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Content posted in January 2012
Fatigued Controllers Render Washer Useless
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1/30/2012  26 comments
After watching the harness break off from the washer controller twice, this owner comes up with a ruggedized fix.
HP Printer Is Baked Back to Life
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1/24/2012  47 comments
The HP printer died. The owner found surprising success with a home-baked solution.
Why Are USB-A Connectors So Frail?
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1/19/2012  57 comments
USBs are the most common PC connectors, yet they are also the most fragile.
Oven Door Is Not Child-Proof
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1/16/2012  33 comments
If the oven locks for cleaning, why doesn't it have a child safety lock?
I/O Drive Stings Boat Owner
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1/10/2012  15 comments
The Stingray boat ran into trouble with its Volvo Penta SX I/O drive.
Time Ticks Backwards on This Clock
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1/6/2012  49 comments
Sometimes an appliance works great, but it just happens to work backwards.
Generator Fries Household Appliances
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1/4/2012  42 comments
Peter thought he was wise to have a generator on hand during a power outage -- that is, until he nearly burned down the house.
PCB Couldn’t Take the Heat
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1/3/2012  22 comments
Sometimes when you fix an appliance, you're fixing problems that began in the design process.




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