Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Improvisation

Sometimes it gets you by, and at other times it just temporarily delays the inevitable. This time it was our 14+ year old washing machine. While washing a load of clothes I realized that the dial was starting to give out. I figured it probably wouldn't last more than another couple of loads. I wasn't really surprised; after all it has been used to virtual death over the past many years. We had talked about buying a new washer and dryer when we were moving house, but with all the other expenses at that time, we decided that we would hold off as long as we could. Honestly, when it comes to large appliances, we have never replaced a single one that was still functional, and possibly worthy of repair. This is true for our old fridge, stove, dishwasher, and built in microwave oven. We really do use them to death.

As far as the washing machine goes, by the second load I was doing this:

This helped it go for a little while, but it was more stop than go. By then, all I was hoping for was to load to finish. Then I was able to do this and let it remain hands free for a little while, but only a little while:


A little knife handle shoved between the dial and the panel! Maybe duct tape would have worked better!

So naturally, we went to Lowe's in the evening and bought a new, very nice, front load washing machine, and it was delivered and installed this afternoon. Back in business! I wonder how much longer the dryer will work?

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