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Washer (again)

posted May 25, 2018, 5:12 AM by Quoc-Anh Vuong   [ updated May 30, 2018, 4:07 AM ]

It has been years, the washer had not giving us any trouble until last night! The water did not drain and the rinse cycle cannot start. It was late last night, so I did not remove the clothes & water ... will try to fix it again today

Turns out to be the capacitor is broken, the terminal fell off. So, we placed an order on Amazon, for only $8.75 and will be delivered in 2 days using Bảo's prime account.
PMJ270 - Packard Aftermarket Replacement Motor Start Capacitor 270-324 MFD 110 125 Volt

On May 28th, found out that we still have the same issue: water did not drain. So, I jumped the lid switch, and run a load to test. It was the lid switch!

Ordered a new one, and it will arrived on Thursday. 

Ceiling fan

posted May 25, 2018, 5:10 AM by Quoc-Anh Vuong

The ceiling fan in the master bedroom stopped working for several months, and we did not have time to replace until about couple weeks ago.
The new ceiling fan we bought from Costco for $99, and it even has a remote control!

Range heating element

posted Apr 17, 2018, 8:21 AM by Quoc-Anh Vuong

The heating element broke, so I bought this one from eBay for $15 including shipping; and replaced it today! It works. 

The model for this is: Kenmore Frigidaire Stove Element W10823711 W8523698


posted Jul 9, 2016, 1:30 PM by Quoc-Anh Vuong

Honeywell RTH221B
We replaced both thermostats today. The old one is a mercury control temperature switch, and it's not programmable so we put in the one which we can program to turn on/off 4 times a day, and this is to save utility money. It's a basic Honeywell RTH221B.

Washer machine, again!

posted Jun 18, 2016, 12:32 PM by Quoc-Anh Vuong   [ updated Jun 18, 2016, 12:38 PM ]

Washer Machine Lid Switch
It's Saturday afternoon, and the washer machine did not drain! So, after Thuy. & I removed all the wet clothes, using small buckets to empty out all the water, we opened up the machine. We removed the drain hoses & inspected the pump, we found nothing wrong! The hoses are clear, and we even tested the pump. When we about to put everything back, we also notice the lid switch, and turned out attention to it. That's the culprit! The lid switch busted open, and because of that, the SPIN cycle did not get trigger, thus did not turn on the pump.

Oh well, took us about 1/2 hour to put everything back together, and made a "jump" to bypass the lid switch, then the washer machine is back in operation.

Here is the replacement switch.

Whirlpool 3949238 Washer Lid Switch Replacement, we bought it at Speedy Appliance Parts

To remove the Whirlpool Series 80 washer machine:
  1. Remove two plastic end caps, just pop it out with a small flat tip
  2. Remove two Phillip head machine screws
  3. Tilt the control panel up & back, this exposes the two metal spring clips which hold the shell to the back panel
  4. Remove the spring clips by using a big flat tip insert into the spring's J end, and pry outward
  5. Open the lid, hold the underside and lift the cabinet shell up & back

Notes: when putting the shell back, make sure the side edges are under the black metal base.

Halogen Light

posted Apr 4, 2016, 5:32 PM by Quoc-Anh Vuong

We have a desk lamp, which use the halogen light bulb, which was burned awhile ago. Home Depot sells the replacement for about $8, which only last for about several months. A week ago, I found a place which sells 12 bulbs for only $5.99, and here is the bulb specification: JC50/12V/G6.3

Keyed entry lock

posted Mar 22, 2016, 4:20 PM by Quoc-Anh Vuong   [ updated Mar 23, 2016, 4:05 PM ]

The Ballston townhouse, patio door's lock can not latched properly. It's a Definant entry keyed lock, and it looks like this: Brandywine Stainless Steel Entry Knob
FALLS CHURCH, VA 22044 (703)534-9580
  4608  00059  27314    03/23/16  05:05 PM
  050134860018 KEY LOCK <A>          8.97 
                   SUBTOTAL          8.97
                   SALES TAX         0.54
                   TOTAL            $9.51
  XXXXXXXXXXX5019  AMEX              9.51
  AUTH CODE 545372/6592265             TA

4608 59 27314 03/23/2016 1344
   A      1       90        06/21/2016 

Fixed the tub faucet drips

posted Mar 22, 2016, 4:06 PM by Quoc-Anh Vuong   [ updated Mar 22, 2016, 4:09 PM ]

