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Fire pretty!

Translation: MY DRYER WORKS!! :: happy dance ::

After all that, the igniter was cracked. I couldn't see it until the guy took it out and pointed where the crack was, and then I was all "D'oh!" But I have learned something, and it was not too too hideously expensive, and MY DRYER WORKS! No more dodging the sugared-up after-school horde at the laundromat! (Seriously, yesterday was insane.)

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studiesinlight
Oct. 6th, 2010 05:12 pm (UTC)
Marvelous news, hilarious BtVS headline! :-) Congratulations. Here's to dry laundry without the scramble for quarters.
wiliqueen
Oct. 6th, 2010 05:16 pm (UTC)
It was very appropriate! The guy started it up with the front off, and then there was fire, and it was very pretty indeed!

Curiously, no quarters involved in much of anything anymore. The laundromant I went to uses reloadable scan cards, and the machine doesn't even accept coins! And of course all the parking meters in Chicago have been replaced by payboxes, which do still take coins, but also credit cards.
studiesinlight
Oct. 6th, 2010 06:25 pm (UTC)
The apartment building in which I live still has quarter-operated washers and dryers (six quarters to wash, four to dry). I haven't seen card-operated units since college, which makes me wonder how they must have advanced in the intervening years! I will have to google up these "payboxes" and see what they look like.

You'd think that the apartment people would want to switch to card-operated units, as then no one could be tempted to break into them for their quarters... but I suppose it's cheaper.
wiliqueen
Oct. 6th, 2010 06:32 pm (UTC)
I hadn't thought about apartment buildings. I'm guessing the volume of business doesn't justify the upgrade the way a large laundromat can.

The payboxes are green and rather boring. A lot of people are deeply offended by the change, though I'm fuzzy on the why. They're more expensive, yes, but I'm pretty sure that would have happened anyway.
bktheirregular
Oct. 6th, 2010 08:25 pm (UTC)
My folks' building has a card-reader system in its laundry room - but then again, they're in a building complex with one 24-story building and one 38-story building, so it might be worth the upgrade to them.

(As opposed to Athens, where I haven't seen so much as a single clothes dryer - everyone relies on racks, I think.)
maiac
Oct. 6th, 2010 06:59 pm (UTC)
Oh yay! For working dryers!

The time my dryer went kaflooie, I was able to hang up the clothes in the basement to dry, and the dryer was so old that I just went ahead and bought a new one. So I didn't have to deal with laundromats. Which was a good thing, because I had no idea whether there even was a laundromat within a reasonable distance of my house.

Did you wash the laundry at the laundromat, because wet clothes are awfully heavy to haul from home? That would be adding insult to injury, having to pay for washing when your washer is still functional.
wiliqueen
Oct. 6th, 2010 07:07 pm (UTC)
I've been hanging stuff on the line since July, and PRAYING we wouldn't have to replace the dryer. Less because of the expense than because of the hassle -- it's in a purpose-built alcove in our second-floor bathroom, which is very convenient for actually doing the laundry, but less so if we ever have to move either appliance! There's just barely enough clearance between the front of the machines and the linen closet.

Washing at home would have been impractical, not just because of weight, but becuase I could only do one load at a time. Our laundromat has a free dry-cycle credit with each wash, though of course washing is more expensive.
quasievil_bunny
Oct. 7th, 2010 12:07 am (UTC)
Yay!!!
irish_horse
Oct. 7th, 2010 12:32 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! (I hate laundromats. Someday I will live in a place where I don't have to go to them every freaking week.)
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