Wednesday, December 7, 2016

New Name For My Blog: You Can Do That and the Internet Can Show You How!

I think that the internet is amazing.  If there is anything you want to learn how to do all you have to do is Google it.  Someone out there will have made a YouTube video to help you out.  Last week I was extremely bummed to find out that my washer had quit spinning and agitating.  Now my clothes were not getting clean and what was left in the washer was a sodden mess of dirty clothes.  After bemoaning the fact that we had just missed all the 40% off black Friday sales I had a productive conversation with another mom who suggested I look it up on YouTube and see if I couldn't fix it myself.  The washer is probably about 20 years old so paying for a repairman to come out and fix it seems like a waste.  I really wouldn't mind buying a new one but I want to wait until a big sale.  So I just need this washer to hang on until Presidents Day.  I didn't in a million years believe that I was going to be able to find the type of help I needed on the internet and fix this myself, but as I was going to have to go out and buy a washer anyway I figured I might as well take a stab at it.  And it worked!  I found this video online that showed exactly what to do when your washer was refusing to spin anymore.  I watched the video a couple of times, did exactly what it told me to do, and two days later I have a fully functional washer!  I am completely flabbergasted that I was able to do this, and I have pictures to prove it!

All of these pictures are of me taking it apart:

I took a million pictures to help remind me what pieces and wires went where.  There are no pictures of the actual broken piece or of me putting the whole thing back together because I can't find the battery charger for my camera.  But thanks to YouTube I would strongly recommend trying to fix more stuff around the house by yourself.  I saved a thousand dollars by buying a $20 part and spending some time getting my hands dirty!


  1. You are truly your father's daughter!

  2. OK, when can you come over and fix things around my place?

  3. Was it the lid switch? I replaced mine only to have it break again a few months later (I think that the old washer's vigorous spin cycle kept shaking it until it snapped). I eventually bypassed the lid switch altogether. And all thanks to YouTube! :)

    1. no, the switch was still working. it was the coupler which is down underneath the drum of the washer. it was completely shredded.