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When Your Icemaker Stops Producing Ice Cubes - Refrigerator Repair with Las Vegas Appliance Masters

Don't you hate it when you're ready for a nice, cold drink and your refrigerator refuses to give you any ice cubes? In this article, we'll be looking at dealing with a refrigerator repair with Las Vegas Appliance Masters to help us get our ice maker working again. Complaints: The icemaker no longer producing ice. Diagnosis: Cutting Grid is not operating properly. There is [...]

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How to Remove An Oil Stain from Concrete

Today I am going to show you how to remove an oil stain from concrete. This is a common problem, especially if you own an older car or, like us, because of having many short term tenant rentals, you're never sure waht kind of car might be parking in your driveway or garage and you always end up with stains after a while. So I compared four different methods. Some worked, some [...]

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When Your Icemaker Stops Producing Ice Cubes - Refrigerator Repair with Las Vegas Appliance Masters
Don't you hate it when you're ready for a nice, cold drink and your refrigerator refuses to give you any ice cubes? In this article, we'll be looking at dealing with a refrigerator repair with Las Vegas Appliance Masters to help us get our ice maker working again. Complaints: The icemaker no longer producing ice. Diagnosis: Cutting Grid is not operating properly. There is a break in the wire of the cutting grid. Therefore the cutting Grid needs to be replaced. Warning – Before beginning any repairs always disconnect the power to the appliance. It is also recommended to test the outlet for proper voltage. Remember to also turn off the water. Tools needed: ¼” Nut driver and ¼” Socket and Ratchet. Removing the Grid Cutter (2313637) To access the cutting grid the first thing you want to do is to remove the two ¼” screws on the cover piece. Then we are just going to go ahead and slide the cover off. Right at the front will be our cutting grid, and as you can see the broken wire. The first thing we are going to do is to go ahead and disconnect the power connector for the grid. The power connector for the grid is two black wires. And we have two screws at the side, so we are going to go ahead and remove the screws. We are now going to disconnect the harness for the temperature sensor. Just to get that out of the way. Then we are just going to go ahead and take the grid out. There is also a harness on the back side, disconnect it and then go ahead and remove the grid. Now we are going to go ahead and remove the classic sleeve, for the old unit and insert it onto the cutting grid of the new grid and that is inserted into the right hand side. Installing the new Grid Cutter (2313637) Slide it into the slut and attach the harness on the back side that needs to be reconnected. Make sure that the wiring runs on the outside of the cutting grid. You don’t want the wire to touch the cutting grid. Then you can go ahead and insert the long screws, that is the one the goes in with the sleeve, put both half way in with your hand first, then use the ratchet to finish screwing in the screws. You don’t want to over tighten the screws because they are going into plastic. Then we are going to go ahead and capture the bin sensor harness and then make sure your wiring stays on the outside of the cutting grid. Then we are going to connect the harness for the cutting grids itself, make sure that it is position off to the side and put the cover back on. Get this started by hand, put screws in half way then tightened. The icemaker was turned off, so go ahead and turn the power back on. At this point the water is filling up, it will just have to run some cold water over the unit to freeze the ice cubes and then it is going to dump it over the cutting grid. The cutting grid should cut the cubes and this should drop into the bottom. So that is going to complete our repair.
How to Remove An Oil Stain from Concrete
Today I am going to show you how to remove an oil stain from concrete. This is a common problem, especially if you own an older car or, like us, because of having many short term tenant rentals, you're never sure waht kind of car might be parking in your driveway or garage and you always end up with stains after a while. So I compared four different methods. Some worked, some didn't. So you are going to want to stay tuned because you are going to save time and money in the process. Let's get started. I tried four different methods. I used kitty litter, TSP, WD-40, and Drylok Etch. So I wanted to see which one would work best at removing the stain - the oil stain or whatever stain it is - in the concrete. I used to kitty litter first. And this is a real basic method. All you do is pour the kitty litter onto the stain and then mash it real good with your body weight. Now, you don't have to wear green shoes like I did, but mash it really good and then you sweep it off the stain and I did not see any change. That's not to say that this method wouldn't work for you, so give it a shot. The second one was using WD-40. All I did here was spray the WD-40 onto a little circular section of the stain, because after all, this is an experiment, and I did not want to try it on the whole section, I sprayed it on, and then I scrubbed it really good with a stiff wire brush. I did this for several minutes and after that, I brushed on some kitty litter to absorb the WD-40 and hopefully the stain.  And I let that sit there for a good 10-15 minutes. In the meantime, I took some straight TSP and I poured that over the adjacent stain like so. And again, I used a stiff wire brush to hopefully scrub out the stain. And this is what it looked like, I put some kitty litter to absorb the stain. So I brushed off the WD-40 and again, nothing. So WD-40 is a bust. Then here is a surprise. I shoveled off the kitty litter that absorbed the TSP, and there there was a noticeable difference. So TSP is a good method to try on an oil stain. The forth method that I used was Drylok Etch. Be safe when you use all these chemicals, wear gloves, safety glasses. And what I did is I scrubbed it with a stiff wire brush and this is what it looked like. So it turned out really awesome with the Drylok Etch. And as a reminder, this is what it looked like before. So Drylok Etch, awesome. There you have it. The kitty litter and the WD-40 didn't work out as well for me as maybe, it might for you. You could give it a shot, especially if you own a cat, which I don't. I went out and bought the kitty litter. That's a whole different story. And most everybody's got WD-40. But the TSP and the Drylok Etch were total winners. And I would say try the TSP first, then go for the Drylok Etch. But there you have it. Those are two solutions that will help you out with removing your oil stain from concrete. I hope this helped you out. Here's some more info from YouTube...
