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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Day of the Dead Party 2011 Recap

Thanks to all who waded through wicked weather to attend our post-Halloween party on Tuesday evening November 1. We had more types of lights than you can count on 2 hands and more importantly, dozens of people stopping by to see them! Special thanks to John E. for wowing everyone with lasers, fog, and sound-reactive flowers (as seen at Burning Man, Apogaea and other events); Peter for the awesome music; and Rudy and Liz for the food.

If you missed the party, remember you can always stop on by on any Tuesday evening starting around 7:30 for our weekly public meeting, and/or check in with us if you want to stop by on a Saturday afternoon or other time!

Thanks to Mollie for the photos!