Monday, January 25, 2016

How To Fix Your Exploded Microwave In Seven Easy Steps

Last post, microwave exploded. Here is how to fix it in seven easy steps.

  1. Watch this video. I give my wife all the credit for finding it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rc7hdGpJQzs
  2. Go to Lowe's and get a package of fuses. You only need 20A, but you have to buy a package with 1 - 10A, 2 - 15A, and 2-20A. Also pick up what's called a "Tamper Proof Torx Bit". Apparently Panasonic doesn't want you to fix your own appliances. Little do they know. When you finally find these custom Torx bits, you have 5 different sixes to pick from ranging from $3 to $6 dollars. So you look at them, pick the one that looks the right size (Cost $6.00), and check out.
  3. Get home and find that the Torx bit is too big. Return the too big bit to Lowe's and purchase the next two smaller sizes. One doesn't want to run back to Lowe's even though it's only 5 minutes away (used to be 45 minutes one way).
  4. Get home and find those two Torx bits are still too big for the screws. It's not like you can take a screw out and take it with you. Return the two bits to Lowe's. The lady at the return desk is now calling you by name.
  5. Buy the other three sizes in hopes that one will fit. You can always take the other two back. 
  6. You find one that works, remove all the screws, and replace the 20A fuse. 
  7. Put the case back on, plug in the microwave (stand a safe distance away just in case), and shazam, a working microwave. 
What ever is wrong with the electric socket will wait until the contractors are done demolishing and rebuilding the rest of the kitchen.

I feel fishing is in my future, sometime.

12 comments:

  1. Kudos! There are few people today would would fix rather than replace. And you made a new friend.

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    1. If she hadn't found the video, it would have been a new microwave.

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  2. Mark
    What would we do now without Utube---save some money there, all of us on fixed incomes finds ways to save!!!

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  3. Mark
    Well done! A friend of mine makes some serious money refurbishing the dregs from an increasingly "disposable" society. For future consideration, make an impression of the screw head with silly putty or modelling clay.

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    1. Good idea. What's silly putty. Just kidding. Who has Silly Putty or clay handy for such a project unless you have kids? Still kidding.

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  4. Amazing what you have had to go through. Imagine how successful you'll be once you can put all that energy and hard thought into fishing.

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  5. High five to your wife for finding that video, and to you applying that info, Mr. Fix it!

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  6. Well done Mark. Now take a deep breath or two and relax.

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