I told Luciana we need to go to all of the places in The Beach Boys Song: Kokomo

Aruba – Been there.
Key Largo – Been there.

Florida Keys – Been there.

Port Au Prince – Think we’ll have to wait for this to be cleaned up.

Looks like we have a lot of work/traveling to do.

Broken dishwasher

I did not plan on having a broken dishwasher this weekend.

Turn it on and it leaks water.

Front panel blinks 6 green, pause, 1 green, pause, repeat.

Says the blinking lights could be:

Kenmore site leads to
Suggests reset. More water came out. So I pulled it out and found the pump motor was no longer connected so the wart would go in and go right out. The blinking lights were related to the full check not sensing water staying in. Smart design.

Now to hook it back on.


Slightly better picture:

Oh great, the clamp is a Oetiker clamp. They are designed to only close once. This page makes it sound like the part is not for sale at Sears:

Ha, Sears says their nears parts store is:

Why did sears mention this part?
Same as
Has the original clamp?,%20washarm%20and%20motor%20parts&brandDesc=KENMORE%20ELITE&modelDesc=DISHWASHER&blt=11&shdMod=
$190 for the entire pump assembly for a $3 hose and $3 clamp?

Cat Food

item dry $/lb wet $/oz
core grain free indoor $ 2.83 ($34 shipped / 12 lb) $ 0.18 ($45.36 / 24*5.5 oz)
Iams Low Residue $ 3.92 ($55 / 14 lb) $ 0.04 ($70 / 30*6oz)

iPhone Cases

alt tab – Getting back the old alt-tab windows switching behavior in Windows 7?

Alt+tab in windows 7 has changed. Some for the better, some for the worse.

The part I don’t like is the order. I alt tab expecting the order to be most recently used and going back from that in order. But for some reason, that isn’t the case.

The aero peak isn’t a problem.

I followed the instructions here:

alt tab – Getting back the old alt-tab windows switching behavior in Windows 7? – Super User.

And it did a few things:

Now the alt+tab window itself looks old school (not what I wanted), disabled aero peak (not what I wanted) and fixed the order (what I wanted). Any way to just fix the order and leave the other features intack?

More RAM

RAM is pretty darn cheap. We both have 6GB (triple data rate).
I think we can move 6GB from one machine to the other and buy 12GB for one of us so we each end up with 12GB total.

12GB is ~60-70$


Motherboard ( Asus P6T Intel X58 Chipset CrossFire and SLI Supported w/7.1 Sound, Triple-Channel DDR3, Gb LAN, S-ATA Raid, USB 2.0, 3-Way SLI PCI-E MB 3-Way SLI )
Memory ( 6 GB [2 GB X3] DDR3-1600 Triple Memory Module Corsair or Major Brand )


Asus P6T SE — Intel X58 Chipset CrossFire Supported w/7.1 Sound, Triple-Channel DDR3, Gb LAN, S-ATA Raid, USB 2.0, Triple PCI-E MB
6 GB [2 GB X3] DDR3-1333 Triple Memory Module – Corsair Value or Major Brand

Wonder if mixing DC3-1600 and DDR3-1333 is ok.

Lawn Mower Battery

Homelite rechargeable lawn mower battery died awhile ago.
Finally getting around to replacing it.

Ordered from:

Research below.

URL Price Shipping Total Confidence level it will fit/work $34.95 $22.48 $92.38 Very confident $32.60 $31.86 $97.06 Very confident $32.30 $21.89 $86.49 not Very confident


Allied Electronics
3737 Executive Center Drive, Austin
(512) 219-7171 – Open Thu 8am–5pm

Dan tuner or powersonic?
Part number: 70115636, 70111506 $76×2+tax+shipping= NTY $75×2+tax+shipping= NTY
39.75×2+19.80 shipping(3-5 days)= $99.30
$32.30×2+21.89 shipping = $86.49
15% restocking fee, i would pay shipping.
$35.95 x2 + 18.22 shipping = $90.12, $40 shipping. NTY.
$32.60 x2 + 31.86 shipping = $97
$34.9 x2 + 22.48 = $92.38

Homelite wants $135

Batteries Plus wants $75 per battery.

Autozone has Motorcycle batteries for $45~
Might be ok, but kinda expensive and not to clear if it will work.

Called, dropped/hung up on me.
$37.78 each
81.80 Total
+40 shipping!!!
$44.99 each
$97.40 total
Motorcycle battery

Doesn’t carry homelite

Homelite battery is $99, online only and likely won’t fit (wrong mower).

Sent me to 877-932-2634, useless.

I’m trying to find a battery replacement for my lawn mower, but the link on your web site leads to
which returns zero results for my model number.

Can I safely replace the existing (old, won’t hold a charge) batteries (two) 12v 17Ah/20HR with this:

Or this one:

Or this one:

Called homelite: 1-800-242-4672
Sent me to: 866-457-5888

$135.34 3-5 business days

Avery Electrian

All of the power outlets stopped working in our garage.
The lights work though.

Avery ranch message board suggested:

Call Thane Wilkins at 748-9448.
Just got out of the hospital.

> RKE Electric Inc.
> Red Bird Trail
> Georgetown, TX 78633
> 512-869-6259
> 512-635-0544 (Cell)

Left voicemail.

Ken Shipman 512-587-7615
Busy until March 30th


Rick Neely
Left voicemail.

We use Robert Ybarra for electrical work and have always been very happy to recommend him to friends. You can reach him at 512-296-3420. –Patty
Saturday Afternoon. 3-4pm
Send text with address!

Jim (Clovis’ recommendation)
Gave advice to try to save the service call:

Check ALL GFI resets.
All are fine. Except garage, can’t trip it.
Turn on lights in garage, turn off breaker to confirm that breaker is doing what we expect.
Not the breaker.

Paulo replaced the GFI, works great.
He needs to add “electrician” to his resume.

Car Battery

So after 4+ years, my car (2008 Camry) battery seems to have died.
The dealer wanted $500 for a new one. That seemed a bit nuts.
I called a couple places locally and they didn’t sell the battery.
Online was better: $232 with shipping, but it would be 5 business days! Couldn’t wait that long.
Just told the dealer to go ahead and replace the battery after talking him down to $350, but the total was just under $400 after tax, labor ($10) and disposal ($3).
Then ISCA pointed me to Amazon:
$171, but still 5 day shipping. Oh well.