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Instruction Manual for your new Filter Queen


Published by Filter Queen in 1970-- Full owners manual and operating instructions for the Model 31 Filter Queen Vacuum Cleaner.

Number of Pages: 14
File Size: 8mb
Download Fee: $11.99

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Thumbnail Image of Download 1978 GM-Frigidaire Microwave Oven Service Manual
Comprehensive service manual to all Frigidaire Microwave Ovens.

Models Included: RCM-5, RCM-7, RWM-7, RCM-9
Microwave Ovens
Published by:
Frigidaire
0 86 110mb $14.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1975 Frigidaire Wall Ovens and 30 Inch Electric Ranges Service Manual
Complete service manual to all 1975 Frigidaire home 30" wide electric cooking ranges along with all 1975 Frigidaire Wall Ovens. Complete troubleshooting, service instructions and wiring diagrams included.

Models include:
Wall Ovens: RBG-94, RBG-97, RBE-94, RBE-97
30" Ranges: RB-530, RBG-533, RBE-533, RBEG-539C.
Ranges/Stoves
Published by:
Frigidaire
1975 80 123mb $14.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1976 Frigidaire Touch-N-Cook Range Service Manual
Complete service manual to 1976 Frigidaire Touch-N-Cook Electric Range and Oven, model REG-39CD.


Ranges/Stoves
Published by:
Frigidaire
1976 40 60mb $14.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1977 Frigidaire Built-In Touch-N-Cook Ranges Service Manual
Complete service manual to 1977 Frigidaire Touch-N-Cook Built in cooking appliances.

Models include: REG-539CD, RE-94D, RB139D.
Ranges/Stoves
Published by:
Frigidaire
1977 68 106mb $14.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1973 Frigidaire Ceramic Ceramatop Range Service Manual
Complete service manual to Frigidaire ceramic top range model number RCDE3-37CU. Complete troubleshooting, service instructions and wiring diagrams included.


Ranges/Stoves
Published by:
Frigidaire
1973 39 62mb $14.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1976 Frigidaire Built-In Electric Ranges Service Manual
Complete service manual to all 1976 Frigidaire built-in electric ranges and wall ovens. Complete troubleshooting, service instructions and wiring diagrams included.

Models include:
R-530, RG-533, RE-537, REG-539C, RB-131, RB-133, RB-137C, RG-94, RE-94, RG-97, RE-97
Ranges/Stoves
Published by:
Frigidaire
1976 95 130mb $14.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1979 Frigidaire 30 Inch Electric Ranges Service Manual
Complete service manual to all 1979 Frigidaire home 30" wide electric cooking ranges. Complete troubleshooting, service instructions and wiring diagrams included.

Models include:
RE-636VG, REG-638VG, REG-639CVG, REM-638VG, REM639CVG
Ranges/Stoves
Published by:
Frigidaire
1979 86 113mb $14.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1968 Frigidaire Free-Standing Electric Range Service Manual
Here is the comprehensive service manual to all 1968 Frigidaire 30" and 40" free standing electric ranges.

Models include:
30" Ranges: RSA-30N, RS-30N, RS-35N, RD-35N, RDG-38N, RCDG-39N, RE-30N, RSAE-30N, RSE-36N, RDE-38N, RCDE-39N, RCIE-39N, RXE-39N

40" Ranges: RS-10N, RD-20N, RDDG-20N, RCDG-71N, RSE-15N, RDE-20N, RCIE-75N

24" Ranges: RAN-4, RAH-4
Ranges/Stoves
Published by:
Frigidaire
1968 74 106mb $14.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1968 Frigidaire Refrigerator-Freezer N Line Service Manual
Here is the comprehensive service manual for all 1968 Frigidaire home refrigerator-freezer models.

