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The Troublesome Toyota Minivan
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8/2/2013  45 comments
The new Toyota minivan came with new dash controls. Unfortunately, they're harder to use than the old ones.
Dishwasher Failed the Toddler Test
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8/1/2013  31 comments
If a toddler can destroy a dishwasher, the appliance was simply not durable enough.
Small Hinge Hampers Maytag
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7/22/2013  45 comments
A poorly designed hinge corroded early, sidelining a Maytag washer/dryer.
Ruinous Remote Sidelines Stair Lift
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7/11/2013  39 comments
A small and poorly designed remote control rendered a stair lift useless.
Dipstick Messes With the Distributor
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7/10/2013  32 comments
With the dipstick out of place, the car was performing in a very odd manner.
The Whirlpool Washer Was Trouble
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7/8/2013  33 comments
When the Whirlpool Calypso washer is working, it's a great machine. But keeping it working is the problem.
Dumb Design Darkens Microwave
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7/5/2013  46 comments
Poor design leaves this microwave dark and smelly.
Leaking Gas Fueled the Car
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7/3/2013  40 comments
When the fuel line started to leak, the leaking fuel kept the car running.
The Microwave Door Refused to Open
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6/27/2013  85 comments
The material to support the microwave's latch was not sufficient. Consequently, the latch failed.
Can’t Get a Good Fix on the Dryer
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6/20/2013  21 comments
If the dryer weren't so poorly designed, it would be easier to fix the design problems.
Don’t Knock the LED Candle Over
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6/19/2013  30 comments
When an artificial product is manufactured to match its real-world version, some qualities should be reviewed and discarded.
Sparks Fly Over Bad Oven Design
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6/14/2013  30 comments
The schematic told the truth about a bad over wiring design.
The Range Had a Shocking Design Flaw
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6/12/2013  52 comments
The brand new range came with a design flaw that delivered a nearly 100 percent chance of failure.
2 Strikes & the Dishwasher’s Not Out
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6/11/2013  16 comments
There are two dumb design mistakes associated with this dishwasher, and yet it still works fine.
ZAP! Another ESD Casualty
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6/5/2013  32 comments
Watch out for the ESD -- it's electrifying.
TEK Scope Fixes Itself
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5/27/2013  14 comments
When your lab is only one scope, one meter, and one homebrew function generator and power supply, the scope is stage center. But this one wasn't working right.
Are the Power Windows Really the Problem?
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5/21/2013  14 comments
The power windows were working as they were supposed to. That was one problem. Operator error was the other.
The Brake Sensor’s Gone Mad
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5/20/2013  28 comments
The brakes work just fine, but the brake sensor light has a life of its own.
The Messed Up RF Generator
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5/15/2013  9 comments
After the Monkeys messed with the RF generator, it was a puzzle to get it right.
The Membrane Keys Messed With the Dishwasher
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5/10/2013  41 comments
Watch out for membrane key cables that won't do their job.
Power Glitch Tunes Out TV
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5/6/2013  59 comments
All of the controls to this TV are in the remote. But the remote stopped working and the company doesn't offer a replacement.
This Phone Upgrade Will Take You Down
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5/2/2013  37 comments
The phone message suggested a software upgrade, but the upgrade took on a life of its own.
A Decent 5mL Pipettor Was a Pipe Dream
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5/1/2013  7 comments
The 1mL pipettors were a hassle to use, but just wait until you see the problems with the 5mL versions.
Quick Fix for Ever-Popping Pole Saw
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4/25/2013  11 comments
Was this saw designed poorly, or was the problem operator error?
DVD Player Controls Frustrate Movie Buff
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4/24/2013  18 comments
The placement of the buttons on this DVD player make no sense at all.
These Jumper Cables Won't Get the Car Started
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4/23/2013  28 comments
The jumper cables just didn't have the substance to get the job done.
