Category: "Appliances"

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10/29/09

  07:04:30 am, by The Dreamer   , 113 words  
Categories: Home, Appliances

Gripe on Mr. Coffee MRX35 Coffee Maker

Sometimes I just have small rants, and they just don't feel like enough to write about on my blog....but it results in long stretches of silence and they often go unsaid.

But, here's a peeve that keeps coming up. The glass pot of my new coffee maker. Unless you pour very, very, very slowly...its going to dribble coffee all over the place (on to the floor).

I have never had trouble with my old Black & Decker coffee maker, I guess the tapering of the top of these new pots is just so that this'll happen.

For a 35th anniversary, too bad they didn't make an old style pot that doesn't dribble coffee.

09/27/09

  10:50:00 pm, by The Dreamer   , 28 words  
Categories: Home, Appliances, Furnishings, Healthcare

Stage 1 of the Bedroom Project

Here's a picture of the little corner where I go to sleep each night is looking like now....

My Bed

Don't know if I'll feel like snapping any other parts....

  06:03:56 pm, by The Dreamer   , 474 words  
Categories: Computer, Home, Appliances, Furnishings, Amateur Radio, Healthcare

The Bedroom Project

This is a project that I've been thinking of tackling for some time. The headboard piece was acquired back in April, and had been sitting in the hallway waiting for the day that I would clear the clutter in my bedroom and set it up. Well, I did that yesterday as Stage 1.

Stage 2 will be to clear the clutter (some existing, some transfered) on the other side of the bedroom now and assemble the new dresser that I received on Friday (ala Amazon Prime). I plan to tackle that tomorrow.

These sketches are not to scale or anything....

Before

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||             |                          |T|                | |U|
||             |                          \-/                +-+U|
W+-------------+                    +---------------------------+|
W                                   |                          X||
P                                   |                           ||
W +-+                               |                           ||
W |A|                               |                           ||
WV|P|                               |                           ||
WV+-+                               |                           ||
WV _                                |                           ||
WV/ \                               +---------------------------+P
W |F|                                                        +--+N
W \_/                                                        |  ||
W                                                            +--+|
|LL                                                              |
|                                                                |
|                                              ++-+              |
|                                              ++-+              |
+--CCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCC-----P--DDDDDDDDDD-+

Legend:

  • AP - Air Purifier
  • C - Closet
  • D - Door
  • F - Floor Fan
  • LL - Floor Lamp
  • N - Network Jack
  • P - Wall Outlet
  • T - Tower Fan
  • U - UPS
  • V - Floor Vent
  • W - Window
  • X - HoZeR

So old Dresser in top left, PowerSource 400 is UUU, so CPAP/Humidifier is in that night stand, clock radio on the other one. AP & F are also on the PowerSource 400. And there is boxes and piles of other stuff left over from when I moved in in the open area. But, had made a lot of progress to clear it during the spring cleaning stage of things....

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09/25/09

  12:42:24 pm, by The Dreamer   , 723 words  
Categories: Home, Appliances

Mr. Coffee MRX35 Coffee Maker, 12-Cup, Programmable

Link: http://www.mrcoffee.com/Product.aspx?pid=122

After many years of great service, my Black & Decker Space Maker Coffee Maker - circa 1990 - finally started to fail....water appear from where it shouldn't be, guess the another seal has reached the end of its useful life. I'm going to miss this coffee maker, they just don't make them like they used to.... :..(

Black & Decker does make new Space Maker Coffee Makers, and I had contemplated getting the latest model. However, its designed for only undercabinet installation. My old Space Maker has never been installed this way, though it something I had considered, along with a Space Maker Toaster Oven....and my first house. Never did figure out the template, guess it was good...since the coffee maker has followed me around the continent and 5 moves.

The special thing that I liked about it was that it had a removable water tank...and it did fit under cabinet (just sitting on the countertop below it).

After a quick search of Coffee Makers available via Amazon Prime, I narrowed my choices down to a few...some realistic and some not, Space Maker was one of the choices. But, ultimately sitting on my countertop was ruled the way I would go, and I (still) wasn't ready to spend a month's salary for a coffee maker. I settled on the MRX35 from Mr. Coffee.