The Ballston townhouse, basement bathroom has a Moen single handle tub/shower faucet, and it has been dripping. Replaced the cartridge and the handle adapter
However, since I need it quickly, so instead of spending only around $8 for the handle adapter, I had to buy the kit, Posi-Temp Handle Kit, which contains the handle as well.
Total cost is $59.83

The cartridge model is MOEN Posi-Temp Pressure Balanced Shower Cartridge. Model # 1222
The handle adapter model is Moen 116653 Posi-Temp Handle Adapter Kit

This is the Home Depot's receipt

FALLS CHURCH, VA 22044 (703)534-9580
  4608  00009  27145    03/22/16  05:55 PM
  026508229781 HANDLE KIT <A>       21.48 
  037155021253 CARTRIDE <A>         34.97 
                   SUBTOTAL         56.45
                   SALES TAX         3.38
                   TOTAL           $59.83
  XXXXXXXXXXX5019  AMEX             59.83
  AUTH CODE 523431/7091224             TA

Washing machine leaks

posted Aug 3, 2015, 7:55 PM by Quoc-Anh Vuong

The old Kenmore series 80, model 11020872990, has been leaking for ... weeks!
Finally today, we clean out the area around the washer and took it apart. Could not find anything wrong, so I jumped the lid switch and run the machine, with the case open to locate the leak.
On the rinse cycle, when it pumps the water out, the leak is in the drain hose.
Order the part online at appliance part pros, cost $18 to have it shipped.

Growing Gấc

posted May 29, 2015, 2:13 PM by Quoc-Anh Vuong   [ updated Jun 1, 2015, 6:20 AM ]

Using a spaghetti sauce glass jar (re-purpose, of course!), I soak the seeds for a whole day. The next day, looked around the house, I found two take-out food foam boxes and some newspapers, so off to work: I fold the newspaper to fit inside the take-out box, then soak with water, and wrap 5 seeds inside. I also fold & place a newspaper under the one with seeds; my reasoning is that using that empty newspaper as a buffer to soak up extra water, and not having any standing water in the box. After some thoughts, I fold & put another layer of newspaper on top, to serve as an indicator for me to know when to add more water. With that extra layer in the bottom, I can keep the middle newspaper layer with seeds moist, and not having the seeds standing in water. With two boxes, I had total of 10 seeds safely inside.
Beginning of May in Virginia, evening temperature can drop to low 50s, so I keep these two boxes inside the house, near the South facing windows. Using a Sharpie, I wrote down the date. Every evening I check the boxes, and if the top newspaper layer is dry to the touch, I add more water, let it soaked in, and then pour out the excess. It turns out that I need to add only a little of water every 3 days.

Two weeks later, I carefully open the middle newspaper layer to examine the seeds, 9 out of 10 seeds have white roots coming out at the tip of seed. What's with the one which did not germinate? I have no clue! So, I went to my garage looking at my stash of to-be-
re-purposed containers, and I found 9 mismatching yogurt containers.
For each yogurt container, I fill half with soil, carefully remove the germinated seeds from the newspaper, and place it in the soil; then fill the container up with soil. The soil level on top of each seed is only about 1/4" - 1/2". The outside temperature is now warmer, between 70 to 85 during the day, and 60s at night; so I put the yogurt containers outside. A week later I see some tiny green bud pushing up through the soil. The sight just brought a smile to my face on the morning I checked before heading off to work.

Couple days later, while bringing out trash & recycle, I notice the foam egg-crate, and thought this may be something I would like to try so I put it in the garage; yes, the to-be-re-purposed stash. The following day, I & Thuỵ fill the egg crate with soil and put in there 12 new seeds. I put the seed's tip down into the soil, and bury it half way. Sprinkle the soil with water, until the soil turn dark wet, I cover the egg-crate lid and again wrote on top the date with a Sharpie. Following my older sister instruction, I also mark the slot which have the three most curvy seeds. "This is important", my sister said, "for these are the female Gấc plants, which you will desperately need two years from now!".

Since I've moved all of my germinated seeds to the yogurt containers, my take-out boxes are now empty. Using exact same method, I redo the one seed which did not germinate, and 6 more new seeds I soaked in water the
 day before in the spaghetti sauce jar. Just want to experiment to see which one will germinated first. Two weeks later, I have my result: the ones in the egg crate won. The seeds in the egg-crate germinated and also have leaves. The ones in the take out boxes only producing white roots. Once I see the green leaves coming out of the seeds, I leave the egg-crate lid open. I check the water each day, and add only few drops for each plant to make the soil darken. I don't want to risk having water collected in the bottom of the foam egg-crate, because I did not punch any hole in the crate for the water to drain.

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