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Meh - no smoke, no fire - what's the fuss? 3 11.11%
Repair it even though it'll probably cost you 3 times to cost of buying a new one... 0 0%
OMG it's going nuclear, get it out of the house and get a new one! 22 81.48%
Microwave - is that one of them newfangled things? Don't want that in our lovely Switzerland. 2 7.41%
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Old 25.01.2011, 17:21
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Re: Microwave issues - bin, keep or repair

@ Tom1234 - kitchen space not an issue. Useful for heating milk for children's bed-time drinks and defrosting (as well as sterilising bottles, but that's not needed anymore).

@ Mathnut - indeed all electronic shops charge you 5 CHF (?) on large electrical goods (there's a limit somewhere) to cover the costs of recycling. They are obliged to take back any and all elecrical goods, even if not purchased at the shop.

@ UTH2008, Weejem, Mirfield - want to buy a used microwave?

Based on EF prices and Swiss property bidding rules, I'll start the bid process at 200 CHF. Please PM me your bids and I'll tell you if you should be considering a higher bid. Cash only. Banker's notes and mortgages not acceptable.
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Old 25.01.2011, 17:46
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@ UTH2008, Weejem, Mirfield - want to buy a used microwave?

Based on EF prices and Swiss property bidding rules, I'll start the bid process at 200 CHF. Please PM me your bids and I'll tell you if you should be considering a higher bid. Cash only. Banker's notes and mortgages not acceptable.
Well, given that the Jeems currently nestle between a Trident submarine base, a Trident missile storage facility, an online nuclear power station, a nuclear power station currently being decommissioned and a storage depot with contents unknown (but those nuclear depth bombs gotta live somewhere...), and all within fewer miles than some people might feel comfortable about, our culinary challenge is more focussed along the lines of stopping our food spontaneously cooking, so I'll pass on this one.

But if you've got any lead shielding that's surplus to requirements...

Actually, if it could be converted to a combi-tempt-trap-terminate-toaster, we might just have a use for it after all

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Old 27.01.2011, 00:33
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Yorkshire Terriers are actually more suited to this than poodles - due to their more orthogonal features, multiple Yorkies (the dogs, not the chocolate bars) can be loaded much more efficiently in what is known in technical canine terms as a dense-pack structure.

If Yorkies or poodles are not available for any reason, improvise on a short-term basis with handfuls of small fluffeh kittens.

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I ran out of Yorkies, but funnily enough after 12 minutes @ 100% my cat did go wooooof...
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Old 27.01.2011, 00:38
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Re: Microwave issues - bin, keep or repair

One time, back in SA I even managed to repair one microwave myself. Frequent power cuts stuffed it up. Magnetron's PS fuse was burnt. I would try same thing here as recycling of bulky electric appliances is pain in the ass. You cannot just chuck it around the corner into the dustbin.
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The Mrs reported that there was a strong smell of burning rubber, and the top of the microwave top was too hot to touch.
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One time, back in SA I even managed to repair one microwave myself. Frequent power cuts stuffed it up. Magnetron's PS fuse was burnt. I would try same thing here as recycling of bulky electric appliances is pain in the ass. You cannot just chuck it around the corner into the dustbin.
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Don't even think about it!

The burning, heat etc, means this is clearly not a "fuse job"

I'll send you the five francs it costs to dump it - hell, I'll even buy you a new one myself - if you are honestly thinking of "repairing" it yourself.

These things run at a couple of kilovolts internally at about a kilowatt - do you really want to put that through you or your family?

Cut the plug off it now just in case, dump it on an appliance seller and pay that 5chf for doing it, and go buy a new one!!!

Seriously
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Don't even think about it!

The burning, heat etc, means this is clearly not a "fuse job"

I'll send you the five francs it costs to dump it - hell, I'll even buy you a new one myself - if you are honestly thinking of "repairing" it yourself.

These things run at a couple of kilovolts internally at about a kilowatt - do you really want to put that through you or your family?

Cut the plug off it now just in case, dump it on an appliance seller and pay that 5chf for doing it, and go buy a new one!!!

Seriously
Weejem - don't think I've ever seen you use so many smilies in a single post - Jacek's post must have you worried.

No I wouldn't try to fix it myself, and dumping electrics at any store is free, although, if you want to send me 5 CHF, I'll take it. Actually last time I asked, someone mentioned 10 CHF...

Have already bined and - sorry Tom1234 - replaced. No interesting offers were received, even though my reserve of 200 CHF was more than generous.
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Old 06.02.2011, 23:22
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Meh just get a new one they are like 60 CHF in Saturn ...
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Meh just get a new one they are like 60 CHF in Saturn ...
Not really; 60 CHF and a microwave are quite different. I realised that the hard way when I tried to put a microwave in my wallet.
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Not really; 60 CHF and a microwave are quite different. I realised that the hard way when I tried to put a microwave in my wallet.
drunk? .........
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Old 07.02.2011, 01:11
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Nope! I took umbrage at the word "like" in Angela's post ;)
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1) Place said MW in outdoor area, and use extension cord to plug in.
2) Get Webcam/Vidcam up and running , start filming front of Microwave.
3) Record each of the following on microwave high power settings

i) Eggs in shell
ii) Old CD's
iii) Finely chopped tin foil
iv) Anything else on this list.

Thanks in advance.
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