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The short answer is to check with the manufacturer. That way you can be sure to stay within warranty guidelines. The longer answer is that it varies from model to model. When a refrigerator is placed in a non-standard position (for example on its side), compressor oil can run out of the compressor and up refrigerant lines. So if you don't stand it ...


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The only real answer is to fix the root plumbing issue. You are basically begging for problems by not fixing it. This can do serious damage to your house over time. There might even be health issues if the traps are not holding water (water flowing out of them due to incorrect slope) and sewer gasses are escaping into your house, not to mention the ...


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That is correct. See NEMA 14-50R Source G - Ground W - Neutral X - Hot Y - Hot If you look at the terminal screws on one of these receptacles, you may notice they are different colors. The green tinted screw is ground. The silver screw is neutral. The two brass screws are hot. This is a common pattern in most electrical devices, and can ...


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This usually happens because the dryer vent is getting clogged with lint (the lint-catcher isn't 100% effective, so some does escape). You should clean it out regularly because a clogged vent can cause fires. If the vent is short enough, you may be able to use a vacuum cleaner to clear it; otherwise use a dryer vent brush (can also be called a dryer duct ...


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I'm so sorry for your loss. A Viking is a terrible thing to waste. Disassembling a Viking oven/range is not a job for a DIYer. Look for a restaurant supplier in your area or a Viking dealer to get a competent tech to do the work and bite the bullet and have it fixed right. The insulation is not something you can buy at the local Home Depot. It uses a ...


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Use a light bulb. Besides being more than capable of dissipating the power, it has the bonus of telling you when the capacitor is empty since the light will go out. The best way is to use a spare light socket and touch the two wires to the capacitor leads. Lacking a socket, some wire and electrical tape will do the trick if you're careful.


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Usually a dryer vent will have a spring loaded flap where it exits the house to prevent outside air (and bugs, rodents, etc) from coming in through the pipe. If you are getting airflow from outside through your vent pipe, it sounds like either you don't have one or it isn't closing. I would check that first.


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It sounds to me like your oven has a serious fault. Disconnect it immediately and do not use it. (Connecting it to ground should cause the fuse to blow immediately.) The fault probably lies in the heating element (these often fail and short to ground). Your house should have a ground connection - which jurisdiction/country are you in? Most have ...


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It makes complete sense to replace your water heater early, because the failure mode for most of the older ones is "break and drain all over the inside of your house" -- and the 'drip pan' can only catch so much. You don't say where you're from, so I can't give you any climate or region-specific suggestions on what to replace and what not to replace. I ...


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I would not do this for exactly the reasons you've asked about: 1) By sharing the bathroom vent pipe, you're ensuring that at least half the gunk that's being spewed onto your porch is going to be spewed into your bathroom unless you can find and install some kind of one-way flapper between the new "Y" fitting and the bathroom. If you do find and install ...


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Can you continue the vent on the porch to an exterior wall? Maybe put in a 90 degree bend and continue the vent pipe along the wall of the house? Here is a list of maximum vent length, down toward the bottom of the page. I wouldn't try to share the bathroom vent. I can see several potential downfalls. The dryer may actually vent into the bathroom which ...


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Have you tried ceramic cooktop cleaner? It's exactly designed for this type of mess, and you can get pastes and scrubbing pads for big messes, and wet wipes for smaller spills and every day use.


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I think for what you want to do: temporary short term solution you guarantee you will never operate both the dryer and welder at the same time You could consider building a 220V 30A power strip. Without knowing your welder, I'll list parts from Home Depot that might work but you have to confirm their suitability for your use. Please review this URL ...


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It's a bracket, with a U-shaped slot. Depending on the model, it is screwed either to the floor, or to both the floor and the wall behind the oven. You slide the oven's rear foot underneath the bracket, and it holds the oven in place in case you step on the door while it's open, preventing your pot of boiling water from sliding off the top onto you. ...


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Sadly enough, I had the exact same thing happen to me in the past. If your mice were anything like mine, they are likely stockpiling food in the nest they have made inside the insulation (which, along with the droppings, is the source of the smell). More likely than not, they have made their home in the space directly underneath the burners, on top of the ...


