Dennis will clean the dishwasher squirter-outer places of hard water deposits so that hopefully will take care of that one. The vacuum salesman promised the brand new one he sold us would suck up dirt even better than our faithful but extinct Sharp. As for the dryer, on Saturday we drove by a place that services appliances and sells used ones so we checked with the owner about getting a new element.
He said it would cost a minimum of $90 to fix it and we'd still have an old dryer, so why not buy a newer, used one, "like new" for a little more? So we did. We loaded it in our van, borrowed the furniture dolly from work and moved the old one out and onto our pick-up. Then we brought the new one into our laundry room.
We discovered that the the pigtail on the newer dryer was for a dryer plug, while our receptacle (being in an older house) was made for ranges. So Dennis switched the pigtails and we plugged it in. No light came on in the dryer. Dennis pushed the start button and nothing happened. Then he switched the wires on the pigtail as shown in the diagram on the dryer. Nothing. We were disappointed but praised the Lord for the unknown He was accomplishing through this!
On Sunday afternoon, I washed four loads of laundry and took them to dry at the laundromat. Dennis and Arthur initiated the new vacuum in Arthur's room, played some basketball and watched the Seahawks win a game!
On Monday at lunchtime, Dennis came home from work. We put the new used dryer back on the dolly, out the back door, over the cement and up onto the pickup bed along with the old used dryer and drove them both down to the shop in Pasco.
The owner helped Dennis get our recent purchase back into his store, where he plugged it in. He turned the timer dial to 70 minutes, something we had failed to do, and then turned the 'start" knob. Presto! it worked! Come to find out, the dryer doesn't have a light in it. We laughed and smiled out of the store with our dryer. The shop owner and Dennis pulled the old dryer out of the pick-up and put the newer one up in it's place.
Sure enough, when we got the newer dryer into our house the second time, it worked! Dialing those minutes made all the difference! I opened some scrumptious new white sheets I'd been waiting to wash and had Dennis feel of their smoothness. He, trying to keep from soiling them with his dirty fingers, rubbed the back of his hand over them. Connecting the dryer exhaust he'd unknowingly gotten a little cut so we were both shocked to see two lines of scarlet suddenly appear on the snowy white sheet! Of course, it washed right out with cold water, then into the washer went the sheets, getting ready to initiate the dryer.
Perhaps we'll know some day this side of heaven what this was all about, maybe not. It's good to have a dryer now and it was good not have gotten all bent out of shape at any point in the story!