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Just like March, the month of May flew by so fast
my head's still spinning,
and I didn't have a chance to get a newsletter out to you. Sorry!
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In this issue:
1) Correction From Last Issue's 'Who Made Your Sears Appliance?'
2) How to Build your Own Compressor Test Cord
3) Please Donate to Chilean Earthquake Relief
4) Just in: Maytag Recalling some 1.7 Million Dishwashers!
"I'm having an MRI to find out if I have
1) I was never sure where I'd originally found the handy
Kenmore model number chart
I included in the last issue. My copy came with no 'credit' or
branding attached, but I
thought it was such a good idea I went ahead and posted it.
My thanks to Dan O, who actually originated it and has the
latest version posted on his
helpful website, 'Appliance 411', at:
I subcontracted service to our local Sears many years ago and
got to know some of these
source codes, but Dan's list is exhaustive and really useful. Check
it out. Thanks again,
Dan, for putting it together!
2) We've talked about testing refrigeration compressors
several times before, and one
of the articles on the subject that appeared here in the newsletter
back in June 2006 is
posted on the
DIY articles page
A lot of you guys have asked about building one of these
simple and very handy little
test cords, including requests for a wiring schematic for one, so I
thought I'd briefly
touch on that this issue.
I use my ratty old cord a lot, and it's overdue for a rebuild,
at least cosmetically, but
here's what the box itself currently looks like:
One of these builds nicely into a standard steel electrical
utility box ('handy-box'), as
you can see. I've carried this one for a couple of decades now, and
it still works fine,
although it's due for a new set of cords. Most any plastic box would
well, too, but these steel ones are nearly indestructible. It has to
be, rattling around
in the back of my service van on our dirt roads! ;-)
The 'innards' are actually pretty simple. A fuse can be used
for protection, but one of
these small breakers is really handy. You won't trip it very often,
but when you need
it, you'll be glad there's one in the circuit.
Anyway, here's a sketch of the wiring details:
I use 16-3 SJ cord, which is rubber-sheathed, and holds up
well, but most any 16 gauge
cord can be used. An old microwave oven cord serves well. The output
alligator clips soldered onto them, making the setup very handy for
quick tests on a lot
of 120V equipment, not just compressors. The ground wire on the load
side is there for
safety's sake. Attach it to the chassis of whatever you're test
running, to detour any
problems to ground rather than through your person (that could ruin
I'll post this schematic on the website, as well, possibly in
a larger, easier to see format.
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The Newbie Club, who recently passed away. Even though I
never met Joe personally, I considered him my friend. He and
his website were a tremendous help to me when I was getting
started online, and the site continues to be a valued
3) Our daughter Lindsay has been living in Chile for the last couple
of years, and has fallen
in love with that country and its amazing people. Even though it's no longer
mentioned in our
news here in the US, the devastation and homelessness there from the March
still a very long way from getting back to normal. In fact, she's been here in
last few days for a quick visit, and says the aftershocks are continuing even
now, with everyone
still on edge.
She previously lived in the town of Valparaiso on the hard-hit Pacific
coast, before her apartment
was destroyed by the quake (she was back in PA for a one-week visit when it hit,
by God's mercy),
and has been working with the newspaper in Santiago and several relief agencies
I've had quite a few folks ask what they could do to help, so I've hastily
put up a simple webpage
to accept donations from anyone who would care to send a few dollars to the
relief effort. No
donation is too small, and 100% of the funds she's collecting goes directly to
helping the people
of Chile get their lives back to some semblance of normal. Whole towns that were
located on the
coast near the epicenter no longer exist, and many families are still living
outside, with no real
shelter - and it's winter time there now.
I hope to post more photos and details on the site in the near future;
right now it's just a one-page
site to accept donations via Paypal. Thank you very much and God bless you for
anything you can
do to help, at
4) This just in: Maytag is recalling approximately 1.7 million of their
dishwashers, sold from Feb
2006 through April 2010. It's a recall you may want to take a look at, because
they have a heating
element issue that's a fire hazard. Brands affected are Maytag, Jenn-Air, Amana,
Magic Chef, and Performa by Maytag. Full details
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Dave's Repair Service
New Albany, PA
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