• Is there a 'life-expectancy' with microwaves? We've had ours for a long time now and although it's still working fine, I wonder if I?

    Best answer: No. Like all things they may conk out, but the level of improvement has stopped since 900 to 1000w models came out. Early models with painted interiors do go a bit manky, but the stainless steel ones seem to go on forever. The magnetron has a finite life but many manufacturers offer ten years on that, so it is... show more
    Best answer: No. Like all things they may conk out, but the level of improvement has stopped since 900 to 1000w models came out. Early models with painted interiors do go a bit manky, but the stainless steel ones seem to go on forever.

    The magnetron has a finite life but many manufacturers offer ten years on that, so it is probably the least likely thing to go. Suffice to say if it breaks down it is not worth repairing unless it is something simple like the fuse.
    12 answers · 22 hours ago
  • Electrical- GFCI outlet trips when load is on it.?

    We had the garage completely rewired about 2 years ago. At the inlet wire, there is a shut off switch that leads to a GFCI. It seems the GFCI runs to all the outlets except my overhead outlet seems to be independent from it. Now, we never had any issues until just a few days ago. I went to put on an electric... show more
    We had the garage completely rewired about 2 years ago. At the inlet wire, there is a shut off switch that leads to a GFCI. It seems the GFCI runs to all the outlets except my overhead outlet seems to be independent from it. Now, we never had any issues until just a few days ago. I went to put on an electric heater for a short period to warm up the garage a bit. As soon as I plugged it in, the GFCI reset. The weird thing is we have used an electric heater in the garage before on the same outlet without any issues. I unplugged the heater and reset the GFCI, and decided not to try the heater again. I am not sure what caused the reset, but the main issue is that now I can't run any of my power tools without the GFCI tripping as it is upstream from all my outlets except my overhead. The freezer that is plugged into the GFCI does not cause it to trip (thankfully), and it seems like only my power tools. I went around the garage to each outlet with a radio today and tested each outlet, and none tripped it. But, then I took my chop saw to each one, and every time it tripped on all outlets including the GFCI itself, so I'm guessing a higher ampage load is causing a trip for some reason. I am not sure what to look for, or what may be the issue. I intend to pull out each outlet to make sure there is no short at the outlets itself, but is there something else I should be checking for or concerned about? Any other info you can think of would be appreciated as well.
    7 answers · 2 days ago
  • Fridge running & cold but not defrosting?

    It's a very old GE. It quit entirely and the freezer melted. I turned the defrost timer screw around and it started again. Since then it has been running for several days and is cold, but freezer is not defrosting. More timer screwing... got it to defrost and drain some water. Waiting to see if the... show more
    It's a very old GE. It quit entirely and the freezer melted. I turned the defrost timer screw around and it started again. Since then it has been running for several days and is cold, but freezer is not defrosting. More timer screwing... got it to defrost and drain some water. Waiting to see if the compressor starts again. Is this a faulty timer? The timer case is extremely hot. Can I put WD40 on it or would it be unsafe because of how hot it is?
    5 answers · 1 day ago
  • How do I fix kitchen sink drain elbow that comes loose?

    It is a double sink and there is a connection underneath each drain, with a nylon washer. I am able to bunt it on but obviously that is not tight enough in the long run. It is a SS sink and so probably vibrates. Anyway, if it will not tighten does that mean the nylonwasher is bad or what? I have some teflon... show more
    It is a double sink and there is a connection underneath each drain, with a nylon washer. I am able to bunt it on but obviously that is not tight enough in the long run. It is a SS sink and so probably vibrates. Anyway, if it will not tighten does that mean the nylonwasher is bad or what? I have some teflon tape, would wrapping the pipe make a tighter fit? What doe I need for a permanent cure. I know this is a common problem but don't know the cure. It is PVC pipe.
    9 answers · 4 days ago
  • My Electric Kenmore Oven wont shut off. What do i do?

    I was baking when i discovered this, the element kept heating even though i had shut the oven off. I tired turning down the temperature on the oven to maybe decrease the heat but that also didnt work. I ended up having the shut off the breaker to my stove. Is there a fix/solution or am i better off buying a new oven.??
    I was baking when i discovered this, the element kept heating even though i had shut the oven off. I tired turning down the temperature on the oven to maybe decrease the heat but that also didnt work. I ended up having the shut off the breaker to my stove. Is there a fix/solution or am i better off buying a new oven.??
    6 answers · 3 days ago
  • What's the easiest most economical way to find water leak in quarter mile of outside water line, when there's nothing showing above ground.?

