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    Not What I Was Planning to Do

    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.
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    Condolences... at least they are spinny things............................................ ....hope that helps

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    Sounds like a good choice. Have had the GE and LG brands, both have worked well, like the LG better so far. Note of warning, the HE versions do take a little longer to cycle, but probably cut out 50% of our water usage (with doing laundry for four). It cut out another 50% of that when my son moved out, kid even brushed his teeth while showering.

    I had the last set stacked and gave extra room for a counter and hanging space in the room. I plan to do that at this house too, but will be changing out the water heater for the on-demand unit first, mostly so I can stack them where I want them.
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    And who knew there was that much oil in a washing machine? Well, have fun with the crowds tomorrow! I'm going to try and resist it myself
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    It won't be too bad. We shopped for our washer/dryer last Thanksgiving. My wife had picked a top loader washer. I didn't even dare to ask Why.
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    Just my $0.02. We're going to need a new pair shortly too. The top loading ones have greatly improved in their efficiency over the past few years, and I think some may even rival the front loaders...so don't rule them out. Have fun! Go early!
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    This happened to us last spring. You won't believe the advances they've made in washing machines the last few years... load balancing, programmable cycles, it's incredible. Ours even plays a little song when it's done! It's an LG...

    Stackable frontloaders are hard to beat. I was skeptical at first, but I'm a believer now. Good luck with the crowds!

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    We've got a shelf above the current machines, so there's not enough room (without a bit of remodeling) to stack the pair. I do think I'll be slapping together a quick plywood and 2x4 pedestal for it, at least until I get the time to make a proper one. (Can't see paying $400+ for the ones that match the machines.)
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    Well, that was easy. I* ended up going with a Kenmore Elite set that's near the top of the Consumer Reports ratings, and I didn't even have to leave home and fight the crowds. Sears opened up their 'Doorbuster' sale online early, and they had Saturday delivery available, so the washer and dryer will arrive tomorrow. Saved about $1340 (45%) on the pair. I would have done the in-store pickup, but they wouldn't have it there for 3 to 5 days. We've got laundry to do in the next 3 to 5 days, since I'm trying to get packed up for my temporary move, and clean clothes are part of that plan.


    * LOML pretty much turned the washer/dryer buying decisions over to me. I'm the tool buyer in the house, and she sees them as tools. Plus, she's got her mind on other shopping right now, and didn't want to get bogged down trying to choose a new washer and dryer. She's out shopping right now (she hit the stores about midnight), checking out all the Black Friday sales and buying me clothes for the new job. Sort of a shame I won't be here much to use the new laundry tools.
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    I hate those surprise purchases Kenmore is almost always a good choice. We replaced ours about 6 months ago with the LG front loaders. It's amazing how much water the front loaders save.
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