Models include:
D-100N, D-116N, FD123TN, FD-141TN, FCDM-148N, FPD-121TN, FPD-146TN, FPD-146TAN, FPD-166TN, FPD-166TAN, FPD-144BN
Refrigerators/Freezers
Published by:
Frigidaire
1968 95 71mb $14.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Frigidaire Basic Refrigeration Home Study Course
Here is a great primer to learning how to service 20th century refrigerator-freezers. It is a home study course from Frigidaire although this is valid for most brands of refrigerators.

Topics include:
Basic Food Preservation,
Fundamentals of Refrigeration,
Systems and Components
Refrigerators/Freezers
Published by:
Frigidaire
1978 64 71mb $14.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1953-1958 Frigidaire Refrigerator Parts Catalog
Here is a complete catalog with illustrations of parts, part names and part numbers for all Frigidaire Home Refrigerator-Freezers.

Models Include...
1953 Models:
AS-44, AS-44F, AS-61, AS-83, AS-76, SS-77, DS-90, OS-106, IS-106, IS-106P, IS-108, IS-108P, MS-86, MS-90, SS-72, SS-74, SS-86, SS-86P, SS-97, SS-114

1954 Models:
AT-44, AT-61, CT-70, CT-701, CT-702,CTD-84, CTD-84P, CTD-841, CTD-841P, CTD-842, CTD-842P, CTD-103, CTD-1031, CTD-1032, CTD-103S, CTI-103, CTI-103P, CTI-1031, CTI-1031P, CTI-1032, CTI-1032P, CTI-130, CTI-130P, CTI-1301, CTI-1301P, CTI-1302, CTI-1302P, CTI-150, CTI-150P, CTI-1501, CTI-1501P, CTI-1502, CTI-1502P, ST-76, ST-761, ST-762, STD-76, STD-761, STD-762, STD-91, STD-91P, STD-911, STD-911P, STD-912, STD-912P, STD-110, STD-1101, STD-1102

1955 Models:
AY-44, AY-61, CDV-84, CDV-103, CDV-103P, CDV-1031, CDV-1031P, CDV-1032, CDV-1032P, CDV-103S, CDV-112S, CIV-84, CIV-84P, CIV-841, CIV-842, CIV-841P, CIV-842P, CIV-1121P, CIY-1122P, CIV-112, CIV-112P, CIV-1121, CIV-1122, CIV-115, CIV-115P, CIV-1151, CIV-1152, CIV-1151P, CIV-1152P, CIV-1501P, CIV-1502P, CIV-143, CIV-143P, CIV-1431, CIV-1431P, CIV-1432, CIV-1432P, CIV-150, CIV-150P, CIV-1501, CIV-1502, SV-76, SDV-76, SV-76S, SDV-91, SDV-91P, SDV-911, SDV-912, SDV-110, SDV-91S, SDV-911P, SDV-912P, SDV-91PS

1956 Models:
A-44-56, A-61-56, CP-120-56, PCP-120-56, CP-143-56, PCP-143-56, FD-95-56, PFD-120-56, FD-120-56F0-95-56, FD-120-56, FDS-120-56, FDS-121-56, FI-121, PFI-121-56, FIW-150, S-80-56, S-80-56, SA-80-56, SS-80-56, SS-80-56, SAW-81, SSW-81, SA-80-56, SS-80-56, SAW-81, SSW-81, S-101-56, PS-101-56, S-121-56, SS-101-56

1957 & 1958 Models:
CP-123-57, CP-141-57, CP-125-58, CP-144-58, CP-123-57, CP-141-57, CP-125-58, CP-144-58, PGP-141-57, PCP-144-58, D-11S-58, FD-101-57, FD-102-57, FD-120-57, FD-120-57, PFD-120, FD-122-58, FD-122-58, FI-120-57, FI-123-58, FI-120-57, FI-123-58, PFI-120-57, PFI-123-58, FI-121-57, FI-122-58, FI-121-57, FI-122-58, PFI-122-58, FP-142-58, FP-142-58, FS-101-57, FD-104-58, FD-104-58, PFS-101-57, PFD-104-58, S-80-57, SA-81-57, S-8-58, SA-8-58, S-80-57, SA-81-57, SS-81-57, S-8-58, SA-8-58, SS-8-58, SS-81-57, SS-8-58, S-104-57, S-124-57, D-11-58, D-13-58, S-104-57, S-124-57, D-11-58, D-13-58, PD-11-58

