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Gonna jump right in

I've been lurking for a bit, and I decided it was time to ask my question. Hopefully, one of you has an engineer/dorky streak and will know the answer

How does the sensor on the toaster work? Does it just measure time? Is it like a mini smoke detector? I have no idea, and it drives me crazy.

Update: I was actually going to post this to thequestionclub, but since it has already been answered (thank you xerofilter), I'll just leave it.


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Nov. 12th, 2002 06:50 pm (UTC)
In older toasters the hot wires heat up a small device called a thermocouple. When it reaches the right temperature which is about the same time as your toast is properly toasted it releases a catch allowing the toast to pop up. At the same time, it shuts off the electricity. In some newer toasters the thermocouple is replaced by a small timer.

Nov. 12th, 2002 07:04 pm (UTC)
Oops, I meant to post that to the question club, but now I'm glad I didn't because I now have an answer!

Thank you, oh god among men.
Nov. 12th, 2002 08:04 pm (UTC)
*curtsie's* thank you!
Nov. 12th, 2002 07:11 pm (UTC)

Dang Mr. Sister!!! You know your stuff... :)
Nov. 12th, 2002 08:02 pm (UTC)
Re: Wow..
it's called a closeted misspent youth, plus I'm a total geek!
Nov. 12th, 2002 07:07 pm (UTC)
My Final Answer!

I believe it is timer. Thats why u turn the dial to whatever u want.. Sometimes I have to put mine back in for longer.. Sometimes I burn the damn piece of toast!! My toaster is old and a "piece of shit"....

Ever u had what some people call "Shit on a Shingle"?? Its cream peas on Toast?? YUMMY!!!
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