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$600 for a 50-Cent Fix
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10/14/2013  30 comments
Made by Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
Where Rubber (& Oil) Meet the Road
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10/9/2013  38 comments
Made By Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
Cold Shoulder Leaves Engineer Hot
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10/3/2013  33 comments
After getting presented with every possible solution, the company decided to reject them all.
Don’t Talk About the Temperature Gap
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9/30/2013  18 comments
If there is a gap in the temperature gauge, you'd better not talk about it.
The Copper Eats the Aluminum
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9/24/2013  20 comments
The light socket -- constructed with copper and aluminum -- was bound to fail.
New Dishwasher Can’t Beat the Old One
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9/18/2013  22 comments
The fancy new dishwasher was no match for the decades-old model.
Stun Gun Ad Sells False Sizzle
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9/17/2013  51 comments
The claims about a two-million-volt stun gun defied the laws of physics.
Cable Box Caused Confusion
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9/16/2013  18 comments
The new cable box came with a whole mess of problems.
The Day the Ice Dispenser Died
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9/10/2013  17 comments
The ice dispenser support broke before the parts it was holding wore out.
Taking Down the Tent Was Trouble
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9/4/2013  47 comments
Pitching the tent was a breeze, but putting it back in the case it came in was a nightmare.
Self-Timing Clock Makes Up Its Own Time
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9/3/2013  33 comments
The clock that was supposed to set its own time didn't know what year it was.
Mixed Metals Cause Faucet Failure
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8/28/2013  19 comments
Combining different metals in the presence of water can cause damaging corrosion.
This Dishwasher Isn't Waterproof
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8/26/2013  22 comments
The control panel of the dishwasher is on top of the door. Once it gets wet, it's bound to fail.
Sprinkler Spigot Stops Short
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8/22/2013  19 comments
The four-spigot timed sprinkler system was too big to attach to the water outlet.
The Blower Was a Boggled Design
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8/20/2013  18 comments
Replacing the heater blower was an exercise in frustration and skinned knuckles.
Toyota’s Catastrophe of Cool Features
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8/9/2013  27 comments
The Toyota had some cool features, but they were ultimately a disaster.
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  33 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.
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