washing machine supply valves advice from Wayne

Posted in plumbing, Uncategorized, washing machine with tags on November 20, 2017 by marksun

20171120_135410.jpgHad a close call with the washing machine supply valve – stuck open, turned it to off, but it leaked from the stem.  Was able to tighten the nut and shut down the leak.

According to my plumber Wayne, don’t open the valve all the way.  From the shutoff position, turn 2 turns max.  If the valve is all the way open it will stick open.

When you crack the stuck valve, it will/may leak.  Turn all the way off, then on two turns and tighten the nut.

Other advice from Wayne – go to City Mill and buy the armored hoses, that one can be left on all the time.

He thought initially that maybe the problem was that we were turning the valve on and off…


Samsung UN40MU6300FXZA TV Remote Broke

Posted in TV with tags , on October 8, 2017 by marksun

October 8  2017.  For a while I thought the TV was bricked after a software upgrade.  At nearly the same time the remote stopped working. The coincidence is completely baffling.   Fortunately my S8 phone is fully functional as a remote so it must be the remote.

On the remote, the red led blinks stupidly at odd times.  Changed batteries etc.  It may turn the TV on and off and no other buttons work.

Oct 13 2017. ordered  from ebay (lpdtrading) for $25 + $5 for USPS Priority Mail

Remote Model Code: BN59-01266A   (Model Name: RMCSPM1AP1)

The remote is listed by the code.  Nobody seems to know its name.

New Original Samsung BN59-01266A Replacement for BN59-01265A TV Remote Control

10/19/17 – the new remote came in, slipped in the batteries and all is well.


#Samsung #bricked TV


Ants in the worm bin

Posted in ants with tags , on October 4, 2017 by marksun

I can explain.  I keep a set of plastic bins to for raising red composting earthworms which consume kitchen vege waste and shredded newspaper.  Today I see ants in it – not nesting there – way too wet, but definitely foraging.  They’re not attacking the worms but feeding ants is definitely not what we want to be doing.

So how to get of the ants?  In the past I’ve put the legs in a water moat, but that causes a mosquito hazard eventually.  Then there’s olive oil, which is messy.  I recently read that diatomous earth provides a barrier to ants and is safe for worms… so I think I want to try that.  Years ago, I used diatomous earth against roaches and other pests and I believe it played a part in the complete eradication of roaches around here.

12v tire inflator from Sears

Posted in cars, Uncategorized with tags , on October 1, 2017 by marksun


Price:  ~ $60.

Got one of these from Sears to boost chronic low tire pressures.  So far so good after one use to boost pressure on four tires on a Prius from 25 to 35 psi.  This took about two minutes on each tire.  The hose connector screws on easily and securely with minimal leakage.  I liked the screw in design better than those with flimsy clip on levers or even standard gas station inflators.  The pressure gauge is quite accurate.  I checked tire pressure with a standard tire gauge to check on it.

Does not have automatic pressure cutoff feature – personally I wouldn’t want one as it adds breakable complexity to an already obviously low cost tool.

The spec on the box states 30 PSI.   I had concerns about this as most tires need more pressure than this.  An inspection of the pressure gauge shows pressures well above 30 PSI.  Obviously, the 30 PSI spec is meaningless to me.

I didn’t find much by way of reviews before I bought it.  Later I find  a number of reviews which point to possible durability problems with the hose connector, 12V  plug, fuse, and motor with damage reports after a couple of uses.

At this point – sorry – this article won’t help with only one usage.  I’m thinking that the design seems to be reasonably solid …  but QA issues are possible for sure;  maybe inspect the parts carefully for defects at the store, before buying it ?  And put in enough usage within the in-store return warranty period.

If it works for 10 inflations, it will be a break even value for me as I really dislike filling tire pressure at gas stations after the tire pressure light goes on.  I would pay a kid $6 to pump up my tires rather than drive down to Kamehameha Highway  which is now one 10 mile-long pothole as Honolulu build’s its rail system.

Some Reviews can be found here:  http://www.sears.com/craftsman-12v-portable-inflator/p-02875120000P?rrec=true

Canon TS6020 Printer, 271 Cartridges

Posted in printers, Uncategorized with tags , on August 14, 2017 by marksun

In March 2017 I bought a Canon TS6020 printer (Amazon $100) which came with a full set of ink cartridges.  At the same time I bought $100 worth of replacement cartridges since two kinds of inventory are required;  black 270 and  cyan, yellow, magenta and black 271 cartridges.

The first ink cartridge to go was the big black 270 ink cartridges ~ May/June.
August 2017, I’ve replaced two cartridges, cyan last week, Magenta today, and tomorrow or soon, Yellow.

To restock:  Canon CLI-271 Value Ink Pack  ~~ $52 Amazon – with four CLI-271 (yellow, cyan, magenta, black), obviously to back up the ink inventory.  At $13 per cart, this is no bargain but one can do worse.

So guesstimate the cost :  If we’ve spent about $100 in ink and printed 1.5 reams of paper (750 sheets) , the cost is about $.13 per sheet just for ink and $.014 for paper or about $.15 per sheet or $72 per ream.

I suppose we need to add the depreciation of the printer over an expected life of 7 years, and add the cost of obsolete cartridge inventory at end of life.  <SIGH>




Posted in windows with tags on August 6, 2017 by marksun

August 2017-
While I use it, Robocopy can produce unexepected behavior, and worse, not backup files. I’ll accept the fault as my own for not completely reading or understanding everything available on robocopy. As I discover problems, I’ll try to update here.  I’d be pretty happy with tar or cpio, but it is what it is.

This is pretty good:

robocopy %home%\Pictures %mybk%\Pictures  /XO /FFT
This command does not backup new files and directories on my %home% directory!  I fully expected it to copy new files and folders but IT DOES NOT.  No idea why.

To make it copy all files I added /MIR and got rid of /XO
robocopy %home%\Pictures %mybk%\Pictures /MIR  /FFT

/XO  I had this there to prevent robocopy from copying files that already exist but this may in fact prevent it from copying files that DONT exist on the destination!  removing it.

/FFT is absolutely necessary to make timestamp comparisons work between Windows7 and the LINUX OS on the backup drive – a WD MyBook.  The backup will fail silently without /FFT.

/MIR is supposed to mirror the file dirs of source and destination.  if a file is deleted on the source, it should delete on the destination!

Below are current (aug2017) settings   – in this case for a single \Pictures  directory

set home=”C:\users\xxxxxxx”
set mybk=”Y:\xxxxxxxprofile”

echo Picture Backup Start
robocopy %home%\Pictures %mybk%\Pictures /MIR /FFT

Oceanic Cable Internet Outage 28may17

Posted in Computers, Networks with tags , , on May 29, 2017 by marksun

Oceanic Cable lost internet service, among other things on Sunday night … came up at 0900 Monday, down at 0930, back up finally 1120.   It could well have been a problem caused as a side effect of work on restoring  local TV feeds, apparently still down 24 hours later, but no idea really what the issue was.

Notes on this event.  I guess the main think is that when the internet comes back, all devices start working by themselves.  User need not do anything but wait, so no action at all is required.

Indications on my SURFboard SB6144 DOCSIS 3.0 cable modem were only two blue LEDS lit.  Normally we get two solid blues ( receive and send) and a flashing blue ( router connection)

Failure mode:

  • Blue receive data,
  • Blue Gig E mode light ( indicator that the router is connected).