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tashabear
tashabear
we have washer
So this morning's effort included much swearing and grunting (mostly his), a minor freakout (mine), and a shopping trip.

Older washing machines weigh a metric fuckload. A wet metric fuckload. First, just getting it turned on the landing was a challenge. Then we decided that I should be the one pulling it up the stairs, but darkwolfie was already there, so he climbed down and I climbed up. But the wheels of the dolly were stuck under the step, so we had to use a lever to get it up and over the edge of the stair. It slipped once, and went down three steps and hit darkwolfie, scaring the daylights out of me, but he was okay.

Then we got it up to the top step, but there was something behind the door out, and I couldn't open it enough to get the washer past the doorknob. So we dropped it a step, and I realized that darkwolfie's tripod had slipped out of the storage room and was blocking the door. I couldn't reach it, though, so I left him holding the weight of the washer and ran in the kitchen, where I grabbed a ladle to pull it towards me to where I could grab it. Then with the door open, we pushed the washer up into the teensy foyer, where darkwolfie clambered out from behind it and helped me guide it down the outside steps.

We took a break after all that, and girded our loins for the return trip with Mom's washer. That turned out to be much easier -- it had to be at least 100 pounds lighter than the beast we hauled out of the cellar. Which is as may be; I'm still never moving a washer again, not if I can help it. The new washer went down easily, though it had to be lifted off the bottom step and over the landing.

The dolly needed to be returned to my dad, so we decided, rather than call it good, we'd drive up there and return the dolly, then back to Home Depot for new hoses. While we were there, we found a couple of melamine base cabinets and a bench top that we're going to get for a laundry center in the cellar, and darkwolfie signed off on the kitchen cart that I want. Hopefully we'll pick those up next week.

So the cellar is significantly cleaner, we have a working washer, and I think we're both going to be crippled tomorrow. :-)

i feel: tired tired

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cvirtue From: cvirtue Date: December 5th, 2006 04:39 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Take analgesics now, and keep 'em going until tomorrow evening!

Congrats on getting the old one out of there. Those old ones are naaaasty-heavy, as you know. (There was an ancient hot water heater in my father's house which we actually wrote into the sales contract, because no-one was going to be able to move the thing out of the basement without professionals.)
tashabear From: tashabear Date: December 5th, 2006 04:46 pm (UTC) (base camp)
If this one had not come available, I was going to buy a new one and get big burly men to deliver it and take away the old one. :-D
cvirtue From: cvirtue Date: December 5th, 2006 04:56 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Yeah, the burly men solution is the best one, if one is buying new.
soteltie From: soteltie Date: December 5th, 2006 05:07 pm (UTC) (base camp)
The old dryer at our house died suddenly and had to be taken apart to be removed from the basement. It was apparently put in before the doorway that was in place when we arrived.

The new (to us) dryer then had to be taken apart to be brought down. Tom (who went to the dealer to choose the dryer) should have listened to me when I said "Sweetie, I think we have a gas dryer. Do you want to double-check on it?" because it turned out that I was right. Unfortunately that wasn't discovered until after the new electric dryer had been dismantled, wrestled in, then re-assembled and they tried to connect it. So then it had to get dis-assembled and returned. Then the process got repeated with a gas dryer instead of an electric one! I was very glad not to be home that day.

It turns out that the new basement stairs we put in are going to be an issue for getting big things in and out, especially since we added a little landing. We just had the old door replaced with a steel door, slightly smaller than the old one because it needed to be mounted inside the existing frame. I don't like to think of what will happen if we ever need to get a new oil tank in there. Maybe we will just end up converting to gas!

tashabear From: tashabear Date: December 5th, 2006 05:13 pm (UTC) (base camp)
My parents ended up putting in a bulkhead for just that reason. And they *are* converting to gas, next spring.

BTW, I can't comment on your journal unless you friend me!
soteltie From: soteltie Date: December 5th, 2006 05:34 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Whoops, I will friend you right now. Sorry!
soteltie From: soteltie Date: December 5th, 2006 05:36 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Done!
tashabear From: tashabear Date: December 5th, 2006 05:39 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Whee! Yay!
mrgrumpybear From: mrgrumpybear Date: December 5th, 2006 06:54 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Yay new washer! Boo hurties and small meltdowns. Hope you feel better and enjoy your new clean clothes!
tashabear From: tashabear Date: December 5th, 2006 07:10 pm (UTC) (base camp)
I can't wait to get things organized down there. It's gonna be soooooo nice!
helwen From: helwen Date: December 5th, 2006 11:00 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Agreed on the analgesics. Also, maybe take some extra calcium-magnesium, to help clearing out toxin buildup in the muscles tonight. And maybe a nice hot bath :)
tashabear From: tashabear Date: December 5th, 2006 11:02 pm (UTC) (base camp)
We're a little short on the calcium-magnesium, but hot baths we got. X-D
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