Archive for the ‘Non IT-related’ Category

Roof Rail / Rack / Cross Bar and Accessories

Sunday, July 3rd, 2016

2016-07-03 Updated

2010-06-25 Initial Post

This is an interesting area that I looked into last year when I got a bike rack for my 2009 Subaru Tribeca. The term “roof rack” basically refers to the basic rail and cross bar system on a vehicle’s roof. In most cases, you need the rails and cross bars in place before you can install accessories such as a bike or ski carrier (these are generally referred to as “bike rack” and “ski rack,” respectively). (more…)

US Military Special Operations

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

2015-02-03 Updated

2010-04-16 Initial Post

Within the last few months I renewed my interest in US military special operations, particularly from watching the Military Channel's Special Ops Mission and sniper shows, and the Discovery Channel's Two Weeks In Hell and Surviving the Cut. I’m writing this post to gather my notes on spec ops units in the US military.


Make Vietnamese-Style Coffee and Chicory Using a French Press

Sunday, January 11th, 2015

2015-01-11 Updated
2010-04-17 Initial Post

Note: 1 US cup = 8 US fluid ounces. (more…)

2011 Acura TSX Door / Window Visor Installation

Saturday, August 23rd, 2014

2014-08-23 Updated

2011-11-12 Initial post

I posted some pics which should help others who want to install the factory OEM 2011 Acura TSX window visors (part number 08R04-TL2-200). You can get the install instructions from here. Since the TSX didn't change much from 2009 - 2014 (final model year for TSX), the install should be the same for those model years. (more…)

Whirlpool WFW9250WR Front-Loading Washer F9 E1 Error, Clogged Drain Filter

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

2014-06-04 Initial Post

Back on 2012-11-12, my washer beeped and displayed the F9 E1 error about midway through a cycle. I looked up that error code in the Use & Care Guide and here’s what it stated:

“F9E1” on display (Drain Problem)

Press POWER to cancel the cycle. Unplug washer or disconnect power.

Plug in washer or reconnect power. Re-select cycle and press

START/PAUSE. If the problem remains, call for service.

I did all that several times to no avail. I was pretty much set on calling an appliance repair place and then I found the answer here: It stated to “remove the lower front panel and unscrew the filter from the pump and clean it out.” I figured out how to do that and here’s my summary:

  1. Unplug power from the washer.
  2. Prop the two front legs of the washer on a piece of 2 x 4 or something similar.
  3. Unscrew the three screws on the bottom of the front panel (I used my Metrinch ¼ inch/6mm socket). These screws are hard to grip, so you’ll need to put some pressure on them.
  4. The drain components are on the right side. Put something under the big white drain plug to catch water as you turn it slowly counter clockwise. There might be a lot of water in there, so take your time and close the plug when you need to, to dump the water; Do this as many times as necessary to remove all the water.
  5. Inside the white drain tube, on the right side is the filter area. I found a piece of my wife’s bra in there, so after removing that and checking with a mirror to verify that nothing else was caught in there, I put everything back and put the washer on the RINSE/DRAIN & SPIN cycle and it has worked fine since.

It wasn’t my idea of how to spend a Monday evening, but I saved $50 some dollars and most importantly, time. I was dreading the idea of having to take a day off from work to meet with the appliance repairman.

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