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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.

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.

Should I buy a top loader or front loading washing machine?

February 5, 2010

Saw this on CTV News last night, “Top or Side? Should you go with a top or side-loading washing machine?” You can watch the video online, of course, but to summarize:

Top- loading washing machines are cheaper to purchase, but front-loading washing machines will save you money throughout the lifespan of the appliance because it uses less water and removes more water from your laundry during the finally spin cycle. Less water means shorter dryer times equals greater savings.

Consumer Reports, the agency that tested over 71 types of washing machines, estimates that decreased drying times will save the average household $130 a year.

Watch the video to see which brands and types of clothes washer were considered a “best buy”.

Front-loading washing machines sometimes have a foul smell associated with using them. This can be caused by mold growing in the gasket or seal of the machine. Wiping your gasket down monthly and leaving the door ajar after each load will help prevent this. If you still have problems, try a HE Washing Machine Cleaner like Affresh™ Washer Cleaner or WasherFresh to get rid of smelly washing machine odors.

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Ontario introduces time-of-use pricing

January 15, 2010

Be careful what time  you run that dishwasher or turn on your washing machine, it could be costing you more money. Thanks to time-of-use pricing, now being expanded to all of  Ontario as of  January 8, 2010, it will cost hydro power consumers more money to run their appliances during peak power usage times.

Residential electricity consumers are charged a premium when they consume power during weekday peak periods – from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the winter months.

Toronto Hydro Customers have been on the time-of-usage plan since the end of 2009.

WEEKDAY PRICING:

SUMMER (May 1 to Oct. 31)

  • Off-peak / 9. p.m. to 7 a.m.
  • Mid-peak / 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. / 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • On-peak / 11 a.m to 5 p.m.

WINTER (Nov. 1 to April 30)

  • Off-peak / 9 p.m. to 7 a.m.
  • Mid-peak / 11 a.m to 5 p.m.
  • On-peak / 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. / 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

WEEKENDS AND STATUTORY HOLIDAYS: all hours are off peak

APPLIANCE / Off-peak 4.4¢ per kWh / Mid-peak, 8¢ per kWh / On-peak. 9.3¢ per kWh

To view estimated costs and savings, Visit

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/in-ontario-electricity-pricing-is-a-matter-of-timing/article1423424/

LG Dehumidifiers recalled due to fire and burn hazards

December 31, 2009

Consumers should immediately shop using the following recalled Goldstar and Comfort-Aire 30-pint portable dehumidifiers due to a fire and burn risk involving a malfunction in the unit’s compressor.

The recall involves 30 pint portable dehumidifiers sold under the brand names Goldstar and Comfort-Aire.

The recall involves 30 pint portable dehumidifiers sold under the brand names Goldstar and Comfort-Aire.

Manufactured by LG Electronics Tianjin Appliance Co., of China, the company has received 11 reports of property damage incidents allegedly  involving the dehumidifiers including  arcing, heat, smoke, including four fires that spread to the building structure and involved significant smoke/water damage. No injuries have been reported.

The dehumidifiers are white with a red shut-off button, controls for fan speed and humidity control and a front-loading water bucket. “Goldstar” or “Comfort-Aire” is printed on the front. The model and serial numbers are printed on the interior of the dehumidifiers and can be viewed after the water bucket is removed.

Check the chart below to see if your dehumidifier is being recalled:

Brand Model No. Serial Number Range Sold at
Goldstar GHD30Y7 611TAxx00001~08400

611TAxx08401~40600

612TAxx00001~20400

612TAxx21001~30600

Home Depot
Goldstar DH305Y7 612TAxx00001~00600

701TAxx00001~16800

702TAxx00001~03000

Wal-Mart
Comfort-Aire BHD-301-C 611TAxx00001~01697

612TAxx00001~04200

701TAxx00001~00578

710TAxx00001~00599

Heat Controller Inc.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled dehumidifier, and contact LG to determine if it is included in the recall and return it to an authorized LG service center for a free repair.

For additional information, contact LG toll-free at (877) 220-0479 between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. CT Monday through Friday and between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. CT on Saturday for the location of an authorized LG service center for the repair, or visit the firm’s Web site at www.30pintdehumidifierrecall.com

The dehumidifiers were sold across Canada and the U.S. from January 2007 through June 2008  at Home Depot, Walmart, and Heat Controller Inc. for between $140 and $150.

Ontario Power Authority will haul away your old refrigerator for free

December 30, 2009

Book your appointment with the Ontario Power Authority to have your old refrigerator hauled away for free. Go to

Book your appointment to have your old refrigerator hauled away today.

Book your appointment to have your old refrigerator hauled away today.

http://everykilowattcounts.ca/residential/fridge/ to see if you qualify for this free service. The OPA will make sure your refrigerator is recycled in an environmentally-responsible way and very little will be sent to a landfill waste.

According to the OPA website, you can save $120 – $150 a year off of your electric bill when you switch to a new ENERGY STAR® refrigerator.

Some additional energy efficiency tips you can follow:

  • Don’t overfill the refrigerator – this blocks air circulation.
  • A full freezer will perform better than an empty one.
  • Clean your refrigerator’s coils (in the back) and air intake grill (below the doors) every 3 months.
  • Allow hot foods to cool before putting them in the refrigerator.
  • Keep refrigerators and freezers out of direct sunlight, and allow at least 5 cm all around the unit.

You can also have that old air conditioner or dehumidifier hauled away and recycled as well.

  • Window air conditioners and dehumidifiers must be:
  • in working condition
  • 10 years of age or older
  • window air conditioners must be removed from the window prior to pick up and placed near a power source.

For more help, visit http://everykilowattcounts.ca/index.php

Liquidation sale of W.C. Wood Refrigerator and Freezers inside the Guelph, Ontario factory

December 18, 2009

It doesn’t sound like the W.C. Wood factory in Guelph, Ontario, will be coming back, despite the company being purchased by the Whirlpool Corporation.

Efforts are right now underway to liquidate all the remaining items at the factory at 5 Arthur St. including fully assembled freezers and refrigerators.  In addition to the appliances all equipment inside the plant will be sold.

The sale is scheduled to last for six weeks and is open to the public.

For more information see:

Former W.C. Wood’s workers hired for liquidation sale

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W.C. Wood Refrigerator Parts

W.C. Wood Freezer Parts

W.C. Wood Dehumidifier Parts