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Almost Trashed It

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

I almost threw my treadmill away and I am so glad I didn't. About two weeks ago I wanted to use it, but it just would not come on. I tried different plugs, checked the fuse box, and used the starting key over and over, but nothing.

My hubby suggested I find the manual. Being that I bought the TM quite a few years ago I didn't think I'd find it, but I finally looked and -- surprise -- there it was. And it showed that there is a switch that I had forgotten about (if I ever knew), kind of under the front in black on black. It didn't stand out, but evidently the kids must have found it or else someone unknowingly kicked it. Sure enough, I turned on the switch and my trusty old treadmill came to life!

So if the weather's bad and I've got no car to go to the gym or Gwen is not well enough for the Y nursery, I have a good back up plan again. Whewwww!
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    Good idea! I always have a back up plan or plan B just in case. You are doing an awesome job, Marsha!
    1965 days ago
  • _LINDA
    Manuals sure are useful, normally. I did have my manual for my elliptical, but there was NOTHING on it for troubleshooting or maintenance. So when the repair guy came he said they don't grease the parts on the machine because they feel the plastic bushings are good enough, but I guess not. A simple greasing took care of the squealing pedal. Bonus was that it was still under warranty and now I know the easy fix if it happens again.
    It sure is nice to have your own machine in your home. our weather has been horrible lately. Today is the first day I have seen the sunshine in over a week, but the bottom has dropped out of the temperatures and you have to dress up like the Michelin man to stay warm :P So even if the ton of snow we got was removed (it isn't) it would still be too cold to use my scooter.. Rock & a hard place for sure.
    1966 days ago
    Glad you didn't give up! And, what a nice surprise when it turned on and you weren't expecting. Great to have your back-up ready now!! All the best - Kathy
    1966 days ago
  • MIRAGE727
    YAY! Now about that patience issue!
    Seriously, I'm glad you have it working again. It's a great feeling when everything is back in balance!
    1967 days ago
  • FROSTY99
    When all else fails-read the directions!!!! emoticon
    1967 days ago
    Whew! There's a line in an old movie that applies. In this film, the only son of a widow has married a socialite, played by Gene Tierney. The new bride, hopeless in the kitchen, has burnt the turkey, and the mother in law (played by Thelma Ritter, you can imagine!) delivers this line when the daughter in law thinks she has to start over: "You don't throw turkeys away."

    Treadmills are big ticket item, not to be lightly discarded... so glad you found the hidden switch!

    OH, and the techno-toy... no, it would not work well with water. BUT it would do fine on a bike. It's a GPS app, and you would then reclassify the activity after you stopped it to be cycling. Today it did something fluky on me, thinking I was at the top of a parking garage about a block away... GPS is not good between buildings so much. Out in the open, much better.
    1967 days ago
    Oh the Manual, the old and trusted manual! :-)
    1967 days ago
    1967 days ago
  • GABY1948
    emoticon Don't you just LOVE when that happens! I know it made your day! HUGS,
    1967 days ago
    Glad you got it working! Mine quit working a few years ago and when I called the company to get a repair person out I was told me it should be UNPLUGGED between uses. Apparently turning it off isn't enough to prevent a power surge that fries the electronics. (that was a $200 repair)

    Also, in case this ever happens again? You can almost always find owners' manuals to everything on the company's website. Glad you are back in business!
    1967 days ago
    So glad you were able to find the manual!! Awesome!! Like you, I only use my treadmill when there is no alternative, but its a good backup!!
    1967 days ago
    1967 days ago
    Holy smokes, you read the manual?!!

    Maybe I should try that. I have some pictures on my cell phone and have no idea how to retrieve them. Now I just need to find that manual.

    1967 days ago
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