I was lucky to get the Amazon Echo fairly early and the audio attached to this blog post talks a little bit about my experience with it.
Last week I entered a contest from a local AR-15 manufactured. The entry was just sending them a photo through social media of you with one of their logo products. The company is BCI Defense and as you can see I am wearing one of their branded hats and I have a sticker on my MacBook Pro.
So today I received a message on Twitter that said I won a stripped upper receiver ( valued $109).
That’s very cool because I purchased one of their complete lower receivers last year so I could use the upper to complete the gun. Well I still made quite a few other parts. But I’m closer to completing it.
Always enjoy watching Dave’s mailbag episodes. He’s very entertaining and I’m always interested in seeing what people send them to him.
It’s funny sometimes when he mentions America. I don’t know where he gets a lot of these preconceived notions.
If you’re interested in electronics and test equipment you should find this interesting.
Very interesting, I know that the Bullet Rye is distilled at MGP and I really enjoy it.
Can we get my hands on a bottle of Metze’s Select to give it a try.
Below is a list of whiskey/Bourbons that I have in my collection. had to start putting a list together because as you see you may lose track after a while. I believe there are 107 different bottles on this list. Started recently adding prices so that I know how much more on paying the next time. Proof has been added to most of them and started using a star system to keep track of the ones we like more than others.
Please leave comments below of any of your favorites that are not on my list or even ones are on my list that maybe I have not opened yet. Let me know why you like them.
Something I’d really be interested in finding is some old bottles at a reasonable price to compare two recent production. Just to see if the flavor profile stays the same over time. But because of the explosion and the Bourbon whiskey market some people have gone crazy with prices on old stuff.
1792 Ridgemont Reserve – 93.7 Proof
Basil Hayden’s – 80 Proof ($36.00)
Boardslar Legacy Shine – 90 Proof
Booker’s Small Batch – 128.5 Proof
Buffalo Trace – 90 Proof ****
Bulleit Bourbon – 10-year limited ($39.99)
Bulleit Rye – 95 Proof
Crown Royal – 80 Proof
Eagle Rare – Opened
Early Times 354 Bourbon – 80 Proof ($15.00)
Evan Williams 1783 – 86 Proof
Evan Williams Single Barrel Vintage 1998 – 86.6 Proof ($44.00)
Ezra B. – Opened, 12 Yr. ($36.99)***
Four Roses – 80 Proof ($17.99)****
Four Roses – Single Barrel – ($33.99)
Four Roses – Small Batch – 90 Proof ($27.00)
G & W Private Stock – 80 Proof ($10.00)
Gentleman Jack – 80 Proof
George Dickel Tennessee Sour Mash No. 8 – 80 Proof ($17.99)
Heaven HIll – Black Label – 80 Proof ($8.49)
Heaven Hill Green Label – 80 Proof ($15.00)
Heaven Hill White Label – 100 Proof ($10.49)
High West Campfire – Unopened ($51.99)
I. W. Harper – 82 Proof ($38.00)
J.W. Dant – Bottled in Bond – 100 Proof ($17.49)
Jack Daniel 160 th B-day Sour Mash Black Bottle – Unopened
Jack Daniel’s – Green Label – ($29.99)
Jack Daniel’s – Special Edition White Rabbit Saloon – ($49.99)
Jack Daniel’s Old No.7 Honors Angelo Lucchesi 90th Birthday – 90 Proof ($32.00)
Jack Daniels American Forests – Unopened,90 Proof
Jack Daniels Bicentennial – Unopened
Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey – Opened, 70 Proof
Jack Daniels Tennessee Rye – 1 Opened, 1 Unopened
Jack Single Barrel – Date 10-26-09
Jameson Irish Whiskey
Jim Beam – Signature Craft Quarter Cask – ($44.99)
Jim Beam – White Label,1 Litter,80 Proof
Jim Beam 7-Year, White Label, 80 Proof ($22.99)
Jim Beam Black Double Aged – 1 Opened, 1 Unopened, 86 Proof, 8 Yr.
Jim Beam Bonded – ($21.99)
Jim Beam Choice – ($15.99)
Jim Beam Devils Cut – 90 Proof
Jim Beam Ghost – 80 Proof
Jim Beam Maple – 70 Proof
Jim Beam Pre-Prohibition Style RYE – 90 Proof ($21.99)
Jim Beam Red Stag – 80 Proof
Jim Beam Red Stag Hardcore Cider – 80 Proof
Jim Beam Rye – 80 Proof ($17.99)****
Jim Beam Signature Craft – 86 Proof,12 Yr.
