2013 ended well. The whole end-of-year holiday season was pretty great, starting with Thanksgiving/Hanukkah with John’s folks up in Kalamazoo, winding down with
The warranty on the house and a lot of its contents seems to be expiring this summer, given the number of items that are breaking down, and have either been replaced or are in need of replacement. So far we have had to replace the garbage disposal, kitchen faucet, and lawnmower. (The engine on the old mower seized up and died in a cloud of smoke midway through mowing the lawn about a month ago. Fortunately the magic that is Craig’s List helped us to find a a better quality mower that we bought for less then we spent on the old one.)
The latest in the list is the dishwasher. For a while it has slowly been doing less and less of a good job at its sole task – cleaning our dishes. So last week while running errands, we “looked” at dishwashers at Home Depot. “Looking” turned into “buying” about 10 minutes into the process, and the new dishwasher was delivered yesterday. (The nice Home Depot delivery people also took away the old one so that we wouldn’t have to figure out how to dispose of it ourselves.)
And that brings us to reason number 973463 to hate the previous homeowners. As we have grumbled about before, they liked to DIY, but they were really bad at it, and cut a lot of corners, and made a lot of mistakes, and John and I keep finding things that they messed up that we now have to fix or find a work around for. Like the very nice tile in the kitchen. When they put it in, they blocked in the dishwasher, so that there was no way to just slide it out of its space under the counter. We had to shim up the counter top by about an inch in order to be able to wriggle it out to unhook it.
It is nice to have a new dishwasher, though. Especially now that it is all hooked up and installed and working. It is quieter then the old one, and also takes less time to complete a wash cycle. Even though we went with a bottom-of-the-middle range GE model, it is an astounding improvement over the old one.
I only hope that this is the last major replacement that we need to do for a while.