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estherchaya
estherchaya
disappointment and frustration
Alas, sethcohen and I are not going to VA to visit have_inner_lady and predigested today. Neither of us is feeling particularly well, plus we both overextended ourselves yesterday (Seth more than me). I've got a migraine and a ridiculous ear infection which is causing my teeth to hurt even more than usual. Standing up straight is hardly an option, so driving for two hours is definitely out. Since Seth is also recovering from too much hard work yesterday, it just isn't in the cards. On a brighter note, Seth having over-extended himself yesterday means our yard is all pretty. Hooray. I'm sorry have_inner_lady and predigested. I promise we'll make it out there soon. I really, really want to see your new house, and we could really use some time in the middle of nowhere where Julian can run to his heart's content and we can breath some fresh country air (AFTER we've taken our allergy medicines, that is!).

Compounding being physically wiped out, our washing machine isn't working. So it's an even less convenient day to travel far-ish away, because we've got to find an alternative way to deal with our piles o' laundry. Particularly the supremely damp load that wasn't washed because the washer will neither agitate nor spin. Ergh. Reason #417 I hate being a homeowner. Danny is coming out on Tuesday to look at it, and if it's a quick, cheapish fix, we'll have him fix it. Otherwise, we'll call the home warranty people and have them deal with fixing or replacing it. Sigh. The washer is decades old, so it's not a surprise. It's just inconvenient and I don't have the mental energy to deal with it right now. Never mind the splitting headache. Bleh.

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mscongeniality From: mscongeniality Date: May 30th, 2005 03:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
Meh.

Definitely sounds like a good day to stick close to home. Hope the both of you actually get a chance to rest!
caryabend From: caryabend Date: May 30th, 2005 08:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
...because the washer will neither agitate nor spin.

Well, it certainly agitates, just not in its primary mode of operation.
leahmiriam From: leahmiriam Date: May 30th, 2005 09:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
I hope you got lots of rest. We gardened all day!
cellio From: cellio Date: May 31st, 2005 02:36 am (UTC) (Link)
Our washer recently failed with similar symptoms. Definitely get it fixed under warranty if you can, but in the meantime look for this quick fix. In our case, at least, it was the failure of a 99-cent part. (Perhaps I exaggerate, but not by much.)

The washer will only spin if the lid is down, because otherwise it would spew water all over the place. Thus, it has to know that the lid is down. There is a small button (ours was on the farther corner opposite the hinge) that is held down by a closed door. If that connection isn't being made for some reason, some duct tape might hold it firmly in the "no really, the lid is down" position so you can wash your clothes until the repairman gets there.

If not, well, my advice is worth what you paid for it. :-) Good luck!
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: May 31st, 2005 10:40 am (UTC) (Link)
The washer itself is not under warranty as it's probably slightly older than me. But we have a home warranty. The problem with the home warranty is that it's not timely. We'll have to wait for one of THEIR people to come out and look at it to decide if it's fixable and so on. Since our handyman, Danny, can come out today (and we wouldn't have been able to even call the warranty people until today because the problem was discovered after business hours on Friday), we'll have Danny look at it and see what he can do.

As for the button that lets the washer know the lid is closed... that's working. The washer should agitate (churn) even with an open lid. But what's happening is that the washer just fills and empties and fills and empties and fills and empties in rapid succession. It's weird because it doesn't even resemble a normal cycle. ARGH. I'm supremely annoyed... I hate homeowner angst. Bleh.

Anyway, thanks for the suggestion and I do so wish that it was that simple. :(
cellio From: cellio Date: May 31st, 2005 02:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
The washer itself is not under warranty as it's probably slightly older than me. But we have a home warranty.

Right -- that's the warranty I meant. If it's anything like ours, it covers appliances that were sold with the house after a deductable and, as you've seen, a lot of waiting. But if your handyman says "this is a $200 repair" or something, it's probably worth filing a claim instead of fixing it yourself. If, on the other hand, Danny finds and fixes the $10 part that failed, you still win. :-) I hope it's something of that sort!

But what's happening is that the washer just fills and empties and fills and empties and fills and empties in rapid succession.

Wow, that's weird. When ours failed it wouldn't empty the water becaue it "knew" it had to spin first. So we had to drain the water ourselves (glad there's a floor drain in the laundry room) and then hand-wash the soapy clothes. Whee.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: May 31st, 2005 03:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yup, that's the deal on the home warranty. Though I think the deductible is a couple hundred dollars (might be less, I haven't looked at the thing in a year).

It is fortuitous timing, though, as our home warranty expires on June 16th. We've never used it for anything, and weren't sure whether to renew it.

I'm hoping for the $10 repair to at least get it working for a bit. I don't mind replacing the darned thing (like I said, it's OLD for a washer) soonish. I just hate buying appliances when I NEED them as opposed to when I have a little more flexibility.
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ichur72 From: ichur72 Date: May 31st, 2005 03:43 pm (UTC) (Link)

on a different subject ...

On one of the e-mail groups I manage, one of the ladies posted something about a family situation -- she's considering fostering a nephew because her sister (the kid's mother) is a big technicolor mess. Her post made me think of you, so I was wondering if it would be OK to put the two of you in touch so she can have some input on the situation. (I can give you more details as needed, such as forwarding her post.)
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: May 31st, 2005 03:46 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: on a different subject ...

Sure. My email address is in my profile, I think.
ichur72 From: ichur72 Date: May 31st, 2005 03:48 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: on a different subject ...

Great. Thank you so much.
From: have_inner_lady Date: May 31st, 2005 09:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, no need to apologize. I will enjoy your company just as much when you can make it out. We had a lovely day, even without you. I carved another trail through the wild brush, and Rafael had a tremendous time discovering and exploring it.

I hope you both feel better soon.
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