Peter 'Happy' Thomas (happypete) wrote,
Peter 'Happy' Thomas
happypete

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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