Nutribullet NB101B was non-functional. A cleaning of the actuator switches fixed it. Three drainage holes were unclogged. Now it works.
A friend gave me his Nutribullet NB101-B, a small blender used for smoothies. The blender was non-functional but intact. He said that the blender was well used, but started acting intermittently, after which it stopped working. There are many youtube vids on cleaning the blender, and the cleaning did fix the problem. There are, of course, extra details that I discovered.
Seam Grip Sealer and Adhesive, McNett, instructions are not good but it does eventually seal.
I bought this from a local MEC store (new packaging, same product name) here in Toronto for a seam repair on two Goretex jackets, where the seam tape’s adhesive had failed and the seam tape was hanging loose. After reading the instructions it was clear that they were not very good.
Delta Miter Saw 36-070c Blade Guard Repair. Photo by Don Tai
I bought this Delta Miter Saw model 36-070c part no. 899880 (0012) used at Goodwill for a pittance, not expecting much, but it has been going strong for the last 5 years. A couple of days ago the blade guard did not retract when the saw goes down to cut. I had to manually move the blade guard up to make a cut, which was annoying. The repair required some accurate and slow drilling with my tiniest drill bit, and 3 tiny screws. Now the blade guard goes up and out of the way when the saw goes down to make the cut.
Delonghi Convection Oven EO1270 is stainless steel and looks really nice. Too bad it is not repairable. Photo by Don Tai
This Delonghi Convection Oven, EO1270, made in China under the name “德龙“， came to me in near pristine condition. It looked like it was used only a couple of times. Yet when I plugged it in it would not work. I decided to take it apart and see if I could repair it. It was pretty evident that this oven was not designed to be repaired. In the end I found a flaky on-off switch, which could have been replaced, but to get to the electronics I’d have to drill out a couple of rivets. This repair would not have been worthwhile.
This is an LG G3 smartphone with the back and bezel removed. The LG D-852 has some differences. Note the brown flexible flat cable at the top (yellow arrow). The LG D-852 has a rectangular and square one. Remove and reinstall both.
My LG D-852 suddenly developed screen problems, which included fading to black from the edges, then black horizontal lines, and finally just all black. It seemed odd that only today this would happen.
I found this post and decided to investigate. I took the phone apart, unplugged and reinstalled two connectors, which fixed the screen problems. It took 3 minutes, a very small screwdriver, and no additional cost.
Aika ML100a electronic pressure cooker, 爱家, broken after only 1.5 years. Made in China
I have seen a couple of these Chinese made Aika ML100a electric pressure cookers on the side of the road, discarded. They have obviously malfunctioned in someway and are now garbage. I decided to pick one up and rip it apart.
This Aika pressure cooker was probably a response to the popular “Instant Pot”. The Chinese is 爱家, aijia, “love family”. The name Aika is also not Japanese.
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Bostitch btfp02011 Pancake air compressor, 150psi,6 gallons
Picked up I did, a Bostitch BTFP02011 Pancake Air Compressor. It needed some work, but seems to be intact. As I have no compressor or air tools experience I needed to learn form the ground up. Here’s the start of my air tools journey. This compressor looks robust and made of metal. It has the capacity of 150psi. The canister is 6 gallons.
The user manual is easily found, and actually quite short. I do read all manuals, especially tools. It was a short read.
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Bostitch BTFP02011 Pancake Air Compressor: Resources
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A friend has this Thinkpad/Lenovo keyboard for a long time, but the right mouse button was becoming erratic. We decided to disassemble and clean it and try to fix the right mouse button. on the back of the keyboard, CEM-2015-05-29 Rev W02 Fru PIN 03X8715
ThinkPad Wired USB Keyboard with TrackPoint, 0B47190. Front of keyboard. Photo 1 by Don Tai
Prying the Clamshell Apart
Turning the keyboard over there are rubber pads on each corner and one in the middle. These do not have screws underneath, so disregard them. This is a plastic clamshell. I used a credit card to pry open the clamshell from the USB port, and then used a flat head screwdriver to pry the two halves part. The front bezel comes apart easily.
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ThinkPad Wired USB Keyboard with TrackPoint, 0B47190: Disassembly and Cleaning
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Little Giant 554405 VCMA-15 non-submersible condensate pump
Awoke, we did, to a puddle at the foot of our basement stairs. Water. Perchance Little Weed had spilled a very large glass of water? Surely not. It turned out that our furnace water pump was no longer pumping. A repair was in order, and fast. Here is how I cleaned out the pump. It now works.
Leather highback chair needed two leather patches on the seat. After the repair was completed and new metal gliders added. Photo 1 by Don Tai
This leather chair was cast aside, but it beaconed me to come closer. It took little time to determine that it was leather covered and in need of a major repair. Once done, however, the chair was returned to service, and comfortable it is.
Glaringly obvious was the huge gash 6.5″/17cm gash in the seat, as well as a smaller 1″/3cm cut, also in the seat. After I determined that the backing material was actually the very reassuringly natural matte fibers of real leather, I knew the repair could be done.