NuTone Appliance Maintenance

My house was built at a time when things were made to last. However, some things are hard to maintain. Hidden appliances, like the kitchen fan, is an appliance that nobody thinks about until it starts making sounds or, in my case, little pieces of dirt rained down when it was turned on. I’m pretty sure it hasn’t been cleaned since it was installed 65 years ago. The entire motor housing and duct was covered with a thick layer of grease and dirt. It was time for some appliance maintenance.

The fan manufacturer, NuTone - best known for making doorbells - made fans primarily for residential homes. My grandmother had one above her kitchen sink that vented out the wall.  There was a pull chain to turn it on.  I remember her climbing up a stool and straddling the sink to clean the fan. My mom stood behind her the whole time waiting to catch her if she fell. These fans were stout, quiet and worth a bit of money if maintained.

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Fall BBQ & Space Improvement

This past Saturday we held our Fall BBQ / space-improvement day at the space.

A few of the things we tackled were: organizing and assessing accumulated electronics and computer equipment, affixing whiteboards into 4 of the panels on the mainroom bay door, insulating the woodshop bay door, installing peg board and clamp rack in the woodshop, and mending the sewing shelf.

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Apple Press Night

Jennifer Farmer brought her home-made cider press to the space tonight, along with apples from her house!  Built with boards and plywood and an automotive jack, the rig cost less than $50. Fresh juice for all!!

Smashing apples with a 2x4

 Smashing the apples with a 2×4

Getting ready

Getting the apples leveled

Big Squeeze!

The apples weren’t quite perfectly leveled, so the jack is a little off center.

The juice pooled in the pan, then drained through a hole into a hose, and into the jug.

Sweet goodness

The gurgles were music to our ears!

tada apple juice

Ta da!

Pouring the bounty

Pouring nature’s spoils!