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Your Questions About Oven Repair Forum

Donna asks…

I have a problem with my microwave oven, Why does it sometimes buzz and flash blue?

I have a Panasonic microwave. It has started to buzz and sends a blue and yellow light flashes across the inside mainly when I cook or reheat a small amount of food.

A few months ago we had a power line down and it was shorting out on the pylon, is this connected. The unit is 3 years old.
Can this be fixed or does it require replacement

James Conley answers:

I agree with the first answer: probably easier/cheaper to replace it. Replacement cost of the magnetron is about as expensive as a new oven. You can also ask a repair person if they think it would be worthwhile to repair it. This forum is probably not the best place for that.

James asks…

I need to replace a glass top stove top-on a stove/oven where controls are in the front?

(as opposed to the rear) There are internet videos showing how to replace the top when the controls are in the rear but none that I can find that show you how to do it when your appliance has the controls in the front.

James Conley answers:

ApplianceZone.com has a great repair forum, which offers technical assistance, along with diagnostics, and is free! Here’s a direct link to that forum: http://forum.appliancezone.com/

Sandra asks…

How to repair unbaked ceramic/clay object?

I asked this question in another section, but I know different people look at different categories, so here’s my question again:
I have a clay paw print from my recently deceased dog… and our cleaning lady broke it. We haven’t baked it yet, but it’s dry, obviously. So my question is how to repair it? It’s split right down the middle.

I was thinking I could use wet clay?

HELP!!!!!!
Thanks!

James Conley answers:

I don’t know much about ceramic clay but can’t you just use more “slip” and fire it?
Or perhaps put a layer of clay underneath the two pieces (temporarily joined together) and bake the new base with the two pieces on top to keep them together.

You might also want to ask this question at a local clay shop, or at the art department of a local university or other school (they often having firing services too).
There are also various ceramic clay message boards online where you could get answers too… Here’s just one, and it not huge… But:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?board=359.0
…click on either “Discussions & Questions” or on “Completed Projects” for the Pottery/Ceramics boards

Another thing you could do would be to temporarily join the two pieces** then make a “form” from them, then make a “cast” in the mold if you want the reverse like your original.
That can be done with various materials, but polymer clay would be good since it doesn’t shrink and is easy to use. You could even use the cheapest brand/line which is called “original Sculpey” (called “Polyform” if purchased in art supply stores), which comes in a 2 lb box for about $10 or so (if you buy it at Michaels, use one of their weekly 40% off newspaper coupons). It comes in white and terracotta colors, and also comes in larger amounts.

You’d want to take out enough original Sculpty to fill the depressions of your paw print (and maybe extend farther out a bit if they need to be “connected”)
…Then roll and stretch the polymer clay around till it’s very smooth and pliable to “condition” it.
…Press the clay into the paw print (and maybe farther out), and gently remove it (cooling the clays in the frig can help get it out if there’s a problem, or dusting the clay with cornstarch beforehand).
…Bake the paw in your home oven at about 250-75 F for a half-hour (guesstimate, depends on thickness of clay).

If you then want to make a duplicate “impression” like you had to start with, put a thick slab of raw Sculpey onto a sheet of paper then onto a baking tray, press the paw-form you just made into the slab and remove, then bake that.

The original Sculpey will probably darken or turn purplish at that heat, but it will be stronger than if you cured it less or at lower heat (and is cheaper than other polymer clays). You can paint over it though if you want (2 coats of acrylic or latex paint, or one coat of gesso + one coat acrylic paint).

If you decide to use polymer clay, these pages at my polymer clay “encyclopedia” site could help:
http://glassattic.com/polymer/molds.htm
http://glassattic.com/polymer/baking.htm
http://glassattic.com/polymer/Characteristics.htm
http://glassattic.com/polymer/paints.htm

HTH,

Diane B.

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