Monday, May 8, 2017

G.E. Stovetop Igniter Won't stop Sparking

By Gary Boutin
Fig.1 Metal grate


Part and Supplies:
BBQ flame torch
Cotton Swabs with Wood Handles (optional)
Isopropyl Alcohol - 1 Pint (optional)
Long stick matches
Nothing (Always an option)

After a day cooking, the stove top needed to be cleaned. While washing the stove top with a wet sponge the stove top igniter repeatedly was arching. The only choice was to turn off the igniter at the electrical panel because our electrical plug is behind the stove top. When the breaker was placed in the on position, the igniter would not turn off, the only choice was to turn off the electrical breaker until the solution was solved. 

This post shows the six steps to turn the stove top igniter back on without doing any work.

Step 1: Fig.1 shows the stove top metal grate that was removed for cleaning. 
Step 2: Fig.2 shows a burner cap assembly (round metal plate), that allows the gas flames in a circular patter. This must be removed to get to the igniter. 
Fig.2 Burner cap assembly
Step 3: Fig.3 shows the large surface burner that must be removed to expose the igniter.
Fig.3 Medium surface burner
Step 4: Fig.4 shows the white circular porcelain piece is the stove top igniter electrode.
Fig.4 Igniter electrode.
Step 5: Fig.5 shows the stove top with all the accessories removed, only the maintop is exposed for cleaning each electrodes. If a lot more cooking is required and time is a problem than clean each electrode using a cotton swab and very little isopropyl alcohol. Once cleaned and the water moisture removed, place all the parts on the stove. Turn on the each gas knob (knobs are on the right side of this picture) so the igniter will turn on the gas flame. 
Fig.5 Maintop assembly stainless steel
Step 6: Fig.6 shows the large stove top flame. For this stove top nothing was done. The stove igniter electrode was not turned off for one day to give the moisture a chance to dissipate. The electrical breaker was in the OFF position. Sometimes nothing needs to be done and the moisture took care of itself through the regular use of the stove top. When the electrical breaker was in the Off position the stove flames was lite using long stick matches or BBQ flame torch. After one day the kitchen electrical breaker was turned on and the igniter lite the gas flame so the stove top could be used. Non-repair finished.
Fig.6 Stove top flame


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Sunday, April 9, 2017

How to Remove Galvanized Posts on a Mobile Home Driveway

Fig.1
Galvanized
Posts



By Gary Boutin

Tools and Supplies: 
Cement (premix)
Electrical extension lines.
Electrical tape (Black plastic)
Forged steel sledge hammer with 10-inch steel handle
Hand held metal sledge
Milwaukee Torch metal blade pack
Reciprocating Saw (Sawzall®)


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According to Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia; a Mobile Home is called a trailer, house trailer, static caravan, a Home that is a prefabricated and built in a factory. Then the trailer is taken to Mr. Mancini new home. Harold has called my service company for over 15 years. He lives in a beautiful mobile home park located in Hollywood, California. His home was a double-wide mobile home on permanent foundation and this time he wanted to remove the old galvanized fencing post on a mobile home driveway.

Step 1: The tools: Fig.1 shows one of the fence posts that need to be cut down. Fig.2 shows the tools that were used to remove these posts. Two sets of electrical extension (top yellow has lighted plug ends 12/3and HDX middle orange) and a (bottom) is the Dewalt reciprocating saw with a Torch metal blade. For this job I used 4-Torch metal blades as some of the post had other metals or concrete inside the fencing posts. Fig.3 shows black electrical tape used to attach each set of electrical ends together.
Fig.2 The Tools
Fig.3 Electrical tape
Step 2: Fig.4 through fig.8 shows the progression of cutting the pipe. Fig.4 shows laying the saw on its side and slowly cutting the pipe at the asphalt level. With the use of the Milwaukee Torch metal blade the time it takes to cut the post is must faster then conventional cutting blades. Fig.7 shows the post has been cut and the post is being pushed aside for disposal.
Fig.4 
Cutting # 1
Fig.5
Cutting # 2
Fig.6 
Cutting # 3
Fig.7 
Cutting # 4
Fig.8 
Cutting # 5
Step 3: Harold has grandchildren and he wanted his area by the driveway to be safe so no one would bet hurt or cut from the newly cut fence posts. The idea was to hammer the fence post sides inside the existing pipe and protect the area. Fig.9 through fig.11 hammers the post edges inside the metal pipe.
Fig.9 
Hammering #1
Fig.10  
Hammering #2
Fig.11
 Hammering #3
Step 4: Later, Harold would fill in each post with pre-mix stucco cement (fig.12) and the job would be done.
Fig.12 Cement
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Thursday, November 24, 2016

How to Paint a Mobile Home Carport Wall and Skirt

Fig.1 Paint frame 
and roller cover
By Gary Boutin                     

Tools and Supplies:
Ladder  (used near carport)
Paint (Ultra Pure White Satin Enamel Exterior Paint)
Paint can opener
Painter's paper 
Painter's tape (blue and green)
Painter's roller frame (Home Depot Orange)
Paint roller cover 9-inch
Paint stir (Plastic red)
Paint stir (free at paint counter)
Fig.2 Red Paint stir
and Paint tray
Paint tray (Home Depot white)
Tarps (Gray and Blue)

Mrs. Wow wanted to have her garage wall and mobile home skirt painted before Thanksgiving. She had invited her entire family and she had a huge list of items to repair. This post addresses only the painting of the wood paneling and the skirt. 

This post shows the four steps to paint a Mobile Home side wall and skirt.

Step 1: Fig.1 shows a paint frame and 9-inch roller cover. Fig.2 shows the a red paint stir, roller frame extension and paint tray. Fig.3 through fig.5 shows the wall and skirt areas that needed to be painted.
Fig.3 Garage wall
and skirt
Fig.4 All cable 
needed to be tied down
Fig.5 Lower skirt
Step 2: Fig.6 through fig.8 shows the data and satellite cables are secured using cable ties and nailed or screwed to the mobile home skirt. 
Fig.6 Securing cable
Fig.7 Hammering
Fig.8 Cable tie
Step 3: Fig.9  through fig.12 shows the progression of painting the mobile home skirt, and the base board on the skirt. Some areas had to be painted with a brush because the roller did not cover all the areas on the wall and the skirt.  
Fig.9 Painting the skirt
Fig.10 Painting around the air vent
Fig.11 Painting the
driveway baseboard

Fig.12 painting the top
of the driveway baseboard

Step 4: Fig.13 and fig.14 shows the wall are clean, white and finished. All ready for Mrs. Wow to have a Thanksgiving party.
Fig.13 Wall painted
Fig.14 Skirt finished

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