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RubenX 06-22-13 11:49 PM

Microwave woes :(
 
I was cleaning the microwave and a small "thingie" broke:

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/n...psfde030ec.jpg

It seems to be some kind of metalic paper, covered by 2 layers of regular papers.

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/n...pse26b5487.jpg

and it goes here, inside the unit:

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/n...pse71fef0e.jpg

With the "thingie" broken, the microwaves react with the pieces of metal and you know... so I took it out and it works just find. But my OCD/Aspie mind cant stop thinking... what is the purpose of that "thingie"? Is it a shield to prevent microwaves from escaping and killing peacemaker users? Is it safe to use the unit without that "thingie"?

windhchaser 06-22-13 11:56 PM

wow small world ive lost that thing years ago

BenzFanatic 06-23-13 12:11 AM

Haha, I think I have the same microwave and that happened to me a few weeks ago... I don't see any problem with it. If it was really important, they would have made it more robust.

windhchaser 06-23-13 12:15 AM

it is used to keep food out of the magnetron

kenji666 06-23-13 12:37 AM

It's called a waveguide cover. It disperses the microwave energy inside the oven.
You can go to the manufacturers website and order a replacement. ($4 or 5).

no1mad 06-23-13 12:41 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by BenzFanatic (Post 15772968)
Haha, I think I have the same microwave and that happened to me a few weeks ago... I don't see any problem with it. If it was really important, they would have made it more robust.

Wouldn't be too sure of that. Could be a 'defect by design', meant to fail at some point so that you will be forced to buy a new microwave oven....

RubenX 06-23-13 02:08 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by windhchaser (Post 15772970)
it is used to keep food out of the magnetron

You mean this guy?

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...f/Megatron.jpg

BenzFanatic 06-23-13 04:14 AM

Waveguide cover, psh. Just another way for The Man to keep us down

skijor 06-23-13 06:38 AM

This RubenFix™ requires a cute grl with an adorable accent.

ahsposo 06-23-13 07:43 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by BenzFanatic (Post 15773135)
Waveguide cover, psh. Just another way for The Man to keep us down

lol!

RubenX 06-23-13 10:37 AM

I knew Foo would deliver. So, the "thingie", now correctly identified as a "waveguide cover" has noe been researched by Rube and here are my findings:

1) Many people over the world have removed the waveguide cover AND continued using their units without any adverse effects.

2) In the beginning, waveguide covers were attached with tamper resistant screws to prevent people from replacing them, even tho manufacturers knew that the covers would break (kinda like batteries on apple products).

3) The reason why most break is because food splatters on them, burns, breaks through the protective coating and exposes the metal mesh.

4) Supposedly, the cover has 3 functions:

a) Protect the magnetron from food splatter.
b) distribute the waves through the food. (which should be shenanigans if the unit has a rotating dish)
c) keep waves from bouncing/backing up into the magnetron, which might damage it over time.

5) You can find a replacement waveguide cover for your specific unit. But you can also buy a "universal" unit and cut it to size. (which makes no sense, since cutting it would expose the metal mesh around the edges).

So, at this point I'm inclined to believe that waveguide covers are indeed intended to break, arch inside the unit and screw it up, forcing you to buy a new one.

Quote:

Originally Posted by BenzFanatic (Post 15773135)
Waveguide cover, psh. Just another way for The Man to keep us down

...to keep us down indeed. If I had the money and the time I would probably start a website like "waveguidecoverconspiracy.com", sell t-shirts and stuff.

If the ONLY real purpose is to keep food particles from reaching the magnetron itself, then it should be ok to replace it with some cardboard or plastic or something else WITHOUT any metal in it.

Artkansas 06-23-13 12:05 PM

Some say that "a Microwave Oven Is Bad for Your Health"

Could the microwave itself be the tool of oppression?

kenji666 06-23-13 12:30 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by RubenX (Post 15773859)
If the ONLY real purpose is to keep food particles from reaching the magnetron itself, then it should be ok to replace it with some cardboard or plastic or something else WITHOUT any metal in it.

Incorrect. Mica is a high temperature, fire-resistant material. Cardboard will soak up food grease and create a fire hazard, and plastic will melt.

RubenX 06-23-13 07:03 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kenji666 (Post 15774123)
Incorrect. Mica is a high temperature, fire-resistant material. Cardboard will soak up food grease and create a fire hazard, and plastic will melt.

\

Unless I cut the cover out of an *orphan-container :P

*Orphan-container: A microwave container who's lid has been lost.

windhchaser 06-23-13 07:07 PM

hell ya can buy a new microwave for 20 bucks

RubenX 06-23-13 07:18 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by windhchaser (Post 15775108)
hell ya can buy a new microwave for 20 bucks

$46.99 is what google said.

genec 06-24-13 08:24 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Artkansas (Post 15774057)
Some say that "a Microwave Oven Is Bad for Your Health"

Could the microwave itself be the tool of oppression?

I keep my microwave in a pantry, and use it with the pantry door closed... don't want them little waves getting out and starting any commotion.

bigbenaugust 06-24-13 08:38 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by skijor (Post 15773290)
This RubenFix™ requires a cute grl with an adorable accent.

Ruben already has her number.

bigbenaugust 06-24-13 08:46 AM

My grandmother (may she rest in peace) had a little user error trouble with her microwave and once ran it empty on full power (instead of in the kitchen timer mode) for 20 minutes or something. She had blown a dime-size hole in the bottom of the microwave. Grandpa (may he rest in peace) had someone cut a sheet of white polycarbonate of some sort and caulk it to the bottom of the microwave. Problem solved. We continued to use that microwave for years.

no motor? 06-24-13 09:23 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by skijor (Post 15773290)
This RubenFix™ requires a cute grl with an adorable accent.

She's also using a power tool, but not using the kitchen table for the repair. He needs to schedule a meeting with her to show her how to ad the RubenTouchtm.

overthehillmedi 06-24-13 10:15 AM

I don't know about that. Could Rube handle a woman who knows how to use power tools and fix things? :)

no motor? 06-24-13 12:28 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by overthehillmedi (Post 15777047)
I don't know about that. Could Rube handle a woman who knows how to use power tools and fix things? :)

Good question. I wonder what kind of kids they'd have?!?!

overthehillmedi 06-24-13 06:28 PM

Well if they took after mom they'd be handy with tools, if it was dad now.......:)

windhchaser 06-24-13 06:51 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by RubenX (Post 15775146)
$46.99 is what google said.

i saw em all the time advertised for like 18.99 unless im confused.think it was a brands smart add

Michigander 06-24-13 07:51 PM

It's permanently unsafe. The best way to fix your problem would likely be to scrap it, and another used one, then use them to create a stick welder. :thumb: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nTDx3sN2dhU

Using your brand new welder and a few other bits of scrap metal, you can fabricate yourself a new BBQ, and use it to cook instead. :p


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