Introducing… Mrs. Washer and Mr. Dryer

17 Nov

A sure sign that you’re getting older is when you get excited over things like washers/dryers.

When we were in high school we had boy/girl drama. Now that we’re out of school, working, and establishing independence, we have different kinds of dramas because whether out of necessity or affinity or both, we have to deal with appliances.

I apologize in advance if this blog entry bores you to tears, but if you bear with me you may learn a thing or two about what to do or what NOT to do when installing your new W/D.

Drama #1: Tiny Room, Huge Washer/Dryer

My fiance, James, just moved into “our” new place. We both love this new place, but we did not love the size of the laundry room. The laundry room was very tiny and extremely narrow, so, going in we already knew we either needed to purchase a combo or a stackable washer/dryer. However, we quickly found out the combos are no good and they are neither good at washing nor drying so we chose to stick with the stackable.

After James did a lot of research, measuring, planning,  we bought a brand new LG washer/dryer from our friend Hyang Un who hooked us up with her employee discount. Thanks, Hyang Un! For James and I, it was love at first sight. The W/D seemed to be the perfect decision with its great reviews,  good mixture of complicated/simple, beauty, and energy efficiency!

However, when it arrived, we hardly realized all of the hidden challenges it brought with it!

Drama #2: All the wiring- is not included?

So, no one teaches you in school that when you buy a washer/dryer it doesn’t come with the necessary cord/duct so you need to buy them separately. School also doesn’t teach you what size to buy or which brand to get so we were taught a hard lesson from experience. Also, don’t forget stackable washer/dryers need a stacking kit!

Drama #3: It’s heavy!

The washer weights in at about 250lbs and the dryer is about 150lbs.

Imagine big guys lifting a very bulky dryer on top of a washer in a very tiny, tiny space. Very entertaining.

Drama #4: Now what?

Once the W/D was stacked, we had to plug it all in. By sheer process of elimination, I was deemed to be the only one who could fit back there in the tiny space between the wall and the W/D. There was only about a foot of space to work with. Back here I had to screw in the wiring to the back of the dryer/plug the power cord into the wall and also connect the duct from the ceiling to the dryer. When I squeezed back there, I felt like that Chinese acrobatic guy from Ocean’s 11. 🙂

Here is a very unflattering picture of me trying to squeeze in:

Now let me try to explain to you the difficulties behind doing this.

The biggest challenge was my height. I’m a little over 5 feet. So, to reach the top of the dryer, I had to climb up and then balance my body against the wall and the washer in order to screw in 4 tiny AND difficult screws to the back of the dryer. After sweating, dropping screws, and struggling for what it felt to be forever and a day, I was done. Now it was time to plug the baby in.

But to my horrible dismay, the cord was a mere 2 inches too short!!! Oh the frustration that set in was indescribable. After all that work, it was just a hair too short.

Now to the duct. The type of aluminum duct we purchased was a very rigid, sharp aluminum which was not easy to work with. While trying to reach the ceiling from the dryer, I accidentally ripped it and then the whole thing started to unravel. A waste of $10!

Drama # 5: Trip back to home depot

So before we could get this to work, we had to go back to home depot. Luckily, there was a longer cord that was available, so we made an exchange for the longer 6 ft cord and bought a different brand of duct to work with.

When we got back, I took a deep breath and squeezed back to the space of doom, climbed up the wall, balanced myself and asked James to pass me the screws. But, James couldn’t find the screws. After running around, we realized that we had returned the screws that came with the dryer when we exchanged our cord. We called Home Depot in a panic and luckily, they found the screws still in the returned bag and had just enough time to pick it up before the store closed.

When we got back, we were finally able to finishe the job.

To try out the machine, we put some laundry in for a test spin and quietly watched Mrs. Washer hum and do her thing.

It was all too beautiful.

By the way, watching the washing machine wash clothes is very intriguing and sort of mesmerizing in a real grown up way…

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Side note: Pictures are compliments of Nina E.

Here is a funny picture Nina E. took of James being the usual silly James, and I didn’t even realize it until today.

I really LOL’d.

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4 Responses to “Introducing… Mrs. Washer and Mr. Dryer”

  1. NinaE at NinaSquared November 20, 2011 at 11:07 pm #

    LOVE the last one… James had a really fun time with that… ALSO!!! let’s keep in mind that I could also fit in the back, but I wasn’t sure that James would be so willing to let me back out. with you, he has no choice! 😉

  2. Chris November 21, 2011 at 7:57 am #

    I’m impressed that you guys got that one done. And more impressed that you fit back there Nina! Little Nina steps up to the plate!

  3. nina park November 21, 2011 at 4:36 pm #

    yes, actually, Nina E, you would have fit better back there! but we needed your brains outside the space because you did all of the thinking. Good job on the stacking kit!

  4. jaime November 30, 2011 at 7:46 pm #

    hahahah…. i def know who to call when we buy our washer dryer! 🙂

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