MY WEBSITE is 20 years old today. I’m dictating these remarks into a tiny handheld device, not to prove a point, but because, with gorgeously ironic timing, my wired internet connection has gone out. It’s the kind of wired connection, offering the kind of speed, ‘most everyone reading this takes for granted today—a far cry from the 14.4 modem with which I built and tested the first version of this site, shipping it (if you could call it that) on May 31, 1995.
In eighteenth-century England, there were many reasons why families might have been torn apart, or why dutiful wives and hardworking husbands could suffer a fall from grace. Heart-rending tales of orphaned children, abandoned lovers and destitution fill the pages of contemporary newspaper columns and court records. For some, one of the prime suspects behind the nation’s idleness and debauchery was quietly, steadily taking root in almost every street in the country.
This terrible foreign invader encouraged young men to stay “a lurking in the bed” rather than earning an honest wage. It turned women to harlotry and insolence, caused atrocious child neglect, and was armed to carry everyone off to their grave a decade early. This enemy of virtue? Why, tea, of course.
The philanthropist Jonas Hanway lamented that “Men seem to have lost their stature, and comliness; and women their beauty. Your very chambermaids have lost their bloom…
There are no instructions on the web on how to do this, but it’s pretty easy.
If you have a spill in the fridge and you don’t notice it right away, there’s a good chance that you’ll get some mold build-up in the short drain tube at the left rear of the fridge compartment. There’s a condensation collection trough back there that will fill up with water and leak out. You’ll notice water leaking out of the front of the fridge, and there’s a good chance the door will get really sticky and become hard to open. You can get to the trough by removing the bottom drawer. Just pull the drawer out, then gently pull up on it till it pops free, then slide it out. The trough is probably full of water… If it is, here’s how to fix it.
Remove the kick plate from under the fridge by unscrewing the two #2 Phillips screws and pulling the kick plate off. Look under there and you’ll find a drain pan. Then pull the drain pan out by pushing up on it a bit, enough to get the feet to disengage, and pull it out. Give it a good scrub and set it aside.
Take a gander at the back right of where the drain pan was located. You’ll probably see some mold hanging down off the drain tube. Reach your hand back there and pull off the mold. If that clears the tube, water in the trough at the bottom rear of the fridge will start draining out the tube.
If water does not drain out, stick a short stick up the tube to clear it. I used a golf tee to do it. That cleared the plug and the water flowed out.
To prevent a recurrence, pour a cup of bleach into the trough at the bottom rear of the fridge, after replacing the drain pan.
Hope that helps everyone and avoids a costly service call.
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