Before we moved we bought a stackable washer/dryer for our apartment. Daddy hauled it from the resale shop to his shop to keep until we moved. When he unloaded it, it was so heavy he used the bobcat to move it.
(If you are unaware what a bobcat is or wondering why he would use a wild feline to unload a large appliance, here is a bobcat.)
Once we hauled the gigantic piece of machinery 300 miles we had to get it upstairs. Stairs. Up stairs. It took 6 people to get it up those stairs -- 4 of us to manhandle it and 2 people praying. We got it up in one piece. Barely. Now we could successfully wash and dry clothes without actually leaving our apartment...so we thought.
About 2 or 3 weeks after moving in, the dryer went out. Ok, not a huge problem. We found a number in the phone book for a repair guy. He came, he saw, he fixed...so we thought.
So after paying the guy almost as much as we paid for the washer/dryer, we went back to our regular lives. A few months later, dryer went out again. It was different than the first time, but the result was the same. We called a guy, he came, he saw, he fixed...so we thought.
A few months later, Momma and Daddy were coming out to visit. He looked the contraption over, went to Lowe's and bought a $6 part, made some alterations, and presto! It worked!
This time it took the dryer a lot longer to break, but it is a determined little bugger. About a year or so later, the dryer decided it had worked long enough. We decided to let it be and just use the laundry facility at the apartment to dry. About 3 weeks ago, the disease metastasized to the washer. It was pouring water all over our balcony and onto our downstairs neighbor's patio. Whoops. That was it, we wanted the thing gone. After calling 12 people, I finally found someone who would come and take the thing without charging me. I thought letting them have the washer/dryer for free would be payment enough, guess I was wrong.
We are now renting a washer/dryer that is brand-spanking new! I even got to peel off the protective sticker-- a guilty pleasure of mine.
They delivered it, carried it up the stairs, and hooked it up! Amazing! And if it breaks, they come out and fix it! I know a lot of people might think that it is a waste of money, but our patience just couldn't take it any more. The new washer/dryer works and we can wash and dry our clothes in one place! The only draw back is it is TINY. Let me show you.
Here is a sock.
Put in the sock.
Here's what happens.
Some of the illustrations in this post may be exaggerated.