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salvaging DC motors from home appliances [closed]

In what home appliances I can find a 40V (or so) DC motor?
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Why do my halogen lamps keep burning out?

In my kitchen, there are 5 halogen lamps, connected in parallel to a 12VAC transformer. The bulbs have rated life of 2000h, but I seem to be getting only about 60 hours out of them. I measured the ...
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Electric range burner functions erratically

I have a Kenmore electric range, model 790.94344700. I don't know how old it is; it came with the house. One of the 9" burners has been driving me insane. It's finicky to get to the temperature I ...
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How do I repair a small nick in motor windings?

I accidentally put a nick in a washing machine motor's windings when I was removing it. The nick is shallow, with mostly just the varnish scraped off, and isn't as big as the picture makes it look. ...
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Should I replace a GFI in my kitchen that will not reset?

I have three wall plugs fed into a 15A wall GFI. One of the outlets has a refrigerator with a two pronged plug. When plugging in a toaster oven and countertop grill the circuit tripped and will not ...
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Chewed-through ground-fault cord

Over the winter, my dog chewed through the power cord on an a/c window unit. I was going to just add a new plug as the cord is still long enough. I sliced into the wire and found 3 wires (ground, ...
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Is it safe to use my oven with no light bulb in it at all?

I looked in the oven before sticking a pizza in it and noticed the bulb was popped so I carefully removed it and now I don't know if it's safe to use the oven with no bulb. It's a Roper oven, and the ...
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How do I stop water from coming out of the dispenser on the door of my refrigerator? [closed]

How do I stop water on the door of my refrigerator from coming out?
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Electric Range Keeps Blowing its Fuse

I have a brand new electric range that I am having a problem with and would appreciate some insights so that I can determine whether its the appliance or my electricity is at fault. When I turn on 2 ...
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How do I troubleshoot my Kenmore dryer that doesn't heat up?

I have a Kenmore 110.64642400 that has just started acting up. It spins fine, using the timed dry function the timer knob advances (although not in the auto dry function), but it never heats up. ...
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How can I build a shuffleboard surface that is movable?

My friends and I are planning on building a shuffleboard this weekend. However shuffleboards are pretty long (~16 feet) and moving the full board is going to be a pain. How can we build it so that ...
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Is it safe to use a damaged heating element for my Kenmore dryer?

I cracked the ceramic piece that connects the wires to the heating coil while replacing my heating element in my dryer. It is working, but I am wondering if it is safe? Any comment?
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How do I get my dishwasher running after replacing my kitchen faucet?

After replacing my kitchen faucet my dishwasher will not fill with water. The lights come on but there is no water. How can I fix it?
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Proper gas pressure for Samsung DV457GVGSGR natural gas dryer

What is the proper gas pressure leading into my Samsung model DV457GVGSGR gas dryer? The Gas Requirements section of the installation manual doesn't specify pressure. I found this in a google ...
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Dryer isn't drying clothes. I've tried all of the common solutions (I think)

My wife and I just bought our first house. I think that we discovered that our dryer vent is going to require some regular maintenance to keep it clean and able to dry our clothes. When we moved in, ...
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Did I ruin my griddle by overheating it?

So turns out the thermostat control on our griddle was broken. We ran it on full blast for about thirty minutes. Started to notice the adhesive bubbling on the sides then turned it off to investigate. ...
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Washing machine trips Gfi when rinse cycle starts [closed]

Washing machine trips GFI as soon as rinse cycle starts.
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Can microwave with convection replace an actual oven? [closed]

Maybe this belongs on seasoned advice.... I live in a townhouse with a small kitchen and I am wondering if something like this KitchenAid item implies that it can be used as a microwave and as a ...
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Why is my refrigerator tripping breaker?

I have been troubleshooting this problem and I have narrowed it down to the ground in the unit. When I disconnect the ground from the frame, it runs fine, and has no problems. When I reconnect the ...
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Fridge keeps turning off and only back in when I flip the circuit breaker off and back on?

just wondering if anyone has any ideas, we got home and opened the fridge and the light was off and the fridge was off completely, my husband went downstairs to look at the breaker box and the ...
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Cleaning the stone of a hot-stone grill with a detergent

The user manual of my current hot-stone grill (Severin brand) reads that the stone may be cleaned under running water only and that no detergent shall be used. However, this way it can't be trully ...
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Can I use a chest freezer in an unconditioned garage which often gets very hot and humid?

Do I have to do anything special to use a chest freezer in a garage in Florida which often gets very hot and humid?
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Are dishwasher overfill protection floats adjustable?

Dishwasher leaks. It is practically level but slopes 1 degree toward the door. Owner's manual labels overfill protection float in the diagram but does not mention how to use it. Are these floats ...
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knob of propane tank was stuck

I used the grill last year, and am planning to replace the propane tank. However, I found that I could not turn the knob. I marked the knob with red color in the following figure. I guess it maybe ...
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What type of switch is this?

I am trying to replace the switch in my space heater, but am unsure what type it is to do a search for it. It has three terminals one one side and 2 on the other. This part is from a Duraflame heater ...
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What kind of thermometer do I use to check dryer temperature? Can same one be used to check stove temperature?

Is there a thermometer that can be used to check dryer temperature, and if so, what kind should be used? Should only a multimeter be used on the dryer's thermostat instead? I'm just wanting to ...
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Will a spike protector work in reverse?

