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Education [Aug. 17th, 2007|08:25 pm]
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I've learned a surprising number of things about washing machines in the last 2 weeks, due to the fact that mine flooded and broke one way (didn't stop filling), and after getting _that_ fixed is now broken in at least 3 different ways (door handle snapped off, dryer doesn't dry despite blowing and rotation, and dryer doesn't stop at the appointed time). I strongly suspect the dryer problems are related to the flooding, but they're obnoxiously hard to demonstrate reliably. One blessing, at least, is that the flood didn't do any obvious damage to the floor below (and I was home when it happened so I was able to stop it before it got too bad).

In any case, the expense this is going to run me (either to repair or replace) is at least going to be offset partially by a spot bonus at work for a fairly sizable [NDA] project that finished up a few weeks ago.

Also in the wake of that, my role at work has shifted somewhat, and instead of being tech lead of just me and one other engineer (and working with lots of different teams), I'm now (also) tech lead of a team of about 17 engineers (including interns and a small sub-team in a different office we're spinning up).
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[User Picture]From: dariaphoebe
2007-08-18 03:40 am (UTC)
craigslist for a new to you used one?
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[User Picture]From: stalkingmsd
2007-08-18 03:49 am (UTC)
Ew, craigslist.

Anyway, I'm not eager to try to arrange transportation for such a beast (or maneuver the "new" one in and the old one out)

(I also have somewhat special needs -- I can only use ventless 110V washer/dryer units, which are somewhat rare. Even worse, I need a not-that-deep one...)
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[User Picture]From: dariaphoebe
2007-08-18 03:51 am (UTC)
Yeah, that's fair. I screwed myself out of a washer/dryer on craigslist which was cheap, within walking distance and just what i needed, and haven't seen one since, so, I know what you mean.

I keep forgetting you have the "they can't configure dns" grudge.
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[User Picture]From: stalkingmsd
2007-08-18 04:24 am (UTC)
Their DNS was fine, their mail server couldn't deal with the andrew.cmu.edu TXT record and failed in a way that wasn't fail-safe.
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[User Picture]From: dariaphoebe
2007-08-18 04:26 am (UTC)
yeah, ok. so i forgot the details. i remembered the grudge :)
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[User Picture]From: ryanov
2007-08-19 05:13 am (UTC)
Is this a washer/dryer as in single-drum washer/dryer? I'm kinda annoyed my building didn't buy one of those, especially since Eurotech makes one (and that's what they bought, but individual stackable units).
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[User Picture]From: stalkingmsd
2007-08-19 04:11 pm (UTC)
Single Drum, All Electric
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[User Picture]From: ka3ytl
2007-08-18 11:51 am (UTC)
I'm going to suggest a Sears Outlet store which makes it cheaper for you, but still gives you a fair bit of variety. I got my shiny, new fridge from the one in Lawerenceville for $1000 less than what it would have cost me in the store (which was a really sweet deal and not completely normal)
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[User Picture]From: ryanov
2007-08-19 05:12 am (UTC)
Is it a gas dryer?

Here's the thing about dryers -- if the heat is not coming on, there's a very good chance the dryer will never stop running. My dad's uses some sort of method for determining dryness that involves how often the gas is on, or whatever... and if it never turns on, it will never stop either. I had one in college that was electric that did the same kind of thing.

The flooding probably could screwed up a sparking mechanism if it's gas... if it's electric, it probably could have shorted/corroded something. Have you taken it apart much? They're not terribly complicated, from my understanding... most of the stuff that makes things happen is all underneath.
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[User Picture]From: stalkingmsd
2007-08-19 04:11 pm (UTC)
I'm pretty sure that this dryer isn't that fancy -- it just has a "timed dry" setting.

I wouldn't be surprised if the flooding shorted something out, but at the cost of parts alone I'm almost halfway to buying a new one with what is broken now.
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