In the name of frugality, sometimes I go overboard. How far will you go?
So the dishwasher saga is over. Here’s what happened:
- The problems all started when the dishwasher stopped draining last week.
- I took it apart and found nothing.
- I tested the motors and they were fine as well.
- Frustrated, I swore loudly.
Mrs. 1500, thinking much more logically than I, checked the discharge hose and found a penny.
- I breathed a sigh of relief. It was clear that the penny was blocking the hose.
- I put the dishwasher back together and installed it.
- On the next run, I noticed that one of the high-pressure connections was leaking
- More profanity.
- I took the dishwasher out again and noticed that a hose clamp was the culprit. I decided to replace it.
- The stupid clamp was impossible to find anywhere. I wasted 3 hours going to every store in the area including one that had an appliance repair department. Nothing.
- Out of desperation, I emailed an appliance repairman a picture of the clamp. He replied that he didn’t have a clue either. I thought about replying with more naughty words, but restrained myself.
- I tried a different clamp. It wasn’t the correct one, but desperate leaks call for desperate clamps.
- I fired the dishwasher up again. This time, after 10 minutes, it just quit and made annoying ticking sounds. Something else was wrong!
- LOADS and LOADS of profanity!!!
- With great, angry enthusiasm, I yelled at the dishwasher: “YOU AND I ARE FINISHED!!!“
- I informed Mrs. 1500 that I was going dishwasher shopping at an appliance store that had some scratch and dent inventory (there was nothing on Craigslist). Before I walked out the door, I jiggled a motor connection that I had previously disconnected and started it up again.
- At the appliance store, I told the salesman that I wanted a quiet washer. (We had a dishwasher in another house that sounded like a 747 taking off.) The salesman informed me that a quiet, decent dishwasher is at least $550.
- More profanity! This time, only in my head because I didn’t want the appliance store guy to call the cops.
- I decided to go home and research the $550 model.
- When I walked in the kitchen, I heard the old dishwasher still running. I looked at the panel and saw that it was on the last part of the wash cycle! It had run!
- With excitement, I grabbed the flashlight and peered underneath to see how much water was in the bowl that I placed to catch the water. None! It was automagically fixed!
Profanity of joy and elation!!!
So, jiggling the connection caused it to seat properly, fixing the “ticking” problem in 14.
What really amazed me is that the leak fixed itself. It was leaking like Niagara Falls and then boom, not even a drop. Anyone know the Pope’s phone number? He needs to declare this a miracle.
I really don’t know what happened. The only thing I can think of is that the dishwasher heard I was going to the appliance store to buy it’s successor. It didn’t want to be sent to the scrap heap, so decided to shape up and stop giving me grief. Three run cycles later, all is fine.
I glare at the dishwasher with a suspicious, untrusting and disdainful eye every time I walk past. The dishwasher is going to have to earn back my trust and that will take a while. For now though, all is calm.
Was this a silly exercise?
I spent at least 8 hours working on this thing. At this time in my life, time is very valuable. Should I have blown all this time trying to figure it out?
To give you some more information, the dishwasher cost me $50. I bought it from a neighbor who didn’t want it because he thought the inside had a musty smell.
Anyway, it has lasted for almost 3 years. That is totally worth it. If it blew up tomorrow, that $50 would have been very well spent.
Who knows how much longer it will last? Maybe it will fry its control board tomorrow Maybe it will give me 2 more years of dishwashing bliss.
So, tell me Readers, answer one or all:
- Should I have given up on this thing and just spent the money on a new one? Should I have called a repair guy from the start who may have found the troublesome penny right away?
- Have you ever gone down a rabbit hole on a project that you thought would only take an hour, only to have it turn into an odyssey?
- Should my perspective be any different because I can easily afford a replacement or a repair guy?
- Should I swear less?
- Should Dishwashers ‘R’ Us ban me from the store permanently?
- If I would have been arrested at Dishwashers ‘R’ Us, would one of you have sprung me from the clink? I’m not sure Mrs. 1500 would have… (Mrs. 1500 note: Let me confirm that for you…)
One more thing…
I was going to stop there, but I have one more thought. The disposable society that we live in drives me nuts. I can’t stand it when people throw perfectly good things out. In my old ‘hood where I was surrounded by insane people, I’d drive around on trash day and collect stuff to donate to reuse or donate to thrift stores. At the end of summer, the neighbors would throw out their clay pots, plants and all. Just buy new ones next spring. After the holidays, decorations would go in the trash. Just buy new ones next holiday season. Most of our children’s bikes came out of the trash, all in fine working order:
I like to do whatever I can to use the least amount of resources. I wouldn’t have been able to sleep well if I had given up on the dishwasher before I had given it my “all.”
NOW, I’ll shut up.
Hit me with your thoughts.
And if you see a screaming man on your next visit to Dishwashers ‘R’ Us, please know that I’ve been through a lot. Tell the cops to have pity.
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