Wednesday, December 29, 2004

When you want something done right...

... you often need to do it yourself.

Sears came back this morning to finish the dryer install. They couldn't do it because they didn't have a long enough gas line. This despite the fact that it was the same guys who delivered the thing. At this point I said "fuck it" and decided to do it myself.

So after Dumb and Dumber left I went to Lowe's and bought a two foot black iron gas pipe, a coupler to join it to my existing gas pipe, a can of pipe joint compund (I looked at several and bought one which mentioned use on gas lines), and a four foot flexible gas line, which I wound up not needing and will return.

After getting home I slathered all the threads with pipe joint compound and screwed everything together, using the section of flexible line Sears had left me. I turned the gas cutoff on this line back on and waited about 20 minutes. Not smelling any gas, I gave Judith the OK to put in a load of wash.

Tomorrow I'll call Sears customer service and give them an earful.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

My wife taught me to prefer Maytag. In the old house we bought a gas cook top, an electric washer and dryer and a wall oven from them. The installs were free on the W&D because we bought them together, the Wall oven I installed myself (My bro-in-law is an electrician). The gas I had professionally installed by Maytags contractor, who did an excellent job. As long as the gas line I bought with the unit reached the connection, all the little bits were on Maytag. We bought a freezer under refrigerator just before we left. (No choice previous incombent age 30+ died after a brief illness.) The old one came with the house.

Geoff
Who notes since Sears was bought by K*mart it's gone to heck in a hand basket. Disclaimer I have relatives in the Kresge family, they don't shop there either.

CompuDave said...

[Quote]I turned the gas cutoff on this line back on and waited about 20 minutes. Not smelling any gas, I gave Judith the OK to put in a load of wash.[/Quote]

Well a better choice is to use soapy water. Kid's bubble or just gently mix(so as not to make bubbles up front) dish soap into some water then pour or paint it on the joints. Way more accurate.
Dave K

Dave Markowitz said...

Very good advice, see my latest post.