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Topic: Is it fixable? (12 msgs / 243 lines)
1) From: Scot Murphy
For the electrically adept on our list...
The other day, I spilled some liquid on the kitchen counter and in  
ran underneath my Rocky. I was flustered because I was in the middle  
of things, and the liquid ended up sitting there. About an hour  
later, the Rocky turned itself on, and when I got into the kitchen,  
smoke was coming out of it. I yanked the cord out of the wall and  
waited until the next day to mess with it. Now it won't turn on at  
all, and in fact, the rocker switch doesn't click into one position  
or the other: it rocks right back into the middle. No matter what,  
though, the machine won't start.
So: is it fixable? Is it something as simple as replacing the rocker  
switch, or am I going to have to replace the entire motor? Or is my  
Rocky DOA?
Scot "my kingdom lost for want of a paper towel" Murphy
"You were sick, but now you're well again, and there's work to do."
                           --Kilgore Trout

2) From: miKe mcKoffee
OUCH and condolences!!! Anything is "fixable", given enough parts (cough
One day may or may not have been enough time to thoroughly dry out. First
thing I'd do is open Rocky up and inspect. (ok, first thing is make sure
unplugged then open up;-) Make very sure completely dry everywhere inside.
If in doubt I'd "bake it" in a 100f oven for half a day or so opened up,
then cool. Look for any possible reset. If switch still doesn't work I'd
temporarily bypass switch to test motor. I'd apply power only very briefly
to test initially. If still no motor go may be fried, call dealer tech

3) From: Ken Mary
If it was running without much unusual noise when you unplugged, it may be
ok. I find it hard to believe that water would wick up into the switch, but
that is likely what happened. That is a serious design flaw. Replace the
switch and any wiring that does not look like new. Or you should call the
supplier and ask about a complete grinder replacement due to defective
design. If these grinders are made to be used on a kitchen counter where
liquid spills are a daily ocurrence, then there is a definite safety hazard.
If you had put your hand in the water near the grinder, it is likely we
would be reading your obituary instead of "Is it fixable".
Does your Rocky have a grounded plug? Is your wall receptacle ground fault
protected? If not, get it fixed now.

4) From: Don Harris
Silly question did you check the ground fault, if one?
On 12/12/06, Ken Mary  wrote:

5) From: Scot Murphy
On Dec 12, 2006, at 2:14 PM, Ken Mary wrote:
I guess I'll get busy trying to find a replacement rocker switch. I  
can probably get one through one of the web suppliers. As far as the  
supplier of this particular Rocky, it was an eBay find,  
unfortunately. And yes, the reason you are not reading my obituary is  
that I had the common sense to know to pull out the plug rather than  
play with the switch. I've met Mr. Electricity before and shaken  
hands, and wasn't pleased. :)
The plug and outlet are both grounded, so that is not an issue,  
luckily. Now, as far as replacing the switch, I have NO experience  
with such things, so I will probably ask  a friend who has done  
electrical stuff for years. Better than meeting Mr. Electricity  
again. :)
Scot "need it be said that it was shocking?" Murphy
"You were sick, but now you're well again, and there's work to do."
                           --Kilgore Trout

6) From: Scot Murphy
On Dec 12, 2006, at 2:18 PM, Don Harris wrote:
Do you mean "check" as in, did it have one? The Rocky is a 3-prong  
plug and I used a 3-prong outlet, if that's what you mean, but other  
than that, I don't know. Given the way this place is wired, it  
wouldn't surprise me if the third prong was just for show.
Scot "not running the microwave and grinder at the same time" Murphy
"You were sick, but now you're well again, and there's work to do."
                           --Kilgore Trout

7) From: miKe mcKoffee
Basically confirming you still have power at the outlet me thinks.

8) From: miKe mcKoffee
Yeah, that was the main point of my diags though I failed to mention it!

9) From: Greg Scace
I bet you just fried the switch and not the motor.
At 02:53 PM 12/12/2006, you wrote:

10) From: raymanowen
Yes, with the caveat of miKe's comment.
What liquid? I never saw any!
Besides, assuming there had been a spill, a countertop appliance should be
immune to them.
Call customer service- let them worry about how rapidly they're going to
send your replacement grinder so you can repack yours and send it back to
them for failure analysis. It's their problem.
Lacking that, put them on notice that everyone that might be considering a
grinder upgrade now has additional data to consider.
Take names- Kindly keep your readers current, please
Kyle Anderson of Baratza (Solis) makes it his concern to Solve Problems of
their customers.
That's the Definition of customer service!
Cheers -RayO, aka Opa!
In hindsight, the paper towel might be a No, No--- Hell, No! The Kingdom
might arrive sooner!
On 12/12/06, Don Harris  wrote:
"When the theme hits the bass, I dance the Jig!" - -Virgil Fox at the Mighty
Wichita (ex- NYC Paramount) WurliTzer- 1976

11) From: Tom Ulmer
You could always opt for death by Draino... in the tradition of Trout
Or you spend $8 for an outlet tester then pay someone to fix the defective
plugs and install some GFI in your kitchen and bathroom(s).

12) From: Ed Needham
You'll have to buy more magic smoke to put into the grinder since all yours 
leaked out.
Ed Needham®
"to absurdity and beyond!"http://www.homeroaster.com(include [FRIEND] in subject line to get through my SPAM filters)

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