Massachusetts RMV stickers

December 15th, 2018

Watch out for the Mass RMV. No matter how early you order your plate renewal sticker, they always send it to you late or never. Has happened to me twice. They never respond to their customer support emails and their support phone number has horrible wait times. I finally got through to someone after driving around illegally for a few months with expired plates and they sent me a sticker in the mail. Just a sticker, no note or receipt. Hey at least it got here.

Where's the beef?

Front-loading washer ruining your clothes?

December 15th, 2018

Our clothes were getting shredded by our Maytag front-loading washing machine. There were bits of shredded rubber in tear marks of the clothing, so it was clear that the bellows (that’s the rubber ring in the door seal) was responsible. Went to a parts store, picked up a new bellows for $50, and replaced it myself. No more shredding.

Old bellows

Tear in bellows

Closeup of tear

New bellows

Careful with those exhaust vents leaving your home

December 15th, 2018

There’s an exhaust vent leaving our condo building, and it’s pointed straight at our car. After a while I noticed that the paint on our car was discoloring in the spot exactly under the vent. I bought a 90-degree elbow to redirect the vent downward.

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Revolution!

December 29th, 2017

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Heritage Not Hate Remix

December 29th, 2017

Heritage Not Hate

If any brave souls want to wear this around the South (to prove a point of course), be my guest. I am not responsible for your safety! LOL

Radical!

February 7th, 2017

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USPS major fail

December 30th, 2016

So this happened right before Xmas. Gift sent for the little one from a family member. One side of box ripped off. Contents missing. Hmm, was this done by a stranger after delivery? Apparently not because there’s a note attached to the box apologizing for the damage. Why even go through the trouble of delivering an empty box? Return to sender with a huge apology!

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I tried calling the local delivery supervisor. Was put on hold, no one ever picked up. I tried filing a complaint through USPS’s website. No response. Maybe I’ll try the postal inspectors. This is mail theft, correct?

Maytag POS “2000 Series” Washer (Model MHWE201YW)

December 30th, 2016

Bought this washer about 5 years ago. A few years in, its water pump failed. Had to replace that myself. There’s always water sitting in the detergent cups after a load (probably a manufacturer defect). It has a bad door seal and leaks water, but that comes and goes. The worst problem is that the drum sits a bit too far away from the door and sometimes clothes get trapped and mangled/ripped/torn.

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This happens once every few months. I’ve been able to avoid it recently by always overriding the spin cycle to high or medium (instead of extra-high). I also consciously fill the drum with fewer clothes. Fingers crossed that that continues to work. Of course, the downside is that I now waste more electricity drying wetter (and fewer) clothes.

What a POS.

Korky vs Fluidmaster

December 30th, 2016

Definitely Fluidmaster. Went through the trouble of swapping in a Korky toilet flapper. Construction seemed cheap and wobbled. Did the old “food coloring test” and water kept leaking. Swapped in a Fluidmaster flapper and my troubles disappeared. :)

Trick for crawling babies near door hinges

February 6th, 2016

My toddler is always slamming the bathroom door. Freaks me out when his little sister is crawling nearby. She likes to stick her fingers in the space where the door hinges meet the frame. Note that the door opens outward, which is a little unusual for a bathroom door. (Don’t ask me, old house.) I opened the door as much as I could (so that the inner edge of the door and the frame are parallel). I then cut some foam rubber into a strip about 3″ wide and duct-taped it vertically against the inner edge of the door and the door frame (bridging the gap). When you close the door, it folds the foam rubber in half. The fold also slightly pops out of the crack between the door and the frame. This is what keeps curious fingers out of the gap. Hope this trick saves a few ER visits!

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