Monday, June 30, 2014

led lights - Litepods Night light system

led lights



Here is an led light you can install in your home to light up your hallways and stairs. They are powered by 6 volts and can have a battery backup added for more safety and convenience. You can add up to (40) Litepods Emitters to a system which should cover most homes. These are considered low voltage lighting and night lights. 

To install you simply run 22-2 wire from one location which could be in a closet or basement. That location should have 120 VAC outlet nearby or at least one close enough to run a 22-2 wire to so you can connect to the power supply. When running your wires... you can home run all of the wires from each Litepods Emitter or you can daisy chain them. You can also run a 22-2 wire from your basement to attic then attach to a LPTB board with is a terminal block board so you can connect the Litepods Emitters to the LPTB board. You will drill a 3/4" hole with a paddle bit and you can then pull the wire through. Next, you make your connections with the B connectors. Once you make all of your connections you can then power up the system.

Don't forget to run a 22-2 wire to a widow for the light sensor. You could keep the Litepods on all of the time if you cannot conveniently run a wire for the light sensor since they draw very little power. With the LPLS board you can use a switch, relay or open collector transistor to turn Litepods on and off if you don't want to use the light sensor.

Below is a typical system you would need to get started.


















In hallways, I would recommend placing the Litepods Emitters every 3 to 5 feet depending on how much light you would like.

I hope this helped you.

Leave any questions or comments below.

Jeff Hartman
www.litepods.com

P.S. Remember you can order appliance parts by calling 1-800-369-0999. Have your model and serial number available when you call so the parts specialist can look up your model.















Sunday, June 29, 2014

How to change LED in a Litepods Emitter - Nightlights for kids




www.litepods.com - This video demonstrates how easy and quick it is to change an LED in a Litepods Emitter. The LED Emitters normally ship with a white LED installed. You may decide to change the color or go with an RGB LED which changes colors and are cool for nightlights for kids.

These Litepods Emitters are night lights that can be installed in bedroom ceilings near the door to illuminate that area so if they need to get up and go to bathroom in the night they can without turning on any lights. Imagine walking through your house with no lights on and not tripping on children's toys or going to the bathroom in the middle of the night without turning on bright lights that could wake your significant other...

You can install these LED Emitters in the ceiling or along stairs or under cabinets since they are considered low voltage lighting.

Leave any questions or comments below and don't forget to follow me.

Jeff Hartman

P.S. If your washing machine is sounding like a freight train when it is spinning then it sounds like you need to replace your bearings. See washer bearings for information on how to change your tub bearings and seal and save money by repairing it yourself.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Kenmore Elite HE5T Bearing and Tub Seal Replacement



Kenmore Elite HE5T Bearing and Tub Seal Replacement
















Kenmore Elite HE5T owners… If your washing machine is sounding like a freight train then you will need to replace your bearings and tub seal. It is best to stop using machine as soon as you hear it getting louder so you don’t cause further damage to machine.

If you damage your Elite’s support bracket (spider) shaft you can remove it from stainless steel inner basket and take it to a competent machine shop to be repaired. They can install a sleeve or weld up then machine back down to correct diameter for new bearing. If the seal seat on the shaft is damaged then I don’t know of any repairs at this time for those since they are glued to the support bracket shaft.

The Elite tub bearing replacement is performed without any special tools and you should be able to complete it in 2 - 3 hours. You will need some room to disassemble machine because the tub is fairly large and you will need room to split it in two so you can take out the inner basket and support bracket. It helps to remove the three counter weights to make the tub more manageable weight wise.

You can order your Kenmore Elite HE5T Duet tub bearings and seal at http://duetbearing.com/page7.html. These kits are shipped via US Priority Mail. We also offer shipping to other countries as well.

Leave any comments or questions below...

Thank you,


Jeff Hartman

Friday, June 27, 2014

WFW9600TW01 Bearing and Tub Seal Replacement - If washer sounds like a freight train


WFW9600TW01 Bearing and Tub Seal Replacement

Whirlpool Duet WFW9600TW01 owners… If your washing machine is sounding like a freight train then you will need to replace your bearings and tub seal. It is best to stop using machine as soon as you hear it getting louder so you don’t cause further damage to machine.

