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The Behemoth Washer/Dryer Combo Is Here



Well, let me tell you the story of the washer/dryer combo's arrival today. It was not without drama. They told me it would be delivered between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. yesterday when I threw several fits on the phone with several different individuals.

Yesterday they sent a truck without a lift. Today they sent a full size semi truck and one delivery man. 

So the plan was for me to go stand at the entrance and help guide him in as he backed the semi into the patio home complex. He made it about halfway down from where he needed to go and just left it there, because he was getting hung up on tree limbs that were hanging wet from the rain that was coming down. 


This was big news around here. One woman out walking her dog, who informed me she is the official pool monitor and has lived here eight years, stopped him and started talking. He was respectful and patted her dog on the head and conversed with her. Yeah, it's that kind of place.

I ask him if it isn't going to be too heavy for him to roll all the way down to where I live, and he says: "I've delivered 3500 pound fish tanks on this thing."

So he brings the lift down and a big dolly and rolls it the rest of the way. We get to the door (I have the dogs shut in the bedroom) and he thinks it will not go through the storm door in its box. But I hold it wide and he manages. 

He gets it inside and I start my bribery speech. For that was the only way I could think of to get the casters they'd already sent me on the bottom of that gigantic thing. I'll just give you the dimensions: 38 11/16 inches high, 27 inches wide, and 29 3/4 inches deep. This thing is deeper than the refrigerator that was there. 


He manages to get the box off from the bottom and of course there's all that packing foam stuff. So then we have to figure out how he is going to get those castors on an over 200 pound washer by himself. 

Ah, that's where my chaise on my couch comes in. He leans it over the chaise and puts two on. But that isn't going to work for the other two. So he leans it over the other way, has me hold it, and puts on the other two. 

Now this wasn't a simple feat. I had go dig around and find a pair of pliers to take the washers off the castors. Yada yada. 

So we have the thing free and on the castors, and he moves it into the kitchen where the space is where the refrigerator use to be. 

He tells me he thinks I'll have to go get a longer hose from a hardware store, yada yada. I think: Oh, great. 

He leaves with sixty bucks under the table and I get Charlie next door to come take a look. Yeah, he tells me, you're going to have to go get a much longer tubing to go to the sink and some female something or other to fit onto the spigot. 

Charlie leaves and I move it out a bit and see that the hose starts up at the other side, is worked through a plastic clamp, across the bottom, worked into another plastic clamp, and comes just to the top of the machine. 

So I think: maybe I should just take the hose out of the two clamps. I do this and it goes about four inches over my sink. Yes! And they sent two separate little packets in the mail earlier in the week. 

Maybe that's the other stuff I need. Maybe I won't have to go to the hardware store and try to explain that I need a long piece of tubing and some female something or other.


I have not attempted to figure out how to hook all this up and use it yet. I was already tired from the chiropractor and guiding a semi truck into a place where semis don't usually go. And backwards at that. 

This delivery man was very nice, kind, and respectful. Just the opposite of my experience yesterday. But he just works for the fool bunch. I tell him I'm very happy that he's nicer than the others, and he tells me he believes in karma. Now that's the kind of person I can deal with.

I still have a bee in my bonnet over their tactics. I'm going to do some digging into things before I let that go. 

So that's the story of the washer/dryer combo that looks like something from the future. It looks terribly complicated. And the inside looks as big as a regular washer to me. How this thing manages to wash and then turn around and dry without me doing anything I can't fathom. I'll have to read the instructions, which I'm just not up to at the moment.

You see it was by then after noon, and I had not had my coffee and I was getting one colossal headache. 

Enough said. 


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  1. YEA!! It's here! Now if you can just figure out how to use it!! LOL

    Judy

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  2. Brenda, I'm thrilled that the behemoth ? washer/dryer is in your home.. I think they have kits at Lowes or Home Depot for what you need to hook it to your faucet..
    It's wonderful that you had such an obliging man to help get it where it needed to be. I guess there are some good men out there yet. Was he burly ? hee hee.
    It's nice that your neighbor Charlie came over to give his opinion.. Sounds like a great place to live..
    Now you can sleep easy tonight, at least I hope so.
    Enjoy your evening.
    Hugs,
    Charlotte

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    1. You should have seen the gigantic concrete truck that got stuck in my back yard when we were have an addition put on the back of our house.. It took a humongeous tow/wrecker truck to pull it out.. All the while I thought the side of our house was going to come off it the wrecker hit it.. It didn't.