Well, since I decided I couldn't afford to make it OLF this year, but had already requested the time off back in May...I decided to go with a 'staycation' and do some stuff around home (which I haven't made any progress on yet) and shoot some deliveries to my home during the time. Though ignoring that I spent more than OLF on medical expenses recently, I've probably again spent close to OLF on the things I've ordered for delivery during this 'staycation'. Though most of the things were things I would get eventually, just some a bit sooner than planned and others were getting bumped regularly in the budget plan...

Anyhoo, back to the new coffee maker.

Having received it among my UPS deliveries this morning, I promptly set out to set it up and brew my first cup of coffee with it. At first I was going to put it where the old coffee maker had resided. But, since I need access to the top of the machine to pour water into it, I soon concluded that wouldn't work. I looked moving it along the counter top closer to the sink (where I might be able to tip the pot to the opening...or alternative water vessel, since its awkward pouring to my right with the coffee pot)...but the stock cord isn't long enough and I didn't want to use an extension cord (don't have anything of just the right length and not something I want to have to wait to buy....while most of the extension cords I know where to find would be major overkill, I'm sure somewhere in my boxes is a short one that would've worked....an old block heater extension cord :>> )

So, I decided to rearrange my counter a little bit and put the machine out near the edge on the other side of the sink (kind of lose the space behind it, but it was kind of dead space already.)

Now, first I ran some pots to clean the machine...and then I finally brewed my first cup. I had used up the last of my coffee earlier this morning, so it was time to open the first new coffee from Boca Java (arrived yesterday)....I picked the Bom Dia Brazil Coffee. I had the machine on regular, perhaps I'll switch it to strong. Years ago, as a teenager, I had some mighty fine Brazilian coffee, but I've never been able to find anything like it since.

Not sure about the beeper, it is kind of obnoxious....but it could also be useful. The problem would be I wouldn't want it when I'm using the delayed brew feature, but it could be good for the mornings when I forgot to set it up the night before. Or definitely on weekends, when I sometimes get too involved online to get a pot before the 2 hour timer ends. (new machine does have a 4 hour option, but that requires remembering to switch between the various options for the 2 different ways I just want to have coffee.)

:hmm:

07/09/09

  06:44:55 pm, by The Dreamer   , 447 words  
Categories: Home Theatre, Home, Appliances, TiVo HD / Premiere / Elite, Healthcare

Another Fan

Link: http://www.amazon.com/Lasko-52-Oscillating-Pedestal-Fan/dp/B000RMJANY

I got the Lasko 52" Oscillating Pedestal Fan that I had talked about earlier. I was on Amazon.com yesterday, when I discovered that something I had been waiting weeks to hear about was on its way by UPS. And, UPS tracking showed that it would arrive today. Plus I had a Physical Therapy appointment. So, after some thought, I decided to pull the trigger on it.

I paid an extra $3.99 for the 1 day delivery upgrade from Amazon Prime, to make it arrive today.

Nothing really much to say about the fan, except that it looks like it will definitely work much better, than the 42" one, next to my bed. So far it hasn't been uncomfortable enough to resort to using an additional fan to be comfortable with my CPAP setup to use the 42" fan...so in actual use I don't know how either compare.

Assembly was its usual snap, noticed the base is a bit more weighted. Which I guess is necessary due to the pole and increased concentration of mass at the top. The remote looks very much like the Lasko 42", except instead of an ION button, it has a moon (sleep button). Most of the codes are the same, but the sleep button doesn't seem to do anything to the Lasko 42" while the ION button toggles the sleep light, but doesn't actually seem to do anything, on the 52".

The remotes don't affect the Lasko 3540 Floor Fan, which is good since that's the main fan helping to make things comfortable in my bedroom.

