I Love It When A Plan Comes Together . . .

It was nice to wake up to another sunny day this morning after all the rain we’ve had lately. Especially today’s the day I’m going to reinstall our Splendide washer/dryer after the dryer fan repair.

By the time 1pm rolled around, I couldn’t put it off any longer.  So I started outside by removing the dryer exhaust vent cover.

Washer Install 1

My big problem was how to hook up the exhaust hose to the back of the washer. The other hoses, hot and cold water inlets and water drain, and the power cord, were all long enough to be plugged in with the washer still out in the hallway. But the exhaust hose was not long enough to reach.

When I talked to American Coach Tech Service they suggested that I cut a hold in the bottom of the cabinet above the washer and reach down. But this seemed like a lot of work to me so I came up with another plan.

Washer Install 2

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My plan was to tape together two yardsticks lengthwise and then run it in thru the outside vent. I would then insert the yardstick into the dryer vent outlet to keep things aligned as I pushed the washer into the cabinet.

Washer Install 4

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Mister decided to help me by supervising from the top of the washer, but his 25 pounds just made it harder to move.

The string taped to the top of the washer is used to hold the drain hose up out of the way so it doesn’t get crimped as I push the washer in.

Washer Install 3

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After getting the washer into position, Jan was able to help me tilt it up and get it started in the opening.

Washer Install 6

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If I had it to do over, I would have sprayed lubricant on the base of the cabinet to make it easier to slide the washer into position.

Washer Install 7

But after a lot of pushing and shoving, I finally got it into place.

Then I went outside and, with the yardstick and a flashlight, I moved the end of the exhaust duct into position where it was seated in the dryer exhaust connector. Certainly a lot easier than cutting a hole in the cabinet above.

As Col. Hannibal Smith says, “I love it when a plan comes together.”

But before I put the doors back on and install the retaining strip, I wanted do a few wash loads to check everything out. And Jan immediately took me up on it and ran two loads through with no problems at all. Great!

I rested on my laurels for a few hours, and then a little before 5 pm, Jan and I headed up to Stomp’s Burger Joint in Bacliff to meet up with Jan and Dave Evans for dinner.

Jan and Dave Evans

They’ve been reading our blog for a while and when they saw we were in the area, they wanted to get together. Turns out we have a lot in common, not just RV’ing.

Jan worked for the US Post Office for many years, and at one time delivered mail to our subdivision, but not to our street.

And her husband Dave is an instructor at Texas A&M’s Fire School, and probably taught my son sometime along the way when he was a fireman in Texas City, TX.

We really had a fun time getting to know Jan and Dave better, and hopefully we’ll be able to catch up with them again soon.

On a final note, I’m now pretty certain that it was the Garmin GPS FM Traffic Receiver/ Power Cord that ran my battery down Christmas morning since I’ve not had another problem with the battery.

Live and learn.

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Thought for the Day:

No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar.

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9 Responses

  1. Very clever approach to re-installing the Splendide. Don’t forget how this was done because something else will fail on that unit before too long. It is one of Murphy’s laws.

  2. Almost forgot. More Brandon photos, please.

  3. What a great evening at Stomp’s. . .we could have talked with you guys for hours. . .see you down the road!

    Janice

  4. George,

    Well, aren’t you just a bundle of encouragement. LOL

  5. George,

    Who’s Brandon?

    I take it you mean Landon? LOL

  6. Jan,

    We had a great time too.

    Ya’ll drive safe and hopefully we’ll see you down the road.

    Greg and Jan

  7. Howdy J&G,
    Greg, I noticed the drain-hose wasn’t in the drainpipe, when you pushed the Splendide back in..How’d you do that?? Alls well that ends
    well!!! You’ll have to forgive Stolz; hez an OLD man, but hez got the right idea..MORE LANDON PICS!!! Has his horse ‘throwed’ him, yet??

    Enjoy the sunshine WHILE IT LASTS!! The rain passes us by!!!

    Hope this finds y’all all feeling great!!!

  8. Butterbean,

    When that photo was taken the washer was still out in the kitchen. Nothing was actually hooked up.

    Will try to have more Landon pics after this weekend.

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