Project 313 – Post No. 039

My coffee pot is leaking . . . again. That’s the fourth coffee pot in the span of two years. For reference, prior to these four, our two previous coffee pots lasted something like twelve years. When we moved from Colorado, we sold one at the garage sale and gave one to a student that was heading off to college. 

In contrast, the coffee pots we bought since we came here (same brands, three Mr. Coffee and one Cuisinart) all began leaking within four-to-six months of purchase. As I bought them at Costco, I returned the first three there for a complete refund. 

For this last one, I was too embarrassed to take yet another coffee pot back and I called the company, instead. They are shipping me out a replacement . . . which I assume will leak within four-to-six months after I start using it. Why do I say that?

Well, the leaking was a puzzler . . . all of them leaked water from the base. The first one, I assumed was faulty. The second one I thought might be something environmental, something in the air (we live on an island hence there’s more salt in the air and everything rusts) was causing something to fail. Then, I started doing some research . . . surprise, surprise . . . it’s a common problem and lots of people are pissed off about it (some had damage from the leaking water).

At fault, from people who investigated the issue, appears to be the heat-resistant hose that feeds water from the reservoir to the heating plate. Apparently, the repeated heating-cooling cycles deteriorate the plastic and it eventually cracks. Those same people report two ways to fix it . . . one, cut the damaged portion of the hose and reattach it. This is a temporary fix as the problem will just resurface. It’s also a one-time solution as the hose is then too short for another fix. Two, buy a piece of appropriately-sized heat-resistant hose — one of better quality than the one the manufacturers used — and replace the cheap-ass one that’s in the machine. That is a longer-lasting solution, at least until some other cheap component fails. 

You might be tempted to ask why I didn’t do that . . . well, the manufacturer specifically says all sorts of bad things happen if you open the machine. Normally, that would not deter me. What did deter me were the specialized (non-standard) screws (some deeply recessed in a small diameter chute). I would have to buy a set of screwdrivers specifically for the task. 

So, why am I mentioning all this? A number of reasons. One, the fact that so many products are currently made on the cheap. The fact that this is an apparent known problem and there’s no indication it’s being addressed. The fact that the majority of the people will junk the product. The fact that as a society we seem to want people to junk the product. The fact that the products are made so cheap because people don’t want to pay for even slightly better quality stuff. The fact that the cost of these cheaply made units are still (comparatively) high when you consider their lifespan.  

I could go on, but the one that pisses me off the most is the specialized screws . . . I bought a piece of equipment that the company — while happily taking my money — made it difficult for me to service. 

It’s the same with many things I own. For some, I still was able to open them and maintain them. For example, the tower fan I have is not designed to be opened; it has hidden catches that if broken makes it impossible to put the thing back together again. You need to take the unit apart in a specific sequence, and even then, it’s not easy.

Unless you take the unit apart, it’s hard impossible to clean. They say to use a can of compressed air, but that is both ineffective and costly. After watching videos of similar (but not exact) fan models, it took me about an hour to figure out how to open it and put it back together, but the fan is now as quiet and clean as when I bought it. 

I could have, of course, donated it and bought a new one. 

Not all products are so. Some are geared toward the convenience of the consumer and don’t cost much more than the cheap-ass products; just a few bucks more, in fact. Those are the products and companies I plan to support. One such company is Rowenta, maker of powerful and very quiet fans.  Easy to take apart, quiet enough to have in the same room we sleep in, and smartly designed. Yes, it costs about $15-$20 more than the Bionaire Tower fan I have but well worth it especially since I don’t run the Bionaire fan higher than the lowest level because it’s annoyingly noisy. Of course, I could buy a Dyson bladeless fan for three times the cost and a third of the airflow. I’m kidding; having owned one Dyson product, I never plan to own another one unless they give it to me free and throw in a few bucks for my trouble.  

Unfortunately, cheap-ass companies know they have an endless supply of first-time buyers and people who simply won’t care and will keep giving them money. 

And now, the photo:

Project 313 039

I miss the fall. I mean, we have seasons here in Hawaiʻi insomuch that things get a bit hotter or a bit dryer or there’s a tad more rain, but not so much that you’d notice unless you’re especially attentive. 

Those are aspens among some pines and it was shot during one of our fall drives (2008) in Colorado. Unfortunately, that was a few years before I had this blog and from a time before SmugMug, so you can’t see the rest of the photos.

Or can you?

Why, yes; yes you can! I forgot that I had created an album in what was once Picasa then became Google+ and is now Google Photos. That album is HERE.

. . . although . . . I’m not happy with that processing. 

You know what? I’ll do a post about that trip. Soon. Maybe. No, no; I will. I definitively will.

. . . and people wonder where I get my quick retorts . . . I don’t know; I was pretty much born with them and never stopped doling them out (except for the years when I wasn’t speaking — but I was still thinking them). 

Like many people, I follow science. Unlike many people, I don’t think I have new and unique insights or knowledge about how the universe works. . . . except for this . . . 

