Sunday, October 03, 2010
Fortunately when I say that I have been in the breakdown line I don't mean, on the highway.

Microwave Oven Safety Breaktrhough

It all started happening in April when I returned from Florida. My microwave was not behaving, it wasn't doing what it was supposed to! For many years I lived without a micro and managed very nicely but once you have an appliance that performs magic, you don't want to live without it.

It so happens I was going in for surgery in May and realized I would miss it dearly if I didn't have one when I came home after surgery. I had to move fast. (me move fast, that's a feat) I had to replace it with a unit that would fit under my cabinet.

I was able to accomplish this over the phone with a local appliance store, gave them the dimensions, had it delivered and installed in no time! Done!!

A drop: falling
Photo by Nico Cavallotto CC BY-NC-ND

One day I noticed some discoloration of the wood under my kitchen sink. My maintenance man took a look and noticed that my faucets were leaking and found some water inside the cabinet, recommended new faucets. Okay, I had to replace what was causing the problems! Got new faucets!!

Photo by Suzi Duke CC BY-SA

Time went by and I noticed the stain under the sink was getting worse, had my maintenance man take a look and what do you know - he found my dishwasher had a broken part and was causing the water stain on the wood!!! If it got any worse it would have caused damage to my down-stairs neighbor's apartment!!

That left me wondering if my maintenance man was correct when he recommended I replace my faucets. Oh well, I now have a handsome set of faucets.

At this point in time I really didn't want to invest in a new dishwasher but how can you live without one so I searched the internet and narrowed my choice to the most reasonably priced one, without all the bells and whistles.

I found a General Electric dishwasher on sale at a Home Depot and since my husband was a GE employee I will be getting a rebate from the company. That made the purchase less painful.

The first time I used the dishwasher I thought something was wrong with it - I couldn't hear a thing!! My old one was so noisy, I was pleasantly surprised at how quiet this one is.

All's well that ends well!


I have had horizontal wooden shades on my large windows in the bedroom for the past thirteen years. The other day I noticed one section of the shades was not hanging properly - the ribbon that keeps the slats together had torn apart!!

Well, no way am I going to replace that window treatment - what to do - I gave it some thought and came up with a temporary solution which I hope stands the test of time.

I went to my sewing box and found two large safety pins, pinned the worn ribbon piece together and am hoping for the best.

Years ago things seemed to last forever, now it seems manufacturers "plan for obsolescence."

Guess, we have to face the facts, nothing lasts forever, we just have to roll with the punches.

It's all planned obsolescence" now, Millie. Everything seems to wear out faster than it used to back 30-40 years ago. But it is nice to have all new stuff for a while, isn't it? Hope the wooden blind repair holds up!
Good post Millie. I think I would miss my microwave if it broke, but I never had a dishwasher. It takes 10-20 minutes to wash up and ages (plus electricity) for a machine to do the same job. Don't think I shall be hankering for one.
First on the microwave--it is needed if only to reheat coffee in this house. The faucets leaking would cause our well pump to run unnecessarily. The dishwasher was an appliance I fought against buying for years but once I had it just the time saved is great. Also we can jam and etc. so it is needed for sanitizing jars. The horizontal blind on one our french doors had one of the strings break. I called for a number of the Bali (the type 0f blinds) manufacturer and had the blind repaired for shipping charges. Maybe a call to your manufacturer would result in little or no charge to you. Heck it is worth a try. I can appreciate your need to replace the things you need.
Pretty good post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to say that I have really enjoyed reading your blog posts.Any way Ill be subscribing to your feed and I hope you post again soon.
I have been fortunate - building and moving every 3 or 4 years for the last 12 years - seems nothing wore out. But now in my smaller home by the woods where I will stay my lifetime - am wondering if I will outlast them.
Mother was 10 years older then me when she passed away and my grandmother's and aunt were 20 years older then me when they were gone. Will see what happens.
I do know nothing last like it use to.
Lost my wine cooler a month ago, myoven electric panel two weeks ago and my microwave last week!!! I am sick of repairs. (all have not made it to five years yet)
Millie I just super glued my sneakers back together. Nothing lasts the way it should any more. They just don't make things as sturdy as they used to. Now I sound like a grandmother.
Appliances used to last so long we got rid of them because they looked so bad. Now we can hardly get the new shine off before they break. The manufacturers decided that we weren't replacing things fast enough so they planned on obsolescence as Kenju said.
You bet they plan for obsolescence, that's how they get our money out of us LOL
I too have had a series of mishappenings, like one day coming back home, going to the bathroom to wash my hands and finding water on the tiles! Had to change the bathroom faucet that was ten years old and leaking heavily. I hate that it all happens almost at the same time. :(
Aren't you clever to try and figure out a fix or a better idea (like the mattress pad)! Some people just throw money at everything. You are my hero.
Dear Millie, I could not live without a dishwasher. I feel the dishes, utensils and etc. are sanitized. When I go on vacation to Florida one of the requirements is a microwave and a dishwasher.
Loads of Luck with all your appliances.
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