Don’t Buy that Appliance until you’ve TRIED to fix the old one

It happened again!

An appliance broke in our house and we were tempted to run over to Amazon and purchase a new one. (it’s always exciting to get a new toy, right?)

But we stopped, took a deep breath and searched to see if we could fix it and not fork out the big dough to purchase another one.

Well, it was the coffee pot – I know not exactly the most expensive appliance in the house – but still it was a nice one.

Turns out, we didn’t even have to purchase a new part!  The type of coffee pot that we had – had the tendency to get the pot top clogged with coffee grind if not cleaned periodically.  We had never had to clean it before, but I had overflowed it recently and must have gotten some grind caught in the top.

So there – when an appliance breaks, don’t forget to stop by for tips and parts to extend the life of your appliances! (even Coffee pots!)


Preventing Appliance Fires

Preventing appliance fires comes down to proper  maintenance. This is especially true for the kitchen, which contains many appliances that could cause a hazard. To limit future problems, there are a few things every homeowner can do:

  • Have an Expert Look at Wiring — Have an electrician or home inspector check your wiring to see whether it can handle your household’s demand. These professionals can also look for faulty appliances and other problems.
  • Check for Recalls — Sometimes avoiding a problem means being proactive. Appliances are often recalled by the Consumer Protection Safety Commission (CPSC) and posted on websites, like and Check these websites now and again to see if your appliance has been recalled. You can also register your new appliances with the manufacturer. If there is a recall, the manufacturer will be obligated to let you know immediately.
  • Be Careful in the Kitchen — Some problems are caused by the misuse of appliances. Keep small children and pets away from hot surfaces, and never leave cooking unattended. Be sure to keep rags, plastic bags and other flammable materials away from the cooking range. Also, unplug small appliances while not in use.
  • Kitchen fires are not only common, but they also make up about half of all household fires in the United States every year. Enlist the help of experts and do your best to keep this area of your home well maintained. Make kitchen safety a priority and keep your home running smoothly.

Sick of a Constantly Troublesome Clothes Dryer?

Clothes Dryers cost money, break down, clothes fade and the lint tray always has to be cleaned out.

An outdoor, Breezecatcher Clothes Dryer doesn’t have these nagging issues and I guarantee your clothes smell wonderfully after drying!

There are 3 basic style of Breezecatcher clothes dryers:

  • Rotary clothesline with Four Arm Top Spin
  • Rotary clothesline with Three Arm Top Spin
  • Umbrella style clotheslines with four arm non-spin

Each dryer is hand crafted to a very high standard using classical materials, absolutely no cheap materials. They are long lasting durable and aesthetically pleasing.

Breezecatcher clothes dryers undergo rigorous quality testing before shipping.

CLICK HERE to view all of the BreezeCatcher variations and enjoy free shipping.

(use Coupon code S5000 when checking out!)

Amatuer Tips for Fixing your Garbage Disposal

If there is any appliance that I consider myself an amateur expert on fixing, it is the kitchen garbage disposer.
Mine gets stuck, stinks up the kitchen and leaks more than anyone else’s – I am sure of it!

Looking for Garbage Disposal parts like Batch feed disposer stopper with magnet? Look no further – can help you find it!

If the disposal runs but backs-up into the sink, a plunger may clear the blocked pipes.

  1. First block the opening to the other sink (if you have a double sink).
  2. If the plunger alone won’t clear the blocked pipe, remove the U-trap under the sink. Make sure that before removing, you place a bucket or pan underneath the U-trap. This part can get messy and stinky.

If you have overworked your garbage disposal, it may cause the motor to stall.

The disposal will automatically turn itself off to keep from frying. Most units have a reset button on the side or the bottom of the unit that will pop out when the system stalls. AFTER you have determined the problem and fixed it, press the reset button.

Commonly, something may be lodged in the blades of the garbage disposal. Before trying to unjam the disposal, unplug the unit. I can’t emphasize enough to unplug the unit. Using a flashlight, take a peek into the disposal before sticking anything in there and never, never stick your hand in there. Use a pair of pliers (needle nose are the best).

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When you free the lodged piece of crap, restore the power and push the reset button again to restart the machine.

If the above doesn’t work, then chances are .. you may need a professional!

Commercial Grade Cleaners for your Appliances and More

Looking for a cleaner that will keep all of your appliances, floors, laundry room and just about everything else sparkling clean and germ free?

If you are not in a commercial business – you may not have heard about Pine-scented ZEP – a multi-purpose cleaner that can get your kitchen and laundry room in tip-top shape, not to mention your floors.

It works great on countertops, floors – and even the stainless steel that is so hard to get shiny.

Pictured to the right is the 3.5 gallon jug that makes 90 gallons – this will last most families a year!

So switch over to a solution that costs less in the long run and cuts through just about anything!

Wolverine Beverage Cooler – Just Sayin’ Great Graduation Gift!

With this Refrigerated Glass Door Cooler by Scoolers you finally have a way to show your school pride with style.

This Scoolers Refrigerator with officially licensed graphics for University of Michigan is the ideal “fun” fridge for any location because of its compact size. This Cooler is a perfect addition to your home, bar, office or dorm – and is a great graduation gift.

So keep your beverages cold, support your team and impress your friends. Professional grade performance and design exceeds industry standards. The adjustable thermostat cools quickly and keeps the contents cold.

This College Refrigerated Glass Door Cooler is environmentally friendly with the refrigeration system using CFC-free R134A refrigerant . The refrigeration system also has Self-contained heated drain pan and condensate evaporation system. This Cooler is energy efficient and extremely quiet.

The Coolers Electronic temperature control allows you to maintain the temperature from 34ºF to 41ºF. The Refrigeration System has an automatic self-defrost cycle.

