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Rest and Rain. Not counting Sunday's wild Packer game, my weekend was pretty uneventful.
Went to Waukesha Public Library for Waukesha Reads event Sundays with TED.com: Let's Take Back the Internet and Tracking the Trackers to maybe learn something from UWM Assistant Professor Michael Zimmer, but Mr. Zimmer had called in sick less than 24 hours earlier. Cudos to Waukesha Library staff for finding an alternate on such short notice.
Stopped to try the new Dunkin' Donuts in the Grandview Crossing mini mall. I kissed the better part of ten bucks away on a dozen, and they weren't as good as I remember, but at least the selection was good. The store is conveniently located next to a Snap Fitness so now you can have your cake donuts and eat them too! Previously, the nearest Dunkin' was 14 miles away in Menomonee Falls. This location is a half mile from my front door. I'm still trying to decide if that's a good thing.
Besides moving some furniture in Saturday's rain and cleaning the basement there's one other thing I'd like to mention from the wet weekend.
I ordered from and picked up Maytag washer parts the next day at Grand Appliance in North Prairie. Our clothes washer was frequently going off balance and a quick internet search pointed to a worn snubber ring. I bought the inexpensive ring along with all new springs and a belt.
If you're reading this online you already know how great the internet is. I was able to go on the Maytag site to get the part numbers to give Grand Appliance. I watched YouTube videos on how to replace the springs and snubber. I read message boards to get some idea of problems I may encounter and shortcuts that would make the job easier.
With the internet there's usually more than one way to do things, though there's still things you have to figure out for yourself. (Try Googling Grand Appliance in North Prairie and you'll be directed to a building just off Center Road in Town of Waukesha.) While I was half into the washer job, thinking I could improvise on the tools I saw on YouTube to disassemble, took another peek after I started snapping some plastic things. Soon thereafter realized I didn't even have to remove the shaft, didn't need the tools at all!
Having no written instruction other than what I saw on the internet, I was able to order the correct parts and replace them. . . all without injury or too much embarassment. I was pretty proud of myself for completing the job without breaking anything major or costing additional. Doing a test load though, water poured all over the floor! I'd forgotten to reconnect the drain hose.
Did a load of small area rugs, a good test of it's balance, and washer never moved!