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It was only 20 years old!

There's no hope -- the washing machine is definitely broken. The smoke has cleared, but instead of merrily spinning it just emits a crackling, buzzing noise (well, it did until I unplugged it.)

This is a problem. I have no experience with using big rocks to clean my clothes, nor is there a stream nearby. Nor is there money in the bank. Well, there is, but none of it's mine.

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3goodtimes
Aug. 7th, 2009 06:13 am (UTC)
Oh dear. :/ You're not having great luck lately, are you?

Um. I don't know what to tell you! Is there a supply warehouse for appliances in the area? They can usually give you a bargain on machines that have minor problems (like a knob that's a bit wiggly or something along those lines... nothing that would keep it from washing your clothes).
ozma914
Aug. 7th, 2009 10:58 am (UTC)
It's just been a particularly sucky summer, with each month being worse than the last. Unfortunately, I have absolutely no money for any washer, no matter how cheap, but we'll see what turns up.
kazzy_cee
Aug. 7th, 2009 07:10 am (UTC)
Laundramat nearby? Bummer...
ozma914
Aug. 7th, 2009 10:59 am (UTC)
Yep -- a newer one, too. But for now I'm borrowing my daughter's washer, because she doesn't charge. :-)
xenaclone
Aug. 7th, 2009 07:38 am (UTC)
At a push, washing by hand in the sink will do. Just use something like soap flakes plus wear gloves and rinse thoroughly.

ozma914
Aug. 7th, 2009 10:57 am (UTC)
That's how I used to wash my firefighter turnout gear -- it was too heavy for regular washers, but now we've got a special machine at the fire station that does the job.
millysdaughter
Aug. 7th, 2009 01:08 pm (UTC)
Take along a load of dirty clothes when you go to the fire station and wash it there.
ozma914
Aug. 8th, 2009 02:17 am (UTC)
Don't think I haven't considered that! Actually, I've done it before, back a few years ago when I was having problems with my sewer line. I don't want to overdue taking advantage of that, but a load every now and then wouldn't hurt.
enigmaticblues
Aug. 7th, 2009 01:11 pm (UTC)
Bummer. *hugs*
ozma914
Aug. 8th, 2009 02:18 am (UTC)
*hugs back* Yeah. But lots of people have worse problems ...
sp23
Aug. 7th, 2009 01:35 pm (UTC)
Dude, I feel your pain. I just recently replaced both washer and dryer, and my bank account is still weeping. :-(
ozma914
Aug. 8th, 2009 02:18 am (UTC)
Very painful, isn't it?
cbtreks
Aug. 7th, 2009 01:41 pm (UTC)
Smoke!? There was smoke!? :-O Sorry about your machine - it truly sucks not to have one at home.
ozma914
Aug. 8th, 2009 02:19 am (UTC)
Mostly just the smell! But it does go to show how important it is not to start the washer and drier without sticking around to keep an eye on things.
deborahw37
Aug. 7th, 2009 02:56 pm (UTC)
Bugger!
ozma914
Aug. 8th, 2009 02:19 am (UTC)
Indeed!
athenamuze
Aug. 7th, 2009 03:42 pm (UTC)
Ours recently stopped working, after a call to the repairman (ServiceMagic actually) we got someone who really knew his stuff. It was a quick and easy fix for minor cash. Do you think a repairman might help?
ozma914
Aug. 8th, 2009 02:20 am (UTC)
My stepfather offered to come down and look at it. But it's been acting up in various ways for awhile now, and I bought it just after I bought this house -- which makes it more than 20 years old. I was lucky it lasted this long!
cornerofmadness
Aug. 7th, 2009 03:51 pm (UTC)
ugh
ozma914
Aug. 8th, 2009 02:21 am (UTC)
That's what I said! I would have been more descriptive, but I was sound asleep when Jillian knocked on the door to tell me about it.
curiouswombat
Aug. 7th, 2009 04:37 pm (UTC)
Oh dear - that doesn't sound good...

Freecycle operate in your area?
ozma914
Aug. 8th, 2009 02:22 am (UTC)
Freecycle? I don't know what that means, to quote Dr. Brennan. there is a laundromat, but that's a pretty expensive alternative.
winsomeone
Aug. 7th, 2009 09:08 pm (UTC)
I just caught this post. Ouch. You're doing the right thing by blowing off the laundromat-they're way expensive. Your daughter's house is definitely the better bet. My dryer died a few months back and I schlepped all of our wet stuff out-cost me nearly $20.00!
ozma914
Aug. 8th, 2009 02:23 am (UTC)
They sure are! Jillian's going to have to use the laundry room at her college dorm, so that's where all our quarters will be going to.

I could hang the laundry up to dry, if worse came to worse, but getting it washed just isn't that easy. Lucky, my daughter owes me -- I did a bunch of her laundry when *they* were having sewer line trouble earlier this year.
missmurchison
Aug. 10th, 2009 12:56 am (UTC)
Glad to hear you have an alternative to the laundromat. Buying on credit makes more sense than paying the insane charges there.
ozma914
Aug. 11th, 2009 08:16 am (UTC)
Yes, too bad my credit is spent. Ten years after my divorce, I'm still broke from it -- she gave me the house and all the bills, and I was too worried about not getting the kids in the middle of it to fight. So whatever I do, it won't involve applying for credit from anyone. :-( (I'm not saying my ex did it that way on purpose -- it's just how things worked out.)
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