Category: "Appliances"

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12/24/10

  02:45:57 pm, by The Dreamer   , 918 words  
Categories: Stuff, Home, Appliances

New batteries in Panasonic ES7037 Shaver

Link: http://shaveroutlet.com/shaver-replacement-parts/braun-battery-nimh-2-batteries-p-105.html

Guess it is over 3 years old....back on September 16, 2007, I bought the Panasonic Pro-Curve Pivot Action Shaving System/Rechargeable, Model ES7037CMB from drugstore.com

A few months ago, I was starting to find it annoying that the battery was running down really quickly. I was only getting 1 or 2 shaves out of it. I started thinking that it was time to get a new shaver...and I did find some that were interesting, but of course pretty fancy and expensive. So, it was low on my priority of things to get....plus I had just replaced the blades in the shaver.

While I was researching shavers and such, I came across ShaverOutlet.com. They carried batteries listed as compatible replacements. Seemed like an affordable risk...plus if it didn't work, then I'd have the excuse to move up purchase of a new shaver :))

I finally got around to performing the operation today. Only one screw visible on the bottom, so I didn't think it would be too hard...except the one precision screwdriver I needed, was the one that I couldn't find. (though I just found my autoloader, perhaps that would've had the tip I needed.) But once I had the bottom off, it was clear there was more to taking it apart. There were two screws visible, but clearly not enough...but looks like the rubber panel comes off.

Later I found it comes off in two pieces. And, now there were 6 screws visible, but did I really need to get them all out. Hoping there was a not quite visible seam that would appear later like when I removed the grip panels. I then went online looking for a manual. Found the user's manual, and it described the procedure for taking it apart. Though the intent of the directions was for removing the batteries prior to disposal. But, it got me to where I could see the old batteries.

Not without encountering one screw that was a little stubborn at coming out, and the head was starting to strip. Since the precision screwdriver I was using was a little small for the job. I thought about what to do, then I remembered that I had picked on the console access kit from Thinkgeek a while back. That had the perfect tip and out came the last screw.

I looked at the old and new batteries. The old batteries and a longer post on one end, and no markings as to polarity. I managed to get one out, the other was a little bit more stubborn...but eventually it came out. Though the holder and circuit board came lose and there was this odd piece of white plastic.

I looked back at the batteries, the new ones had same size posts on each end but it was clearly marked on polarity. Guess I could check with a multimeter. Except that I couldn't find my good one, and the cheap one was missing its test leads. I improvised some leads using power cords and other bits of metal. The end with the dark cap and long post seems to be the positive. Later I noticed the new batteries had a black band on its positive end.

The batteries came with a black rubber pad on the side, since the old battery was quite s snug fit...I scraped it off. And, then tried to put the battery in. Seems its a smidge bigger/longer than the original. So had to use some force to get it to snap in.

After some examination, I figured out the odd white piece of plastic was the linkage between the switch on the front to the switch on the circuit board. Surprised there's so little to it and everything. I seemed to have things in the right place, so I proceeded to reassemble the shaver.

The two halves didn't quite go together as nicely as before, and actually a bit of force was needed to get them close enough to get the sides to snap back in properly. D'oh, forgot those metal clips at the top....

I had tried to test starting the shaver before I had it completely closed, but it wouldn't work. Wasn't until it was completely reassembled that it came to life when I worked the switch. Didn't check the new batteries if they had any power to them, so it could just have been completely dead... Wonder if there's an interlock I missed, or if the control linkage was loose when I tried it the first time. That's a good sign. Would also meant the batteries were in the correct orientation.

I plugged it in to charge, and it seemed okay with that too.

Since the operation was prompted by it running down instantly as I was intending to shave....I used it. It not only works, but it seems to have more power to a shave...even more than before after a fresh charge. Guess, some how the old batteries were more weak than just reduced charge holding.

While I could probably keep doing this as long as I can get replacement batteries. I probably won't do this operation again. Still want a new shaver at some point....

But, now I can focus on the new toothbrush. Not sure if replacing the battery in it is possible...but the handle is getting kind of icky. It doesn't seem to brush as well as it did, but that could be the batteries being old...or not. Guess the Oral-B Triumph 9400 Professional is over 3 years old too. I had gotten it on October 29, 2007, also from drugstore.com.

