But at some point over the past year or so, some CatLady (who shall remain nameless) apparently slammed the dryer door one too many times in a fit of frustration/despair over one too many loads of cat pee'd upon items, and the subsequent implications for the failing health of her little furry friend.
Well... to make a long story short, the little clasp that holds the dryer door shut broke, and since then I've had to resort to an interesting setup to keep the dryer door closed while running a load.
|The jug is there for weight - otherwise the vibrations push the chair out of the way|
But today I decided that it was finally time to find a more, ahem, elegant solution to the problem, so I dug out the manual and parts list to see if it was something that was easily fixable.
It's actually not terribly surprising that the latch gave out given the fact that it's made of plastic and the dryer is about 19 years old. But a quick look at the parts list seemed to indicate that it was a very small part and it should be easily replaceable.
But then... I noticed another piece of paper tucked into the manual. It was a set of instructions for changing the door swing. Apparently this model can be configured so that the door can open either left to right or right to left. And, upon closer inspection I saw that each side of the door came equipped with its own separate latch!
So... right there in my dryer door was a spare latch part that had never even been used! Score!!!
My first thought was that I'd just swap the two latches and put the good one in place of the broken one, but as I looked at them closer I started to doubt that I could get the good one out without breaking it. It's one of those plastic things that's designed to snap into place, and while you can sometimes pry that sort of thing out with a screwdriver, I was nervous about trying it.
But then it hit me... why not just follow the instructions for changing the swing of the door? Following instructions... now there's a novel concept!
It would actually work better with the layout of my laundry room to have the door open the opposite way, and I wouldn't have to worry about breaking the good latch trying to get it out.
So... screwdriver and instructions in hand, I set out on the project. And after about half an hour of grunting and maneuvering (I'm a tad bit "challenged" when it comes to spatial tasks) I managed to get the door reattached in the opposite direction.
It took a bit of fiddling to get the latch to seat correctly on the other side... probably because the "new" latch was significantly tighter than the old one had been. But within a few minutes I had it working and voila!
My dryer is now back in working order - and it didn't cost me a dime! Woo Hoo!!!
I love it when a fix-it task comes together easy like that. It's such a sense of accomplishment, and I always get a little "cat lady beats the system" thrill when I can repair something for little or no money.
So tell me... have you fixed anything recently?