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Your Questions About Kitchen Appliance Repair Plans

Richard asks…

Is It possible to obtain a technical plan for a Kenwood DP-M87 cd player?

I’ve repaired my Kenwood cd player but am having trouble putting the last few pieces back in place. How can I obtain a technical plan which will help me to do this?

James Conley answers:

Try contacting Kenwood – will give you the office address in the relevant country.
I was recently given a kitchen appliance of theirs with no instructions – I gave them the model number and they posted it out to me to arrive the next day!

Maria asks…

can someone give me some good tips on clutter clearing and mess?

my place is sooo messy omg. I got so much stuff. I storage shed had a leak so I moved stuff in the house, my room mate moved out and asked me to keep stuff for them. I got stuff for memory..I dont know whatt o do. stuff I might sell someday..
or like’
someday I might use it” I’ve had this stuff sinse I wasa kid. a lot of its my family’s. just growing up but its never used.
any tips.. my place is wreck mess every room you can walk in the floor is a scattered pile of stuff.

the kitchen is a mess too becase the dishwasher broke.

James Conley answers:

Clutter Clearing Tips
By Patrice Campbell, eHow Contributor

Relaxing in the midst of clutter is as difficult as it is to work. For many people, just looking at the untidiness gives them a feeling of guilt that gets in the way of focusing on more pleasant activities. Organizing belongings helps to maintain a soothing atmosphere in the home and the office as well as the car and the backyard.

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Clearing Out

People hang onto possessions that they’ll probably never use again for a lot of reasons. From wrong size clothing that they hope will fit again someday to broken appliances they store in the hopes of making repairs, unused items fill many drawers, closets and garages. Add to these items the impulse purchases that have lost their appeal, duplicate items and those items the average person keeps on hand just in case they’re needed someday, and reasons many homes are filled with clutter become apparent.

The first step in clearing the area of clutter, and possibly the hardest for many, is to get rid of all of the items that are not used. Items that are no longer needed can be disposed of in many ways. Sort items according to their intended disposition. Place containers to hold items intended for donation to worthy charities, to be sold, to be hauled away to the landfill, to be recycled and to be kept. Once you have sorted the clutter, immediately transport the items to their intended location to eliminate the possibility of them creeping back into the living areas.


Even after unused clutter is removed from the home most people find that their downsized possessions can create clutter. The next step is to organize the items so that they can be stored in a convenient place, and you can find them easily. Plan to store the items in the room where they are most often used. Decorative baskets and bowls can be used for storage in open areas. Attach shelving units beneath cabinets to free up counter space, and use hooks on the inside of cabinet, pantry and closet doors for more out-of-site storage space. Customizable dividers for drawer and closet organizers are available at most hardware stores and home centers. Don’t forget the storage space available under the bed and at the back of closets for the out-of-season wardrobe.


Many people park in the street and use the garage as a workroom or as a place for storage. Once the clutter has been purged, the storage in the garage must be organized. Make use of pegboards and hooks to organize and store light items for easy identification and retrieval. Hang sturdy hooks from the ceiling to hold bicycles and other heavier equipment. Install shelving units along the walls to keep stored items safely off the ground and to take advantage of the vertical space. Store seasonal items in marked stackable containers to make them easy to locate.

Mary asks…

What do I need to know to become a plumber?

Hi everyone. I would like to become a plumber and I understand that I would need to do trade school and an apprenticeship but I’m not very good at math. I love working with my hands, I have replaced toilets and kitchen sinks before but my brother said that I would need to calculate pressures and flow rates. Is the math super hard or could I get by with arithmetic and basic geometry? I am trying to find out so I don’t make a fool of myself if I work under someone.

James Conley answers:

OK, to be a plumber you will need to get a license, to get a license you will have to take a test, to pass the test you will need to know basic mathematics, fractions, etc., some geometry and algebra. Once you start doing plumbing how much math you need will depend on what type of plumbing you’re doing. If you’re doing service and repair, changing toilets, sinks, fixing broken pipes, etc., then math will not be a big factor in your work. If you’re doing new construction and you’re working off a set of prints most of the serious math has already been done for you, however, most jobs rarely go according to plans so field changes will be made, in order to get the job done quickly, efficiently and with minimum waste of material you will need the geometry and algebra. If you’re working at a Master level, designing systems, running the job, ordering the material, etc., this is where the serious math, and some basic physics, comes in,,,, pressure changes, flow rates, how different materials affects those, elevations, angle of incline, angles of decline, high, medium and low pressure gas systems, what size of pipe is needed according to available water pressure and the length of the run, fixture units, drain units, vent sizes, BTU ratings of various appliances, vent systems for gas appliances, etc. Aside from the standard water, sewer, gas you will need to know grease systems, storm systems, fire protection systems, gray water systems, reclaimed water systems, solar heating systems, irrigation systems, back flow preventors, medical gas systems, as well as a few others. You will need to keep up with ever changing materials and techniques. You will need to know a variety of codes, the UPC, the IPC, the IRC, the energy standards, local amendments, manufacturers standards, etc. If you wish to be a plumbing inspector you will need to know all of this by heart.

But do not worry, I’m not trying to discourage you, just letting you know that plumbing is much, much more than changing toilets and unstopping sewers. You will learn all the basics in your apprenticeship and the rest will come as you work the trade, you can choose to stay at the service and repair level, and you’ll make a good living at it, or you can go into the serious construction side of it and build skyscrapers and hospitals and refineries and other such stuff. There’s a certain pride that comes with driving by a 40 story building and saying “I built that”. It can be a very rewarding career, but it’s not for everyone, the work is hard, it’s dirty, at times downright nasty, you will work when it’s over 100 degrees and when it’s below freezing, the hours will be long at times, it can be dangerous at times, you will need to know more stuff than you can possibly imagine, it is not a job for the weak or the soft.

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