Electronics and Murphy's Law --- in our household...

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Electronics and Murphy's Law --- in our household...
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Fri, 04-12-2013 - 1:32pm

Things like this always happen in threes around here ... 

First, DH's amplifier for his surround sound system started acting up, and two of teh thrree speaker channesl weren't working. So off to the shop it goes where they can't find anything wrong with it! They brought it back yesterday, hooked it up, and Lo, two of the five channels aren't working! So off to the factory it went... $$$ unknown...

Dh can't get his automatic sprinkler system to work so he now has to water by hand. Call into the sprinkler guy... he gets here when he gets here. $$$ unknown...

Yesterday morning, I went out to the garage to get meat from the upright freezer out there for dinner. Everything was fine, or so I thought, but when I went back out six hours later to get vegetables for that same dinner, the contents of the freezer were suspiciously softened and there was a little puddle of water next to the freezer. I rescued as much meat as I could and put it in the top freezer of the fridge in the garage but there is still a lot in that freezer and this morning, it was still softenening. It's running, there is cold air, but it's not freezing, The service man says probably the complressor --- ~$500 to repair, if we could. A new freezer is on it's way here. AAACK! Lucky, actually in that hey had one on the floor --- ONLY one! A Crosley! Remember those? for $650...

I hope I can salvage SOME of the veggies at least... a little freezer burn, I suppose but the veggies shouldn't spoil...

And here I was celebrating because we got our tax forms from the accountant and we only owed for State School Tax --- refunds from IRS, California and Ohio on the other three forms were applied to the next quarterly payments! YAY! Everything mailed out yesterday so we are free until June when the next quarterly comes due.

And today, we appear to have wiped out the benefit of all those refunds...

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Registered: 04-27-2000

Ugh, Carol, that stinks! I've had a similar week...TGIF, you know??

(After we completed our cross-country move, which included a day's delay for a fuel pump repair in the truck towing our RV, my car came up with a gas tank issue, the RV sprung a leak and then I had a minor dalliance with an ill-placed short pole in a campground, resulting in some necessary body repair, and now we're dealing with CA smog-certification issue paperwork. SO glad it's Friday, it was an expensive week!)

 



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I think I may have met that pole's cousin in Houston once-upon-a-time!

and after 16 years of life in N. Ca, I know those smog rules only too well. But I also remember how bad smog was in L.A. before them so I thnk the price might be worth it there...

the new freezer is here and the meat that I moved before it thawed is in after one hour running.. Three more hours before I can put in more. And then four more, and so on... The appliance dealer said it's a crap shoot as to how long freezer compressors last these days. Considering that we bought that freezer in 2005 (there was meat from half a cow dated then - all in the garbage now!) and the fridge next to it in 1992, that's a terrible life span, especially considering that we only got half the average freezer life of 15 years out of it...

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Registered: 06-16-1998

Welcome to California Donna. Yes, all of the smog stuff is a hassle but I think cleaner air is worth it. We pay so much to live here that we should have clean air to breath!

In what part of the state have you settled? I'm a native, I've spent my entire life minus one year here. The last 31 years in San Diego, before that NorCal. At least you've arrived in the month that may have the best weather of the year, at least in many areas.

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Registered: 06-16-1998

Carol, good luck with the amp and sprinklers. Too bad it takes having the freezer die to clean it out (I can relate LOL), I hope that the new one lasts for its entire predicted life and then some.

My appliance repairman encourages me to keep my old appliances for as long as he can repair them...not just as job security for him but because he says that they don't make 'em like they used to, so many plastic parts that break in a relatively short time. He says my 1992 Kitchen Aid very basic washing machine is constructed better than the high end washers being sold now. 

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Well, the sprinkler guy came just as the freezer was delivered and it was just a loose fuse so that's fixed too!

Yes, it was embarrassing how much of that half-cow we didn't use and we should have pitched it long ago but cleaning out fridges and freezers is one of my least favorite things to do. The in-house one is due for a cleaning too --- maybe this will be a kick in the proverbial pants (which, by the way, I split open in the seat days ago and DH saw it and never told me til yesterday, Walking around with my undies showing through my jeans bottoms!! AAACK!).

Our appliance man said the same thing --- he put part of the "blame" on energy efficiency as well as use of plastic. He said they are now engineering parts with such close tolerances to increase energy efficiency that the slightest temperature stress or friction results in a broken part, and many parts can't come JUST in that part but in modules which cost 10 tmes as much... Case in point, the ice maker-dispenser in our in-house fridge door. This is the fourth time in a little over a year it will probably have to be replaced, all due to a little gear that detached itself from the ice bin... Me, I can live without an in-door icce dispsenser but DH loves it and misses it and finds reaching into the freezer for an ice cube stressful! LOL so we will likely spend ANOTHER $300 to replace the darned thing once again!

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Registered: 06-16-1998

When we were shopping for a new fridge I researched them on Consumer Reports. T he top repair is in-door dispensers so we decided to forgo that convenience to avoid the inconvenience of a broken dispenser and repairs. Four times in one year? That's crazy.

glad that the sprinkler problem was just a fuse, quick and easy.

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WEll, I spokle too soon about the sprinkler. He came back to test teh system the next day and the controller wasn't working again. $850 for a new controller...