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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.

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.

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

Ideas for your next kitchen renovation

October 19, 2009

If you are looking for some inspiration for your next kitchen renovation or remodel, here are a few helpful articles.

Consider your lifestyle, more might be less

If you have a small kitchen, considering reclaiming some space by putting appliances underneath counters.  This article from Canada.com, “Size matters in the kitchen” talks about some options for those looking to conserve or work in a small space.

Drawer appliances, Asian influences, and recycled products

The SeattleTimes.com has a good article looking at the latest trends in kitchen design to inspire you. According to the article, “9 hot trends to make your kitchen sizzle, “says that some of the top trends are drawer appliances (refrigerators, dishwasher and yes, even microwave ovens), using materials made from recycled products, and Asian-inspired designs.

The overlooked kitchen range vent hood

The NationalPost.com, has an excellent article on range vent hoods, why they matter, how they should be set up by Mike Holmes. The article, “Can your kitchen fan take the heat?” says that it is important that you have a properly working and vented range hood.

“Never exhaust into the attic or soffits or crawl space. I’ve come across situations where the kitchen fans vent into the attic; this is a really bad idea. First – the last thing you want to do is allow hot, moist air up into your attic space, especially in winter. It will lead to ice dams, mould, rot – and a world of trouble caused by condensation. “

For more tips, read the rest of the article here: http://www.nationalpost.com/homes/story.html?id=2111343.

GE Refrigerator icemaker produces ice, but no water

September 15, 2009

Question: My GE Refrigerator, model number gss25wgph, produces ice, but no water is coming out. I use to hear the switch engaging, but now – nothing. Could this be a switch problem, and is it hard to change?

Answer: The first and easiest thing to check is your refrigerator water filter. If you can’t remember the last time you changed your water filter, chances are, it needs to be replaced.

Water filters can become blocked over time. To test this, simply remove the water filter and see if you get water. Sometimes it is necessary to pull the filter out of the feed line to see if water is flowing from the exit of the filter into the refrigerator or freezer. You can do this over a bucket to catch any dripping water. Some models have a filter bypass plug to help determine if the filter is clogged. If so, you would remove the filter and replace it with the filter bypass plug. Now test your water flow.

It is possible the switch is bad. To access the switch, remove the dispenser panel by prying it off from the bottom. Inside that housing is the switch which you can test with an Ohm meter to see if it’s bad. These switches usually don’t go bad very often however.

The most common thing that will cause this is that the line inside the door is frozen. To check this, remove the coupling at the bottom under the door then attempt to dispense water if water comes through the line the line is frozen inside the door. To fix this, reconnect the line then open the door and press the door-switch and then press the lever to dispense water repeatedly until water comes.

GE makes a heater that will prevent the water filter line in your refrigerator from freezing (part number is WR49X10173.) You can purchase this GE Refrigerator Water Dispenser Heater part from APwagner.ca, since they offer shipping to Canada.

Also if when you attempt to get water the entire refrigerator seems to cut off (fans, compressor and all) and the lights dim the main board is bad.

Purchase more GE Refrigerator Parts that offer shipping to Canada.

Refrigerator Icemaker Repair Tips.

Important appliance upgrades for your home

September 3, 2009

Homeowners are often unaware that a few simple and cheap upgrades to your appliances could save you thousands of dollars down the road.

One recommended upgrade is to replace rubber washing machine fill hoses more secure braided stainless steel washer hoses. Over time old rubber washing machine hoses can split open and easily flood your home.

Some stainless steel hoses even come with leak detection / shut-off assembly. How it work is that a spring holds a plunger open allowing the inner hose to carry water. If an inner hose ever should leak, water fills the outer hose where a sponge in the hose end (connected to the water line) absorbs water, pulling a plunger down to stop water flow and show red in the indicator window. The outer hose is sealed and won’t leak. Any remaining water pressure won’t re-open the hose, but will help keep the hose closed.

If you have a clothes dryer, replace plastic or foil, accordion-type ducting with safer rigid or corrugated semi-rigid metal duct work. Over time, foil covered flexible clothes dryer hoses gets smashed-in, causing pockets were dryer lint can build up, posing a fire hazard. Although no statistics could be found for Canada, there are about 12,700 clothes-dryer related fires each year in the U.S.

In addition to being safer, clean ducts also improve the efficiency of your dryer and shorten the time it takes to dry your laundry.

Break the bottle habit and consider installing an in-door  ice and water dispenser to your refrigerator. refrigerator water filters. Stop lugging home heavy bottles of water that, when empty, often spend decades taking up space in some landfill. Instead enjoy fresh clean filtered water. Other options include adding a water filter to your faucet, whole-house or buying a pitcher water filter.

A few appliance care and cleaning tips

If you own a high-efficiency washer, chance are you noticed that it sometimes smells. A washer cleaning tablet will eliminate the smell from your HE washer. Affresh™ Washer Cleaner has been specially formulated to remove and prevent the build-up of odor causing residues in all brands of HE Washers. Affresh is also easy to use, place one tablet in the empty wash basket and run a normal cycle or a clean cycle.

Remove scratches from stainless steel appliances with a product like Scratch-B-Gone. It also helps to restore the original finish of stained, heat-scorched or rusted stainless steel surfaces like those on stove tops and grills.

If you have an enamel range, touch up nicks and chips with appliance touch-up paint.