Saturday, December 2, 2017

Verizon Fios TV Remote with Vizio - Input not working FIXED

I recently started using Verizon Fios TV service.  It is a big difference from the Comcast Xfinity X1 platform.  That aside, I was having trouble getting the 'A/V TV Input' button on the P265 remote to work with my Vizio TV.  The simple instructions on the back of the remote would get most of the buttons working: power, volume, mute, etc.  The 'A/V TV Input' button did not respond.  If I wanted to switch to another device, I would have to use the button on the side of the TV.  I will note I did not have this issue with the Comcast remote even using the simple setup instructions.

I searched Google and did not find any answers that worked.  So I took a step back and followed a simple user perspective: I went to the Verizon Support page.  I searched for 'program remote' and found instructions for programming the remote.  Simple enough.  First step was to locate the remote control code for the TV.  The code for a Vizio TV using the P265 remote is 424.  I followed the instructions and it worked!  I could now switch input on my Vizio TV.

TL;DR - Follow instructions here and use code 424 for P265 remote for a Vizio TV.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Inside a KONG Retractable Dog Leash

This is totally not related to what I have posted in the past, however I could not find this information in my Internet searching so I decided to post this for anyone else who may need it.

Here is the inside of the "KONG® On The Go Reflective Palm Retractable Dog Leash" and some key components.

1.  Remove the short wrist band from the rear of the unit.

2.  Remove the screw holding the unit together.

3.  Remove the cover to expose the insides.  Be careful not to drop the spring or ball.

4.  The spring sits in a 'seat' on the track of the thumb button.

5.  The ball sits on top of the spring and is responsible for 'locking' the thumb button into place against the leash reel.

6.  The thumb button sits in its track.

The reason I posted this is because my daughter walked my dog and somehow the leash came apart.  I took it apart and put it back together and the thumb button would not lock into place.  I took it apart again and determined something was missing.  Something needed to sit on/with the spring and engage the thumb button when it slides.  I tried a few things I had lying around and it did not work.

I later asked my daughter about it and she said "Oh yeah!  There was some piece that I put in your office."  And it was the ball that sits on the spring.  Problem solved.