And so it begins . . .

and where does it stop? As I expected the other day, the bans have started.

New York State has now banned “Assault Weapons” with only ONE cosmetic feature, not two like before. So now 100’s of thousands of New York gun owners that owned legal guns yesterday are now criminals. So having a folding or adjustable stock on your rifle, even a standard deer hunting rifle, makes you a criminal. Even if it’s only used so your wife or son can shoot the rifle more comfortably.

They have also redefined a “High Capacity” magazine to be one that holds no more than 7 rounds, down from the previous 10.

You can keep your old 10 round magazine, but if you ever put more than 7 rounds in it, you’re a criminal, even if you never put it in a gun.

And of course you can forget that 13 – 17 round mag that came with your pistol. It’s now a felony to posses one.

Maybe the government ought to take a look at the first 9 ‘Killers’ on this list before they worry about guns.

Top 10 Killers in US


Under the heading of “Make your own Assault Weapon at home”, it’s almost here.

You may or may not have heard about 3D Printing. A 3D printer is a device that allows you take something designed by a computer and print it out in plastic, or in some cases, metal. Think Star Trek Replicator.

If you’re a car company, you get a multi-million dollar model to literally print out the parts of a new prototype car, rather than making them by hand.

Z Corp Z Printer 650


And if you’re Jay Leno you can use one to made new parts for your large collection of antique cars.

3D Printer - Jay Leno


Ever owned an HP LaserJet or InkJet printer? Now you can own an HP DesignJet 3D printer. This ones about $15,000.

HP 3D DesignJet


You don’t even have to own one. You can design your part at home and then send it off to have it produced.



You can print everything from simple things

3dprinter output


to very intricate ones.



Even better you can get one for home use as a kit for between $500 and $1000.

3D Printer Kit

And even more better, you can use this one to print the parts for a new one. Kind of self-replicating. So where does this all lead?

Like I said, make your own AR-15 “Assault Weapon” at home.

Most people may not realize that the important part to an AR-15 is the lower receiver.


This is the part that has the serial number, and is regulated and tracked by the government. The barrel, stock, etc. are all readily available. But now, you can print one at home.


Of course it’s a work in progress, playing off the type of plastic used, the design, and the durability of the piece.

The first lasted for one round, the second one lasted for six, the third for 40 rounds, the fourth, fifth, and sixth, who knows.

But even better, and what works now, is a print-it-yourself magazine.


3D AR-15_Magazine parts

They’ve printed magazines that will work with no problems, and will hold up to 100 rounds.

Now that’s a High Capacity Magazine!

So now, let’s ban 3D printers, right?

Also apparently now finger guns are illegal.


Next up: The Splendide Repairman

I had two problems with our Splendide washer/dryer. The first was a flaky door switch that sometimes would not allow the door to be opened after use, sometimes until the next day.

But while I was waiting for the new switch to come in from Westland Sales, another problem appeared. The dryer stopped drying. Everything worked except for the heating up part.

At first I was hoping it might have a connection with the defective switch so I could fix both problems with one repair. But a close look at the schematic in the service manual proved that wrong.

I could have replaced the switch from the outside, but I now couldn’t avoid pulling the washer out of the cabinet, a real pain in the rear.

So today was the day.

After I removed the retaining strip at the bottom of the opening, I next removed the cabinet doors, and other parts like this latch.

Dryer Repair 1


Then I started inching the washer out.

Dryer Repair 2


Since there is plenty of room inside the cabinet you think they could have left a little more room in the opening.

Dryer Repair 3


You can’t even get a screwdriver in between the washer and the wall.

Dryer Repair 4


But finally I had it out far enough to tilt it onto the floor dolly. The dolly all the difference in getting it out of the hallway.

Dryer Repair 5


Now I could get to the water hoses, after turning off the water, of course.

The string is left over from my fan motor replacement last year. It lets me push the washer back in and hold the drain hose out of the way so it doesn’t get crimped as I do.

Dryer Repair 6


Now I was able to push the washer aside so I could get inside the cabinet, unplug the power cord, and turn off the water at the valves, This let me turn the coach water back on.

Dryer Repair 9


The gob of sticky Plumber’s Putty holds the drain hose in the drain pipe so it doesn’t come loose while bouncing down the road, and then flood your RV once you get to the RV park.

Dryer Repair 8


Now with the lid off I was able to start checking components. And my first test proved to be the last one. Because it found the culprit.

Dryer Repair 10


And this is it. It’s a thermal fuse. And it’s your last-ditch protection against the dryer catching fire.

Dryer Thermal Fuse

If the High Temp thermostat shorts out, the dryer would just run hotter and hotter, possibly starting a fire. A clogged exhaust vent can also cause this to happen.

But these fuses sometimes just die and open up, which is what happened here.

The markings on the fuse does not tell me the temperature rating, nor does the schematic. So I’ve got a call into the Westland Sales to see if this is a part I can find locally, or one I will have to order from them. Hopefully I’ll be able to talk with them tomorrow.

Coming Up Soon: The Blind Repairman, or How to repair/restring your RV Day/Night Shades.

Blind Repair 1



Thought for the Day: Be sure and note who said this!

"Certainly one of the chief guarantees of freedom under any government, no matter how popular and respected, is the right of citizens to keep and bear arms. This is not to say that firearms should not be very carefully used and that definite safety rules of precaution should not be taught and enforced. But the right of citizens to bear arms is just one more guarantee against arbitrary government, and one more safeguard against tyranny which now appears remote in America, but which historically has proved to be always possible." – Hubert H. Humphrey – Democratic Senator and Vice President – Guns magazine, February 1960, p.6



12 Responses

  1. Whoever invented those blinds needs to be strung up with one of those #@$%^& strings. I solved our bedroom blind problem with 2 dowel rods to hold it up when we need some ventilation.
    Good luck with that project Greg.

    BTW …. Great posts on the gun issues. I still think you should move to DC and run the country. King Gregory the First!

  2. Or you could come up to Mckinney to MCD Shades and get all new ones…….. Keep us posted on the washer/dryer, at some point we all will have to tear into ours.

  3. I was hoping that if something good and productive were to come out of the horror of the Sandy Hook shooting it would be to acknowledge that there were issues besides gun laws. I hoped that the commentary from the mother of a mentally ill teen son would capture longer attention and amp up addressing mental health and bullying. People like Lanza and Holmes are bright enough to figure out other ways as did McVeigh. Seems like government and much of the public is wrapped around the axle on the gun issue.

  4. Jim,

    Once I found a diagram of how it’s supposed to be strung, it doesn’t look too hard.

    Plus there are a number of how-to videos on YouTube.

    We’ll see how it goes.

  5. Smitty,

    But see, I’m really cheap. I think I can fix mine for the price of a $10 spool of cord.

  6. Rosalind,


  7. I couldn’t even remotely justify the cost of MCD shades….!!! If they were priced affordably perhaps they would sell more…

  8. You are so right, so was ol’ Hubert H. Humphrey… If I had one of those machines and knew how to run it I could build an Empire & be the Emperor!!!


  9. The thermal fuses have a little hole in the top of them. Take a paper clip and push it down into the hole and that will reset the fuse. My husband has done that to our Splendide a few times. He also found blind string on line fairly reasonable and repaired two bedroom blinds (one just last week).

  10. Ellen,

    I just looked at my old fuse and there is no hole of any kind in it. I have heard of resettable ones but most of them blow internally like an automobile fuse.

    Once it’s gone, it’s gone.

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