Past the point of no return

My Kitchenaid mixer lays disemboweled upon the dinning room table

Kitchenaid

I have since cleaned it of nasty grease, installed the new screw-drive gear, repacked it with new nasty grease, and now await the new gasket which arrives this evening.  Bob’s homemade cookie withdrawal symptoms will soon be assuaged!

ON THE VIKING FRONT

The incompetent repairman, after three weeks of unsuccessful attempts to procure the needed circuit board bulb (I called him yesterday and gave him what-for) has admitted defeat.  I advised him that I had located one at ShopJoya out of Oregon.  I asked him if he would like me to order it for him and hand deliver it when it arrived at the end of the week…

Incompetent repairman:  No, no, let me check again!

This morning early…

Incompetent repairmanViking still doesn’t have the item and I have searched and searched and can’t find the bulb.  Are you sure you found the correct bulb for your machine?

Me:    Yes. I have.

Incompetent repairman:    Are you sure?   Is the part number 412131201?  (Yes!) Well, if you can get it then order it.

I have and it should arrive this Saturday.

Hm…  Perhaps I should open shop as an appliance part locator and repair person?  Dunno, but it certainly has me thinking.

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NOTES:  If you follow the video on PartSelect for replacing your screw-drive gear, be advised that although it is easy, that little pin in the screw-drive rod is soft and may mushroom when you pound it out with the recommended 3/32 drift punch.  I think this happened because the drift punch from Harbor Freight wasn’t true to size.  Why do I think this?  Because the fleeping thing became wedged into the rod’s pin hole and was heck to get out.

If you should venture into this activity and don’t have a true 3/32 drift punch, then the best bet is not to buy the special drift pins and instead just buy the worm-drive installed at the factory.   (Under $10.00)   This will spare you the aggravation and language, and your heart rate will remain within normal limits.  Just three small screws and you’re home free.

Just my humble opinion.

There. Fixed it.

Over the course of a year’s time we have had to replace every working part in our washing machine.  Sound expensive?  It was. And yet, if we paid to have it fixed, well, with all the money we would have spent we could have afforded to buy a new washer and a dryer with all the bells and whistles! (Yes, I repaired that too) .  So, I fixed whatever broke and got on with it.  Of course, when it came time to replace the drive shaft I gladly let Bob take over, because it was hard work and required strength that I just don’t have…

As we set to work,

we began to wonder if the nut that holds the wash drum in place on the drive shaft would break loose…

Would we have to call the repairman after all?

I’m happy to say it did, and we proceeded to gut the works.

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 HINT: This is a very good opportunity to remove all the water deposits 

and detergent residue that have built up on the drums!!! 😉

No job is complete until it has been inspected by the resident Kitty Inspector Number One!

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He is always on the job when there is serious work to be done…

This was a very big job!

And so it was that last week, that the annoying loud hum which had become so familiar to my ear suddenly stopped.  (I was washing new apron fabric)  The spin cycle started and I could hear the water swooshing in the drum and not going out…

Uh-OH!

The water pump had failed.  It finally just gave up and quit.

So, it was off to Parts Select again to buy the part I needed.

I ordered it that morning.

It was delivered next morning!

I fixed it in about an hour.

Washer-pump

It was a very easy job.

Unplug the wiring, take out two bolts, and release two hose clamps.

Well, OK, those two blankety-blank hose clamps will be replaced with the screw tightening variety…

If I ever have to do this again.

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If you are new here, then you may be wondering why I am so partial to Parts Select.

Well it isn’t royalties or paid endorsement, I can tell you that!

It is because of fair pricing, ease of finding the parts I need,

and the how to do it videos!

Like this one!  😀

 Thank you once again, Steve!

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So, are you a do-it-yourself kind’a person, or do you prefer to let the professionals do it for you?

Ready or Not!

I have put it off for far too long.

The time is now or never. 

So,

Ready or Not, my Etsy store is open!

First items are Mad Chicken Lady Hats.  Why?  Because you and I both know that Spring has a few tricks up her sleeve.  If you have early morning chores to do (feed the livestock, walk the dog) and the wind is blowing you may like these MCL hats.  The original hat can be viewed on an early post, Confessions of a Mad Chicken LadyHERE.  New hats are on sale at Farmlet Originals.  HERE .

BestFriend1This hat was born of my frustration for ill fitting caps that won’t stay down, and scarves that won’t stay on in the wind.

I also have a few aprons up and there will of course be many more items as time goes by.  Bob and I have future plans for a few woodcraft items too!

My favorite!

FrenchPost1Please  go have a look and and I hope you like what you see!

A special notice to my out of the states readers:

I am still learning the ins and outs of listing and postage procedure.  If you see an item and you might like it, please let me know and I will mark it as on hold for you.  I can then put in your mailing info and get you a postage price.  Thank you for your patience while I learn.

PS:  If you like it let me know.  If you think the pricing is off (too high or too low) let me know that too.

Thank you!

 

It begins.

Bob returned to work this morning; a new job for the new year.   It was strange to see him so nervous and agitated yesterday.  Not like him, but I get it.  It is hard to imagine, but after years of having no trouble at all in locating his next job, and having never been let go in the way he was, ever, I understand his trepidation/excitement about the first day of work.

We spent the time off doing more around here than we anticipated, which is not to say we did nothing up on the mountain.  However, we realize that there will be time enough with his new schedule to get up there and accomplish something, and there will be less pressure to leave so early and rush back home.

Our plans, for the mountain are to finish the bedroom, reroute/replace the plumbing, and hook up the hot water heater.  The latter is of utmost importance if we are to be able to stay overnight and work the next morning.  It is cold up there.

We have begun with patching and painting first.

Demolition-Patch-and-PaintThis bedroom, inside wall is the old outside wall composed of board and batten hardwoods.

Our plan is to remove the wood, and save it of course!  We will then put up a vapor barrier and wallboard to match the rest of the walls.  This will close up all the gaps that let in the cold, and let out the heat in winter.  And vice versa for the summer months.

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An event which I will discuss Wednesday has shown me some of the beauty hidden within our forest.

 

Hobbit-Hiding-placeAn enlarged view should remind you of a special Hobbit hiding place. 😉

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We are becoming accustomed to not having it our way, to waiting for God’s plans for us.

And, in spite of the hiccoughs, we find ourselves enjoying the journey.

Though, if we must be entirely honest, we would like to arrive at our destination a bit more quickly.

See you Wednesday!