Timer in ancient microwave (montgomery ward, built 1985!)The ANALOG dial knob timer on my old very compact Montgomery Ward microwave is no longer shutting off. I don't mind buying...
Won't roll freely - is transaxle frozen?Unfortunately, I've acquired a neglected yard tractor / mower with multiple issues. I've yet not bothered to try to start...
Answer to "Hot water flows into cold water inlet"I agree that the inlet valve is the prime suspect. But the first thing I'd check is to see if there's something clogging the problem inlet. Given that you've already switched the hoses, chances are you already checked there. But, if you have old plumbing, or a water source which may not be perfect, and if there's a there's screen filter at the point where the hose attaches to the machine, there may be some debris restricting the flow. Again, unlikely, but a simple check and easy fix. Otherwise, I agree with oldturkey03, roll up your sleeves and replace that inlet valve. It always feels great to solve such problems on your own.
Answer to "My lawn mower will start for a few seconds then dies."I have often had this exact symptom on an old beast of a mower. It was also a Tecumseh, but not sure the engine brand really matters. In my case, it was water in the fuel which settled to the bottom of the carburetor float bowl. I could do a quick fix by just loosening the nut fitting on the bottom of the bowl enough to let the water and then some gas drain out. Water is heavier than gas so it sinks below the gas. Usually that was enough to solve the problem. A better fix is to remove the carb and clean it, and make sure that the tank is as clean as you can get it too. Yes, fuel with alcohol is a problem, probably explains why I had this problem once or twice a year. Our local mower repair shop will do a quick turn-around on carb cleaning / rebuild if I bring in the carb removed from the mower. In busy season, I get the carb back the next day. If they're slow, I can pick it up in the afternoon. Maybe that's just because they like me, it's certainly not because I'm a big spender! They replace the needle and...