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The Tour was barely over when plumbing raised its soggy head and began to occupy all available time. Then, somewhere in the third toilet reconstruction, the washing machine died. Okay, so it was a relic that was happily cleaning clothes when Neal Armstrong was walking on the Moon, it could have at least emptied the water before it gave up agitating for buzzing. 🙁

[Hint: The easiest way to empty a full washer is with a garden hose. One end in the washer and you start the siphon with a wet/dry vac on the other end. Better than a mouthful of soapy water or collapsing from the strain of sucking on the hose.]


1 Badtux { 08.05.19 at 3:44 pm }

Transmission died, I suppose, if the washing machine is really dead. That’s about the only thing that kills those old-school washing machines. Everything else is easily replaced for cheap — pumps, hoses, valves, etc.

2 Bryan { 08.05.19 at 10:11 pm }

Everything in the sucker had cast iron housings. It’s getting a “Viking funeral” – the tub is being converted to a fire pit. I’ve upgraded from the Iron Age to the Middle Plastic Age. The newer machine is certainly a hell of a lot quieter.

3 Badtux { 08.06.19 at 2:37 pm }

I hope you didn’t buy one of the new electronic pieces of crap. They die within 5-10 years and then you find out that the electronic controller board has been discontinued and there’s nothing to do except buy another washing machine because it won’t run without that damn board.

Give me the old-timey mechanical timers and mechanical switches any time of the day. Sure, they break, but when they break, you can find the spare parts for them, because they’ve been manufactured for so many decades that parts houses are overflowing with parts for’em.

4 Bryan { 08.06.19 at 3:35 pm }

It is a Maytag/Whirlpool/Kenmore Series 80 about 10 years old that was donated by a military couple due to a PCS to parts foreign. All of the various and sundry parts are available on eBay and/or Amazon and are reasonably priced. Very clean and even the bells and whistles work. I think it probably spent a lot of time in storage between changes of station. I get used appliances from either Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore or a small local church store.

5 Kryten42 { 08.08.19 at 1:00 pm }

We’re lucky here, the very large local tip has a “Recycling Center”. If people sell goods that are in good repair, they get a voucher to waive 2 tip entrance fees. If they donate items of reasonable value, they can get up to a year for free. When my old machine died a few years ago, I got my “new” one there for $50. Has been working great!

Doc changed one of my Med’s & talked me into trying an AD (Anti-Depressant) drug again. You may remember the last time I tried & the results were a spectacular fail! It’s been two weeks & has been rough, but that was expected. I also expected some side effects for the first 2-4 weeks until my body chemistry adapts. Mainly get nausea now & then and a dry cough (actually, it exacerbates the cough I already had, usually at night for some weird reason nobody has explained yet!) Also get thirsty more often (and pee more often… Thanks for that!) It’s Amitriptyline, I don’t think I’ve tried that before.

Here… You need a laugh! (or maybe a huge groooooan in your case!) 😉 😆

I’ve been dong more Science based tweets the past few days…

And this (Hipparcha might find this interesting. She’s a geek at heart!) 😉 😀

OK. Bed for me! G’night all!

6 Bryan { 08.08.19 at 9:01 pm }

Kevin McCarthy is the Minority Leader in the House of Representatives, i.e. the senior Republican Congresscritter. He would, no doubt, be astounded that Grand Thief Auto is a product of a British company. Hell, a significant portion of the Japanese games can’t be imported into the US for various “morals” reasons that exist in US law.

On a Saturday in that WalMart there were probably 50 to over 100 people with concealed carry permits. In Texas 6.5% of the adult population has a permit to carry a concealed weapon. Texas is also an “open carry” state, so almost anyone can openly carry a firearm. That didn’t make any difference. People with guns got the hell out of range. Santorum was a moron when he was in the Senate, and he hasn’t gotten any smarter.

This is going down as the warmest summer on record; the Iditarod and Yukon Quest get moved earlier and earlier; polar bears are going extinct from a lack of sea ice; but the lackeys of the energy industry keep insisting that climate change doesn’t exist. You can’t convince people of any reality that would adversely effect their paycheck and/or bribes.

Take it light, M8. When things in Oz get you down, just think of the situation in the US.