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10 Tricks from 46 (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Nov 6. 3 Replies

Apparently, Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, has been slumming.  That is to say, she's been talking to Mike Pence [gasp!].  It would seem as though Mike has offered some of his not-so-personal tricks of the trade on how to be a 21st century…Continue

Tags: tricks, Mike Pence, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Grinning Cat Oct 19. 99 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

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A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Plinius Sep 28. 8 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 Donald R Barbera Sep 27. 5 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

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10 Things About Patriotism (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Plinius Sep 26. 2 Replies

It seems as though lately, Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, is evolving into America's Best Patriot.  She has recently been taking some fairly well-aimed shots at a certain Orange Nightmare and his sycophantic hangers-on, regarding the…Continue

Tags: patriotism, Donald Trump, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 29, 2017 at 1:38pm

I have to agree with Kathy, good microwave ovens can be purchased for far less than hundreds of dollars.  The one I got a few years ago from Best Buy was right around $100.  It's large capacity with a rotating plate and high wattage.  It's General Electric brand.

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 29, 2017 at 1:33pm

The one place I'm more unhappy with than Sears, is Walmart.  I've had most appliances and electronics from them go bad way before they should.  I bought a microwave oven from them once, and it went bad in a matter of weeks.  The one they gave me to replace it went bad just as soon, so I took a money refund that time.  I've just about given up buying anything from them.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 29, 2017 at 1:31pm

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.

 

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