Having the manufacturers part number for the part you need is essential for doing internet/eBay searches to locate these rare, no longer available parts. In many circumstances they can be found once you know the part number. This guide is essential for anyone who has any vintage Frigidaire appliance.
Refrigerators/Freezers
Published by:
Frigidaire
1958 634 145mb $14.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1965 Frigidaire Refrigerator-Freezer J Line Service Manual
Here is the comprehensive service manual for all 1965 Frigidaire home refrigerator-freezer models. Also included is the supplement for servicing their brand new automatic ice maker.

Models include:
S-10J, D-10J, D-12J, D-14J, FD-12TJ, FDA-13TJ, FD-13TJ, FD-14BJ, FCDM-14J, FPD-12TJ, FPDA-14TJ, FPD-14TJ, FPDA-14BJ, FPD-14BJ, FPD-16BJ, FPD-19BJ, FPI-12TJ, FPI-14TJ, FPI-14BJ, FPI-16BJ, FPI-19BJ, FPI-16BAJ.
Refrigerators/Freezers
Published by:
Frigidaire
1965 120 103mb $14.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1966 Frigidaire Refrigerator-Freezer K Line Service Manual
Here is the comprehensive service manual for all 1966 Frigidaire home refrigerator-freezer models.

Models include:
S-10K,D-10K, D-12K, D-14L, FDA-12TK, FDA-13TK, FD-13TK, FDA-14BK, FCDM-14K, FPDA-14-12TK, FPDA-14TK
Refrigerators/Freezers
Published by:
Frigidaire
1965 96 72mb $14.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1955 ABC-O-Matic Automatic Washer Service Manual
Full and comprehensive service manual to the 1955 line of ABC-O-Matic automatic and semi-automatic washers. Service bulletins also included at the end of the document.

Models include: 61, 71, 81 and 91.
Automatic Washers
Published by:
ABC-O-Matic
1955 56 77mb $12.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1965-1966 Frigidaire Coin-Operated Washers Service Manual
Here are the service manuals to the first Super-Duty transmission commercial/coin-op automatic washers from Frigidaire. These are the 1010rpm spin/18 minute cycle washers.

Models include: WCOJ, WCOJ-M, WCOJ-LP, WCOJ-MLP, WCK, WCK-LP, WCK-M, WCK-MLP.
Automatic Washers
Published by:
Frigidaire
1965 132 171mb $12.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1964 Montgomery Ward Portable Dishwasher Owners Manual
Here are the complete use/care and operating instructions to Montgomery Ward's Signature portable dishwasher model FFT-977 and FFT-937.


Dishwashers
Published by:
Montgomery Ward
1964 12 22mb $11.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1953-1960 Westinghouse Service Beacons
Here is a random sampling of Westinghouse Service Beacons from '53-'60. These are service bulletins that were released every few months on Westinghouse appliances. They include tips on servicing, new procedures and product changes.


Automatic Washers & Dryers
Published by:
Westinghouse
1960 230 222mb $12.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1961-1962 Westinghouse Service Beacons
Here is a random sampling of Westinghouse Service Beacons from '61 thru '62 These are service bulletins that were released every few months on Westinghouse appliances. They include tips on servicing, new procedures and product changes.


Automatic Washers & Dryers
Published by:
Westinghouse
1962 268 176mb $12.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1963-1965 Westinghouse Service Beacons
Here is a random sampling of Westinghouse Service Beacons from '63 thru '65 These are service bulletins that were released every few months on Westinghouse appliances. They include tips on servicing, new procedures and product changes.


Automatic Washers & Dryers
Published by:
Westinghouse
1965 274 218mb $12.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1972 Kenmore Washer Owners Manual
Here is the owners manual, wash guide, parts list and installation instructions packed with every 600 series Kenmore automatic washer from 1972. Models include: 110.7204610, 110.7204660, 110.7205610, 110.7205660.