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    2. Yes, he was indeed a burly one. I am hoping I have what I need in the little packets they sent earlier this week. I know I paid $80 for some of it.

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  3. Seems you found another Aaron after all. So glad he got it done and was a nice guy to boot. Hopefully the kit you bought that had the casters, will have the correct hook ups for the faucet. That's what it looked like in the description of what came in the portable kit.

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    1. You're so clever. You always have things figured out way before I do!

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  4. I'm so happy that you finally have your new washer/dryer! Once you've had a chance to rest, I'm sure you'll have no problem figuring out how to run it.

    Please be careful with your injured back. No more heavy lifting for you!

    Thinking of you...
    Gayle

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    1. Yeah, I really forgot how old my poor back is when I pulled that stunt.

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  5. Yahoo! You'll have it figured out in no time and get all caught up with your laundry. And...... there's a good reason why front-loaders are so heavy. Because they spin so much faster than older washers and get more water out they have concrete blocks inside to stabilize and keep it from walking all over the floor. That's what an appliance salesman told me and it makes sense.

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    1. That makes sense. I have glanced at the directions, and it says you must take the four shipping bolts off because they can cause severe vibration.

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  6. We had a big combo washer dryer back in the late 50's. I'm sure that things have changed a lot since then. I had just had baby #2 and wanted my machine in the kitchen. It worked very well....the only thing against it is that you can't dry something while you are washing another load. It does take longer, but with your little laundry it should work well. I hope that you like it. Anything is better than wringing towels out by hand. Take care of your back.....Balisha

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    1. I stopped trying to do the laundry by hand over a week ago. My hands were in arthritic misery. So I have some catching up to do. But you're right, I don't generate much laundry.

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  7. It does look big. At least the driver would take your bribe. I hope you can figure out how to use it and get it all set up before you need to do clothes again.

    I'm sorry that your back is hurting so bad. Hopefully it will feel better soon, and then you will have to remind yourself to baby it for a while.

    Good luck with your shiny new washer/dryer!

    Take care,

    Susie @ Persimmon Moon Cottage

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    1. I'll figure it out. May take awhile! I've got clothes needing to be washed.

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  8. I am so stinkin happy for you~! this is gonna be great when you get it running, plus you wont have to wrestle the heavy wet towels out of it to put them into the dryer cause they are already in it..woooohoooo more good news for your back:)

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    1. Yes, I'm hoping this was a good decision on my part.

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  9. Brenda YAY for the nice delivery man...hope your back feels better soon and the rest gets sorted but it is good to hear that he got the casters on and the major headache is out of the way :)

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  10. Brenda, you will love this. If you can work a computer, you can easily work this. I have a front loading washing machine, which I have a love/hate relationship with...any how, it has all the bells and whistles...well it did five years ago, now they have more bells and whistles on newer models...you are just going to be surprised how easy it will be. I LOVE my quick wash setting. Done in 35 minutes. I hope your back gets better soon.

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    1. I had one at the little blue house that I bought when I moved in there. It was front loading and I loved it!

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  11. Brenda I am so glad it got delivered and with a little help from the delivery guy the casters are on it! Rest up and you can then tackle the behemoth and get your laundry done! Hope your back feels better tomorrow!

    Linda

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    1. It's been feeling better already. Thank you.

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  12. Brenda, Honestly, don't you feel like tearing your hair out at times...I wish I could be there to help you. I still can not believe the store sent that washer with one man. Insane. You have just been doing too much lately Brenda..I feel for you, I know what back problems are like. I can only send you some hugs. I hope you know we can sympathize with you. I hope that washer is all you expect it to be. I have never had one of those. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

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    1. I don't know anyone who has had one of these. That's why it was kind of scary buying it!

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  13. Brenda, you got Aaron yesterday and today was the delivery driver. That is 2 great people in 2 days, good for you!!! It is wonderful you got your laundry device and I am sure you will figure it out, if you haven't already. Yes, no more heavy lifting-we do not heal like we used to. You are getting settled into your new abode, it seems to be going well. (ok, a glitch here and there, but you are in) Bravo to you!!!

