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Cut to the slow

The oven hath given up; the lower heating element is gefutzed.  I used to have ovens where the elements were plug-and-socket, but this puppy is mounted right through the back wall.  So, I need to get into the back of the oven.

Several years ago, when we had the Kitchen floors redone, the men doing the work were meticulous and precise and did a superb job.  They also put in a piece of two-and-a-half-inch kickboard which sealed off the access panel to the back of the oven.  I couldn't get the panel open, couldn't remove the kickboard without half the panelling for the island coming with it.  So I lay on my gut for two hours with a bare hacksaw blade, cutting a kerf down through the kickboard in half-inch strokes.  Fortunately, there was a joint in the kickboard not too far from the other side of the panel, so I didn't have to cut a second slice.

There are no, repeat no, consumer-servicable parts in this oven.  No matter which side you go in on.  Made an appointment with the GE repair folks, who will be out on Friday afternoon, for sufficiently large values of Friday and sufficiently wide  values of afternoon.  Feh.


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Apr. 9th, 2009 05:26 am (UTC)
I wonder - frequently and out loud - what sort of things go on in the design departments of appliances, automobiles, and highway departments. At least one clue surfaced during the 4-year rebuild of I-15 through the heart of Salt Lake some years back - this is an oft-copied picture, but the clarity of intent remains:

My imagination probably falls far short of the reality...
Apr. 9th, 2009 02:00 pm (UTC)
Well, I have to say in its defense that it's an old stove (20 years?) and entropy will have its due, sooner or later. Later would have been nice.
Apr. 13th, 2009 02:15 pm (UTC)
In Pratchett and Gaiman's "Good Omens", it is revealed that the layout for a critical London highway exchange was altered slightly by a demon moving a few survey markers, to make it a demonic prayer wheel, sending out a low-level black curse over central London every time a car goes around it. That explains a lot IMO.
Apr. 13th, 2009 03:16 pm (UTC)

Gotta look out for those demon prayer wheels...
Apr. 9th, 2009 09:44 am (UTC)
just be glad you can get a repair man on Good Friday and hope like hell he doesn't bill you triple time for coming out on the holiday
Apr. 9th, 2009 02:02 pm (UTC)
Good Friday is not a legal holiday, so they can't double-time me for that. OTOH, the house call will cost $99.95 as soon as he sets foot in the door. After that, we'll see.
Apr. 12th, 2009 03:40 pm (UTC)
ahhh OK

see here Good Friday is the legal Holiday, not Easter Monday

hurmmmm interesting - doesn't look like Easter Monday is a legal holiday in the US either, how odd - do you get ANY holiday for Easter?
Apr. 13th, 2009 02:11 pm (UTC)
Neither Friday or Monday around Easter are holidays. It's a religious holiday, y'see, and the gummint isn't supposed to observe those.

We used to have a lot more holidays, but someone figured that every time people take a day off, businesses lose money. So now most federal holidays are 'optional', which means you only get them off if you work for the post office or a bank.

Other countries are much more intelligent about letting people have some time off for themselves. The US wants us working until we die. It's better for business.
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