Thursday, January 15, 2009

We Survived!

73 days without a Dryer! We did it. It wasn't pretty! What with clothes hanging to dry on every chair and bedpost, and hanger. We did splurge and take towels down to the laundry mat once a week - cause I selfishly wanted soft towels. But we did it!

I'm grateful that the possessed Washer won't be greeting me from a different spot in the laundry room anymore. It was supposed to stay here.

washer 2

But more often than not it would hauntingly turn itself around to greet me when I came in the room.

washer 1

So we demoted it back to the floor. Kicked it off the pedestal it was perched on. But that didn't stop it's attitude, noise or shaking.

washer 3

Farewell Washer and Dead Dryer - I won't miss you.

See I found someone way better. I got lucky - or more appropriately- I was blessed.

After talking with the dryer repair man we decided to skip repairing the _aytag _eptune dryer as it would cost almost as much as buying another. But the repairman said all he works on are machines that are one to two years old. So last week on a whim, I checked out Craigslist and behold there they were. A matching almond colored umpteen year old washer dryer set were being offered for free (FREE) from a guy with no kids.

2009 - winter 237

I happened to be the first responder so they said I could have them. They even kindly held onto them for another week since we couldn't come pick them up due to the whole flood thingy.

They are in excellent condition with the exception of a $30 part we need to get for the washer.

The repairman was right. The dryer dries so much better than the expensive arm-and-a-leg / hunk-of-junk that we bought only 2 years ago.

And the washer - it's a dream. It's quiet and doesn't even rock and roll walk across the floor or sound like it's about to take off into the stratosphere. And my sweet mature new - washing machine doesn't leave the clothes smelling all musty.

2009 - winter 196

So, I'm finally tackling this pile of stinkers that is as tall as I am. Our new set has probably seen more action over the past few days than it got in a half a year at it's old home. But they are working fabulously! I like this surviving. Can't wait until I survive the kitchen, roof and bathroom, too.


Sara said...

Amazing! Awesome! And only $30! It's like grandma's proverbial car that's never been driven over 35 mph and to church on Sundays.

MommyJ said...

that is so interesting to hear that the repair guy only works on the newer fancier ones... makes me feel better about not having big fancy machines in my laundry room. :)I don't know how you made it that long without a dryer. I'm totally impressed.

Trena Doll said...

How very retro. You're beyond cool!

utmomof 5 said...

I am impressed, I think I would have given in sooner and stole one from Sears :) I am on the hunt for new washer/dryer. My 9 year old ones make my entire house shake when they are on. I would cost me $400 to fix them. Umm no thanks I barely payed that much for them in the first place!

Tink said...

Wow! What a blessing! I can't believe you've made it that long! Congrats on your find! Happy Friday and doing laundry!

Natalie said...

I snatched up my mom's old w & d when she replaced'm with the fancy front loaders she's got now - just to have as extras in the garage - and she wishes she'd kept'm.

If the front loaders weren't so dang expensive (and if she could do it without my dad noticing) I think she'd trade with me for her old ones back! LOL


Suzee said...

Thanks for the kind message on my blog. I too am a mom to six, so I will be checking in often. It's great to meet others as crazy as I!! Enjoy your day!

SuburbanCorrespondent said...

You should have broken the machines in more slowly - they might have a nervous breakdown and quit. When we moved into this house, there was a 24-year-old dishwasher that was used to being run twice a week. We immediately upped that to twice a day and managed to kill it off within a month or so.

princessmama said...

Yay! for washers and dryers that work! :)

Toni said...

I had to tell you that I also got rid of my front loader washer and went back to the top loader. I hated it and it didnt clean the clothes like my old Top did.
And for FREE, way to go. I sold mine in KSL and then took the money and bought both the washer and dryer, with money to spair.. lol. Good for you.