    Best answer: nothing showing? not even a soft spot or wet area?

    you could try to turn line off at the far end and then pressurize it from the street with smelly gas or something ...

    otherwise, you dig
    Best answer: nothing showing? not even a soft spot or wet area?

    you could try to turn line off at the far end and then pressurize it from the street with smelly gas or something ...

    otherwise, you dig
    4 answers · 1 day ago
  • Why do i have a horrible smell in my basement?

    I live in a house with a basement garage. When you walk down stairs there is a small area with 2 rooms, the furnace room and storage room and a door that leads out to the garage. Also there is a crawl space in the furnace room. I noticed a couple of months ago that it started to have a smell when you walk down the... show more
    I live in a house with a basement garage. When you walk down stairs there is a small area with 2 rooms, the furnace room and storage room and a door that leads out to the garage. Also there is a crawl space in the furnace room. I noticed a couple of months ago that it started to have a smell when you walk down the stairs and it only smells early morning and late at night. The smell has gotten worse , so we called the gas company to make sure it wasn t a gas leak. The guy said everything looked great but he said he could smell it to. It is a hard smell to explain except when you smell it , it hits you in the back of the throat and makes you gag. What could it be and who would you call to figure out what it is?
    16 answers · 7 days ago
  • Should there be standing water down inside where the street main shutoff is located?

    Best answer: If it's the valve in the street do not attempt to tighten it or otherwise fiddle with it. It's the utility company's valve and it is their problem. They have a leak. Tell 'em.
    Best answer: If it's the valve in the street do not attempt to tighten it or otherwise fiddle with it. It's the utility company's valve and it is their problem. They have a leak. Tell 'em.
    5 answers · 2 days ago
  • 15 amp plug replaced by a 20 amp plug, also re-wiring and circuit box tripping.?

    Best answer: the 20 amp plug issue doesn't cause the breaker to trip -- that's because you've overloaded the circuit.

    yes, green is ground and black is usually hot. the white wire is the [110v] return. if the hot tub is 220v, there should be a second hot lead, usually red.
    Best answer: the 20 amp plug issue doesn't cause the breaker to trip -- that's because you've overloaded the circuit.

    yes, green is ground and black is usually hot. the white wire is the [110v] return. if the hot tub is 220v, there should be a second hot lead, usually red.
    6 answers · 4 days ago
  • Is this normal for a HVAC system to make a clicking sound?

    Best answer: First, do not subscribe to a monthly service club as this is a scam. Secondly, I assume this is a gas furnace with an electronic (spark type) ignitor and this clicking is the continual sparking that goes on for a short time to ignite the gas which is perfectly normal. There are other ways to ignite the gas that... show more
    Best answer: First, do not subscribe to a monthly service club as this is a scam. Secondly, I assume this is a gas furnace with an electronic (spark type) ignitor and this clicking is the continual sparking that goes on for a short time to ignite the gas which is perfectly normal. There are other ways to ignite the gas that do not make the clicking sound so your previous furnace model may not have made the clicking noise. From your description, after the clicking stops the furnace does its job so all is fine.
    4 answers · 3 days ago
  • Neighbor has a leaking pipe. He need a little help here with what to do. Short clip attached of it leaking. Thanks guys.?

    Neighbor has a leaking pipe. He need a little help here with what to do. Short clip attached of it leaking. Thanks guys.?

    Best answer: the right way to make this repair is to resolder the leaking joint. that's easier said than done for people without experience ... joints in existing pipe work tend to be wet inside and that inhibits getting a good, tight solder joint. the good news is it is easily accessible. Given your and your... show more
    Best answer: the right way to make this repair is to resolder the leaking joint. that's easier said than done for people without experience ... joints in existing pipe work tend to be wet inside and that inhibits getting a good, tight solder joint.

    the good news is it is easily accessible. Given your and your nighbor's level of expertise, I suggest calling several plumbers for a bid ... telling them exactly what needs doing and how easy it is to get to.

    you want to avoid the diagnostic fee and show up charge [$75 in my area].
    6 answers · 5 days ago
  • Roof repair creates negative appearance?

    Best answer: Full disclosure. "There was a problem and we fixed it." No serious buyer will be put off by that when shopping the existing house market.

    Don't even think about reusing the shingles. You'll introduce leaks, and they will blow off in a strong wind.
    Best answer: Full disclosure. "There was a problem and we fixed it." No serious buyer will be put off by that when shopping the existing house market.

    Don't even think about reusing the shingles. You'll introduce leaks, and they will blow off in a strong wind.
    4 answers · 3 days ago
  • Best cleaning solution for pressure washer?

    Best answer: apply bleach to the siding with a separate sprayer, let it work 5 minutes and then pressure wash it.
    Best answer: apply bleach to the siding with a separate sprayer, let it work 5 minutes and then pressure wash it.
    5 answers · 5 days ago