Insights for Some of the Best Tools to Purchase

September 14, 2012

Best new tools! What to Buy? Tips for the best new tools out there!

From hatchet to cross-cut saw, multi-tool to hammer, I am going to provide you with 11 products that are a must-have purchase if you want the best for your home and the best for the appliances that you wish to repair this year. Some of these may seem like they are not for you, however, I urge you to take a closer look at what it is that I am writing about. I guarantee that these products will prove useful in some way or fashion and you will not want to miss out on some of these great deals.

Tool Gift Ideas for Men (Under $50)

Black & Decker RRW100 Ratcheting ReadyWrench – If you are on a budget, like most of us, then you are really going to impress the men in your life with some tools that they probably have not thought to actually purchase before. Take a look at the Black & Decker Ratcheting ReadyWrench. This top-notch wrench can handle a variety of tasks and saves a lot of time and space by including 16 standard (SAE) and metric (MM) socket sizes into one wrench and its color coded so that it’s simple to use. This tool is ideal for a quick oil change, building and maintaining furniture around the house, or routine maintenance on any appliance that may need it. Best part? A lifetime warranty is included when you purchase this from most suppliers making this product a simple must-have for all occasions.

Fiskars 7884 X27 36-inch Super Splitting Axe – Next up we have this beautiful piece of equipment made for the manly men of your life. Efficient, sharp and lightweight this axe is ideal for splitting a pile of wood quickly without all the back pain that usually is party to such an activity. The design is ergonomic and lightweight so it works with your natural strength to put more power into the head of the axle, which makes it easier to control which allows for better safety applications as well. However, you might be thinking that a lightweight axe has nothing to offer the burlier men of our age, yet one should not be fooled by this sleek appearance. It’s steel blade is designed to last longer than most and it is being advertised as virtually unbreakable, which every mountain man likes to hear.

I leave you with these first two powerhouse tools, and yes, more will come; that are sure to tickle any fancy and will certainly aid greatly in any home repair. So shop wisely, speak softly and carry a “Fiskars Super Splitting Axe!”

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Whirlpool Cries Foul at Foreign Competitors

September 7, 2012

Whirlpool American manufacturing under attack

Keeping in line with their previous claims, Whirlpool spoke with “The Courier” about the practice of “dumping” and how it is hurting their American sales, which they fear will hurt their overall sales internationally. Whirlpool has a significant presence in America, and therefore competitors like LG and Samsung have stepped up their game in order to beat out Whirlpool’s prices. This is not a new song being sung by Whirlpool, but considering this is the third time they have filed complaints, it seems that there is an extreme sense of urgency regarding their foreign competitors.

Who cares? We all should. Whirlpool is still the largest appliance manufacturer in the world and if “dumping” is truly occurring, it does not simply mean that a big corporation will crumble. It means that you, the consumer, will suffer overall. For those that are not aware, the practice of “dumping” is just about as lovely as it sounds. “Dumping” occurs when foreign competitors will sell products at much lower prices than their competitors, however their prices become unfair because they are selling them from different countries with different labor costs, leaving American manufacturing in the dust.

This needs to be seen in the eye of the “snowball effect.” Simply put, if Whirlpool is truly the victim of “dumping” than the industry, which is an international one, will suffer causing international sales to suffer. This perverse lack of competition is not the proper way to under-cut a competitor, and it leaves much to be desired for the consumer. “Dumping” occurs simply to steal customers, weaken one’s competitor, and then raise prices once that competitor is out of business.

Essentially, we need to become aware of where we are buying our products from. It seems so exhausting and possibly trivial to even care however we are in an age where a continued pattern of actions can have lasting effects in the decades to come, with those lasting effects being ones we don’t exactly enjoy. Stay sharp, folks, and keep educating yourself on these practices and just where you are buying your product from.

Money-Saving Tips for Buying a Clothes Dryer, Pt. II

August 30, 2012

Having the knowledge about what you are buying can make all the difference

Last week we began a series on how to save some money when purchasing a dryer for your home, and essentially, as a consumer, the most important point to take away is that you must be informed. Being informed can mean the difference in hundreds of dollars simply by knowing and understanding exactly what you need for your home and what may be a whimsical addition that will empty your wallet. Last week we discussed understanding the energy costs of a dryer and how important it is to read the energy labels before purchasing.

