I figured that you'd all be sitting on pins and needles waiting to hear
what was wrong with "my dryer". A very nice man came out; he even had
clean clothes and a nice truck. I always peek out the window, making
sure that Jack the Ripper isn't going to be ringing the doorbell. You
know, someone posted yesterday about not having to like the guy....From
my frame of reference; yeah, I do want a person with somewhat of a
personality (no, they don't have to be a comedian, although that would
help as I'm writing a him a check for 400.00 dollars or good looking)
but seriously, I"m giving you my input, as a woman and a person who
values a kind, caring and competent and reliable professional. It's a
package. In my profession, being personable is as important as being
good at what I do. Being clean, not wearing muddy shoes through my
carpet and cleaning up your mess is even nicer. No one asked, so sorry
for sticking in my two cents.
Okay....he replaced the rear bearing and shaft kit and is returing next
week to repair/replace? two front glides. $228.69 Did I get ripped
off? If not, (I'll rely on you experts), I will pay him to install a
new garbage disposal next week when he comes back to do the glides. He
told me what kind to buy (to upgrade the peice of crap that the builder
"spared no expense" on) and said he charges $125 to install and about
50 more if he has to play around with new pipes for it. He suggested
that I get a 1/2 horsepower; either a Kitchen Aid or Insinkerator (sp?)
Thanks in advance...you're a fun bunch :-) And my dryer is so quiet
that I'm afraid that it's not going to really work!
Did he wipe his feet?
My first house came with an ancient GE dryer that needed a belt and a
bearing kit. I installed them, and it's still running 20 years later. You
could've gotten a new dryer for around $400, or more if you wanted digital
with speakers and other doo-dads. But still, $228's not bad, and it'll
probably last a long time. Plus, you met someone who can do other stuff.
Insinkerator disposals have always been OK for me. I have no experience with
I didn't look to see if he did or not, but at least his shoes weren't
I know, I've been pricing them; watching the ads that keep coming
weekly. Here's how my brain works. I'd have to go to the store, pick
a brand, model and a good price, pay for it and figure out when to have
it delivered. Sit around and wait for them to show up and switch dryers
and mess up my house (the W and D are upstairs). Time is money. Then
I'd think....I should just get a new washer too, so that they're both
new. Then I thought, hopefully we'll sell our house in a few years and
we'll sell the washer and dryer with the house and buy new ones
whenever we move.
But still, $228's not bad, and it'll
That's the part I like. And I think he's just a one person operation
and I support the small guys instead of the large corporation BS.
I'll check this Sunday's ads at Home Depot and Lowes for an inexpensive
disposal. Then I can finally remove the plastic trash can that fills
up with water weekly from the borken disposal. Yep, my husband doesn't
even notice water under the sink :-) He thinks it's a trash can.
Buy larger. There's simply no reason not to. And, I've found a few
big-ticket items that were actually cheaper at independent appliance stores
and kitchen & bath design places. Moen faucet, for instance. Got it $20
cheaper than HD, special ordered, from a ritzy snazzy kitchen place. Quite a
surprise. Do your research online first, get model numbers, get on the phone
and say "I'd rather buy this from you blah blah blah...."
That is a good question. Is it spelled correctly if the hyphens are
How much noise does the sun make?
Appliance repairman don't get too muddy. Especially if it's not
I wouldn't care so much that they were both new, but they have to
match. My girlfriend got a new washer and she didn't seem to care if
it matched her dryer or not. What a philistine.
I live alone and don't use my appliances much, but the time will come
when one will break seriously. Don't know what I'll do. And they're
white. If one of the harvest gold appliances in the kitchen breaks it
will be a real problem. I hear they don't sell those anymore. I'll
probably have to buy something used. The dishwasher has 3 sheets of
metal in the door, with 6 colors, so keeping it and matching other
things won't be a problem.
Remove NOPSAM to email me. Please let
me know if you have posted also.
No you didn't get ripped off, but you made a bad
decision if the $400 check is just for the dryer
fix. You could buy a new dryer for that amount.
Yes, you will get ripped off if he installs a new
garbage disposal for the costs you mentioned.
Insinkerator is ok but why buy a fancy one, even
the cheapest will last 10 years, so don't pay more
than $70 no matter what. Replacing the garbage
disposal shouldn't take more than 1/2 hour if he
has any experience and you clean out under the
sink first. Play around with new pipe? He
shouldn't have to change any drain pipes and if he
does it wouldn't cost him more than $5 for parts
and take more than 10 minutes. The only other
thing that possibly hooks to the garbage disposal
is the hose from the dishwasher and just requires
a boot and a small clamp.
Good idea if you have any natural mechanical
skill. Bad if you don't. Get a book and ask the
dealer/salesmen how to change it. It will take
you a lot longer than the guy you would hire, but
you will learn something and gain experience and
confidence. One problem, the thing is heavy so
you will need to build a platform up, wooden
boxes, wood blocks, etc. so you won't have to
wrestle with the weight or worry about dropping it.
Sure there are, but apparently she was going to
buy the unit and have the guy install it. So what
if she gets in the middle, runs into a big
problem, and decides to let the hired guy do it.
If she works through any problems or has none,
then great, saved money and gained experience.
It's not like she actually needs to use the thing
in the next hour or day or even a week.
if you like the experienced repairman because he returns your calls and
shows up when he says he will and actually will do a third visit for
additional work, he's easily worth $50-100 per hour plus parts plus
hourly travel from when he leaves his house to when he gets back home
in buffalo ny.
Not ripped off, but at over half the price of a new unit I'd not repair
The $125 isn't bad, since he has to come out. It's usually a
straight-forward job, but you never know. I'd suggest looking at Sears.
Their disposers are ISEs (InSinkErator) with the Kenmore badge. I found
them a little cheaper than the ISEs at the BORG and even the mid-grade
models came with the auto-reverse feature. The Sears mounted right to the
ISE flange so I didn't even have to replace it and all the pipes were in
the same place; piece of cake.
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