Around the House Projects

Various projects Ed has done or is working on.

Sanyo Rice Cooker Battery Replacement

The Sanyo EJC-BS-B35S rice cooker is ideal for 2 to 4 people. It’s compact so won’t take up much space on the counter top or kitchen cabinet. Other than the coin battery, it’s a VERY reliable appliance. The problem is the coin battery lasted a few years and was never intended to be replaceable. That is, it’s soldered directly to a circuit board in the case! When it runs down it no longer remembers the settings which is a bummer. In this project I’ll show you how I replaced it with a pair of AAAs which will last forever!

To see the Rice Cooker photo album of the project, Click here.

Repiping Home on Slab Floor

Lots of homes were built on concrete slab floors in our area. The contractors took the cheapest approach for delivering water through the house: The laid unprotected copper pipes directly on the soil and poured the concrete. In time, due to corrosion and mechanical wear against small stones in the soil and concrete, the wall gets penetrated. In our case the failure manifested as water dribbling, and eventually gushing, out of the slab edge. The plumber called his leak detection guy to find the leak, then jackhammered through the slab and patched the pipe. A week or two later, another leak sprang up.

That’s when we called a repiping contractor who installed a completely new water distribution system throughout the house, including all new angle valves, and replaced the supply line from the meter. The cost was about $800.

To see the Repiping Home photo album, Click here.