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Old April 20 2013, 10:38 PM   #1
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I could fix it if I just had the part!

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.
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Old April 20 2013, 10:47 PM   #2
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Re: I could fix it if I just had the part!

HA-Ha!! I'm in that same boat except the heating element on mine is out. And the Dryer is ancient compared to what is out. Anywho, there's a few closeout outlets in the area.

If there are some in your area, they might be able to help. Or sale you one cheap.
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Old April 20 2013, 11:03 PM   #3
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Re: I could fix it if I just had the part!

So just buy it online. What, a week to ship at most?
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Old April 20 2013, 11:20 PM   #4
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Re: I could fix it if I just had the part!

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So just buy it online. What, a week to ship at most?
Also not the point.

It was just an anecdote about my day intended to spur conversation about DIY/home repair projects.
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Old April 20 2013, 11:41 PM   #5
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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?"
Don't you have any local appliance repair places that sell parts? They usually have the common stuff in stock. I needed a new transmission for our washer a couple of months ago. I look up a part number online, make a couple of phone calls to check prices, stop by on my way home from work and before dinner the washer's humming with a new trans. It was $180, but the old one lasted 13 years and the washer is in fine shape otherwise, I expect it will go on another five years at least.
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Old April 21 2013, 12:30 AM   #6
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Re: I could fix it if I just had the part!

Shouldn't this be in the "first world problems" thread?
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Old April 21 2013, 01:34 AM   #7
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You need to become a hoarder. Next time you see your model of dryer on the side of the road for the hard trash you scoop it up and stack it in your garage so you will always have parts.
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Old April 21 2013, 02:02 AM   #8
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get some chains and with minimal welding, rig it up to an old bicycle. so you can get sweaty as your clothes dry.
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Old April 21 2013, 02:23 AM   #9
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I don't bother with local places unless I know for sure they will have what I need, which is not as often as I would like. It's much easier, faster, costs less in gas, not to mention frustration, to find a part number myself and buy the part online.

The hard part is diagnosing the problem and having the skills and tools to do the repair.

I've found parts for my 30+ year old oven on ebay, parts for an ancient riding lawn mower several states away, garage door parts a few towns over, etc. Even Amazon has listed some obscure stuff I needed in a pinch.

The days of driving all over town for parts are long gone.
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Old April 21 2013, 02:55 AM   #10
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So just buy it online. What, a week to ship at most?
Also not the point.

It was just an anecdote about my day intended to spur conversation about DIY/home repair projects.
And I replied to your anecdote. That's called a conversation. If you want more interesting replies from me than post less boring anecdotes.
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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!

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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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Old April 21 2013, 01:35 PM   #12
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Re: I could fix it if I just had the part!

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Shouldn't this be in the "first world problems" thread?
My thoughts exactly.
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Old April 21 2013, 05:23 PM   #13
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A while back my dryer started sounding like a cross between a stuck pig and a Martian war machine. I was able to locate the exact parts you're talking about at a "appliance service" place that turned out to be within walking distance of my home. For about $20 and a couple of days of perspiration I was able to effect a repair that would have probably cost more than replacing the unit outright had it been done by a "professional". Domestic trauquility restored. I've also replaced the ignitor a couple of times. Bottom line, if the guys who fix these things for a living can get the parts you can too. I don't know if you live in a city or in the boonies but look for appliace services rather than hardware or appliance stores. Of course, it might turn out that the parts aren't made anymore, like the fan for my dehumidifier, which I've also replaced twice and am listening to drone on even as I type this. Good luck.
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Old April 22 2013, 02:49 AM   #14
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Re: I could fix it if I just had the part!

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Shouldn't this be in the "first world problems" thread?
My thoughts exactly.
Since TrekBBS is an internet board, isn't everyone here having "first world problems"? Should the entire board be under the "First World Problems" thread?

In short, if you are against this thread, why are you here posting in it?

We now return to our regularly scheduled thread topic:
I agree that "appliance service" is the better place to look for such parts.
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Old April 22 2013, 06:00 AM   #15
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Re: I could fix it if I just had the part!

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Shouldn't this be in the "first world problems" thread?
My thoughts exactly.
Since TrekBBS is an internet board, isn't everyone here having "first world problems"? Should the entire board be under the "First World Problems" thread?

In short, if you are against this thread, why are you here posting in it?

We now return to our regularly scheduled thread topic:
I agree that "appliance service" is the better place to look for such parts.
Sorry, I think you missed the point. Our comments were pointing to what we thought of the issue, not whether this thread should actually exist.
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