Automatic Washers
Published by:
Kenmore
1972 48 56mb $14.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1954 Kenmore Washer Owners Manual
Here is the complete use and care guide to the 1954 Kenmore Automatic Washer.


Automatic Washers
Published by:
Kenmore
1954 20 26mb $11.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1959 Kenmore Automatic Washer Owners Manual
Here is the complete owners manual and operating instructions to the middle of the line Kenmore Alphabet Automatic Washer from 1959.


Automatic Washers
Published by:
Kenmore
1959 20 28mb $11.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Electrolux XII Vacuum Cleaner Owners Manual
Here is the complete owners manual and use/care guide to Electrolux Vacuum model XII.


Vacuum Cleaners
Published by:
Electrolux Vacuum (now Aerus)
1933 36 43mb $11.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1967 Easy Automatic Washer Service Manual
Here is the comprehensive service manual to Easy automatic washers from 1967. Models include: WA-355, WA-344, WA-323, WA-322, WA-3226, WA-321.

Sections include: Specifications, Features, Installation, Servicing and Troubleshooting.
Automatic Washers
Published by:
Easy
1967 60 72mb $12.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Construction and Operation of the Bendix Home Laundry
Here is an early service manual for Bendix bolt-down front-loading automatic washers. It covers the pre-war models. Parts catalog at the end also covers post war models up to the early 1950's.

Sections include:
Construction and Operation
Installing
Servicing
The Business of Service
Washing Practice
Parts Catalog

Models: S-101, B-201, S-110, B-210, B-215, B-211, B-212
Automatic Washers
Published by:
Bendix
1941 181 182mb $14.99

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Thumbnail Image of Download Entire '74 Line of General Electric Clothes Dryers
These brochures highlight the entire 1974 GE Dryer line.


Clothes Dryers
Published by:
General Electric
1974 13 22mb $8.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download KitchenAid 16 Series Dishwasher Parts Catalog
Here is the complete parts list to all 16 series KitchenAid dishwashers. This includes illustrations of all parts and their part numbers necessary for doing a parts search on old, hard to find replacement parts. Also include is the listing of available kits and accessories at the time these dishwashers were made.

Models include:

KDS-16 KDI-16
KDC-16
KD-36
KD-56
KD-56A
Dishwashers
Published by:
KitchenAid
1969 88 31mb $14.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Westinghouse Streamliner Laundromat Service Manual
Here is the service manual to Westinghouse's first "budget" model automatic washer. It is a wonderful quintessential 1950s styled machine that was to be come the coin-op version later on. Sections include: Parts of the Laundromat, Installation, Full description of the Cycle of Operation, What to do When, Parts Replacement, Washability, General Information.


Automatic Washers
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Westinghouse
1950 44 29mb $12.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1959 Frigidaire Tech-Tips Bulletins
Here is the completed collection of all 1959 Frigidaire Tech-Tips bulletins alerting of product, parts and service changes mid-model year. Also included is one 1957 and one 1958 year bulletin.


Automatic Washers & Dryers
Published by:
Frigidaire
1959 88 57mb $12.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1950 Hotpoint Servicegram Refrigerator-Freezer Service Manual
1950 Hotpoint Servicegram Manual covering Refrigerators. Sections include:

REFRIGERATORS
1951 Hotpoint Refrigerator
Adapting WR9Xl and lA Control Clamp
Adjusting Secondary Valve in Two-Zone Refrigerators
Breaker Strip Replacements
Compensated Controls
Controls for Refrigerators and Freezers
Handling of Hotpoint Refrigerators
Improper Refrigeration d Two-Zone Secondaries
Interchangeability of FH -83-AA Units
Liner Replacement of 1950 Cabinets
1950 Natural Draft Units
Natural Draft Two-Zone Refrigerators
AC82CA and AD102CA Refrigerator Units
AR-51AB16 Refrigerator
Removing the Secondary ill 1949 Two-Zone Refrigerators
Replacement Instructions for EG Model Refrigerator
with Rigid Type Insulation
Secondary Systems Stocked by Hotpoint
Side Mounting Evaporators
Unsatisfactory Refrigeration Table Symptoms
Wiring Diagram Location in 1950 EB Cabinets