Rain Knocks Mower Out of Service
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4/17/2013  32 comments
When you can't get replacement parts, an $8,000 lawn mower becomes nothing more than a lawn ornament.
We Just Can't Get a Handle on This Pan
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4/8/2013  48 comments
The same size handle is being used on all sizes of pans in this Jamie Oliver collection from Tefal. Will the monkey who designed this please step forward?
Printer Wars: See Who Emerged Victorious
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4/5/2013  36 comments
The HP printer came to the end of its useful life because it could not keep up with technology. The Epson machine was just plain greedy with its ink.
Helicopter Had Lift & Pitch, But No Yaw
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4/2/2013  15 comments
A simple soldering problem kept a 13-year-old boy from enjoying the three-channel, radio-controlled helicopter he received for Christmas.
Monkeying Around With the Mazda Saved Some Cash
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3/13/2013  44 comments
An automaker with a known problem commanded a premium price for replacement parts. One owner came up with his own cheap fix.
The Mill Is Peppered With Problems
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3/6/2013  21 comments
The spring in the new peppermill was not strong enough, effectively bringing grinding to a halt.
Rock Always Wins in Lawnmower Battle
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2/27/2013  42 comments
Hitting a rock with your lawnmower shouldn't destroy the mower -- that is, unless it is built by monkeys.
The Saturn’s Failing Plastic Window Parts
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2/21/2013  40 comments
When the plastic part that lifts the window in your Saturn breaks, get plenty of replacement parts. You'll need them.
The Maytag Repairman Is Plenty Busy Now
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1/25/2013  70 comments
Maytag/Whirlpool appliances caused one headache after another for this homeowner.
Burning Your Hands Instead of the Transmission
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1/9/2013  42 comments
An omitted dipstick and a buried filler cap makes checking/replacing the transmission fluid quite a chore.
C Is for Cookie, Not So Much for Counting
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1/3/2013  27 comments
Attention toy companies -- if you are going to create and sell a toy that teaches kids to count -- like Count 'N Crunch Cookie Monster -- you might want it to count higher than the number three!
Buried Fuel Filter Is a Fire Hazard
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1/2/2013  13 comments
The fuel filter in the mobile home was located in the fuel tank. Try changing that without creating a spark.
Error Code Boggled the Boiler
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12/13/2012  23 comments
When the boiler quit working, the error code should have led to a solution, but it did not.
A Lousy Way to Deal With Parts
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12/12/2012  18 comments
Sometimes managing parts can be idiosyncratic, and that's not always a good thing.
Xbox 360 Gets a $5 Fix
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12/10/2012  20 comments
Just before buying a new Xbox 360, one gamer found a fix that cost a mere $5.
RMS Meter Saves Investor Big Bucks
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12/3/2012  22 comments
A black box was purported to generate more energy than what was put into the box. The RMS meter told a different story.
Water Wand Plugged With Rust
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11/19/2012  19 comments
The new water wand was plugged with rust after just a couple days of use.
Servo Woes Fired Up the Machine
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11/5/2012  20 comments
The servo drives kept overheating, and some caught fire, but the driver manufacturer said nothing was wrong.
Snafus With the Speakers
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10/31/2012  38 comments
The owner of this audio equipment manufacturer discovered monkeys in his assembly operation.
The Datsun's Wiring Was a Mess
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10/26/2012  19 comments
The Datsun 1200 was one wiring problem after another.
Disastrous Automotive Soldering Connections
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10/23/2012  23 comments
Car after car had the same running lights problem -- poor soldering joints.
Not So Simple Mirror Replacement
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10/16/2012  34 comments
Replacing the side view mirror on the Nissan Frontier looks easy, until you have to find the cable connector.
Lousy Cables Made by Somebody’s Brother-in-Law
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10/10/2012  20 comments
The motors kept failing due to faulty cables. Who was responsible for them?
The Rust & Squeak of a Brand New Mower
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10/9/2012  18 comments
The mower was brand new, so why did the wheels quickly rust and squeak?
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