Some quirks...well, there's the usual Lasko makes lots of beeping. But, what threw me at first was this fan didn't include batteries for the remote. Also interesting is that 'sleep' mode, sets the timer to 6 hours. And, it can't be changed. The fan also seems to be in a lower mode than low. I would've preferred the whole 7.5 hour maximum countdown if it was going to force a timer setting. Since when I do use timer, that's usually what I set....

So, the Lasko 42" has moved into my livingroom. It is currently up front, hopefully the TiVo remote conflict with Honeywell fan is just a quirk of the Honeywell and things will work. ... even though they both fans uses a subset of the same codes. I'm leaving the Honeywell at the back of the room, mainly because I haven't yet decided where I'm going to move it. I guess if the conflict problem comes true...the Lasko will move to the back...and I'll have to find a new home for the Honeywell sooner than I intend to.

I kind of have an idea of where it could go, but I need to rearrange/dispose of some clutter.

07/05/09

  09:34:14 pm, by The Dreamer   , 69 words  
Categories: Home Theatre, Home, Appliances, TiVo HD / Premiere / Elite

Fan Troubles

Well, I've discovered a problem. The remote codes for my TiVo HD seem to conflict with the Honeywell fan.

And, if it conflicts with that fan it'll probably conflict with other fans....such as the Lasko tower fan that bumped this fan to the livingroom. Wonder if I can find a different fan that will work without conflict with the many IR controlled devices in my Home Theatre setup.

:hmm:

  12:12:00 pm, by The Dreamer   , 562 words  
Categories: Home, Appliances, Healthcare

Doing fan shuffle

I have picked up another fan....using Amazon Prime. Strange how lately after I order an item, Amazon is suddenly out of the item and projecting 1-2 months before they'll have it again. Makes it hard to get another immediately after if I find that I like it (or love it....wouldn't mind having another one or two PowerSource 400's)

Anyways...had a AM doctor appointment last Thursday, so I quickly ordered a few new items using Amazon Prime to arrive later that morning. The main item being Lasko 42" Wind Curve Platinum. I had originally wanted the Lasko 52" Oscillating Pedestal Fan, but it went out of stock by the time I was ready to place the order....with a projected 1-2 months before it'll be in stock again. In retrospect, it might have been more useful for my application.

This morning, I was thinking about the bad nights I had had lately. One was waking up wet from sweat. I had intended to have a second more direct fan for my bedroom, but the Honeywell proved to be too noisy for sleeping use, even on its lowest setting.

So, I set about to find a spot in my bedroom where the Lasko fan would go. Ideally I wanted to rearrange the furniture of my bedroom, but the UPS fiasco of July 3rd...threw a wrench into my plan to maybe take a stab at doing it this long weekend. I may just have to burn some vacation time to get it done. Eventually, I decided the stop next to my bed is currently occupied by floor lamp...which wasn't plugged in (because I needed the outlet for CPAP stuff) and I haven't used. So I moved it into storage.

The fan is a little low standing along side my bed, hence the thinking that the 52" might have worked better. Though I knew I needed tall, so the normal 33" ones would definitely not have worked (I had tower fans in Dublin, OH, but I didn't bring them in move because there were close to worn out...and I ran out of space on moving truck.) A quick test and it seems that it should do the job more than adequately, perhaps too well (perhaps when I rearrange the bedroom it won't be placed so close to the bed).... However, during the testing, I discovered that the fan's remote conflicted and triggered strange behavior in the Honeywell fan.

I had been meaning to have a fan in the living room, and had intended the Honeywell fan to initially take that spot. Except that there was stuff in the spot that I was considering for it. So, today was finally the day to toss clear that spot. The biggest item being the box for my Dell Dimension XPS computer (circa 1993). I decided to toss it. Even though the computer will likely be around for a few more years, I hope that I won't have to move before I get around to replacing it.....