27 3/4″ tall, 17 7/8″ depth, 17 1/8″ wide
Capacity: 60 12oz. can
Adjustable Thermostat
Runs on standard 110V electric outlet
One year standard warranty
Officially Licensed Item
Four (4) low profile adjustable feet
8′ Power Cord

Get your honey one of the top 5 Amana Microwave’s this Valentines Day

Amana makes some of the best Microwaves on the market and these are the top of the top.

Amana 0.8 Cu. Ft.Digital Microwave

Get The Ultimate In Versatility With The Amana 0.8 Cu. Ft. Digital Microwave (model: amc4080aa). This Microwave Ships Complete With An Under-cabinet Mounting Kit To Mount It Under Your Cabinetry Or Use It Without The Kit As A Normal

Amana 1.4 Cu. Ft. Digital Microwave – Bisque
the Amana 1.4 Cu. Ft. Digital Microwave (model: amc5143aa) Has Many Great Features To Keep Your Family’s Meals On Time. The Warm/hold Mode Keeps The Veggies Warm While The Meat Finishes Cooking.

Amana 2.0 Cu. Ft. Digital Microwave – Black
The Amana 2.0 Cu. Ft. Digital Microwave (model: amana 2.0 Cu. Ft. Digital Microwave) Series Delivers 1,100 Watts Of Power With 2.0 Cu. Ft. Capacity. It Makes Cooking Family-sized Entrees A Flash.

Amana AMC2206BAS 2.0 cu. ft. Countertop Microwave Oven with 1 100 Cooking Watts and
Touchmatic Control System: Stainless Steel
The Amana Amc2206 Series Countertop Microwave Oven Delivers 1,100 Watts Of Power With 2.0 Cu. Ft. Capacity. It Makes Cooking Family-sized Entrees A Flash. With A Kitchen Timer, It Lets You Time What You Have Cooking On The Stove

Microwave Oven with 800 Cooking Watts 10 Power Levels and Under-Cabinet Mounting Kit: Black

With The Amana Amc4080aa Radarange Countertop Microwave Oven, Life In The Kitchen Has Never Been Easier Or More Fun. With Basic Features Like Touchmatic Control System, Ten Power Levels And Under-cabinet Mounting Capability

An Automatic Mop? – the Hardwood Floor Wet/Dry Mop

The Autonomous Hardwood Floor Wet/Dry Mop.
The Autonomous Hardwood Floor Wet/Dry Mop.

Similar to the automatic vacuums that we have all heard about, this robotic wet or dry mop navigates autonomously through a room and methodically cleans unsealed hardwood floors.

The robotic cleaner uses widely available dry electrostatic or premoistened cloths that attach to the bottom of the robot and collect dust, dirt, and hair as the device courses linearly through a room or moves back-and-forth in a traditional mopping motion.

Similar to GPS, the included palm-sized terrestrial satellite sets up on a table or countertop and emits a signal that systematically guides the robotic cleaner through the room until it’s covered the entire space.

The Autonomous Hardwood Floor Wet/Dry Mop comes with The Hammacher Schlemmer Lifetime Guarantee at no additional charge. If this product ever disappoints you, for any reason, you may return it for exchange, credit, or refund.

On-board sensors ensure the device avoids furniture, area rugs, and stairs and its rectangular cleaning head reaches into corners, along baseboards, and under furniture to thoroughly clean hard-to-reach areas.

The device cleans for up to three hours and covers up to 1,000′ sq. as a dry sweeper; two hours and 250′ sq. as a wet mop.

Recharges via AC adapter (included) in 12 hours.

Satellite uses two C batteries (included).

Includes three machine washable cloths.

9 2/3″ D x 8 1/2″ W x 3″ H. (4 lbs.)

Brrrrr… It’s Cold Out There – Grab a few Logs and Start a Fire

But make sure that they are Eco-Friendly and good for our environment!  Enviro-Logs work in ANY wood burning appliance.

Because of the unique differences that Enviro-Log Logs have from the traditional wax-sawdust firelogs, many people like to buy Enviro-Logs rather than other manufactured firelogs.

Being made of 100% recycled materials, Enviro-Log Firelogs are an excellent log solution for people looking for Natural and / or Organic lifestyles.

Together, we can all protect the environment for future generations by reducing our demand on landfills.

Some key findings of OMNI’s testing of Enviro-Log firelogs include:

  • The latest Enviro-Log firelog formula was found to be substantially improved over its original wax box firelog formula in terms of air emissions when following the manufacturer’s recommended lighting instructions.
  • Enviro-Log firelogs were found to have 87 percent less total particulate matter (PM) emissions, on a grams pollutant per hour of stove operation basis, than firewood in an EPA certified non-catalytic woodstove.
  • Enviro-Log firelogs have been tested for safety in fireplaces and wood heaters per portions of American National Standard Institute (ANSI)/ Underwriters Laboratories (UL®), and Underwriters Laboratories of Canada (ULC®) standards.
  • Enviro-Log firelogs have 70-80 percent less total particulate matter, volatile organic compounds, carbon monoxide emissions (on a grams pollutant per event basis) than cordwood (oak or fir) burned in manufactured fireplaces and EPA certified woodstoves.
  • Enviro-Log firelogs produce up to 33 percent less greenhouse gases than typical cordwood (oak or fir).
  • Enviro-Log firelogs produce 87 percent less creosote in a fireplace than oak cordwood (grams per typical fire basis).
  • Enviro-Log firelogs have more than 50 percent energy content per pound and lower moisture content than typical cordwood (oak or fir).

Enviro-Log Firelogs are made from recycled waxed cardboard boxes that are used to transport food. Everything about these boxes is Food Grade. The wax that covers them is the highest grade wax available so that it is safe for fresh food to be packed in them. There are no additional petroleum products or binders in the firelogs.