How to Free Up a Stalled Garbage Disposal

Often, we travel, or otherwise, do not run the kitchen garbage disposal for several days at a time.  Disposals featuring iron along their interiors are particularly prone to seizing up when not run for a period.  When you turn the switch on and all you hear is a low hum, you know that your disposal … Continue reading How to Free Up a Stalled Garbage Disposal



Fixing WiFi Problems on Honeywell RTH9580WF Smart Thermostat

The Honeywell RTH9580WF 1005 Smart WiFi Thermostat offers convenience and programming flexibility along with remote access and control via the  Honeywell Total Connect Comfort  website.  Practically all of its features can be controlled via its full color touchscreen locally, or from the TCC portal. However, sometimes problems arise, particularly with the connection this thermostat must … Continue reading Fixing WiFi Problems on Honeywell RTH9580WF Smart Thermostat



Hard Drive Does Not Spin Up, How to Fix

When a hard disk drive does not spin up (whether it be PATA, SATA, SCSI, IDE, USB, internal, or external), retrieving data from it is almost impossible.  If you experience this situation, and determine that the problem is in the drive itself, then your mission should be to recover any data if you can, and … Continue reading Hard Drive Does Not Spin Up, How to Fix



How to Fix Typical Wireless Wi-Fi Router Problems

With the Wi-Fi wireless router being THE central component in most home computer networks these days, it’s common to hear discussion of common router issues and how to address them.  With so many of us creating wireless networks in our homes, apartments, dorms, et al, it’s likely also, that most of us have experienced some … Continue reading How to Fix Typical Wireless Wi-Fi Router Problems



CBS.COM Videos Fail to Play in Internet Explorer

The Problem Videos and full length episodes on CBS.COM may not play in Internet Explorer 11.  Clicking on the link for a particular episode, instead of creating the Flash screen with the video playing inside of it, you see a message inviting you to install Flash player.  You get this, even though you already have … Continue reading CBS.COM Videos Fail to Play in Internet Explorer



Fixing Squeaky Wooden Glider Rocking Chairs Tips

The glider rocking chair is the Cadillac of rockers, as it features a smooth and quiet, to and fro motion that is far superior to the spring type rocker recliners; that is, when it’s working correctly.  However, as gliders age, and accrue hundreds of hours of pacifying baby, jamming to music, and watching suspenseful high-action television shows where … Continue reading Fixing Squeaky Wooden Glider Rocking Chairs Tips



Fixing Noisy Electric Baseboard Heaters

We’ve dealt with the problem of noisy electric baseboard heaters for a decade now in our second floor bedrooms. Electric baseboard heating systems, whether portable or permanently installed, are terrific for supplementing the primary heating system (the furnace) in the home. However, unless you’ve spent the extra money for a quiet hydronic heater, electric baseboard heaters … Continue reading Fixing Noisy Electric Baseboard Heaters



How To Change A Bathroom Sink Faucet

We recently changed  our  bathroom pedestal sink faucet  due to the last one bursting apart and spraying water all over the place.  We bought a self-contained, two handle replacement.  However, the installation procedure for the one handle varieties is virtually identical to the outline below.  This can be a simple procedure; the hardest part was getting down underneath the sink to loosen and … Continue reading How To Change A Bathroom Sink Faucet



Repairing Electric Kettle Lid for Hamilton Beach 40891

We’ve enjoyed the Hamilton Beach 40891 Cordless Kettle for the past several years.  However, the lid came apart on us today.  As pictured next, the stainless steel base of this lid is metal, while the part of it that you actually grab, is made of an insulating plastic, and secured to the metal base with … Continue reading Repairing Electric Kettle Lid for Hamilton Beach 40891



Switching Power Supply Adapter Failure 12v External Hard Drive

Switching power supplies and adapters of sizes from the very large to the almost infinitesimal, convert mains and auto electricity into the correct voltage, current, and regulation levels necessary for running today’s high tech computing devices; everything from cell phones and tablets, laptop and desktop computers, to just about any device based on IT technology.  … Continue reading Switching Power Supply Adapter Failure 12v External Hard Drive