I would really like to win the $30,000 kitchen makeover. To win, I need to do something great with a sheet of Bounty paper towel. That’s the hard part, coming up with a great use for Bounty by Saturday, June 30th.
I know, you would like to win the $30,000 kitchen makeover too. But I have a good reason for wanting to win. As some of you know, last year was the year of surgeries and trips to the ER for the Forever clan. This year appears to be the year of mechanical problems. Here are some of the mechanical problems we have had so far this year:
Our Maytag washer died two days before the big birthday party. We’ve actually known it was going to die for several months now, but we disagreed on what to replace it with. I wear t-shirts and shorts so I prefer something like a bathtub and a clothes line. My wife wear nice clothes, so she wants one of those high-end LG that steam cleans, folds your clothes, and massages your back. We had our Maytag washer repaired for the second time almost three years ago. So there’s no point in paying to have it repaired again. Plus there was a class-action lawsuit involving our washer that Maytag never informed us about. We won’t be buying from Maytag again.
A couple of months ago, our ceramic cooktop cracked. According to Jenn-Air, it sounds like a thermal breakage. But because we bought it over two years ago, we have to pay for labor. Not only that, we have to hire an authorized service center to confirm it’s a thermal breakage. The cost to confirm: $200. Then we have to hire an authorized service center to install the replacement even though I installed it myself originally. My guess is the total labor (including confirmation) will be between $400 and $600. We decided we could live with the crack because you can’t see it unless you turn on the cracked burner. We rarely use all four burners at the same time. Another note: Jenn-Air is owned by Maytag.
Our vacuum cleaner died five days before the big birthday party. Our kids offered the use of their toy vacuum cleaner, which would great if we had a toy carpet.
One of the toilets is broken. It appears a bolt that connects the tank to the bowl has corroded off. So now it drips, drips, drips…even after turning off the water and flushing away most of the water in the tank. I tried using a straw, but it wasn’t long enough to suck up the rest of the water.
A week before the big birthday party, we got our second flat tire of the year (different car). This time, it was not repairable. I don’t get it. It was caused by a piece of glass in the parking lot. How can a piece of glass puncture a STEEL belted tire to the point it’s no longer repairable? The tire has less than 10,000 miles on it. I’m thinking my cousin in China must have replace the steel with melamine.
Our garage door isn’t working properly. It works fine closed or fully open. But if you stop the door anywhere between closed and fully open, the door crashes back down.
At the beginning of the year, our car’s power window was stuck in the open position…for the second time in two years! Shouldn’t there be some sort of manual over-ride? And shouldn’t a new part work for more than two years?
My wife’s undercabinet TV broke. You know, the one I gave her for Mother’s Day. Luckily, we were able to swap it for a new one…twice. The first time, there was something trapped in the LCD screen that we could not get out. The second time, the DVD player didn’t work.
Most of our appliances are almost ten years old. I would like them to last forever, but they are probably on their last leg and it’s just a matter of time before they fall apart. At least this year, the family is healthy (except for some bad allergies). I’m thankful for that.