Oven Doesn’t Heat Up

November 23rd, 2019

Our old gas oven doesn’t heat up! Like, it’s not even warm…

The problem turned out to be the igniter. Here’s what it looks like:

If you order a new one, it’s fairly easy to install…

It attaches right under the bar that the gas emits from. You’re supposed to turn off the gas before installing a new one, but I didn’t.

The new one works great, but I notice that the oven temperature doesn’t match up with the dial anymore; it’s always hotter! So I bought an in-oven thermometer so that I can always get the temperature just right.

Kenmore Dishwasher Not Draining

November 16th, 2019

Is your Kenmore Dishwasher not draining properly? Do you see standing water at the bottom after the cycle? Then you’ll need to remove the sprayer assembly and remove any gunk blocking the drain. Yuck!

MyAdvo Legal Services

May 30th, 2019

I contacted MyAdvo legal services in India with a simple request:

I had been pressured into being added to a trust in India and I now wanted to be removed from it. I wanted MyAdvo to contact the trust, send official notice that I was resigning, and follow through with the removal.

The original quote for this work was $50. Seemed reasonable for what I thought would be a few hours of work. It turned into a nightmare. Long story short, it took 6 months to follow through with this. The final total was several times the original amount quoted. I had to jump through several hoops, including getting my resignation certified by my state government (a.k.a. an “Apostille”).

Over the course of the 6 months, I found that communication with my MyAdvo case manager was very difficult, having to ask the same questions (or provide the same information) repeatedly in our e-mail threads.

I would not use their services again in the future.

Instagram Hacked

January 19th, 2019

Help, my Instagram account was hacked! I’m now following hundreds of accounts. On top of that, Instagram throttles unfollows, so I can’t unfollow them easily. This did the trick:

var gotOne = false;

var myFunc = function() {
try {
document.querySelectorAll('button._0mzm-').forEach(function(elem, index) {
if (elem.innerHTML == 'Following' && index > 9) {
console.log(index);
elem.click();
throw 'Halt';
}
});
} catch (e) {
gotOne = true;
}
};

var counter = 0;

var looper = setInterval(function() {
counter++;
console.log("Counter is: " + counter);
gotOne = false;
myFunc();
if (gotOne) {
console.log("Got One!");
}

if (counter >= 60) {
clearInterval(looper);
}

}, 60000 + Math.floor((Math.random() * 1000) + 1));

It’s a code snippet you can paste into your browser console that slowly clicks “unfollow” on your Instagram friend list. NOTE: It might not work forever as Instagram alters their markup. But it worked for me now!

Discolored aluminum bowl went through the dishwasher

January 5th, 2019

Stupid me, I ran a Dansk “Fjord” polished aluminum bowl through the dishwasher. The detergent reacted with the metal and left it dark and discolored. Tried the old wives’ tale of soaking it in a paste of Cream of Tartar. Didn’t work at all. Found some tips online that “Bar Keeper’s Friend” may work, so I gave that a try. Took a few scrubs with the rough side of a kitchen sponge (didn’t scratch it up too bad), and it looks much better. Not quite good as new (not as reflective as I remember it), but still passable at a future shindig 🙂

before

after

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.

Exhaust Vent

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