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Friday, May 21, 2010

Can I Borrow a Quarter?

So about 3 weeks ago, the electrician was rewiring Chateau Inferno, and upon completion of said job, the dryer and the dishwasher mysteriously ceased to live up to their titles.


I wasn’t buying that. And Sam was sure the 220 line wasn’t working.

However, our contractor swore the lines were fine, so I called a repairman who pronounced both machines dead. Unfixable. Permanently deceased.


At this point, Sam had been schlepping loads of wet laundry down to our predictably elegant Coin-O-Rama for a week and a half with a predictable lack of cheer. We’d been hoping to have a functional machine that night, so we were a bit disappointed.

I ordered another dryer to be delivered the next day. It arrived under my mother’s supervision and was slid into my house over my new floors, taking out a section of brand spanking threshold on the way into the kitchen before it came to rest in my laundry room.

The appliance guy plugged it in, heard a pop, and THAT'S when the coffee maker outlet caught on fire.

The appliance guy took the dryer back to his shop, where it worked perfectly.

The contractor  says that isn't possible.

He also says the outlet by the coffee maker is fine.

He then said to have it redelivered and he'd be there in the morning to make sure it worked with the master electrician (I wonder if this master electrician is the same guy who has left a big gaping hole where our bathroom light switch used to be?).

So back came the dryer. The contractor tested the wiring again and said the current was fine. All were there to witness as it was plugged in. Would it work?

Nope. Sigh…

The best part of this is that now they’re ARGUING over why! The appliance guy won’t take it back because the dryer works fine and it’s the wiring. The contractor won’t do the wiring because there’s nothing wrong with it and the dryer is the problem.

In the meantime, I’m outta quarters.


Sarah AKA The Thriftress said...

How completely annoying! What is wrong with that guy?!?! Can you take something small that works in another outlet and SHOW him it's the outlet? Good luck!

Life in Rehab said...

Ready for this, Sarah? The only other 220 line that would take the dryer plug is in a bathroom UPSTAIRS!

But don't worry. There's a part two happening right now...

Unknown said...

OH my gosh! That is crazy! What a nightmare. Ugh. I feel frustrated and fed up for you. Sometimes I just don't trust contractors when it comes to doing something correctly... maybe that's why we DIY almost everything. Whose fault was it?

Hope it gets resolved soon!

Life in Rehab said...

Chelsea, Sam’s got an electrical engineering degree. The only thing stopping us from busting this guy is the voltage meter is…wait for it…IN STORAGE!

Heather{Our Life In a Click} said...

Oh Sunny...that is so frustrating and my heart plunged about the new threshhold being pulled up. It didnt' get much better from there. Let us know Part 2! I'm so curious. Clothesline?


Life in Rehab said...

Well Heather, there was a dandy clothesline tutorial on Fireflies and Jellybeans...

Life in Rehab said...

Oh, and allow me to add I have 6 feet of threshold left. It'll take 5 minutes. It's not the worst thing that could have happened, but for Pete's sake, it was DONE!

Michael at Sylvan Run Wines said...

Maybe the 220V dryer is really a 110. Or maybe the contractor is just smokin' way too much crack. I have a question... why don't you have 110V appliances?

Hugs and alcohol :-)


Sawdust Girl said...

Frustration. Hope it gets ironed out soon.