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Slip Wrench? Mole Grip? Hard to change a light bulb?
Critic   7/25/2012 10:11:15 AM
I suppose it would be politically correct to simply agree that this is a horrible design, but honestly, it isn't so bad.

The editor should make sure that terms used in these articles are generally understood by readers.  What, exactly, is a "slip wrench?"  This could mean many different tools.  If I can't Google "slip wrench" and receive an unambiguous description of the tool, then it requires further definition.  The right tool probably would have been a pair of channel-lock pliers with rubber-covered jaws, or a strap wrench, such as the type we stupid Americans sometimes use to remove oil filters from car engines, but in this case, a version with rubber-covered strap should be used.

At first, I didn't know what a "Mole grip" is.  I now know that it is what we foolish Americans call "Vise-Grip pliers," or "Locking pliers."  Mole is the name of a manufacturer.

I can understand that bulbs and covers that have been in an oven for years are hard to free.  A little light lubrication, used sparingly and with care to avoid a fire, is helpful. 

Another complaint regarding these "Made by Monkeys" posts is that suggestions for product improvement should be required as part of the article, unless it is obvious how the product could have been improved (by proper assembly, for example, when a manufacturer didn't follow its own assembly instructions).

What are some ideas for better design of the oven light in this case?  It doesn't look like such a bad design to me, but I am not very creative. 

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Re: Drat the lock washer
agriego   7/25/2012 9:18:05 AM
The word "smeg" is used as an expletive in the British sci-fi program "Red Dwarf". Apparently the writers on the program have had to replace the lights in their ovens as well...


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Re: Drat the lock washer
Tim   7/25/2012 8:42:40 AM
Evidently, the designer of this component did not read the Design For Disassembly articles printed on this sight, or the manufacturer decided that a broken component after disassembly was not a big deal as it required the sale of a spare part set to fix the issue.

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Re: Drat the lock washer
gsmith120   7/24/2012 5:48:02 PM
Lol. Some designs just make me laugh because it seems no or very little thought was put into the design.  They make you say "Really?"

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Re: Drat the lock washer
Charles Murray   7/24/2012 5:28:49 PM
I agree, Rob. There should be a Made by Monkeys Hall of Fame and this one should be in the starting lineup. The responsibility comes right back to the designer.

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Drat the lock washer
Rob Spiegel   7/24/2012 2:27:37 PM
Talk about Made by Monkeys. Who on earth would design a lock washer onto a bulb that would need to be replaced over time?

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