If you damage your Duet’s support bracket (spider) shaft you can remove it from stainless steel inner basket and take it to a competent machine shop to be repaired. They can install a sleeve or weld up then machine back down to correct diameter for new bearing. If the seal seat on the shaft is damaged then I don’t know of any repairs at this time for those since they are glued to the support bracket shaft.

The Duet tub bearing replacement is performed without any special tools and you should be able to complete it in 2 - 3 hours. You will need some room to disassemble machine because the tub is fairly large and you will need room to split it in two so you can take out the inner basket and support bracket. It helps to remove the three counter weights to make the tub more manageable weight wise.

You can order your WFW9600TW01 Duet tub bearings and seal at http://duetbearing.com/page7.html. These kits are shipped via US Priority Mail.

Leave any comments or questions below.

Thank you,


Jeff Hartman

P.S. You can call 1-800-369-0999 for other appliance parts. Have your model and serial number ready when you call and they can help you. This is the same appliance parts distributor that I use.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Maytag FAV6800 One Way Clutch vs One Way Bearing video



Washer Tub Bearings - Here is a video that compares the one way clutch to the special one way bearing. Your FAV6800 washer will have one or the other. You can replace your bearings and tub seal when they start to get loud.

It was believed that you could go by the first two digits of your serial number to determine if you had the special bearing or one way clutch. However, experience tells me otherwise and that is why I created this video for you.

There are two kits for you to choose from depending on if you have the one way clutch or the one way bearing. Watch the video...


If you need other appliance parts you can call 1-800-369-0999 and give them your model and serial number and see what they can do for you.

Leave your comments below and share with your family and friends that may have clothes washers so they will be aware that they can replace their bearings and tub seal and save a ton of money!


Jeff Hartman

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

MAH7500AWW Bearing and Tub Seal – How To Replace them and save money

MAH7500AWW Bearing and Tub Seal – How To Replace them and save money

If you own a MAH7500 and it sounds like a jet plane then it is time to focus on your bearings and tub seal. If you bother a Maytag service technician they will want at least $950 to repair your Neptune or even suggest that you junk machine. You don’t really want to scrap machine because you can save money by replacing your Neptune bearings and tub seal and be washing clothes again. The reason they quote so much is because they will want to replace the large outer tub which runs over $500 alone!

The 12002022 seal kit contains two seals. The earlier lip seal and the revised lip seal. If you have the earlier lip seal (with plastic white spacer clip) you will need to replace it with the new earlier lip seal in the kit. If you would like to use the revised lip seal you will have to purchase a new spinner support because its’ shaft is machined different. Here is a video I created for the 12002022 seal kit breakdown.

It should take about 1 – 5 hours depending on how much cleaning you need to do while you’re in there and no special tools are required. You could save time by renting the Tony Tool which pulls the rear bearing out first. You then knock the front bearing out and then after some clean up you use the Tony Tool to install the new bearings and spacer. The tool kit rental includes an extra bearing spacer just in case you need it.

Depending on how long your machine has sounded like a jet plane you may need to heat up the aluminum hub when extracting the inner or front bearing. The aluminum has a higher expansion coefficient than the steel bearing does so the bearing housing should expand more than the bearing does thus loosening it up. Just don’t over heat it since some of the heat guns can really get hot.

Another tip is to stabilize the outer tub by laying the Neptune on its front and placing 2x4’s, old towels, newspaper stack under tub to help keep it from bouncing around when you attempt to knock out the front bearing. Now would also be a good time to spray penetrating oil on the inner bearing since it is closer to horizontal. You can allow the oil to soak in overnight. You will also want to place plywood or equivalent under tub to catch the bearing when it is ejected out.

The good news is that you don’t have the faulty brown tipped wax motor in your door latch. Only the timer knob based Neptune’s have the wax motor which would fail and damage the Q6 triac and R11 and the upper control board. The digital Neptune models all use a solenoid to lock the door. See Neptune Help Song for a video that explains what happens when the original brown tipped wax motor fails. 

I hope this was helpful to you and you save money by replacing your bearings and tub seal.  

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