FOOD FREEZERS
Assembly Instructions of WR12X34 Locking Handle
Kit to Food Freezers
Controls for Freezers & Refrigerators
FA-114 Replacement Crating
Fan Motor of FA-114 Units
Freezer Cabinets -Lid Seal Adjustment
Master Keys for Locking Freezer Handles
Removing the Unit of the EK - 11 Food Freezer
Replacing the FA114AA16 Unit in lOEKll-4 Freezer



Hotpoint's Servicegrams were produced to keep service personnel up to date with new products, appliance specifications, appliance service instructions, troubleshooting procedures, older product repair and parts changes, installation instructions, customer complaints and recommendations, testing procedures, tools for repairs, wiring diagrams, timer charts, appliance history and evolution and other important information regarding their appliances.
Refrigerators/Freezers
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Hotpoint
1950 59 41mb $14.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1947 Launderall Automatic Washer Owners Manual
Here is a very rare find, the Owners Manual, Operating Instructions Wall Chart and Warranty to the Launderall automatic washer which was the first horizontal access top loading automatic washer in the USA and possibly the world.


Automatic Washers
Published by:
Launderall
1947 23 9mb $11.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1960 Hotpoint Washer and Dryer Dealer Brochure
Here is a wonderful brochure showing appliance dealers the new 1960 Hotpoint washer and dryer line.


Wringer Washers
Published by:
Hotpoint
1960 4 8mb $8.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1968 Automatic Washer Facts Manual
Speed Queen produced their Facts Manuals to give to dealers and customers information regarding their products throughout the 60's. These documents are filled with beautiful images, illustrations and full specifications.


Automatic Washers
Published by:
Speed Queen
1968 8 9mb $8.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1957 Whirlpool Range Service Manual
Here is the comprehensive service manual to all 1957 Whirlpool electric ranges.

Wiring Diagrams, troubleshooting and service procedures included.

Models include:
Deluxe: W5743510,

Super-Deluxe: W5743910,

Custom: W5745610, W5745620,

Supreme: WS743710, WS745710

Imperial: W5743710, W5745710, W5743810, W5743811, W5745820, W5745830
Ranges/Stoves
Published by:
Whirlpool
1957 57 33mb $14.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Compact Laundry Brochure
Brochure highlighting GE's new portable washer and dryer.


Automatic Washers & Dryers
Published by:
General Electric
1972 2 6mb $8.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download GE Dishwashers, Disposers and Compactors
Full brochures with images, features and specifications for GE Dishwashers, Garbage Disposers and Trash Compactors.


Dishwashers
Published by:
General Electric
1985 8 8mb $8.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1959 General Electric Built In-Range, Oven and Cook-top Owners Manual
Full owners manual and use/care guide for all 1959 GE Built in ranges, ovens and cooktops. Models include: J820, J822, J620, J902, J904, J810, J812, J850, J852, J802, J720, J722, J724.


Ranges/Stoves
Published by:
General Electric
1959 32 11mb $12.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1955 General Electric Laundry Brochures
1955 was a big year for General Electric laundry appliances. Both the Filter-Flo system was introduced on their top-loading automatic washers as well as their first washer/dryer combo was introduced. These are beautifully illustrated brochures with full specifications included.

Models: Washer: WA-750M, Dryer: DA-623M and Washer/Dryer Combo: WD-660M.
Automatic Washers & Dryers
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General Electric
1955 12 11mb $8.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Maytag Washpower Automatic Operating Instructions for model A206S
8.5" x 11" operating instruction card that came with newly designed Center-Dial Maytag Washers.


