us changed to a massager setting or the slow trickle spray... -Cannot be gold/brass/bronze. Nickel, brushed, chrome, silver or white work. -No fins sprays... the ones with like needle-streams of water hurt (and tickle the scalp for those of us folicularly-challenged folks) Lowes and Home...
Edited below First, I have to say I do not work for this company in any way, but I have just recieved some great customer sevice, for the second time, From Eemax, inc. This household water heater is the shiznit, I can't begin to express my satisfaction. For those who aren't familiar, this kind of water heater has no tank, and heats water on demand instantly. It's size will fool you, 12" x12" x3" deep. Since it heats only the water as you use it, and doesn't store (maintain) hot water, the electric savings are huge! My house is all electric, and I have noticed a 40.00 per month difference in my bill. This is after using the product for about 20 months now. I used to stay in the shower until it started getting cold, but now we NEVER run...
Our current 50 gal gas water heater is about 10 years old, we know it's days are getting numbered. Hot water doesn't last as long as it use to, and it seems to take a long time for it to catch back up after the dishwasher or washing machine. Water still comes out piping hot in the morning though. So we're starting to think about it's replacement and going to a gas tankless water heater. Our home is a 2 1/2 bath home, and the water heater resides in the garage in a closet. the gas line into the house is literally on the outside wall of where the current tank is. So running a 3/4" line is easy. I also have all copper water lines in the house. what i want is to run the the dishwasher and take a long hot shower at the same time...
It seems that with each passing year my wife's tolerance of cold decreases and the winter thermostat setting increases. This year it is set to 76 degrees. Before purchasing our home in Greenville 14 years ago we had it inspected prior to closing. The insulation was determined to be typical for a house built in 1997. There was supposedly 8 inches of blown-in fiberglass insulation in the attic. Not long after moving in I inspected the attic and was surprised to find 4'x8'x1/2" sheets of plywood laying on top of the 2"x6" ceiling joists making it easier to walk during construction. All of the sheets had insulation laying on top of them but some had no insulation underneath and there was no vapor barrier. The flexible round HVAC ducts were...
Back in 2007 when I bought this house the pool in the back yard was partially filled in with dirt. The concrete had cracks and wouldn't hold water. I had to finish filling it in to close on the house. I regretted having to do it cause of the additional work it created to remove the pool later. 30 yards of concrete has been hauled off so far. As you can see in the pictures the house still needs a lot of work. I don't have a friend in the world when it comes to home improvement.
Everybody in the repair business has stories about things which were odd, funny, obvious to the repairman but not to the customer, etc. Share your stories here. They could be things which happened on a job or in your own home. I'll start with a few. I went to somebody's house today to repair an old, heavy, built in microwave oven which is above the oven, and built into a kitchen cabinet. This was built when things were made out of metal with a minimal amount of plastic. Some of the buttons on the touchpad were already compressed but still functioning. A new one like this cost a few hundred so the customer wanted to repair it before buying a new one. It was able to power up, and all of the functions worked correctly. They told me that...
Garage So 90% of my garage roof is insulated with blown in insulation and dry walled as it has a bedroom above, however the last little bit is bare wood with a piece of plastic damp seal stuck to the rafters. I was planning on finishing the drywall to tidy it up but I’m not sure what I would need for insulation. My options as I see it are; -Drywall panels screwed to the rafters over the plastic damp seal with no insulation -As above but add a baton insulation between the rafters the same as the attic of the house -Add some sort of ventilation chanels on the underside of the roof sheathing then get a foam board or spray foam insulation on top of that then drywall the underside of the rafters The sides of the space have ventilation to...
For decades my wife and I always started the dishwasher just before going to bed at night. But on the evening of July 9, 2014 the float valve on our General Electric dishwasher stuck open. The next morning my wife found the kitchen flooded and eventually all our downstairs hardwood floors had to be replaced: Running dishwasher at bedtime Since then we have started our dishwasher at 7:30 pm so the wash cycle will be complete before we go to bed. On Dec. 26, 2018 I noticed a puddle forming on the floor in front of our 4.5 year old Kitchenaid dishwasher. I removed the cover below the door and found water dripping from the central area of the dishwasher bottom. Thru internet research I learned that our model (KDEF104DWH0) utilized narrow...
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