Cleaned Out

Just 1.5 hours and a lot of swearing saved us a $300 repair call.

Washer wasn’t draining so I accessed the drain trap. Sounds easy, doesn’t it? Nope.

This particular model has a handy dandy drain trap right at the foot of the front panel. But… Surprise! There is no panel on the front to open. And, to take off the full front panel, including the door and the seal to the washing barrel. And to take that off, you have to remove the control panel. And to take that off, you have to take off the entire top panel. And… to take that off you have to take off the entire back panel. Easy peasey, lemon squeezey.

So, 27 sheet metal screws later, I opened the drain trap and pulled out four quarters, two dimes, three hair bands, two sticks, a button, a packing peanut, one 8-inch necklace, and a large amount of fetid cat hair.

It smelled terrible and the work was a pain, but well worth $200/hr.


Little Fixer

Danger Monkey, age 10: “Why are there so many dirty dishes?”

Me: “Dishwasher’s broken.”

DM: “What happened?”

Me: “Not sure. The top rack won’t slide out. I spent about 20 minutes on it but it’s still stuck. But don’t worry, kiddo. I’ll find an article on the Internet later and…”

DM: “I fixed it.”

Me: “What?”

DM: “I watched Mom fix it last time that happened.”

Me: (slow blink)

Me: “Thank you.”

DM: “No problem. Let me know if you need anything else fixed.”

Me: …