Visible Black Hole

And . . . that’s it

Some of these posts will likely be longer as the mood hits me, but most will be thus; short, uninteresting, bland, and relentless.

You can read about Project 313 HERE.

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16 Responses to Project 313 – Post No. 039

  1. oneowner says:

    I have been known to break a fan case open to clean blades and duct tape it back together. Every year I take the tape off, clean the blades and put on new tape. I rely heavily on duct tape and WD40 for most of my home repairs. Most things are not made to be serviced by the users but I don’t mind wasting a little duct tape and WD40.


    • disperser says:

      These days, you can sometimes find videos showing how to open stuff without breaking it. IN the case of the fan I have, the process wasn’t exactly as what I saw in a video, but the video gave me clues of what to look for. At times, it felt like I was breaking it but, in the end, everything survived to be snapped back together.


  2. We’ve always been fixers here. It used to be, buy quality, take care of it, and it will last forever. Most annoying now that nothing seems made to last – and that so many are fine with that…attention span of gnats: “Oh, a new fancier one. Just have it. Toss the other.”
    Bother some that so many rail about saving the environment and ecology yet never give a thought to environmental costs of manufacturing or all the discards that end up somewhere. And the wasted money. Appearance of concern is all some need to be happy, I guess.
    Dryson- a company that figured to sell more, price it really high and people think it must be wonderful ( and are too embarrassed when they realize they’ve been had)


    • disperser says:

      They have slick advertising . . . I bought mine at Costco when we bought our house in Colorado. To be fair, it worked well enough (and it was on sale). But, the materials were made on the cheap and stuff kept breaking. I had more repairs on that one vacuum cleaner than any I’ve ever owned.

      Since then, I’ve seen an increase in price without a corresponding increase in quality.

      Sadly, I noticed many brands are following suit as far as the build goes.

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  3. I like to make things last, I expect things to last, sadly I am often disappointed!


  4. Nice picture but are you sure those are pines? They look like spruce to me — Colorado blue spruce, in fact.


    • disperser says:

      They’re probably spruce but I used the word “pine” as one might use the word “tape” when recording something or kleenex when using a tissue. Intellectually lazy, I was.


  5. Pied Type says:

    I lived in Atlanta for three years. No seasons and relentless humidity made me crazy. Don’t think I’d like Hawaii. Colorado is perfect.


    • disperser says:

      . . . so, let me ask the obvious question . . . did the condition reverse once you moved to Colorado?

      It’s a joke I couldn’t resist. Anyway, I don’t think I’m being driven crazy by the relatively narrow range of weather we experience. I wouldn’t know if I were, of course. I do know that while I can certainly handle snow, I’m not exactly chomping at the bit to get back to it.

      While there were a lot of things we liked about Colorado, the blizzards, the many days of high winds, and the forest fires and ongoing drought are all things that didn’t sit well with us.

      . . . then, again, neither does being singed by lava . . .


  6. Sorry to hear about your coffee pot. :-(
    My vacuum cleaner decided to give me fits yesterday. But, the nice fixer-man said it will just take a small part to make it sucky again! (He said “work”, I said “sucky”.)

    PHOTO: Stunning! I love reflection photos! When we lived at 6800 feet I enjoyed the aspens among the pines every autumn!
    I like how you talk aloud to yourself and make decisions. I do that, too.
    CARTOON: HA! Willy…always willing to give his opinion!
    I like retorters. I gave birth to one. And he’s a sarcastic retorter at that!
    DOODLE: Colorful! Does what happens in The Black Hole stay in The Black Hole?!?!

    HUGS!!! :-)
    PS…I had a washer that lasted eons! Friends had it for decades, put a new engine in it and sold it to me for the cost of the engine and I had it for over 20 years. When it was leaking, the repairman said it was just too old and rusty to repair. (Kinda’ like him! HA!) And then he said, “When you get a new washer, don’t expect it to last as long as this one did. They’re not making them to last these days.”


  7. Give up the coffee and drink tea. problem solved; I believe you Yankees only know tea bags, but if you get yourself a proper teapot and make the tea with real tea leaves, who knows you may enjoy a good cuppa tea and I
    ve heard it makes a suitable accompaniment to that ==== stuff you eat Ha! Hugs :)
    Hope you’re enjoying all these hugs :)


    • disperser says:

      I drink both. As to the process of tea-brewing, I’m not a big fan — make that, I’m no fan — of drinking any flavored liquid containing odd chunks and bits of vegetation. Give me a tea-bag any day.

      As an aside, I can assure you there are no artificial leaves in those bags. They just happen to be contained for easy disposal which is, as I said, my preferred way to enjoy tea . . . free of spent and flavorless vegetation.


    • disperser says:

      My assumption with your new-found tactile predilection is that it’s mostly insincere . . . hence your comment about visiting Perth when/if I’m ever in your area.

      . . . just a tease, you be . . .


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