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rjones28 07-30-20 07:25 PM


Originally Posted by datlas (Post 21615952)
Warning! Standards/Planned Obsolescence Rant follows. Feel free to ignore.

We have a modest basic Black/Decker 1900PSI electric power washer. It's fine for washing the deck, concrete walkways, and the siding of our house. It's about 15 years old and has worked reasonably well....however, the "gun" part of the device recently developed a leak. I took it apart to see if there was an obvious worn O ring, but everything rubber looked ok and I was not able to isolate the leak with the unit off. When I turned the unit on, the fittings in the gun would just blow apart under the high pressure.

We went to Lowe's this evening to look into getting a replacement gun. Standards have changed. All the ones they have use different fittings at both the input and exit site of the gun. Instead of a quick-connect at the input, they use an M-22. And for the output "wand" my current unit uses a plastic variation of a quick-connect that is spring loaded into the gun, while the new standard seems to be quick-connect.

So in order to get the power washer working, I would need to buy a $10 quick-connect to M22 adapter, a new gun for $30, a new wand for $25, and a new wand spray fitting for $10. That's to make a 15 year old power washer work again. It reminds me of the stories that to buy a part-by-part economy car can cost more than a luxury car. Sad! It did not make sense to put so much money into the parts, so we did not buy them and more likely will just get a new power washer for $125 or so.

Should I cross-post on powerwashers forum?

:50:

p.s. only good news is, best I can tell, mask use at Lowe's was 100%

Cool story, bro.

LAJ 07-30-20 07:52 PM

Agree Bill. Well said.

LesterOfPuppets 07-30-20 08:25 PM

We hit 118į here, new record for this day! I haven't really left the house. Watching Pcad's Mets try to get a W vs the Red Sox. Dunno if it'll happen. Poor Mets just left 3 men on in the 8th. :(

big john 07-30-20 08:38 PM


Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets (Post 21615781)
RIP indeed.

I was able to catch W's and Clinton's eulogies on TV this morning, but missed Obama's.

​​​​​​Hopefully it's up on YouTube for later viewing.

I only saw Obama. He was eloquent, gracious, and genuine. Some pundits felt he shouldn't have mentioned voting rights and voter suppression but those were part of John Lewis' life. Plus, he got a standing O.

big john 07-30-20 08:43 PM


Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets (Post 21616216)
We hit 118į here, new record for this day! I haven't really left the house. Watching Pcad's Mets try to get a W vs the Red Sox. Dunno if it'll happen. Poor Mets just left 3 men on in the 8th. :(

We only got to 102. I didn't leave the house either except to sit outside for my second quarantine haircut and clean up the resulting mess.
The nice thing is it's been cooling off at night.

Velo Vol 07-30-20 09:24 PM


Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets (Post 21616216)
We hit 118į here, new record for this day! I haven't really left the house.

Out in the lawn I wondered what I was going to do with the newly fallen leaves. #Autumn

LesterOfPuppets 07-30-20 10:00 PM


Originally Posted by Velo Vol (Post 21616279)
Out in the lawn I wondered what I was going to do with the newly fallen leaves. #Autumn

In no way related to lawns or leaves...

Here's some trainspotting action of mine from 4 years ago.

https://cimg8.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...6b8c92c4fe.jpg


https://cimg7.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...016c2de316.jpg

indyfabz 07-31-20 04:02 AM


Originally Posted by Bah Humbug (Post 21615982)
In fairness, 15 years is a decent length of time, though I understand the frustration. If I were manufacturing I wouldn't want to be supporting things for that long either...

Yeah. Reminds me of the time when my mom had to finally replace our decades old clothes dryer. I tried to convince her that she had gotten her moneyís worth. Didnít work.

Bah Humbug 07-31-20 04:19 AM

Ugh, couldn't stay asleep. I think two rest days caught up, but at least I don't feel like a zombie. Real miles.

phrantic09 07-31-20 04:32 AM


Originally Posted by Bah Humbug (Post 21616451)
Ugh, couldn't stay asleep. I think two rest days caught up, but at least I don't feel like a zombie. Real miles.

I think I may be able to ride again by tomorrow morning, knee feels 99% better.

Velo Vol 07-31-20 05:05 AM


Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets (Post 21616322)
Here's some trainspotting action of mine from 4 years ago.