Automatic Washers
Published by:
Maytag
1966 2 2mb $11.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1959 General Electric Automatic Washer Service Manual
This is a service manual supplement covering all of the 1959 models for GE Automatic Washers. Models include: WA955, WA950, WA850, WA650 and WA450.

Sections include: Model Feature Chart, Product Descriptions, Specifications, Operation, Electrical Circuits Wiring Diagrams, Timer Control Service, Disassembly and Service.

This manual was meant to be used with the comprehensive Automatic Washer Service Manual.
Automatic Washers
Published by:
General Electric
1959 18 9mb $12.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Basic Service Facts - Automatic Washers
This is a fantastic beginners manual for learning how Whirlpool/Kenmore belt drive automatic washers work. Covers both how the machine washes clothes as well as the major mechanical aspects of the machine and how those parts work. Sections Include:

The Principals of Washing
Electrical Components
Water System Components
Servicing the Gear Case and Superstructure
How the Automatic Washer Operates
Machine Sub-Assembly Components

I highly recommend this document for anyone interested in belt-drive Whirpool or Kenmore automatic washers.
Automatic Washers
Published by:
Whirlpool
1956 36 51mb $12.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Consumer Bulletin Magazine - July 1960
Consumer Bulletin was a highly respected consumer product information magazine from the 1930's onward. It was the main competitor to Consumer Reports from the 1930's through the 1960's.

Articles on Products and Ratings in this issue include:
  • Grape-Nuts improves its product — by leaving out a few very modern ingredients

  • Refrigerator-freezer combinations
    Nine frost-free and conventional models are included in this report. Brands tested: Amana Free-O-Frost, Frigidaire, General Electric, Kelvinator Foodarama, Leonard, Norge, Philco, Sears Coldspot.

    Both refrigerators and refrigerator-freezers have full-width freezer compartments, and on this account most people do not realize there is a vitally important difference between the two types of appliance. If you contemplate buying, be sure you have a clear idea of the difference between the refrigerator and the refrigerator-freezer, for if you buy a refrigerator when what you really need is a refrigerator-freezer, the results can be very disappointing.

    Some manufacturers have done little to eliminate this confusion or adopt clear standards of nomenclature. Indeed, some refer to both types of appliance as refrigerators; others designate some of their combination appliances as having “zero degree” freezers or “true freezers.” The following definitions should help to dispel some of the confusion which exists in consumers’ minds. continued...

  • The new Comet automobile
    Someone has suggested that the Comet may be the car for those who cannot decide between a full-size car and the compact models, as represented by Corvair, Falcon, Valiant, Rambler American, and Studebaker Lark. Actually the interior of the Comet is larger than the Falcon only in the trunk space, for both cars have the same passenger space dimensions and the same engines. Exteriorly, however, the Comet is bigger; it has a 4½-inch longer wheelbase, is 14 inches longer overall, and is about 115 pounds heavier than the Falcon. The Comet has dual headlamps while those on the Falcon are the older style single headlamps, which in CR’s opinion are preferable. continued...

  • Hedge trimmers
    Reports and ratings of 9 popular brands of hedge trimmers and 2 hedge trimming attachments. Brands tested: Black & Decker, Craftsman, Disston Dragon, Hedgemaster, Hedgshear, Little Wonder, Skil, Sunbeam, Trimmer Boy

    Trimming hedges and shrubbery with a pair of hand-operated hedge shears is a tiresome and time-consuming task. Electric-motor-operated trimmers make light work of the hedge-trimming chore. Even a novice, with a little practice, can turn out a well-trimmed hedge in a fraction of the time—and likewise a fraction of the muscle-weariness—required for hand trimming. There is a certain amount of hazard in using a hedge trimmer, as there is with nearly all power tools, but there is a greater hazard with hedge trimmers than some other tools, because there is no way in which the cutting blades can be guarded. continued...

