Yes, it is. As a matter of fact, the blooper reels for the program are called "Smeg-Ups", as opposed to "F***-Ups". I saw the name of the appliance and immediately thought of Red Dwarf, and the expletive they use.
I haven't had to replave the light in my range yet, and after reading this thread, I am dreading it. It's amazing how little thought is put into making something easier to service. My son had to remove the entire headlight assembly and loosen the grill to replace the headlight bulb.
I have to admit a prejudice in this, because I came to engineering through the back door, ie. the shop, but this is a classic case of an engineer or team of engineers who have never had to build or work with what they design.
Is it possible that there is some means to release the latch-locking tab? I have come across some surplus items that have locking collars with rachet teeth splined to the connector body, and a mating rachet splined to the other side. So they can go on finger tight but need about 90 foot-pounds to unscrew, with much destruction resulting. OR, insert a release pin to disengage the ratchet and it unscres easily. It probably added $25 to the cost of each half, but evidently the intended mission was quite important.
Fifty-six-year-old Pasquale Russo has been doing metalwork for more than 30 years in a tiny southern Italy village. Many craftsmen like him brought with them fabrication skills when they came from the Old World to America.
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