|The Once and Future |
|Coffee grinding by|
the complete idiot!
Then I realized: since the one I had was broken, I couldn't make it worse by trying to fix it!
This turned out to be really easy. As I describe the process, I'm leaving out the many times I unplugged the gadget. I just don't think it's smart to tinker with something that's plugged in, but it's hard to test when it's not.
At the bottom, remove screws. For this, I used my handy cordless drill, although a hand screwdriver would've worked too. After I removed the 1st screw completely, I realized it might be easier to keep the other one slightly threaded in the baseplate.
That screw in the middle? I spun it around a lot, to now effect; it's merely connected to the motor shaft and it turned out not to be part of the disassembly I needed.
|Taking it apart was easy.|
|Inside is not that complicated...|
Reassembly was the most complicated part. Trying to get all the bits to line up so nothing runs into anything else took a while, as anyone who's done a puzzle will appreciate - it's a 3-D puzzle with strange shapes! Eventually I got the baseplate screwed back on and ran another test. Success!
Now, we could have just thrown this item out and bought a new one. I see
|...reassembly: not so simple!|
The next time a little gadget of yours stops working, think about repair instead of repurchase. It's a little bit of money saved, and it's a fun challenge.