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Old April 21 2013, 05:38 AM   #11
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Re: I could fix it if I just had the part!

RoJoHen wrote: View Post
I am full of domestic rage, and it is all directed at my dryer.

The drum stopped spinning. After some thorough investigation, I have learned that it needs a new belt and idler pulley. All of this I learned this afternoon.

What I also learned this afternoon is that you can't buy these parts anywhere. This should be one of the easiest DIY projects ever, but I can't do it because I can't get a hold of new parts unless I order them online.

I went to several hardware/appliance stores, and they all looked at me like I was an idiot. "Of course we don't sell those things, you fool! What were you thinking?"

And then an old man told me to look in the phone book for a company that doesn't exist anymore.

And yes, I know I can air dry my clothes. That is not the point.
FWIW, I have a Whirlpool washer/dryer set for sale... cheap. I inherited a new Whirlpool Cabrio set from my dad. The other set is gathering dust in my garage.

Reader's Digest published a book for DIY over 30 years ago. I purchased it new and it was a Godsend. Using that book, I learned to fix mowers, washers, dryers, cars and more. Since I was just out of college and broke, it came to be my best investment. I am sure most of the information is outdated now, but for older items it is still useful.
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