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    1. I'm feeling pretty good about things tonight! I had two angels in two days.

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  14. looks like a behemoth, alright! i sure hope it works great! sounds like you've had an adventure just getting it. :)

    thanks for stopping over! :)

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    1. Yes, and now I'm already laughing about it. I was about to scream two days ago!

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  15. Brenda! This is so exciting! Goodness, the machine itself looks quite high tech. But you seem to do well with all of that high tech computer type stuff inspite of your appreciation of simplicity. I can't wait to hear more about it!
    Do take care of yourself. Living alone, you are your primary person to rely on in all situations. Keep healthy, stay strong.

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    1. I just got over zealous to get everything decorated, and I had to stop and things are just not all decorated yet. I've always been like that. Jump in with gusto.

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  16. Brenda,

    Those bolts at the back are very easy to remove and you must remove them because it will do exactly what it says it will do. Don't lose them either because if you ever move, you must put them back into the holes so that the drum doesn't go out of whack, that's what I was told about ours in any event.

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    1. Well, thank you! I may have to ask you a few questions along the line!

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  17. Yay for the washer/dryer combo getting moved in! Hope it works well for you. Take it easy with your back!

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    1. Yeah, I always tell myself a bit too late to just slow down...

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  18. Yes, save the bolts once you take them off and you can tape them with Duct Tape to the back of the appliance so in case you ever move and pull out the appliance, there they will be, and you can screw them in for the move...
    "Happy washing!", if there even is such a thing.

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    1. Great idea! Otherwise I will lose them.

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  19. I expect by tomorrow afternoon you will have finished your first load and will love it. Thank goodness for a very nice guy! What did the chiropractor say about your back, just that you've overdone it? I hope you didn't tweak a rib w/that heavy lifting, that is so painful!

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    1. He hasn't read the x-rays yet, doubt they'll say much. He did say I'm carrying 30 extra pounds on my left side, which is my good side in terms of my ankle, but is the side that is having back trouble. For the bad ankle is on the right side. So I'm really "off" in how I'm carrying my weight.

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  20. I missed it!! So happy happy for you!! Try to get some rest and you will figure it out tomorrow. So sorry about your back. Take it easy. Cant wait to hear about your washing!! Goodnight!

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    1. Everyone will sure hear all about it when I get it figured out!

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  21. I had a combo washer/dryer in the early 70's... had never heard of such a thing! Was in a rental and I really liked it. It still amazes me how it could wash everything, and then turn around and dry it. I think I had to set it to dry, but I'm sure the new guy on the block does it all by himself (or maybe "her"self?). Yes, you couldn't wash another load while drying your previous load, but I think this will work great for one person! good luck with your back... mine decided to be out of commission too for a few days, and wish I had my miracle chiropractor to go to where I used to live, but he's six hours away so I just suffer. Good luck with Behou.

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    1. I'll have to get back to you on that. They just told me I could put the hose on the sink spigot, turn it on and when I came back the stuff would be dry. Hard to believe. Maybe there's another step or two in there.

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  22. Brenda, Sounds like you finally have a wonderful place to live. So happy for you. Sorry that your back went out. I have finally learned that I can't lift without major back pain. Unfortunately I still lift. I have to. I sell antiques. I am fascinated with your washer and dryer, but I hang dry a lot of my clothes so wondering how you stop it to get those clothes out. xo Laura

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    1. I still want to hang my clothes wet, or damp. It will lengthen the life of your clothing not drying them in a dryer.

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  24. So glad you got help to get your washer/dryer in place, Brenda....what a helpful delivery man this time. Sorry about your back though.....hope it soon feels better. Just catching up here and loved your gorgeous garden pictures.....those plants look so happy!
    Helen xox

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  25. What a tale! I can't wait to see how you like it! It's alien~~ha!

    XO,
    Jane

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  26. It's just like mine, Brenda! They are big and it takes a little patience learning to run it. Email me is you need help!

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  27. I cant wait till tomorrow. Too excited!! Please send us a post on how the new combo is going!! Take care!!!

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