  • Bargains from abroad
    It is not necessary to take a trip abroad in order to buy foreign bargains. This article tells how you can buy by mail. One of the joys of taking a trip is buying unusual items, or bargains, which can be brought back and displayed as souvenirs or mementos of the happy journey. Many people are not aware that it is also possible to get items from abroad by mail order, not quite so easily as they could buy something from Sears, perhaps, but with no great difficulty either. continued...

  • What pool owners should know
    Safety rules for homeowners with back yard pools

  • Portable electronic flash units
    A report on six of the new models - Brands tested: FR-150, Futuramic Strobonar, Metz Mecablitz, Multiblitz Color SL, Strobomite, Ultrablitz Monojet

    The development of the transistor and the new miniaturization techniques of the electronic industry have been put to good use in the design of the new portable electronic flash guns. Not too many years ago, the electronic flash or “strobe” unit was a bulky and heavy accessory and therefore unwieldy for the amateur photographer to carry and use. The “strobe” units were expensive to buy, and battery costs were high. By contrast, the six flash units discussed in the present article were all reasonably light, relatively inexpensive, and compact, and batteries were relatively low in price. continued...

  • The problem of fallout from nuclear tests
    Consumers’ Research presents the informed opinion of a distinguished physicist in the field of nuclear energy on the vital question of fallout and its dangers. On the topic of nuclear fallout and its dangers, there is a welter of conflicting opinions, and it is most unfortunate that the views expressed often represent publicity-seeking attempts by zealots who have an ax to grind. When scientists seem to disagree on questions of such a fundamental nature, the lay public is not to be blamed for finding itself puzzled and confused, and ready to question, perhaps, the honesty and competence of the scientists concerned. continued...

  • Tight watch bands can impair function of nerves of the hand
    A recent item in The New England Journal of Medicine reports damage to the nerves of a part of one hand which caused numbness of the thumb and the area at its base. Increase in the area of numbness finally caused the patient to resort to medical advice. No cause for the trouble was found, and during the next two months the normal lack of sensation extended to involve the index finger. continued...

  • What’s in a name?
    The product may change and change and change again, but the old name goes on and on - The makers of Cafotan tablets, one of the patent medicines mentioned in our article on “ Painkillers and ‘cold remedies’ ” in the October 1959 Bulletin, have written to Consumers’ Research to say that the Cafotan made today differs in composition from the product which we discussed. As a matter of fact, says Premo Pharmaceutical Laboratories, Inc., the maker, there have been two changes in formulation since the tablets we examined were made.

    Originally Cafotan contained aspirin, phenacetin, caffeine, and quinine sulfate. Although the maker claims that this formulation was discontinued well over 10 years ago, during World War II, this 4-ingredient Cafotan is the kind that Consumers’ Research obtained when we recently acquired samples of various drugs from the current stock of a busy retail drug store. During World War II, according to the maker, quinine sulfate was eliminated from the formula, leaving Cafotan for the time being as a straight “APC” tablet—aspirin, phenacetin, caffeine—not essentially different from dozens of other APC preparations. Then in 1958, Premo made yet another change, substituting sali-cylamide for aspirin. continued...

  • Garden hose—plastic or rubber composition?
    Plastic garden hose is much lighter in weight and more convenient to handle than rubber hose, use of which is now limited mainly to industrial purposes. Consumers’ Research has had several different brands and types of plastic hose in use and allowed them to be exposed to the elements all the year round for some years. Our observation has been that plastic hose is on the whole very satisfactory and has great advantages, particularly for a woman, in its lightness. As there are many brands on the market that are guaranteed for periods up to 12 years, there seems to be no point in attempting to differentiate between the specific brands of makes that carry a guarantee. continued...

  • Devices sold for draining flooded basements
    Two electric-powered pumps and a gadget which uses water power to move waterWant to pump water up to a height of 6 feet at the rate of 300 gallons per hour—without an electric motor or gas engine? Advertisements for the Speedy Drainer seemed to promise such results, but actual performance in tests at Consumers’ Research was much less impressive. continued...

