Sparks Flying… in Your Microwave?

Did sparks fly (not the romantic kind) while you were in the middle of heating up your pizza pocket?

An arcing microwave, which is the likely cause of the sparks, happens when the center rack isn’t properly fitted in the rack holder. If arcing repeatedly occurs, it could cause damage to the microwave’s interior paint, as well as permanent damage.

If this paint has already worn off and you continue to see sparks in your microwave, you can touch up the interior with an appliance paint, found at any appliance specialty shop like Appliance Factory Parts. Check out our video above for more details.

What’s Better: LED, LCD or Plasma?

This Samsung 3D TV has a plasma screen, which is great for watching live sports.

So you’re looking to buy Dad a cool gift to thank him for fixing all of your toys (even if he did use duct tape). Perhaps he’s a really good duct tape handyman and you’ve decided to indulge him with a new TV. He’ll be so thrilled and, assuming he lets you watch it, you get to reap some of those benefits too. There are tons of choices out there, but you can notice that most TVs fall into three categories: plasma, LCD and LED.

So what’s the difference? In addition to screen size, TVs all vary in picture quality, glare and brightness. Some are better for watching sports and other brightly-lit programming, while others work better with low-lit media like movies. We’ve broken it down the basics for you below.  

Plasma: Plasma TVs get their name because the technology uses small cells containing electrically-charged ionized gases—the same ones found in fluorescent lamps or those cool electric orbs you find at novelty shops. Their sizes range from 42 to about 65 inches. Plasma tends to have better viewing angle for small rooms.

LCD: LCD stands for “liquid crystal display,” which is why the screen ripples when you poke it (which is why Dad always tells you not to do that—you’ll bust the screen.) LCD TVs come in more sizes, and they’re almost always on the lowest end in price.

LED: LED, or light-emitting diode, is similar to LCD. The only difference is the light source, which is why LED TVs tend to have a brighter picture and lowest energy consumption all at once. In our business, LEDs are the crème-de-la-crème.

Each type of screen has its perks, and finding the right one all depends on your preferences. Here’s another helpful article that weighs the pros and cons of each one. As always, you can ask us directly on Facebook or Twitter.