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  1. James Sweet

    James Sweet Guest

    Cheap late model Black & Decker toaster got more and more reluctant to stay
    down. I finally opened it up tonight and found the mechanism consists of an
    electromagnet controlled by an electronic timer. Bread crumbs had collected
    on top of the electromagnet and were creating a sufficient gap to prevent it
    from holding the mechanism down. Cleaned it out, put it back together and
    it's working well again. One out of the four screws holding the cover on was
    some weird security screw, but small needle nose pliars made quick work of
    that.
     
  2. Arfa Daily

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    I've got one with a similar mech. Works brilliantly compared to the old
    purely mechanical system, except for one small detail. The designer cleverly
    omitted to put on an over-ride button ! So, if what you are toasting starts
    to scorch before the damn thing decides it's cooked, the only way to get it
    to stop and pop your toast up, is to either flick the wall switch off, or
    pull the plug !!

    Arfa
     
  3. Don't you just love those easy ones? :)

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  4. No way to push the lever up? At least the Toastmaster has that!

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  5. Arfa Daily

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    It's actually a Philips, which I agree, you would have thought better of ...

    If I'm absolutely honest Andy, you *can* get the lever back up, but it takes
    considerable force to do so, such that it feels that you ought not to be
    doing that way for fear of breaking something. Also, because this is a
    mechanically 'slow' way of doing it, with the elements still energised,
    there is a good old flash visible through the slot, when it does release. In
    contrast, we have two 4-slice toasters at our cafe, which also use an
    electromagnetic locking system, but have a cancel button. Simple and much
    more effective than the Philips effort.

    Arfa
     
  6. On Sat, 12 Apr 2008 18:48:33 GMT, Arfa Daily wrote:

    8<............
    However, in making the mass market model for the Great Unwashed, if you
    can eliminate a switch - the attendant wiring - and the resulting
    assembly complexity -- and you save 50 cents per model....
    Now, then, if you sell 10,000,000 of them .....................
     
  7. James Sweet

    James Sweet Guest

    No, it's not a toaster oven, just an ordinary 2 slice toaster. I didn't post
    the model number because I was too lazy to go find it, I'm sure many models
    work similarly. There's a cancel button, as well as the lever can be forced
    up without too much effort, but that's irrelevant to the original problem.
     
  8. James Sweet

    James Sweet Guest


    I just bought the stupid thing a couple months ago, it still looked like new
    so I opened it up. I usually take a crack at fixing anything, so long as it
    isn't total junk.
     
  9. D-unit

    D-unit Guest

    I have the same problem with mine.

    I'll check it out.

    Thanks,

    db
     
  10. James Sweet

    James Sweet Guest


    The handle is a real pain in the butt to get back on, keep at it and you'll
    figure it out.
     
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