Archive for the ‘At Home’ Category

As the Worm (gear) Turns

Lest you think this blog is all about wines, I have another kitchen repair story to tell: 3 years and countless baked goods ago, I got a KitchenAid Pro 600 stand mixer. I’ve used it to mix up countless pastries, and at least once a week it is used to combine and knead ingredients for […]


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The (Wood Stove) Sting

Remember the movie “The Sting“? Paul Newman and Robert Redford play con men and conspire to swindle money from a mob boss played by Robert Shaw. Great movie! The movie was arranged as a series of “acts” – The Players, The Setup, etc. with each “act” designed to build up Robert Shaw’s confidence before Newman […]


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Stove: Rebooted

After 3 part dealers, I finally received the electronic module that I needed to make the stove work. If you ever need an appliance part, here’s a shameless plug for RepairClinic. The first 2 dealers claimed to have the module in stock only to bail after I ordered it. One didn’t even bother to tell […]


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Stove Debugging

My Maytag gas range went out the other day. After switching from 425 to high broil, there was this loud “snap” and the oven LED display went nearly blank. All that displayed was a lone LED segment and the indicator light for the clock. There was a faint whiff of ozone in the air. Thankfully […]


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Learning from Ice

Just before Christmas in 2007, after a cold November and December built up snow and ice on our roof the weather turned unexpectedly warm and rained. This caused the massive ice jam on the east edge of the roof to come loose and fall 3 stories into the driveway below where, unfortunately, our cars were […]


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