Monday, December 04, 2006

Full of Hot Air

Crap. The dryer broke yesterday. Well, it didn't break completely. It will spin the wet clothes and blow cold air on them. As we hit 36 degrees this morning, that will only get us so far.

So yesterday in the spirit of friendship, we begged the neighbors to let us dry our sheets at their house. Then we began small wash loads and have them drying on the elliptical machine. It's a good thing we weren't planning on using exercise equipment this week month year.

I'll share something with you here that may surprise you; I'm not a man who likes appliances to break. Truthfully, I don't feel there are many of you who celebrate this, but I just can't stand the idea of having to shop and then waiting a week for things to be installed. Plus, we always have to negoiate to see who will stay home to receive the new appliance.

I've been a person who touts the benefits of Craiglist to everyone. I sell everything on CL. So I decided, why not try to buy something there. Heck, I'm a reputable dealer, let's just assume the best of everyone.

You'll be happy to know there are two gas dryers in a ten-mile radius of our house that are each $50. Both are are 6 years old and still working fine. (The people just moved in and brought their own laundry machines.) I'm in negotiations with one person who lives a mile away.

Here's my question for you, knowing some of you are much better handy men and women than I. Is a mere mortal like myself able to hook up a gas dryer or do I need a professional? (My dad could do it but he lives 600 miles away.) Have any of you ever done this yourself? I'm not completely helpless; I installed a toilet in the basement, but Larry's got me all panicked with the gas line connection.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

There should be a shut off valve just below where the gas hooks into the dryer. Turn it off, disconnect the connection from the dryer, remove the dryer, hook up the new dryer, turn the valve on and cross your fingers.
Or find a plumber.

9:45 AM  
Blogger Molly said...

Yup, Craigslist is the best. I've bought and sold some great things on the list. But gas is alot differnet from water. You really don't want to mess with it. Worst case scenario with installing plumbing is you get a flood and you turn off the water main. Worst case scenario with gas is you a. blow up your house b. asphyxiate everyone in the house. Please, get a pro!

10:28 AM  
Anonymous Dan said...

I wouldn't mess around with gas.

Saying that, I'm so incompetent I probably shouldn't even mess around with air.

I really would get someone in to fit it though.

10:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My parents just got a new range and I know that my father, who works in heating and air condition and is also a certified electrician (I know, overachiever, no?) was worried about working with the gas lines in our house. Probably because it's his own house. He was mumbling something about having to void the line and flush something or another.
So, in short, I would say go for the pro. If you're saving money on the appliance, spring for someone who knows what they're doing, so if the house blows up, you (and Larry!) can blame them instead.
- Erin (the Erin who used to work at Close Up and is friends with Caroline and Francine. Hello!)

8:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

< blinks looks pretty >

um, reconnect the what?

Here's my tactic: "Hooooooney!"

That usually gets it fixed.

7:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Get professional help. If something goes wrong and you put it in yourself, that could void your insurance policy. I did it with the lights in my house. Just in case.

4:29 PM  

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