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A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Thomas Murray yesterday. 5 Replies

I received a gift this morning from a virtual friend, Pamela Smith:A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :" One day an old wise teacher was walking through a village. A very angry and rude young man came up and began insulting him. "You have…Continue

Speak English? YOU FIRST! (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Thomas Murray on Friday. 4 Replies

Honestly, the title to this piece is badly under-representative of the content.  To be far more accurate, what we have here is Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, going on a rant.  Before you say it ... Say WHAAAA?  Betty Bowers ranting? …Continue

Tags: America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

A Prayer for Our Nation (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on Friday. 2 Replies

I'm going to keep this one short and sweet.  Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, has seen what is going on with the current occupant of the Oval Office, and my impression is that she is not at all happy with it.  True to her citizenship,…Continue

Tags: prayer, Donald Trump, Oval Office, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Any Babymetal Fans Here?

Started by Bruce Carroll. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 12. 5 Replies

Any Babymetal fans here besides me? I have to ask because 1) I really like Babymetal and 2) Babymetal unknowingly played a role in my journey out of religion.For those who are unfamiliar with Babymetal, here is a link to one of their most popular…Continue

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If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?

Started by Idaho Spud. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 11. 30 Replies

Today, I heard Seth Andrews talk about the question, "If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?"  My first thought was religion, but after a few seconds I decided it would be irrational or anti-scientific thinking.  That would take…Continue

Tags: anti-scientific, irrational

Ignorance is Bliss: Why Religious People Seem Happier Than the 'Nones'”.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 11. 16 Replies

“Highly Religious Volunteer More, Lie Less, and Claim to Be Happier”~ Houston Chronicle; “Strongly Religious People are Happier than Non-Religious”  ~ Christian Daily."The study determined that 40 percent of highly religious adults—defined as those…Continue

Tags: Nones, happiness, non-religiosity, religiosity, bliss

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Comment by Idaho Spud on January 29, 2017 at 1:26pm

OK, you did replace the rectifier too, so that does sound like a new microwave is needed.  Sounds like you know as much or more than I do about microwaves.

Sorry I don't know which brands are best.  I've not purchased a microwave from Sears, but I've been unhappy with several things purchased from them, a compressor for one.

I usually consult Consumer Reports to find which brands have the least troubles.

Comment by Chris on January 29, 2017 at 1:10pm

My neighbor has a whole house warranty. That also seems like a waste of money. Her 30 gallon gas water heater went out. The contractors that replaced it did a terrible job replacing the chimney. It's not perpendicular (level). The cap is even with the gutter so leaves that collect in the gutter will block the chimney flow. The chimney isn't fastened to the wall well and they didn't seal the joints.

She should have gotten a tankless water heater. It would have saved her on the utility bill and she would have gotten a tax rebate.

I guess people who don't know anything about houses, or house repair a whole house warranty may be worth it. 

Comment by kathy: ky on January 29, 2017 at 1:07pm
I can't tell you what to look for but I bought one at Walmart for less than 69.99. It holds a twelve inch plate easy. I've had it for three years without problems. Although it does seem to take a minute or so longer to warm a cup of coffee than it used to.
If we had any other option than wmart I wouldn't use them on principle.
Comment by Chris on January 29, 2017 at 12:53pm

The replacement capacitor and diode (rectifier) measured good using a multimeter.  The original cap and diode were shorted.

The oven is still blowing fuses. I was hoping that the cap and diode would be all it needed. I haven't checked the magnetron.  A replacement magnetron is $245.  I don't think it's worth going down that path.

Thanks for the consumer reports article about extended warranties and the recomendation about changing the rectifier.

It appears I'm going to have to purchase a new microwave.

The microwaves I saw at Sears had metal stands with plastic feet on the tips of the stand. That looked like a terrible design. If the dinky plastic tips fell off the stand it would short out the magnetron.

I only need a microwave big enough to put a 12" plate in. I'm not going to cook a 15# turkey in it so don't need one of the $600 Sears models that are 30" wide.

Any recomendations about what to look for in a new microwave would be appreciated.

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 29, 2017 at 11:17am

From what I know about microwave ovens, it appears when the capacitor shorts, it takes the rectifier with it, so both have to be replaced.

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 29, 2017 at 11:10am

I repaired my old microwave oven by replacing the capacitor and rectifier.  It's been operating fine now for 6 months.

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 29, 2017 at 11:08am

I think most things could be made to last 50 years, and the warranty should be at least half that.

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 29, 2017 at 11:05am

Consumer Reports recommends not getting an extended warranty for most things because chances are it's money down the drain.  It's a big cash cow for the retailer.  More here:

http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/extended-warranties/buying-guide...

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 29, 2017 at 10:54am

The only thing I get extended warranties on is computers. 

Comment by kathy: ky on January 29, 2017 at 9:41am
Chris rip off is exactly what extended warranties are. As for older appliances my mom gave me an old electric hand mixer forty years ago and it still works like new.
I always turn down extended warranties.
 

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