So many of my projects have stories in that they should be easy, but for me, are never easy! I have told you about many things I LOVE, well today, I am going to talk about something I HATE. Yes, hate is a strong word, and I should not use it, but there are just some things that I do hate. And one of them is my front load washing machine. The story began when we sold our old house, the people purchasing it wanted us to include our washer and dryer. So of course we did, which meant when we moved to our current house, we needed a new set. At that time (almost 4 years ago) there were a million options of front load washers and very few top load. Front load was the thing; everybody said you had to have a front load. Not that I have to be like everybody, but everybody can’t be wrong, so I said fine, front load it is. When we were buying it, the sales guy told us front load was definitely the way to go, but he did warn us that when you leave the door closed in between washes that it would smell. Well I thought that was kinda weird, but I told myself that I could leave the door open. However, leaving the door open was not as easy as I thought. It would swing wide open and the laundry nook is in the hallway to the guest bath so it was constantly in the way. Well The Husband came up with a clever idea of using a bungee cord and a magnet hook which allowed the door to remain cracked open.
So now we were good, or so I thought. After about a year, stains started to appear on my clothes after they were washed. I of course turned to Google which explained to me how I need the thoroughly clean my washer. So clean my washer I began to do. So much so that I would be sitting in front of it with a box of Q-tips digging in every nook and cranny. And I still would get dirty clothes AFTER I washed them. This was the last straw:
So, our 14th wedding anniversary was last week, and what did I get? An on sale for $399 with a $30 rebate and free next day delivery top load washer. This girl has never been so happy!
Well, that is not the story, that was just the prequel to the “why can’t this be easy” story. So the delivery guys install my new washer and start an empty load to make sure all is good. It started great, they left, I left, and about 30 minutes later I got a call from The Husband. Water was pouring out of the drain pipe. Really? All I want is clean clothes! So the plumber we call, and he informs us that our drain pipe is an inch and a half and current code calls for a three inch pipe. We didn’t have an issue with our old washer in that it was an HE washer that used less water. But the new washer uses more water, and the drain pipe couldn’t handle the speed that all the water drains. So he said he could try snaking the line to see if that helped. So we did that, and it helped, but not enough. The washer just got further in the drain cycle before the drain started to overflow. So he then told us the only option remaining was to replace the drain pipe to the sewer line with the bigger pipe. How much you ask – $589. Just because I wanted clean clothes.