I have skills.
Not nun-chuck skills or tetherball skills.
Appliance repair skills.
I am the appliance repair ninja.
My hit list this month so far? The washing machine and a Kitchenaid mixer.
Mad skills I tell ya.
Two weeks ago our washer stopped draining. Or rather it mostly stopped draining.
One load wouldn't finish, but we removed the laundry, drained it manually, then tried running an empty load. Oddly enough, it worked. We then washed a load of laundry and it drained fine. Hmm.
The next day-back to not draining.
Since Aaron is gone much of the time, and loaded with homework the rest of the time, I decided to take matters into my own hands.
Besides, what man wouldn't love a text from his wife featuring this picture
And the words "I hope you love me!"?
I took the washer apart. Like all the way apart.
Want to see what happens to my house when I am taking a washing machine apart instead of being the mom?
Thankfully Aaron got home shortly after I finished taking it apart and helped me clear out all the drain hoses. Nasty job. I told him I thought it was the drain motor, and being the good husband he is, he said "I think you're right." What a great man!
We put the whole thing back together hoping that maybe clearing out the drain hoses would do the job and we wouldn't need the motor in the end. We got through five loads the next day-just enough to do all the towels and the things that really needed to be washed-before it really quit.
Turns out I was right, it was the drain motor.
It took a week to get the part, during which time a great friend let me use her washer a few times, and Aaron took one very large trip to the laundromat.
When the part arrived, Aaron handed it to me so I could finish the project I started.
I took the washer apart again and I think he completely enjoyed watching me do it. And took multiple pictures of the process.
Drain pump motor replaced,
washer put back together.
And a husband who is even more impressed with is wife than he already was.
Who loved taking this picture of me reaching back there to plug the thing back in.