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Don’t Knock the LED Candle Over
Made by Monkeys 
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
Made by Monkeys 
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  49 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  26 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
Made by Monkeys 
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
Made by Monkeys 
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
Made by Monkeys 
4/25/2013  10 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
Made by Monkeys 
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
Made by Monkeys 
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
Made by Monkeys 
1/25/2013  70 comments
Maytag/Whirlpool appliances caused one headache after another for this homeowner.
Burning Your Hands Instead of the Transmission
Made by Monkeys 
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
Made by Monkeys 
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
Made by Monkeys 
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?
Hot-Seat Emergency in the Outback
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10/1/2012  37 comments
What were the Outback designers thinking when they placed the emergency button and the seat warmer switch in bumpable positions?
The Expedition’s Difficult Dash
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9/26/2012  21 comments
The 2011 Ford Expedition has a dashboard full of what one driver says are design flaws.
Ethanol Ate My WeedEater
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9/19/2012  68 comments
A simple part on a WeedEater failed, simply because it was not designed to withstand the corrosive effects of ethanol.
Control Panel Not Included in Train Communicator
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9/17/2012  12 comments
The control panel for the train maintenance yard had no way of communicating to the switches and signals.
Fixing This Car's Heater Is Easier Said Than Done
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9/5/2012  63 comments
In order to fix the heater on this 1998 Oldsmobile, the owner had to nearly take the whole car apart.
This Isn't Your Mother's Iron
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8/29/2012  43 comments
New irons are not like your mom's iron, which lasted forever. The new ones break even before the cord needs replacing.
Key Redesign Spells Trouble for Mower
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8/23/2012  30 comments
Seems like the key to turn on a mower should be simple business. Not with this Black and Decker.
Rebuild the Fuel Pump, or It Won’t Work
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8/22/2012  9 comments
In order to get this SUV's fuel pump to work correctly, you have to rebuild it.
Microwave Door Latch Sticks at High Temp
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8/17/2012  33 comments
When the summer heat enters the kitchen, you can't open this microwave.
Shim Fixed the Mower’s Metal-to-Metal Problem
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8/15/2012  14 comments
The mower and mulcher were metal-to-metal. The only solution was a homemade wooden shim.
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