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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

Tags: America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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 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.
Comment by Chris on January 29, 2017 at 9:03am

I just gave up trying to repair my microwave oven. It's a Montgomery ward from 1983. The existing capacitor was shorted so I ordered a (used) replacement cap that was even older. Electrolytic capacitors typically only have about a ten year life span. I thought I'd try to fix the oven because it also has a convection oven and doesn't have digital controls.  The capacitor didn't fix it, so I'm looking for a new microwave oven.

I went to Sears a month or so ago to look at microwave ovens.  They cost about $500 on sale. The sales representative recommended purchasing an extended warranty which was about $200. He said the extended warrany was for three years. With that he said someone would service the oven once a year.

I questioned what service was needed. He said they clean it.  I asked why a extended warranty is needed. He said the digital control panels only last about two years.

Extended warranties have to be the biggest rip off the market ever devised.

The product should  have - I'd guess at least a one year manufanufactures warranty.  Has  planned oblescence gotten to the point that a $500 microwave only lasts three years?

Comment by Chris on January 29, 2017 at 8:47am

Mikey on  Life of cerial said "Try it, You'll like it"

Is Mama Cozzii a frozen pizza available in a supermarket?

I haven't seen it, though I haven't looked.

Comment by Randall Smith on January 29, 2017 at 7:55am

Back to pizzas: Why buy a $15 pizza from a chain when you can get an Aldi 16" deluxe (Mama Cozzi 3 cheese, pep., saus., hot peppers, olives, etc.) for $5? And I'm here to tell you, it's delicious--better than Pizza Hut or any of the others. Cut in 10 slices and I can make 5 meals--two slices per fill me up. Remember that old commercial?: "Try it. You'll like it." (Who did it?)

 

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