  • Concluding test findings on the new outboard motors



Regular Features Include:
  • The Consumers’ Observation Post

  • Editorial: Are home furnishings advertisers missing the boat?
    Dependability in a household appliance is what women want most. At least that is the view of B. A. Chapman, executive vice president of American Motors Corp., and general manager of the Kelvinator Division. If Mr. Chapman is correct in his analysis, there are a lot of home furnishings advertisers who are throwing away large sums on full pages in what are called the “home shelter” magazines. As a matter of fact, that is just what the foremost trade paper in the field thinks is happening. Reporting an analysis of the full-page advertisements in the April issues of House & Garden, Better Homes & Gardens, and Living, Louis Goodenough noted that something like one third of the ads showed people in formal or semi-formal evening clothes, and commented that in this country we don’t dress for dinner as the British often do. “It’s about time,” he said, that we “have a return to home furnishings that do something for today’s consumer.” continued...

  • Brief cumulative index

  • Listings of Current Phonograph Records

  • Ratings of Current Motion Pictures

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1960 40 32mb $8.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1953 Bendix Economat Automatic Washer Owners Manual
Here is the complete owners manual and operating instructions to the top of the line Bendix Economat washer with the rubber squeeze tub.


Automatic Washers
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Bendix
1953 28 29mb $11.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download KitchenAid 17 Series Front Loading Portable Dishwasher Brochure
Beautiful brochure highlighting all of the front loading portable dishwashers available by KitchenAid during the mid 1970s. Full images and specifications included.


Dishwashers
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KitchenAid
1976 4 5mb $9.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Parts List for Kenmore Automatic Dryer Model 110.5708710
Here is the complete service parts list, installation and venting instructions for the 700 series of the 1957 line of Kenmore clothes dryers.


Clothes Dryers
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Kenmore
1957 8 4mb $12.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1956 GE Automatic Washer Service Manual
Here is the comprehensive service manual to GE's second year of Filter-Flo automatic washers. Models include: lWA450N, lWA550N, lWA650N, lWA656N, lWA750N and lWA755N.


Automatic Washers
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General Electric
1956 60 37mb $12.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download The Small Appliance and Housewares Department at John Plain
Here is the wonderful small appliance and housewares department of the catalog pages from John Plain in '69. We see so many of these great things from famous name brands at estate sales to this day.

Products include: cookware, bakeware, canisters, ice crushers, can openers, timers, cutlery, coffee makers and grinders, mixers, blenders, electric knifes, electric skillets, toasters, waffle makers, roasters, irons, etc.

Brands include: Mirro, Club, Revere, Randall, Regal, Presto, Farberware, Flint, Pantry Queen, Cosco, Rival, Beauty Ware, West Bend, Moulinex, Lux, Ekco, Dazey, Oster, Sunbeam, Toastmaster, KitchenAid, Ronson, Panasonic, Hamilton Beach, Westinghouse, General Electric, Nesco, Proctor-Silex and many more!
Miscellaneous
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John Plain Catalog
1969 41 52mb $8.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Frigidaire Ironer Parts Catalog
Here is the complete parts catalog which includes detailed illustrations of the order of assembled parts, their descriptions and original Frigidaire part numbers.

Models include:
IJ-30, IK-30, I0-30, IO-26 and IR-30.
Ironers
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Frigidaire
1952 52 23mb $12.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1957 ABC-O-Matic Automatic Washer Brochures
Here is ABC's final automatic washer line before they were bought by Kelvinator and the ABC and ABC-O-Matic brand came to an end. These are wonderful brochures with pictures and images of each model including the A-92, A-82, A-72, A-62, A-52 and A-42.


Automatic Washers
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ABC-O-Matic
1957 12 14mb $8.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Hoover Floor-A-Matic Brochure
Here is a wonderful brochure for the line of Hoover Floor-A-Matic floor and carpet cleaning machines. Full images and specifications included.

Models include:
3616
3614
5308
5498
5488
5168 and
5158.
Vacuum Cleaners
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Hoover
1973 4 5mb $8.99

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