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Do you still have the microwave manual? In there it should give the minimum clearances for the oven. These will be required to allow for sufficient airflow around the microwave so that it doesn't overheat. If it's 3 cm or less (which is unlikely) then you'll be OK. For the more likely case of it being more than 3 cm, why don't you build a shelf at the ...


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An alternative is that the freezer ran for so long that the air vent from the freezer to the fridge has frozen over with ice, so no cold air can get from the freezer to the fridge. Ironically, you need to warm up the freezer for the ice to melt.


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I have a friend who has a washer and dryer on his screened-in porch. He's mentioned that he's had his clothes frozen solid in the washer before, and the pipes have frozen on him as well. If you live in a cold climate, that could be a major factor.


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You should be using an insulated shorting probe to properly discharge that capacitor. There are special shorting probes made for this purpose, but the only ones I've seen online are for really large applications (like attached to a hot stick type large). When I was in the Navy we had some nice handheld sized ones for using inside equipment cabinets. ...


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I am sure they sell large pans somewhere but that shouldn't be a concern. Your freezer should be contained, in that if there is a power outage and everything melts - the water should stay in your freezer. Note: I have to think if I was putting a deep freezer on my hardwoods I would lay it on an area rug. Even insulated the freezer bottom is pretty cold ...


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Check the water line connections. I would open the bottom access panel, and watch for any leaks while you run it the first time. Often the parts used are not of the greatest quality, including the solenoid valve that controls the water. On that note, make sure there is a manual shut-off valve, so you can turn it off quickly if there is a leak. Beyond ...


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Check the rubber seal around the door. It may well have deteriorated to the point where it's unable to provide a proper seal and needs replaced. If that seal dry/cracked this is probably the case. Or if you run the dishwasher, watch for water leaking from where the bottom of the door meets the main unit.


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As long as you protect it and all the electrical cords from the elements, I don't see problem with a washer being outdoors. Where do you plan to drain the soapy water? It's a lot of water and would make a huge mess if it isn't attached to a proper drain.


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If you don't protect these appliances and the power feeds from rain don't expect them to work for long. If excessive moisture gets into the control panel, especially on newer electronic controlled units, they will fail. Would you leave your computer outdoors? Also remember the dryer is a 240VAC, 30amp unit and can light up your world if the the frame ...


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It sounds like you have something causing drain water to backup, and siphon back into the barrel slowly. The drain pipe that runs to the utility sink... does the pipe incline to get to the sink? I had one many years ago and I can see it in my head.. the pipe would hold about 1.5 gallons of water, and would stink quite badly. I never had it run back into ...


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See this answer by @shirlock homes for using Bar Keepers Friend. That answer is for cleaning shower glass but the Barkeepers Friend website says it can be used to clean and remove discoloration on glass and ceramic cooktops too. I haven't tried Barkeepers Friend on a glass cooktop but I have used it on my stainless steel appliances and it works great ...


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The how would be to find an adapter that accepts and properly grounds a French CEE 7/5 plug to any other plug, then find an adapter from that plug to the Israeli SI-32 plug. Or just find a direct adapter, though I couldn't find any such thing. Alternatively, buy an Israeli plug, cut off the French plug, and wire in the Israeli plug in its place. If you're ...


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DO NOT connect the ground wire to the grounded (neutral) conductor, as this could lead to current flowing through the body of the dryer (and potentially through you). The installation guide for the dryer will have wiring instructions for both 3, and 4 wire configurations. Check the manufacturers documentation for proper wiring, but I would say the first ...


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Yes, it is a typical for the gas stovetops to light all of the burners even when only one is needed. Note that this applies to stovetops that do not have a standing pilot light. The oven often will have its own ignitor that operates independently of the stopetop. The reason for this may be in order to reduce the complexity of the stovetop design. With all ...


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Yes. If the device has separate compressors for the fridge and freezer then it's perfectly possible for one to fail and the other keep working. Generally the cheaper the fridge/freezer the more likely it is to only have a single compressor.



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