Jim Beam Signature Craft Finished With Rare Spanish – 86 Proof
Jim Beam Single Barrel – 1 Unopened, 1 Unopened Special Engraved, 1 Opened, 95 Proof ($34.59)
Jim Beam Stillhouse 2013 – 80 Proof
Journeyman Distillery Featherbone – 90 Proof ($ 45.99)
Kentucky Gentleman – ($7.99)
Larceny – ($21.99)
Markers 46 – 94 Proof
Michter’s Small Batch – Unblended, 83.4 Proof ($38.99)
Midnight Moonshine Strawberry
Nikka Whisky Taketsuru Pure Malt 12 Year – 80 Proof ($68.99)
Old Crow – 80 Proof ($9.41)
Old Fitzgerald – ($9.99)
Old Forester – Single Barrel – ($41.99)
Old Forester 1870 – ($46.99)
Old Forrester – 86 Proof ($ 17.59)
Old Grand-Dad – 100 Proof ($19.00)
Old Grand-Dad – 114 Proof ($22.99)
Old Overholt – 80 Proof ($17.49)
Old Progue – 91 Proof ($41.99)
Old Taylor – ($11.99)
Ole Smokey Moonshine Blackberry – 40 Proof
Orphan Barrel Whiskey Release #1: Barterhouse 20 Year – 90.2 Proof ($79.99)
Orphan Barrel Whiskey Release #2: Old Blowhard 26 year – 90.7 Proof ($172.00)
Orphan Barrel Whiskey Release #3: Rhetoric 20 Year – 90 Proof ($89.99)
Orphan Barrel Whiskey Release #4: Lost Prophet 22 Year – 90.1 Proof ($119.99)
Orphan Barrel Whiskey Release #5: Forged Oak 15 year – 90.5 Proof ($66.00)
Peach Moonshine – No Label, Real Moonshine, 1/2 Gal. – ($40)
Pendleton – Canadian Whiskey
Rebel Yell – 80 Proof ($12.00)
Rittenhouse Rye – Bottle in Bond – 100 Proof ($28.99)
Rittenhouse Rye – Opened, 100 Proof
Rowan’s Creek – 100.1 Proof ($35.99)
Russell Reserve Small Batch – Opened, 90 Proof
Sazerac Rye – Opened, 90 Proof
Seagram 1975 Tiffany Decanter
Southern Comfort – 70 Proof
Speyburn – Opened
Tincup Colorado 94 Proof($26.99)**
Traverse City Whiskey Co.- Opened, 86 Proof
Very Old Barton – 80 Proof ($10.99)
W. H. Harrison Governor’s Reserve – 113 Barrel Proof ($56.99)
W.L. Weller Special Reserve – 90 Proof ($20.00)
Whiskey Row – ($45.99)
Wild Turkey Tradition Master Distiller Selection 14 Year – Proof 101 ($99.99)
Willett – Single Barrel, Bottle # 9437
Willett Family Estate – 117.5 Proof ($58.99)
Willett XCF – Ver 1, 103.4 Proof ($129.99)
Woodford Reserve – 90.4 Proof ($32.00)
Woodford Reserve – Double Oak Single Barrel – ($59.99)
Woodford Reserve – Straight Rye – ($42.00)
Woodford Reserve Double Oak – 90.4 Proof
Woodford Reserve Master’s Collection Aged Cask Rye – 92.4 Proof ($45)
Woodford Reserve Master’s Collection Classic Malt – 90.4 Proof ($94.99)
Woodford Reserve Master’s Collection Four Wood – 94.4 Proof ($99.95)
Woodford Reserve Master’s Collection New Cask Rye – 92.4 Proof ($45)
Woodford Reserve Master’s Collection Sonoma-Cutrer – 94.4 Proof ($95.99)
Woodford Reserve Master’s Collection Straight Malt – 90.4 Proof ($94.99)
Now it has been over a year since we repaired the washing machine and I’m happy to say that it is still running without vibration.
We did not end up replacing the bearings because they are did not appear to be any damage. Also was having a difficult time finding them so if I did need them it probably would’ve prolonged the repair.