This week we will focus on some “must-haves” when purchasing a dryer, and what you should look for and expect when making your purchase. First, you will want to find a dryer that has sensors to detect moisture or dryness, or allows you to custom select different settings, such as regular, more dry, or less dry. This may seem trivial but actually proves invaluable in reducing drying time and therefore saving energy use. Saving energy then results in less money you are spending monthly, and our aim is always to reduce spending and bolster savings. Again, mainstream producers like Whirlpool and GE are always strong producers to consider, however it always helps to make the informed decision. Continuing on this, looking for temperature controls can allow for High Quick Dry for some fabrics, and can also allow for Low or Fluff for delicates. Also, a permanent press or press care dryer setting provides a cool-down period at the end of the cycle, which reduces wrinkles considerably, and thus will save you time and energy on ironing. Finally, having a dryer drum light is a must, and yet this does not always seem to be a standard feature on some so we urge you to check for this before purchasing.

Folks, bottom line we are just simply trying to make you more aware of what it is that you are buying. Many times we take buying major home appliances for granted as a mundane process, however that complacency can result in spending money that does not need to be spent. Happy buying and stay informed!

Simple Tips Can Save You Time and Money

August 23, 2012

Simple purchasing tips can have a major impact on your long-term satisfaction

We want to arm you, the consumer, with some helpful hints when purchasing some major appliances. After all, the informed consumer is the best kind and we aim to give a little more insight for you when deciding what new addition to your household you will buy. We will start with some tips for purchasing the best dryers, and how those tips will provide you with a new member of the family for many years to come.

Though you can hang wet clothes to dry indoors or even put them outside on a sunny day, most would agree that a dryer speeds up this process considerably, and a good dryer can add even more, making a dryer a much needed major appliance within the home. So let us begin with some useful tips to help aid the drying process, and allow for your wallets to not feel so light afterwards.

The most important thing to remember, and probably the most forgotten as well, is that the dryer consumes the most electricity in your household and so buying a dryer that saves the most energy is a must, especially if you are on a tight budget. Be aware of the Energy Guide Labels and make an informed decision regarding what will save you the most energy. Be wary! Although the major producers like Whirlpool and Electrolux are always solid brands, don’t assume that they will always serve your best interests. It is important to make an informed decision in this regard because it will have long-lasting effects for you and the ones you love.

So we leave you this first tip until next time because it is probably the most pertinent to the current times and one that can actually narrow down your search considerably. Look for energy saving first, and allow that to be your driving marker in narrowing down your purchase.

“Electro-Fed” Provides Wealth of Information for Consumers

August 10, 2012

New report allows for consumers to stay current and aware of all industrial news

In a world where information is power, The Electro-Federation of Canada has provided consumers with an opportunity to stay aware and current in all things industrial related. We can never have too much information and in a time where the economy is not entirely stable there can be no substitute for staying current and aware in order to protect purchasing integrity.

Electro-Fed has newly added, along with the Canadian Appliance Manufacturers’ Association, a 2012 report that will give indications to consumers on which products and producers to purchase from and where each producer is standing, financially, in order to give the consumer a more detailed picture of the producer they might consider purchasing from. This report includes data on historical unit sales, provincial sales, feature trends, and seasonality charts for seven major appliance categories from major producers. These producers include Whirlpool, Samsung and Electrolux just to name a few.

This report will prove to be a major asset to consumers in the future and it is incredibly impressive to see this open exchange of information occurring so freely. Granted, there may be information that might not be presented in its entirety, however this is much more than consumers are used to getting. Typically, the hunt for detailed information can never be found in one place and can require some serious legwork on the side of the consumer. Now, with this new report by the CAMA, consumers can obtain most information that they are looking for in one location.

This will even the proverbial playing field in the sense that an informed consumer is always better for the the economy in the long run. Essentially, a “trigger-happy” consumer may bolster business in the short-term but there is no substitute for the consistent business an informed consumer can give. Basically, producers and consumers alike should be grateful for Electro-Fed’s release of information to the general public because it will create a unique harmony that others should learn to adopt.

Electro-Fed has given a unique perspective to the general consumer that is not usually seen. Canadian customers should jump on this opportunity and use the information given to them to make more informed purchases in the future.

New Player in Town

August 3, 2012

Out with the old and in with the new

Canada’s home appliance suppliers have a new face to put to the industry association as their former industry association is now shutting down. Everything changes in time, it seems, but is this shift in industry associations a positive thing for the Canadian market or is this new association going simply throwing its weight around because it can?

Last July the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers of Washington, D.C. (AHAM), has set up a Canadian division in Ottawa Ontario. Sounds like great news! However, not everybody is thrilled since this announcement by the AHAM has caused the Canadian Appliance Manufacturers Association (CAMA) to close its doors in Toronto.

What really happened here? This quick collapse of the CAMA seems tragic, but why did it lose so many members so quickly? When one examines this new association it is easy to see that the CAMA simply could not compete with the powerhouse producers that the AHAM brings with it. Members of the AHAM include producers such as Electrolux Canada, Whirlpool Canada LP, and LG Electronics Canada Inc. “CAMA’s closure is a direct result of the Washington, D.C.-based AHAM opening a Canadian branch,” stated the CAMA on its latest website post concerning the closure pointing that, at the very least, they were forced out of “business” due to the newer, bigger AHAM. CAMA began losing members that have had long-standing relationship with them as soon as AHAM announced this new move.