12/14/10

  06:17:43 pm, by The Dreamer   , 612 words  
Categories: Home, Appliances

KitchenAid 12-Cup Glass Carafe Coffee Maker

Link: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003TT0WYS/ref=oss_product

As I had blogged on Friday, my Mr. Coffee Coffee Maker had failed. So, that day I did the 'normal' thing...I went to Amazon.com and looked to see what coffee maker I could get via Amazon Prime. More specifically, shipped next day (Monday, they don't seem to do Saturday's anymore).

There were many fine choices in a wide range of prices that glass carafe, used regular basket filters (I had tried cone once), and wasn't Mr. Coffee. (fail me once, shame on you....same reason I won't consider GE appliances)

At first I wanted cheap and fast, though I extended the pricing a little bit because I didn't like the reviews of some of the units and form is still important to me. But, I was constraining price to do the purchase using remaining American Express Membership Rewards (after having used some to buy that heater I blogged of earlier.)

When I got home from work, and finding the box sitting on my doorstep. I'm promptly set out to get it set up and run the first pot of water to flush it out, and get it ready for tomorrow morning. It was interest to find that it has a removable water tank. Not sure how useful it is to me, given where I've put it and how difficult it was get repositioned behind the coffee maker to set down again. Though the water lid lifting the reverse way does also make it challenging to fill from water pitcher.

Other quirk I found is it is really easy to get into the time change mode, single press of the mode button. Also disturbing is the 1-4 cup mode is the same button, but only after going through the 3 time settings (hour, minute, am/pm).

And, finally the next oddity is the overloading of the brew button. Press once to instantly make coffee, press and hold to make coffee at scheduled time. And, its indication is that the lighted ring around the button flashes, no beep. Kind of a problem with my thumbs....covering up the button and the light ring completely. Though I did later see that the display says 'Auto'.

Now that I've used it one day....the resulting cup of coffee this morning was satisfactory, and should be great with some adjustment. Do find it annoying that the 1-4 cup mode doesn't stick, while the 'bold' mode does.

The nice thing this morning, is no more dribble carafe. Though it has an attached flip lid still...which makes washing inconvenient to me. Also it doesn't empty completely with a quick flip over the sink like I'm used to. But, definitely nice that all the coffee goes into my cup, rather than half of it splashing onto the counter and floor....no matter how carefully or slowly I try to go.

Looking forward to a long future of coffee, and not think about what my next coffee maker is going to be (though thoughts of getting a single serve machine still come up now and then, as does getting an espresso machine again....)

Though tomorrow morning will be the last of my Boca Java coffee, though my next shipment should be in transit.

Kind of bothersome that apparently UPS tracking numbers are not unique....Boca Java says it shipped my order on December 12th, but the UPS site says it was delivered and left at the front door....on closer inspection see that its been left in Portsmouth, VA...and finally that it happened on June 22nd, 2009. But, shipped/billed on December 14th, 2010. Not the first time I've had this scare with UPS tracking....

BTW, does anybody know of a good android app that's equivalent to the Delivery Status app on the iPhone?

12/12/10

  12:05:41 pm, by The Dreamer   , 259 words  
Categories: Digital Photography, Home, Appliances, Furnishings

Soleus Air HR1-08R-21 Oscillating Reflective Heater, Silver, Black

Link: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001AHBVJ6/ref=oss_product

So, lately in the mornings it has been kind of nippy in front of my main computer out in the living room. Probably because of 3 exterior walls, and the computer against the wall with no heat registers. And, the thermostat is in the warmest spot in my home...under the cold air return.

I had been bumping the thermostat in the morning when I go by it, but that's not what I really want to do long term. I had looked at getting a low wattage radiant (people) heater to use by the computer in the mornings. Needs to be low wattage, because the living room only has one circuit...and well, there's lots and lots of stuff on it.

Last Monday I had reached my limit....burr. |-| I already had an order with Amazon.com pending that I had placed over the weekend. So, using Amazon Prime and one-day option, I could have another box to arrive the same day as the rest....