It did take a couple of weeks to complete this. Part of it was I wanted to get the part for the cheapest price I could and the company I chose was a little slow on shipping. Partly because I didn’t want to pay too much. Also it took about a week and a half to have my friend powder coat the part. But in the end we were very happy with how it all turned out. Obviously nothing that Samsung had done contributing to us being happy. But it did work out in the end just a big job.
The pictures below are all of the flange adapter after it was powder coated. If there are any changes in the condition of the machine I will post them here. But it has been just over a year now and it is working as it was designed.
UPDATED: Added the videos below on January 19 2016 (videos not done by me but I thought they would be helpful)
Note: The washing machine below that I will be discussing is the Samsung WF210 ANW/XAA
So couple weeks ago I wife mentioned that our washing machine was making a vibrating sound during the spin cycle. the wash machine is kept in our basement so I went down to investigate. Running it through a cycle which for a front loader is considerably longer than a top loader machine.
When we did get to the spin cycle it was vibrating considerably louder than normal. So we got out the troubleshooting manual and checked all the normal items off the list.
Everything was okay so it had to be something else.
Started a chat session with Samsung on their tech support site. Which they were no help they just ran me through everything I’ve already had done. so I asked if they had some online documentation for a more extensive troubleshooting and repair of the machine. They said no they do not recommend anyone other than a certified appliance repair person to work on them. I said I’m pretty handy and I think I can take care of it if I had the documentation. They said I could buy some….. No I don’t think so.
Watched a few YouTube videos but could not find one for my exact machine. It turns out that a lot of front loader machines are fairly similar. Removing the front of our machine and thought I found the problem with 2 shock absorbers that appeared not to be working very well.
It was late on a Friday night what I thought was the problem.
Found out they do not carry Samsung parts and that nobody locally does. Had to get on the Internet and find the shock absorbers. Problem was that most places only had one. I needed to replace all four. Front two only seem like the bad ones but if I’m in there armadas will replace all of them. They were less than nine dollars apiece. Ended up purchasing two of them from eBay from someone in state and then found another online store that had two more.
When they came in I replaced the front two and then check the back two to find that they were perfectly good. Side and replace them.
Now the test……. pretty much no change. If anything may be slightly louder.
By this time we were running a little short on clothing so I let my wife use the machine as is until I can investigate further.
Took me about a week to get back to look at it. In that time my wife had done some research on the Internet. She saw that some people were having problems with an item that they call the flange adapter. It’s the item that attaches the inner drum to a shaft that is spun by the motor.
It looked like a lot of work and something I really did not start doing. You have to tear the entire machine apart to take the drum all part.
Did end up taking the machine apart April 24, 2014 and everything my wife had read about the flange adapter being the problem. It was so corroded and rotted and broken into spots. This is the reason why it was vibrating so badly.
Question how can something get so badly corroded and broke in a washing machine that is just under four years old. Again my wife saw reports of people that said it happened in only two years. Also looks like there had been a class action lawsuit about the problem.
I contacted Samsung after finding the damage. I was told that the warranted was only for 12 months and it is extended to 15 months if you register online. I had asked if they could escalate this to a supervisor. They agreed and took all my information so that somebody could call me. At the time of this post more than 24 hours has passed and I have not received a phone call. They have my home number and my cell number. I don’t expect to receive one and I have ordered a replacement part.
We will probably replace the bearings just because it’s a vibration might have damaged them. Also some had reported that when pieces of the flange shaft adapter broke off they got into the pump and broke off the propeller blades. I took ours apart and there appears to be no damage. Luckily the filter basket caught the ones that we found.
The plan is to have a friend of mine that does powder coating to powder coat the replacement part so that it does not corrode like the original. Sure do not want to have to do this every four years.
Also we’ve decided not to purchase Samsung appliances and electronics in the future.
UPDATED: Added the videos below on January 19 2016 (videos not done by me but I thought they would be helpful)
This young man’s name is Josh and he is sleeping on my couch. He came to South Bend 4 days ago to find work because there was none in the small town in southern Indiana where he was living with his grandmother. He was supposed to be staying with a friend when he got here that felt through.
So I’m going to pay him for the next 3 days to stand in downtown South Bend with this sign. Anyone out there in the area could help this young man with a job. I know he would appreciate it.
If you can help Josh Call