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    We are having awesome weather here in the mid-Atlantic region. Low 70's and sunny. I really, really wanted to ride today but our dishwasher broke and I promised my wife I would install the new one today. As usual a semi-simple job turned into an all-day affair. It took me over an hour to get the old dishwasher out. When I opened the new dishwasher I see it uses a proprietary plug connection vs a direct connect for electrical. So now I need a $20 adapter. I drive to a Lowe's (not my local one) that says they have the part. The Lowe's person and I searched the store and never found it. One hour wasted. I eventually found the part at another store, Next the discharge hose doesn't match my disposal inlet so more driving around looking for an adapter. All told I spent 5 hours on the project and am exhausted. I couldn't ride now even if it wasn't getting dark. Why can't life small crises happen when its raining?

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    I would have done the dishes by hand, changed the DW on a rainy day!
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    Quote Originally Posted by duriel View Post
    I would have done the dishes by hand, changed the DW on a rainy day!
    Better yet, I would have had someone else in the house do dishes by hand till I got around to it! (but I do most of the cooking)
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    You should have invited your wife to empower herself and do the job herself.

    And then you could empower yourself to sleep on the couch for a week. 😁

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    Quote Originally Posted by duriel View Post
    I would have done the dishes by hand, changed the DW on a rainy day!
    I believe if I told my wife I was going riding instead, I'd be sleeping in the garage

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    I assume any plumbing issue will take 3 trips to the store. If it's fewer, and it almost never is, that's a win.

    Last time I discovered that not only did the hardware store NOT have the valve cores for my ancient shower, but they also did not the exact washer the funky thing took. That was a fun day.

    A different washer seems to have worked, but I am not sure for how long it will last.

    Oh, and as for just replacing the whole thing? The shower looks like it was for an RV or something, very close spacing of handles, not even a hint of a brand name on the casting. So a new unit will mean cutting a new hole and patching the old one. In a rickety basement half assed install job.
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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiQuaeQuod View Post
    I assume any plumbing issue will take 3 trips to the store. If it's fewer, and it almost never is, that's a win.

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    That's why the pros roll with those overburdened trucks!

    FWIW, I'm not riding either in this perfect weather--leaves and wood splitting R us!
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    Quote Originally Posted by paredown View Post
    Truth!

    That's why the pros roll with those overburdened trucks!

    FWIW, I'm not riding either in this perfect weather--leaves and wood splitting R us!
    If I go the the hardware store and there are several different parts that might work but I am not sure, I'll just buy them all to avoid another trip. Sometimes it works but not always

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiQuaeQuod View Post
    I assume any plumbing issue will take 3 trips to the store. If it's fewer, and it almost never is, that's a win.

    Last time I discovered that not only did the hardware store NOT have the valve cores for my ancient shower, but they also did not the exact washer the funky thing took. That was a fun day.

    A different washer seems to have worked, but I am not sure for how long it will last.

    Oh, and as for just replacing the whole thing? The shower looks like it was for an RV or something, very close spacing of handles, not even a hint of a brand name on the casting. So a new unit will mean cutting a new hole and patching the old one. In a rickety basement half assed install job.
    Sears. My mother had a bathroom sink that had a Sears faucet that had centers that didn't match anything, and replacement parts that didn't match anything but what Sears had. Unless she changed the sink, which she wouldn't, she was tied to Sears for replacement parts, which had to be ordered. A Royal pain in the ass.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveG View Post
    If I go the the hardware store and there are several different parts that might work but I am not sure, I'll just buy them all to avoid another trip. Sometimes it works but not always
    This is what I do as well. After 8 years of owning our house I have quite a collection of random extras, however they still rarely seem to be right for anything. And sometimes I'll get into a project and go through a bunch of extra messing around to make what I have work, only to find some insurmountable obstacle that I end up running to the store for anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveG View Post
    If I go the the hardware store and there are several different parts that might work but I am not sure, I'll just buy them all to avoid another trip. Sometimes it works but not always
    So, waste money or make another trip back to return things. Yep. Been there. The "returns" trip is part of the fun!

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    Sears.
    That makes sense as a possible source. Given the age of things I was dealing with, which seems to predate most big box stores, and just how common Sears used to be as a go to place for many. I assume a lot of Sears supplies evolved out of the times when they sold complete house kits, which might explain their non-standard parts 50+ years later.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bilbo View Post
    This is what I do as well. After 8 years of owning our house I have quite a collection of random extras, however they still rarely seem to be right for anything....
    ^This.

    I've lived in my house, an older home by 'merican standards, for twenty-some years, and my collection of random extras is like a miniature museum of outdated construction technologies and tools.
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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiQuaeQuod View Post
    So, waste money or make another trip back to return things. Yep. Been there. The "returns" trip is part of the fun!



    That makes sense as a possible source. Given the age of things I was dealing with, which seems to predate most big box stores, and just how common Sears used to be as a go to place for many. I assume a lot of Sears supplies evolved out of the times when they sold complete house kits, which might explain their non-standard parts 50+ years later.
    The house my wife grew up in was a Sears house. Not sure if it was a shell or included a complete interior though

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