Full story »

05/07/09

  07:39:24 pm, by The Dreamer   , 206 words  
Categories: Home, Appliances, Healthcare

Honeywell HFS641P 16-Inch Remote Control Stand Fan

Link: http://www.amazon.com/Honeywell-HFS641P-16-Inch-Remote-Control/dp/B0001YM06C/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&s=home-garden&qid=1241732334&sr=8-4

I had intended to buy a whole bunch of stuff from Amazon.com and having Prime deliver the stuff on the Tuesday that I was taking as an extra vacation day to sleep off Penguicon (though it wasn't necessary to sleep it off, because I had slept better than I can remember during the con).

But, I forgot all about this plan until it was too late to get free 2nd day shipping on my shopping cart. So, I pared it down to just this fan, because I wanted to have something different than the Lasko fan I had mentioned earlier.

Other than that, there isn't really a whole lot that I feel mentioning about this. The tilt adjust of the fan isn't wide enough to direct the air where I want. And, its annoying in that it defaults to off after loss of power. At least turns on at low and steps up, and it uses a 2 prong plug.

Because of the lack of adjust, it wasn't really suited for where I have the fan now....perhaps I will need to stop procrastinating on rearranging the bedroom. Alternatively, it might make a good fan for the living room...though I also need to do some rearranging in there....

04/22/09

  06:50:09 pm, by The Dreamer   , 534 words  
Categories: Home, Appliances, Healthcare

Lasko 3540 Cyclone 20-Inch Pivoting Floor Fan with Remote Control

Link: http://www.amazon.com/Lasko-3540-Cyclone-20-Inch-Pivoting/dp/B001DNGRYG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=hi&qid=1240443537&sr=8-1

On the weekend, I started finding it uncomfortably warm at night....particularly in the area under the headgear of my CPAP mask. I was resorting to turning the thermostat down.

It isn't that warm and humid yet....could get really expensive if I'm going to need to do this all summer. Temporarily I have inverted the sleep time temperature range on my set-back thermostat. Normally, its not as cool when I'm sleeping. Now its cooler than any other time.

While I was laying there waiting for the A/C to have its effect, the air purifier kicked itself to high and it made a slight improvement in comfort. Years ago when I lived in Medicine Hat, and didn't have air conditioning...I had floor fans (TurboAire) that I pointed at the ceiling to circulate air and make things tolerable. I had given them away a few moves ago....

But, I thought that maybe I should get something like it ASAP. I had been looking previously, but it wasn't a rush then...so I had put it off, because I wanted to find the same brand as I used to have....but it wasn't coming up in my internet searches (partly because I couldn't remember the brand name).....and because I was looking for a fan, rather than an 'air circulator'

However, now that I was in a hurry to get one....I looked to Amazon Prime to have it come my way on a particular day when I was going to be home for other reasons.

It was hard trying to find out if the fan would tilt to the full blow into ceiling orientation (a video review of the Lasko 3540 didn't show it tilting more than a few clicks up) But, after narrowing down the choices that were sold by Amazon.com and in stock, so that I would get it today. I settled on this one.

Part of the reason was the remote control and another part was that it seemed to have only a two-prong plug. And, I crossed my fingers that it would go to the straight up orientation.

Full story »

04/10/09

  07:17:37 pm, by The Dreamer   , 209 words  
Categories: Appliances, Amateur Radio, Healthcare

I got an Ultrasonic Cleaner

On cpaptalk.com, it was mentioned using an ultrasonic cleaner to clean masks. So, that got me looking around for an ultrasonic cleaner.

Since the OP got his off of Australian eBay, I decided to get one from a US eBay seller.

It arrived today. I got a bigger unit than the OP, but it isn't too big. In fact when I picked up the package from the UPS store, it was smaller than I expected.

Though for the mask I have now, it'll probably be way too big. Though I have other masks around, and they might need the extra room.

I did a quick test of the machine and then put my glasses in for a short cycle. It sure was interesting watching what seemed like smoke streaming from the rims, hinge and nose pieces. I probably needed to have it in there longer to really get all the gunk out. But, I think my glasses are the cleanest they've ever been....

It'll be Sunday before I get around to run mask parts through it. Want to allow sufficient time for the parts to air dry afterwards....and Saturday I'm helping with communications for the Cabin Fever bike run. Plus I need to brew up some more distilled water....

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