I had originally identified some possible choices in heaters last winter, they were of the radiant heat, orange glow kind...either single low wattage or dual setting where the low was under 500W. Lower the better.... I checked my wishlist, and found that one of the choices was still available under Amazon Prime and could be one-day shipped to arrive the same time as my other stuff.

But, I checked other similar heaters to see what else is there. Partly because I wasn't totally sure that the model that remained was the one that I wanted. Though it was cheap (<$20) and 300W. But, it was a table top unit, and I didn't have a table top to put it on.

So, I settled on the Soleus Air HR1-08R-21...because it had a bit of stand to it and a remote control. It had two settings, 400W and 800W. I think I used to have a quartz heater that was like this at my old apartment...seemed to go away after that, probably one of the many things that didn't survive the move. Though it had two elements, and 400W was to only use one of them...to it was kind of weird to never use the other element. IIRC, only the one that I used got broke in the move too... Anyways, it was a consideration this time around, that if I got a radiant heater with multiple settings, that it didn't do it by having less uniform output.

I also decided that I would give the new option of using my American Express Membership Reward points to purchase something from Amazon.com.

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12/10/10

  07:18:13 am, by The Dreamer   , 222 words  
Categories: Appliances

They don't make them like they used to.... Mr. Coffee MRX35 #fail

So this was their 35th anniversary edition coffee maker...I guess it isn't there 35th anniversary anymore. Because, this morning I woke up to no coffee. Pot empty...grounds dry...water still in reservoir. Oh its cold, guess the heater died.

The coffee maker was almost 15 months old. I guess I throwing out my old Black & Decker coffee maker this summer was a mistake...from 1990, it still worked...the rubber seals weren't quite as good as they used to be, but at least I would still have good coffee this morning.

Have to settle for instant for a while I guess.... &#58;&#42;&#42;&#58;

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09/01/10

  10:25:38 am, by The Dreamer   , 616 words  
Categories: Home, Appliances, Safety & Security, Healthcare

Surround Air XJ-3800 Intelli-Pro Spare Filter

Link: http://www.amazon.com/o/asin/B000K3GK4M/00--20/

Soon after owning the Surround Air XJ-3800, I found I didn't like it and had plans to eventually replace it with something else.

That's because it uses a metal grid that require periodic cleaning, and that cleaning requires significant dis-assembly, cleaning, thorough drying and a difficult reassembly process. It is the difficulty in reassembly that reminds me each time that I hate it. &#62;&#58;&#45;&#40;

Well, as I blogged here, "I bought another air cleaner", I did. &#59;&#68;

But, it was still a working air purifier...so I couldn't just toss it (plus there are others sitting around not yet tossed out). So, I moved it to another spot where I someday would like to have an air purifier...but can't yet afford the specific want that I want for that location. Figured I'd at least use it until such time that it needed a consumable replaced.... plus the location is by the entrance. &#58;&#80;

Well, last month it finally started flashing replace filter. So, it seemed that the end was near for it. Some time later it started flashing the clean metal grid. Seems that the end should be even sooner now.

Though I did recently pick up a few cans of Oreck AirCell cleaner, which is what I use to help clean the metal grid of the Surround Air XJ-3800. And, I think I would miss having an air purifier at this location now...but it is still far off in the future that I would actually get the desired air purifier....especially since new air purifier is >10x more expensive that a new filter for the XJ-3800.

And, I was on amazon.com recently looking to buy a bunch of things...to shoot for what will hopefully be the last time I need to get a shot on Wednesday before work (have an appointment next week, that might decide that there'll be another 3 months or something)... and I felt that there was one more item that I toss into my cart for Prime Delivery. Actually, after I had placed the order, I remembered that there was something else that I had been thinking of getting....and while getting that, I threw in the filter.

That one extra item was a CFL Bug Light. Starting to get dark again...and been wanting to get a bug light for some time, though I'm sure it'll be many years before the CFL that I currently have outside burns out. OTOH, it was part of the first order to replace the CFL in the kitchen. Of course, that CFL has been in service longer than the 4+ years that I've been living here. It was among the ones that I had brought with me from Dublin, OH. Occurs to me that I should've gotten more...there's one bedroom that I still haven't switched from incandescent to CFL. And, the one in my bedroom is starting to show its age. All my inside CFLs are full spectrum.

