For my whole life, I've managed to avoid the day after Thanksgiving sales (a.k.a. Black Friday). Looks like this year I get to go mix it up a bit with the shoppers tomorrow.
Today at lunch LOML told me that the washing machine was leaking. Actually, she'd noticed a bit of water under the dryer, but since she was pretty sure there's no water supply to the dryer, she rightly deduced that it was the washer leaking instead. She said she had noticed it a few times recently, but only when we were doing laundry. OK, only leaking when in use, that pretty much rules out a leaking hose or fitting. At this point I was figuring a replacement would be necessary, since I don't feel like tracking down a leaky water seal in the inner guts of the washing machine. So just to investigate things a bit more this afternoon, I pulled the washer out to see if I could determine exactly where it was leaking from. Maybe I'd get lucky and find an easy fix. Of course, it was pretty dirty under the washer, but the dirt and lint looked only damp, not soaked. There was only a little bit of standing water. I wanted to clean up the dirty floor to make it easier to track down the leak, so I got a few paper towels to wipe it up. One swipe told me the water leak was the least of our problems. The entire area under the washer was not only dirty, it was very oily. It looks like this washer has been slinging oil for quite some time. Lots of it. That'd explain some of the noises we've been hearing from it lately. Between the water and the oil, I figure this washer is a goner. I went into the house and told my wife "He's dead, Jim."
Fortunately, tomorrow will be a good day to buy a new washer. Lots of sales. Since our dryer is about 15 years old, we're going to go all out and get a new washer/dryer set. And we've decided to go with front-loading models, since the water saving will actually pay off over time. I guess I know what LOML is getting for Christmas.