Will a spike protector work in reverse? Protect the circuit from an appliance? My attic lights' blubs blow 10x faster than any other bulbs in the house. I think it's because everything in the attic ...
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Why would my Kenmore laundry center have black/yellow oil/grease sprayed across the inside walls?

Follow-up to this question: I opened up this same washer to diagnose the problem, and found the drive belt in shreds with major gashes and barely holding on, and the whole interior (outside the ...
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Why is my freezer making a very loud buzzing noise after being unplugged for a few days?

My freezer was unplugged for a few days and now when I plug it in it makes a very loud alert kind of buzzing noise. It isn't just the noise it makes regularly. It is a loud, almost alarm-like noise ...
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Repairing wire dishwasher racks [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to repair (and is it worth the trouble to) a rusty dishwasher rack? We have a dishwasher with wire racks on the inside. The racks have a plastic coating on them, but ...
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Jenn Air dishwasher not circulating water properly

Model JDB4000AWS dishwasher fills and cycles ok but the water does not circulate as it should and dishes are not clean. I removed and cleaned all of the interior parts down to the food chopper blade ...
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Any ideas why my Currys CID45B13 dishwasher won't let me select a wash cycle?

Any ideas why my dishwasher (model Currys CID45B13) won't let me select a wash cycle? All connected to the mains, all lights come on as normal, but none of the buttons work. Any ideas how I can fix ...
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Washing machine agitator not working

Over the past few months, the agitator on my Maytag LAT9416AAE washer has worked intermittently. Normally, I could get it to resume working by pushing and pulling the selector/start knob a few times ...
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4 year microwave table & fan run after cycle

4 year old Microwave table and fan continue to run after the cycle is finished and the door is opened. Is there a trigger which may need replacing?
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Genie SilentMax 1000 will not move up or down

I have been having problems with my Genie SilentMax 1000 garage door opener. With the door disengaged from the opener the shuttle moves back and forth about 4" and stops. It has been doing this ...
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LG dryer start knob

The turn function became very loose to start the dryer and the actual knob came off the metal shaft that sticks thru. How do I repair this. Do I simply need to get the knob back on or is the loose ...
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How would I tell if a dealer sold me a refurbished appliance as new?

I've got a DOA fridge that I'm having to have a service tech come look at a second time. The dealer I bought it from has been accused of selling refurbished items as new in the past. How would a ...
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“Upgrading” a mechanical defrost timer in an upright “frost free” freezer

I am a happy owner of an upright frost free freezer which, after only two years, has needed to have its mechanical defrost timer replaced. Apparently, this timer runs the heater coil for twenty ...
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Kenmore washing machine will fill, no agitate drain or spin

Hello I have an older model Kenmore (model 110.4221090), it was purchased used and this is my first time trying to use it. It will fill with water, hot and cold work and the load size setting will ...
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Why a fuse blow in my house?

Yesterday, I had an issue with our electricity in our house. All power points in a kitchen, bathroom, and a small room suddenly stopped working, but not other rooms. I opened a fuse box to check if ...
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Lights not working inside refrigerator

When I open 1 or both french doors on my refrigerator the interior lights will flash momentarily then go out. I have tried replacing the light socket harness and both door switches....still have ...
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Refridgerator evaporator not cooling enough to cool fridge

I think it's called the evaporator/cooling element, the coils inside the refrigerator where the r134a gas passes through cooling it. About a week ago our refrigerator stopped working and I found what ...
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Why might I measure less than 240 volts on a 240V circuit? [duplicate]

I recently had an electric dryer fail and I have been unable to determine the reason. All of the obvious items within it to check for (as mentioned in many youtube videos on such appliance repairs) ...
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How can I determine why my GE Monogram Wine reserve compressor is not working?

My GE Monogram Wine reserve compressor is not working. Lights and fan are working. Is there a thermal breaker on the somewhere on the compressor, or is it time to replace the compressor?
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New ice maker will not dispense ice.

I have a Kenmore model no: 106.9532850. I changed both water valve and ice maker PN:4317943. The ice maker will make a full cycle when I jumper between TPs M and N. The tray will fill and freeze ...
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Daewoo frige/ freezer

I have a Deawoo refrigerator and freezer model FRS2021 IAL (one part is the freezer and the other part is the refrigerator). The freezer part is not working but the fridge is. I can't find a ...
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Frigidaire clothes washer drum does not turn

My Frigidaire front loading washing machine has stopped turning. I have let it run through a short cycle, and the timer does run through the entire cycle. The drum fills up, and the pump operates to ...
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Why is my soldering iron tripping the RCD?

I have a new soldering station that I bought (probably too cheaply) from China. It's rated for European voltage and has a European moulded plug. I live in Sweden. At the moment, it trips the RCD in ...
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How does Jenn-Air dishwasher door gasket fit

I have a Jenn-Air dishwasher #JDB2150AWP. It leaks near the lower right corner of the door. The bottom door gasket has come off but is still in good shape and the lower end of the long door gasket is ...
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How can a voltage screwdriver light up when I test the ground wire or chassis of my washing machine, but multimeter reads no voltage or current flow? [duplicate]

I have been receiving shocks from my washing machine. My proximity voltage detector beeps near the chassis, drum and ground wire. My voltage testing screwdriver also lights up when touched to them. ...