Anyways...this part of the Amazon.com/Prime shipment arrived one day early....so this morning before going to the doctor's office...I took the Surround Air XJ-3800 apart for cleaning and the replacement of its filter. Now back...I struggled for a while to get the silly grid to go back on to its frame, and then went to install new filter.

It wasn't coming out of the plastic easily for some reason...then I noticed that there's a chunk missing from the gasket and the bag is stuck to the spot of exposed adhesive....hopefully it'll still be sufficient. But, after this...it'll probably be the definite end for this air purifier (whether I have a new one lined up by then or not...) &#41;&#45;&#111;

Wonder how to tell if the UV bulb in it is still working and effective? &#58;&#63;&#58;

06/26/10

  08:10:52 pm, by The Dreamer   , 1779 words  
Categories: Travel, Home, Appliances

I got a new refrigerator last weekend.

Link: http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Samsung+-+19.7+Cu.+Ft.+French+Door+Refrigerator+-+White/9848084.p?id=1218183918073&skuId=9848084

So, I finally gone and done it.

I had been thinking of getting a new refrigerator pretty soon after I became a home owner. Hmmm, strange how that is...because something like that happened when I bought my first home, though the old fridge was much older and was suffering....

Though the fridge here was also old and suffering, it was still capable of being cold....and sometimes too cold. Though it also showed signs that it hadn't been well cared for by previous users....they probably just let it sweat during the hot humid part of the year, and mold was growing out of the insulation.

But, that wasn't why I was looking for a new fridge. Originally, I was dreaming of getting something with a water dispenser. Yes, when I first moved here to Manhattan, I thought the tap water was pretty darn amazing. Though locals complained about it....guess I'm one now. Though water here is still better than some places that I've been.

Now, long before I dreamed of getting a fridge with a water dispenser....I had dr
I had been given the number to the police by the 'landlord' on previous occasions when I had complained about the renters.eamed of getting a bottom freezer fridge. And, while looking at refrigerators....I discovered french door units.

The problem was that most of these units were wider than standard. And, the tiny condo wasn't going to have one. Now, I'm sure I've measured the opening hundreds of times....though I guess I never measured the old fridge or other things like clearance requirements.

But, then newer fridges started coming out that knew people like me might not have the width for wider fridges...but want them. They came out in the magic under 33" width.

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06/08/10

  02:33:04 pm, by The Dreamer   , 745 words  
Categories: Travel, Home, Appliances, Healthcare

I bought another air cleaner

This time I got a Winix 9000. This is the air cleaner that I had originally intended to get years ago, but in reading reviews...found a comparable model (for same price) under the Kenmore brand at Sears, and Sears was having a sale at that particular moment....so went with that one. And, later another one.

But, now it was nearly time to get another one. This'll be like the 3rd or 4th one that I'll have had in my living room since I moved here. Don't recall if there was a 1st one....but if I had, it was noisy...so it probably didn't stay long or get much use. But this would be the 3rd new one in the not quite 4 years that I've lived here. The first new one was quite expensive, and didn't seem to do much at all....except constantly tell me that it needed cleaning, but cleaning it showed no signs that it had done anything. The next one seemed to do better, but it was difficult to clean and had to be completely dry before it could be used again. The Kenmore units (and the Winix) are much easier to wash periodically and don't need to be completely dry to be put back into service. So, I kind of decided that when it came time to replace the filter in it...it would probably get replaced completely.

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03/21/10

  01:43:58 pm, by The Dreamer   , 2292 words  
Categories: General, Home, Appliances, Amazon Kindle

I got an Actifry

Link: http://www.t-falusa.com/All+Products/Cooking+Appliances/Deep+Fryers/Products/ActiFry/ActiFry.htm

Supposed to be a deep fryer without all that oil....which is what drew me to it.

Over the years, I have played around with deep frying.

When I first moved out, I lived in this neat apartment with a gas stove. And, I tried the open pan of oil and a basket method. And, I had reasonable success at deep frying stuff like shrimp chips and making fries. But, the fridge in the apartment wasn't so great....and dropping a pile of frosty frozen fries into a pot of hot oil isn't something one should do often....

And, being a gas stove....is made for quite the fireball. Good thing the place had high ceilings....

