Espresso machine: completely disassembled, cleaned, repaired, reassembled, and made a lovely espresso shot.
Friend's blender: completely disassembled, dead thermal fuse found, fuse replaced, reassembled, everything runs, accidentally zapped self with 120v (zing!) and broke (read thoroughly shattered) a non-trivial piece while testing.
Part located on internet, ordered. slightly more expensive repair than it should have been. *sigh*