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Domestic Performance Tuning - A Suburbs Boy Living a Country Life [My Flickr Photos]
June 14th, 2007
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Domestic Performance Tuning
Our old washing machine died. I came home early today to meet the installers. They delivered the new one, and took the old one away. Like any engineer with a new toy, I had to try it out. Ready, fire, aim! They hadn't balanced it. That's an action most clearly in the installer's guide. Harrumph. Harsh words shall be spoken. Anyway, when I had a second pair of hands to spin the legs to height while I held the thing up out of the drain-pan [thanks, prettypammie], we got it leveled. I took care of another minor errand. The old machine was a top-loader, and I could open the dryer door across the front of the washer, and transfer closes from hither to yon. The new machine is a front-loader, washer on the right, opening left, dryer on the left, opening right...No, no, no, no...this simply will not do.

Discovering how to reverse the doors on your washer and dryer is exhilarating. It's like discovering that sometimes, just sometimes, crossing the streams can be a good thing! The washer door was carefully orientationless with respect to opening. You simply pull the top of the door lid opposite the hinges. The dryer was only slightly trickier...it has a handle on the front face opposite the hinge side, so the outside must rotate half-way; the inside, on the other hand, has a gasket shaped to the door opening. It must not rotate. Luckily, with four screws, the outside of the door and the inside can be granted previously unavailable degrees of freedom with respect to one another.

So, anyway, if any of you have been suffering because your washer or dryer doors just aren't opening the right way, take a very careful look at the doors, openings, and hinges. You might be surprised at what you find.

Pending posts:

  1. The day the horses got away, complete with travel, adventure, panic, good neighbors, lightning deployments of the rescue team [a tip of the hat to oddmix [H]DW, and kids].
  2. Quinn's participation in the 1st and 2nd grade music program at his school. [He did a great job].

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From:annshh
Date:June 15th, 2007 02:47 am (UTC)

Seriously...

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You have WAAAAYYYYYYYYY too much time on your hands!

Very interested in "Pending post #1"....
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From:puskunk
Date:June 15th, 2007 03:05 am (UTC)
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I was an appliance installer for many years, so I speak with some authority on this (it's not much, I admit!). We always did the quickie level on things, not necessary LEVEL, but eyeball close, and that's all that matters. I have good eyeballs. Most top loading washers self level anyway. Most front load washers the doors can't be changed either, but some can. We didn't always switch them if the customer hadn't paid for them to be switched. Not part of normal installation. Washers are supposed to be on the left anyway.
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From:happypete
Date:June 15th, 2007 03:15 am (UTC)

Actually, we had a good reason...

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the washer and dryer are tucked under the roof. Had we put a top-loading washer on the left, the door would have opened onto a roof beam. Venting the dryer would also have consumed more space, since it would have had to pass behind the washer.

Now that the drain-pan, dryer vent, and washer-fixtures are installed, going back just for the sake of "convention" is not happening.
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From:puskunk
Date:June 15th, 2007 03:49 am (UTC)

Re: Actually, we had a good reason...

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I've seen that exact problem before. I hate those catch tubs because lifting the washer into the tubs is so hard.
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From:happypete
Date:June 15th, 2007 11:28 am (UTC)

Re: Actually, we had a good reason...

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Ooo...this one had a neat solution...a removable front-plate that seats in a gasket.
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From:gonzy317
Date:June 15th, 2007 03:18 pm (UTC)
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Interesting. Our washer is on the right, too, and we have two driers to its left... but now that I think about it, it was on the right in our old house as well. Hrm. Go figure.
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