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naperlou
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Just a bunch of good ole boys
naperlou   7/22/2013 10:53:41 AM
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Jim, considering that you are contributing to this site, it is a little suprising that you are a technophobe.  That aside, I really like the article.  Your approach to dealing with the problem was very good.  I liked the use of the .17 rifle bore brush.  My son has a .17 HMR and he loves it.  Did you write to the manufacturer and tell him what you did?  It might help in future designs.

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Rob Spiegel   7/22/2013 12:07:32 PM
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Naperlou, it will be interesting to see how Jim responds to your technophobe comment. It's my guess there are quite a few MEs who are skeptical about a lot of mechatronics. Certainly we have a lot of contributors who detest control panels on washers, dryers, and diswashers.

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Charles Murray   7/22/2013 6:28:34 PM
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Here we go again with an appliance reliability story. The author seems to have done his homework. I'll be curious to see if the manufacturer responds to this.

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Ann R. Thryft   7/22/2013 8:22:07 PM
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Maybe that's my problem--I shoulda been an ME like my grandpa. Seriously, I hate electronic touchpads/control panels. Give me knobs and switches any day.

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oldjimh   7/22/2013 8:36:43 PM
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Thanks Mr Naperlou for your kind words.

My 'Technophobia" is directed mainly at what i consider  excessive and unnecessary automation. And that's subjective.  We've all seen how today's kids become so quickly computer savvy .  Well,  I wish you could have seen my grandkids' first encounter with the rotary dial telephone i keep  in the living room for nostalgia....

As the guy who has to keep the appliance running i would have much preferred simple squirrel cage motors and a mechanical timer with round knob.   But  it is the lady of the house who interacts with this contraption,  so it's Noblesse Oblige.  Like Sir Walter Raleigh I lay down my coat. 

Good idea - i think i will drop Maytag a line. Probably just email them this link,  with my model number.

 Jim Hardy

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Rob Spiegel   7/22/2013 8:54:30 PM
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That's funny Ann. If the control panels on appliances worked right, you might have a different view.

oldjimh
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oldjimh   7/23/2013 7:20:28 AM
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I'm with you on that  one, Ms  Ann.  What was 'intuitive' to the programmer is usually counter-intuitive to me.   I am mistrustful of machines that presume to think for humans.

Knobs and switches won't argue with you about what it is they're supposed to do..

jim hardy

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OLD_CURMUDGEON   7/23/2013 9:10:13 AM
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oldjimh:  MY advice to you is NOT to waste the energy of all those neat little electrons sending this blog to MAYTAG.  They're part of WHIRLPOOL CORP. now, and there isn't anyone there that gives a rat's pitootie what the customer thinks of their products.  When you've achieved darn near 100% monopoly status, you can dismiss the rantings of the consumer......  Too bad they don't sell the BENDIX washer/wringer appliance anymore...... probably would outlast a whole bunch of us!!!

 

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GTOlover   7/23/2013 10:18:15 AM
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oldjimh,

I like the knobs as well, but when I bought my wife a new washing machine with the touch screen, she loved it! I perferred to keep the old one and fix it, but the cost to replace the main pump made my wife look for a new machine. She found one and alas, I had to relent.

Oh well, at least the dryer is still old school (single knob and start button) and I refuse to change this out (thankfully it is white and will still match the wash machine).

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Constitution_man   7/23/2013 10:39:17 AM
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Whirlpool [i.e. "cesspool"] Corporation has lost my business inasmuch as I can possibly avoid them.  Their dishwasher racks are JUNK, and a replacement set costs about 2/3 of a new machine... the dealer margin on a set of racks is a whopping 30 bucks so even the dealer cannot help much.  The phone bank @ Cesspool corp is heavily armed with script, most of which is aimed at blaming the consumer for not buying their expensive extended warranty.  I have had very good service, even after warranty, on Frigidaire [electrolux].

 As for the author's use of a 17 caliber bore brush... I own a 17m2 rifle, which fires a .17 from a 22 rimfire casing.  Excellent rifle, fitted with a 6 x 32 Bug Buster.  I just may use it to shoot a Whirlpool logo next time I'm at the range.  Given the horrible inconsistencies of zinc plating worldwide, even domestically, it baffles me that a moving component subject to friction in such a wet and warm environment couldn't be made from stainless steel... OH, silly me... SS is only for pretentious styled front panels, NOT for anything functional.

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