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My Second Career as an Appliance Repairman

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by MatTele, Jan 27, 2013.

  1. MatTele

    MatTele TDPRI Member

    Jun 17, 2009
    Upstate NY
    Is a failure.
    Now, i consider myself pretty handy around the hoise, but I've spent the majority of the weekend fixing the dishwasher and it's still out of commission.
    I received the sump assembly I ordered on Friday.
    Broke one of the plastic hold down tabs on install.
    Stripped it down, reused all the new guts on the old plastic sump tub.
    Hooked it up, leaked. Missed 2 screws. Fixed.
    Hooked it up again. Leaked. Forgot a dime sized gasket. Fixed.
    Hooked it up again. No leaks, ran a whole cycle, no problem except the water doesn't drain... In fact, it seems that I hooked up the pump motor connections backward because the water shoots up from the bottom of the tub instead of being sucked in.
    So, it's Sunday night, and I have to pull the dishwasher out one more time and hopefully complete the fix. I think I'll wait til tomorrow though.
    Oh, Did I mention that the disposal seems to be leaking?

    Sent from my Telecaster through my AC15

  2. Brad Pittiful

    Brad Pittiful Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Dec 22, 2008
    Philly Burbs

  3. dented

    dented Poster Extraordinaire

    Apr 17, 2006
    Back at the Beach
    We have all done this before. Tried, failed, repeat, repeat........Don't give up, you can do it. Maybe look for a youtube vid on the install or repair. Anyhow ask tap1454 he can help I bet! You'll get it and you will never forget how. Good luck.

  4. TeleKato

    TeleKato Friend of Leo's

    Mar 28, 2011
    Naples, FL
    I feel your pain. It took me two weekends to fix a toilet. And it was not the serious part of the toilet that needed fixing. I thought I had it ... SWMBO informed me otherwise. So far, it's holding .... I think I'll put the house up for sale.

  5. MatTele

    MatTele TDPRI Member

    Jun 17, 2009
    Upstate NY
    Thanks everyone. The most frustrating part? There is a YouTube video of this exact part being replaced in the exact same dishwasher... I just can't follow directions apparently. Oh well... Just gotta keep the missus from losing her cool... She's more stressed out about this than I am...

    Sent from my Telecaster through my AC15

  6. bcarter_1

    bcarter_1 Tele-Holic

    Feb 27, 2011
    Salt Lake City, Utah
    I call them "learning opportunities", and I learn alot... all the time in fact...

  7. RCinMempho

    RCinMempho Tele-Afflicted

    Jul 8, 2003
    Maryville, TN
    Things like that are why I work on software.

  8. robt57

    robt57 Telefied Ad Free Member

    Feb 29, 2004
    Portland, OR
    But does your first career include the use of a sling blade ??

  9. telleutelleme

    telleutelleme Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Jan 15, 2010
    I once posted a timeline for doing your own car repairs. I think 50 was one of those markers where you quit tackling the big jobs. Is your birthday soon?

    BTW - I feel your pain. Washing machines and refrigerators were always my threshold of failure.

  10. DavidP

    DavidP Tele-Afflicted

    Mar 16, 2003
    Vancouver, BC
    I use the DOS method...

    ..."Do it Over Stupid", most of my household DIYs unintentionally follow this philosophy. Look at it this way -- at least you're not playing with 400-plus volts working on an amp!

  11. Larry F

    Larry F Doctor of Teleocity Vendor Member

    Nov 5, 2006
    Iowa City, IA
    My dad could fix anything, it seemed. Nothing in our house was ever broken, as Dad would come home, look at the problem, and fix it that night or the next day. He was always so cool and methodical. It almost looked like relaxation for him.

    My parents' second house had a flooding problem, as did others in the neighborhood. He had a sump pump that had been acting up. When I was out for a visit, I helped him fix it. But apparently, it still wasn't acting properly. One day, he went out in the rain and this time, fixed. He came back into the house, told me mom, "It's fixed," and collapsed and died from a heart attack. Knowing Dad, that was the best way to go.

    Now that I have gotten back into playing and using tube amps, I really wish I could call him up for help with a problem.

  12. tap4154

    tap4154 Poster Extraordinaire Ad Free Member

    Apr 14, 2009
    Southern California

    I mainly install, and if he hadn't already effed it all up might be able to help ;)

    You NEVER want to walk into a job that a home handyman has already botched.

    BTW, what brand DW and how old?

  13. jhundt

    jhundt Poster Extraordinaire

    Mar 23, 2003
    I have two phrases that I repeat to myself during these projects...

    "Everything that can go wrong will"


    "Difficulty every step of the way!"

  14. dishwashers are evil twisted machines. I installed a new kitchen with all new appliances here 3 years ago... Everything works as it should apart from the dishwasher. It started acting up just as it reached one year old. The free extended warranty that covered it was worth what it cost! Defeated the repair guys on repeated call outs:

    On each occasion I telephoned and explained the problem. Then arranged to have someone here for the callout. The repair guy then confirmed the problem (if he arrived at all.) Then they ordered the part. Then arranged another callout... wrong part... etc etc. You see how this is going...

    I gave up. Wash the dishes myself. Its much easier...

  15. goonie

    goonie Friend of Leo's

    Dec 20, 2011
    Spent the afternoon playing lawnmower repairman ... to my utter astonishment I got it working. I'm good with cars but lawnmowers are evil.

  16. lewis

    lewis Friend of Leo's

    Mar 17, 2003
    Youtube appliance repair videos are great.
    Lately I've been able to dig into our clothes dryer and replace $40 worth of parts which saved us from having to spend several hundred on a new dryer.
    Having a repairman show up at the door was not an option because the dryer isn't worth what he would cost, $100.
    Keep at that dishwasher, they aren't as complicated as they look. I used to repair our old one and was able to install they new one without a hitch.

  17. sjtalon

    sjtalon Poster Extraordinaire

    I feel your pain.

    Best of luck !

  18. fuzzbender

    fuzzbender Former Member

    Feb 15, 2011
    you're analyzing the problems and learning from mistakes, sounds like you're doing something right, good stuff

  19. clayfeat

    clayfeat Tele-Afflicted

    Jan 19, 2005
    bloomington, in
    I failed at installing a garage door opener over the weekend. Humiliating.

  20. emu!

    emu! Poster Extraordinaire

    If you hooked it up backwards, wouldn't it become a DISH DRYER? ;)

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