So, I decided that I might buy a deep fryer appliance at some point in the future, but it wasn't going to be in that apartment...since things were challenging enough running everything on the single 20 amp circuit that powered the entire 1 bedroom apartment. Would be impossible with the number of computers and home theatre components I have now.....not to mention all the appliances. Like no way would I go with turning off the TV, so I can microwave some popcorn...etc., now.

I forget why...but I think there was this craze of home buying around that time....but I eventually bought a home of my own....while the apartment was WWI era, the house I bought was a WWII build. It was better, but not much. Like only one 15amp kitchen counter plug circuit, which included the dishwasher...for some reason the washing machine, bathroom outlet and the side entrance outside light. That was fun when I got the high power motion activated spot light.... But, I got eventually got a deepfryer, I can't remember if it was from Eaton departure from Medicine Hat, or the demise of Woolworths (one of the locations that Walmart didn't convert).

It was nice, not as messy as open pot of oil and safer when using the second half of a bag of fries. But, it was this big awkward appliance that wasn't used often, and it was a pain filtering the oil and changing filters and replacing the oil. Plus it started getting hard to track down filters and stuff for it. This was before the Internet was what it is like today. I was doing online shopping by this point, but it was through Compuserve.

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02/03/10

  05:52:41 pm, by The Dreamer   , 170 words  
Categories: Home, Appliances

Handy Switch Recall #fail

Link: http://ideavillage.com/detail_1.html

A while back I bought one of these "Handy Switch"s through Publisher's Clearing House. It was great. Decided to get a second one as a possible gift.

But, then I got a letter before Xmas from Publisher's Clearing House....it is being recalled. -- https://www.handyswitchrecall.com/

They have two options....get a cap that goes over the receiver, so in the event of failure it will try to contain the fire damage from it or send the receiver back for exchange.

I opted for the latter.

However what I got back is not a Handy Switch...and the receiver is 3 prong....so it won't work in most places, especially the place that I was using the Handy Switch. Unless I cut the extra prong off....or something.

And, the control unit isn't as nice as the Handy Switch, was was kind of a draw....since I have other remote switch products...the control is also not as pictured...its just the single push button (instead of the pictured on/off rocker)...a small hand held unit.

Guess its back to the quest...

01/09/10

  02:36:06 pm, by The Dreamer   , 704 words  
Categories: Home, Appliances, Healthcare

It was really, really dry in my condo, and then it wasn't....

Link: http://www.amazon.com/o/asin/B001XW1ZMQ/4--20/

I knew it was getting dry in my condo, but apparently I didn't know how dry....since the hydrometers that I own can only go down to 20%. They'll display values less than 20%, but apparently meaningless.

Then I got a geekmail from geeks.com for an Oregon Scientific Multi-Room Climate Monitor (RMR500A) for like 50% off...and it seemed interesting, because it could report humidity at the remote locations (outdoors and the other indoor location). SO, I pulled the trigger and got it. Along with a few extras.

When I finally got around to setting it up and having it report conditions....I was surprised how low it was reporting the humidity in my living room. The main unit is in the living room, the outdoor sensor is current attached to my patio door (though will probably move it when it gets nicer to somewhere not in direct sunlight...I set up during the blizzard that was pounding me)...and the indoor remote sensor is attached to my bed.

Well, it gave the humidity in the bedroom around 20%, which seems to match the reading of the hydrometer in that location as well as the one outside the bedroom. I suspect the bathroom puts humidity into the air at that end....plus I've commented on how using the bathroom causes the air purifier in the bedroom to kick up due to its automatic odor sensor function. (opposite sides of my condo)

Well, the living room humidity was around 8%....and it was dropping. I dug out the personal humidifier that I had gotten from Thinkgeek a while back, emptied a water bottled and refilled it with distilled water and try to introduce some moisture into the room.

And, then started researching what new humidifier I would try this year....on Amazon.com. I knew I had a dentist appointment on January 5th, so I was going to shoot to have Amazon Prime send me the humidifier (and whatever else I felt like, and could afford, that was in my cart already).

I had pulled the trigger on the order on New Year's Eve.....later on Jan 2nd, the humidity was reading 2% &#58;&#33;&#58;

But, that didn't last....

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