Two trains in one photo. :bday:

datlas 07-31-20 05:53 AM


Originally Posted by indyfabz (Post 21616446)
Yeah. Reminds me of the time when my mom had to finally replace our decades old clothes dryer. I tried to convince her that she had gotten her moneyís worth. Didnít work.

We have a washer and dryer that were already kinda old when we bought our house 19 years ago. I am guessing they may be 25-30 years old. Still work ok.

#SaturnStrong

Trsnrtr 07-31-20 05:54 AM


Originally Posted by rjones28 (Post 21615578)
The one that fits your frame.


My fellow mods can report me and delete this if I'm out of line but I wish this was true.

"President Trump signs new executive order on standardizing bottom brackets. Will bring peace to bike owners and bike mechanics in the USA."


https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...320fb0743f.jpg

datlas 07-31-20 05:54 AM

OTOH we are on our THIRD fridge in 19 years. They don't make them like they used to.

Trsnrtr 07-31-20 06:00 AM


Originally Posted by datlas (Post 21616507)
OTOH we are on our THIRD fridge in 19 years. They don't make them like they used to.

The first fridge that my parents bought in 1953 is still running and has survived three moves. It's a Phillips.

I bought a new fridge in 2004 that died in 2014 and while shopping at all of the big box stores and a couple local appliance stores, every sales person and tech said 10 years sounds about right.

datlas 07-31-20 06:07 AM


Originally Posted by Trsnrtr (Post 21616515)
The first fridge that my parents bought in 1953 is still running and has survived three moves. It's a Phillips.

I bought a new fridge in 2004 that died in 2014 and while shopping at all of the big box stores and a couple local appliance stores, every sales person and tech said 10 years sounds about right.

They don't make them like they used to. I believe life expectancy for a new fridge these days is 7 years and that's about what we got from the last two. Our newest one is only 2 years old but hoping it lasts awhile.

I don't mind getting a new computer every 5-7 years because the technology advances etc., but an old-tech appliance should last longer IMO.

But probably I am just getting old.

rjones28 07-31-20 06:14 AM


Originally Posted by Velo Vol (Post 21616279)
Out in the lawn I wondered what I was going to do with the newly fallen leaves. #Autumn

Leaves are still clinging to the trees here.

#justsaying

datlas 07-31-20 06:43 AM


Originally Posted by phrantic09 (Post 21616462)
I think I may be able to ride again by tomorrow morning, knee feels 99% better.

Kudos, but to be safe make it an easy Z2 ride is my suggestion.

bampilot06 07-31-20 07:28 AM

https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...4408b69b3.jpeg
https://cimg1.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...408e8ea37.jpeg
https://cimg2.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...c92ba7513.jpeg
ithaca falls

WhyFi 07-31-20 07:38 AM


Originally Posted by bampilot06 (Post 21616627)
ithaca falls

Is that gorges or what?

bampilot06 07-31-20 07:39 AM


Originally Posted by WhyFi (Post 21616644)
Is it gorges or what?


just put what the sign said. Itís pretty close to the hotel, had to walk through cornell to get to it. All the bridges above the falls have nets under them to help stop the college kids killing themselves.

datlas 07-31-20 07:39 AM


Originally Posted by whyfi (Post 21616644)
is that gorges or what?

twds

WhyFi 07-31-20 07:47 AM


Originally Posted by bampilot06 (Post 21616647)
just put what the sign said. Itís pretty close to the hotel, had to walk through cornell to get to it. All the bridges above the falls have nets under them to help stop the college kids killing themselves.

It's a horrible pun that (IIRC) indyfabz is really fond of. :innocent:

https://cimg8.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...15e682acb1.jpg

phrantic09 07-31-20 07:49 AM


Originally Posted by datlas (Post 21616560)
Kudos, but to be safe make it an easy Z2 ride is my suggestion.

Iím probably going to wait until Monday to be safe. We have a ton of stuff to do tomorrow and our inspection is Sunday.

seedsbelize 07-31-20 07:54 AM

My parents had a microwave that lasted 25 years. Our most recent(and last) one lasted 3. Once appliances went digital, it was the end of long lived appliances.
​​​​​​We awoke to the memory that the granite is being installed, today, in the little lady's kitchen, and there was a lot of prep work to do. We seem to be ready with an hour to spare. :bday:


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