When Your Icemaker Stops Producing Ice Cubes - Refrigerator Repair with Las Vegas Appliance Masters
Don't you hate it when you're ready for a nice, cold drink and your refrigerator refuses to give you any ice cubes? In this article, we'll be looking at dealing with a refrigerator repair with Las Vegas Appliance Masters to help us get our ice maker working again. Complaints: The icemaker no longer producing ice. Diagnosis: Cutting Grid is not operating properly. There is a break in the wire of the cutting grid. Therefore the cutting Grid needs to be replaced. Warning – Before beginning any repairs always disconnect the power to the appliance. It is also recommended to test the outlet for proper voltage. Remember to also turn off the water. Tools needed: ¼” Nut driver and ¼” Socket and Ratchet. Removing the Grid Cutter (2313637) To access the cutting grid the first thing you want to do is to remove the two ¼” screws on the cover piece. Then we are just going to go ahead and slide the cover off. Right at the front will be our cutting grid, and as you can see the broken wire. The first thing we are going to do is to go ahead and disconnect the power connector for the grid. The power connector for the grid is two black wires. And we have two screws at the side, so we are going to go ahead and remove the screws. We are now going to disconnect the harness for the temperature sensor. Just to get that out of the way. Then we are just going to go ahead and take the grid out. There is also a harness on the back side, disconnect it and then go ahead and remove the grid. Now we are going to go ahead and remove the classic sleeve, for the old unit and insert it onto the cutting grid of the new grid and that is inserted into the right hand side. Installing the new Grid Cutter (2313637) Slide it into the slut and attach the harness on the back side that needs to be reconnected. Make sure that the wiring runs on the outside of the cutting grid. You don’t want the wire to touch the cutting grid. Then you can go ahead and insert the long screws, that is the one the goes in with the sleeve, put both half way in with your hand first, then use the ratchet to finish screwing in the screws. You don’t want to over tighten the screws because they are going into plastic. Then we are going to go ahead and capture the bin sensor harness and then make sure your wiring stays on the outside of the cutting grid. Then we are going to connect the harness for the cutting grids itself, make sure that it is position off to the side and put the cover back on. Get this started by hand, put screws in half way then tightened. The icemaker was turned off, so go ahead and turn the power back on. At this point the water is filling up, it will just have to run some cold water over the unit to freeze the ice cubes and then it is going to dump it over the cutting grid. The cutting grid should cut the cubes and this should drop into the bottom. So that is going to complete our repair.
How to Remove An Oil Stain from Concrete
Today I am going to show you how to remove an oil stain from concrete. This is a common problem, especially if you own an older car or, like us, because of having many short term tenant rentals, you're never sure waht kind of car might be parking in your driveway or garage and you always end up with stains after a while. So I compared four different methods. Some worked, some didn't. So you are going to want to stay tuned because you are going to save time and money in the process. Let's get started. I tried four different methods. I used kitty litter, TSP, WD-40, and Drylok Etch. So I wanted to see which one would work best at removing the stain - the oil stain or whatever stain it is - in the concrete. I used to kitty litter first. And this is a real basic method. All you do is pour the kitty litter onto the stain and then mash it real good with your body weight. Now, you don't have to wear green shoes like I did, but mash it really good and then you sweep it off the stain and I did not see any change. That's not to say that this method wouldn't work for you, so give it a shot. The second one was using WD-40. All I did here was spray the WD-40 onto a little circular section of the stain, because after all, this is an experiment, and I did not want to try it on the whole section, I sprayed it on, and then I scrubbed it really good with a stiff wire brush. I did this for several minutes and after that, I brushed on some kitty litter to absorb the WD-40 and hopefully the stain.  And I let that sit there for a good 10-15 minutes. In the meantime, I took some straight TSP and I poured that over the adjacent stain like so. And again, I used a stiff wire brush to hopefully scrub out the stain. And this is what it looked like, I put some kitty litter to absorb the stain. So I brushed off the WD-40 and again, nothing. So WD-40 is a bust. Then here is a surprise. I shoveled off the kitty litter that absorbed the TSP, and there there was a noticeable difference. So TSP is a good method to try on an oil stain. The forth method that I used was Drylok Etch. Be safe when you use all these chemicals, wear gloves, safety glasses. And what I did is I scrubbed it with a stiff wire brush and this is what it looked like. So it turned out really awesome with the Drylok Etch. And as a reminder, this is what it looked like before. So Drylok Etch, awesome. There you have it. The kitty litter and the WD-40 didn't work out as well for me as maybe, it might for you. You could give it a shot, especially if you own a cat, which I don't. I went out and bought the kitty litter. That's a whole different story. And most everybody's got WD-40. But the TSP and the Drylok Etch were total winners. And I would say try the TSP first, then go for the Drylok Etch. But there you have it. Those are two solutions that will help you out with removing your oil stain from concrete. I hope this helped you out. Here's some more info from YouTube...