The interesting twist here is that the CAMA has been serving the Canadian market in this capacity since 1995, and while it will remain a presence in other industries, they were essentially pushed out of the way by the AHAM despite a long track record of service. This is hard to believe given their long-standing relationship with many suppliers in the area but the fact remains that they are out of the game and AHAM is the new face of the industry association. Does experience and years of service mean nothing anymore?

This story, along with the questions it implicitly brings with it, calls for further thought. Why was CAMA so quickly depleted of members after AHAM’s announcement? Did the CAMA really not hold a candle to the incoming AHAM? Was there nothing that could have prevented such a closure? We ask these questions not to play favorites but to point out that not everything may always be as it seems, and certain questions beg more thought and pursuit even if there is nothing that can be “changed.” It speaks volumes that a long-standing association has no chance of holding members if a big player, filled with an even bigger roster, rolls into town.

However, what it speaks volumes about we leave to you, the consumer, and ask you to remember that you still hold the ultimate power and that even the biggest of producers still need your business.

Air Conditioner Support Bracket

May 6, 2010

Air conditioner universal support bracket offered by AP Wagner can make sure your window unit is secure. The bracket can support up to 160 pounds. The universal support bracket is built for all weather use and easy indoor installation, eliminating the need to work outside.

AC Universal Support Bracket

Air Conditioner Universal Support Bracket – Sale price: $150.60

Air Conditioner Universal Support Bracket (1-160 pound support)

  • Universal design adapts to any window unit
  • Easy indoor installation eliminates exterior work
  • All necessary hardware included
  • Exclusive precision bubble level assures proper mounting angle
  • Fits wall thickness from 4″ to 11″
  • All weather construction
  • Relieves stress on window
  • No drilling of outside wall or siding

Remove Refrigerator Odor

April 5, 2010

Air FilterRemove refrigerator odor through the use of refrigerator air purifiers or filters. The refrigerator air filter should be placed inside the refrigerator operating on battery power and does not need to be plugged into an outlet. Common odors the air filter removes are from foods link fish, stale milk, and over-ripe fruits. The air filter can also help remove some of the chemicals in pesticides used on produce.

The key benefits of refrigerator air filters:

  • Helps eliminates foul odors from your refrigerator and freezer instead of hiding them
  • Helps control humidity
  • Helps keeps food fresher longer
  • Saves you money by reducing energy consumption
  • Helps remove onion, garlic, fish and other strong odors
  • Helps stop food odors from seeping into beverages
  • Helps prevent odor cross-contamination of foods
  • Keeps refrigerators smelling fresh
  • Makes ice taste better

AP Wagner has an assorted collection of air filters on sale now.

What temperature should a refrigerator be set at?

March 29, 2010

Refrigerators and freezers motors tend to run longer in the summer months to maintain optimum temperature. In some cases they tend to be more warmer inside in the summer months then in the winter months.

Refrigerators should operate between 2.2 and 7.2 degrees Celsius. The optimum temperature your refrigerator should be set at is 4.4 degrees Celsius. Refrigerators set at lower temperatures risk freezing some items, especially those closer to fan. Other then fruits and vegetables which if possible should be placed in crisper pans. Temperatures between 4.4 and 7.2 degrees Celsius give certain foods a higher risk of spoiling.

The freezer temperatures should be between -23.3 to -12.2 degrees Celsius. The optimum temperature your freezer should be set at is between -17.8 and -15 degrees Celsius.

Visit the APWagner.ca Appliance Repair Library for additional information on refrigerator and freezer temperature questions.

Bad smell coming from Amana Refrigerator

March 22, 2010

Question: My 10 year old Amana Refrigerator has the smell of a wet dog, specifically on the exhaust. We pulled it out and confirmed its coming from the back exhaust. We cleaned out the fridge and vacuumed out the coils and the areas I could reach in the back. Everything I have read is pointing to the drain pan having something nasty in it. Unfortunately, the drain pan is inaccessible. Any ideas on how I can get some cleaning solution in it to kill what might be growing in there?

Answer:
You should be able to access your refrigerator’s  drain pan (also referred to as an overflow pan, drip tray, evaporator tray) by removing the front grill plate of your refrigerator and sliding out the pan. Take it to your sink and wash it with a mixture of warm water and bleach and then dry. Before replacing the pan, clean the grille/kickplate plate and clean around the area with a condenser coil cleaning brush or other soft brush. Sometimes this area can attract a lot of pet hair and dirt.

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