This look pretty much sums up our last 7 days...
Our washer broke down and gave us the reason: F11. ??? We spent the next several days wearing all our remaining clean clothes and using google to try and crack the secret code. We narrowed it down to needing to replace 1 of 2 parts. If we did it ourselves to save a billion dollars we would just have to take a gamble and hope for the best. Each part cost $300 and you can't return them if you guessed wrong. Since neither John nor I are big into taking chances- especially when it comes to our money- we tried to explore all other options first. Long story short- the other options were going to double the price of the part and have us pay for a $320 warranty. No thank you. We ended up picking the part we thought it was and bought it ourselves for $300 in town. John took a deep breathe and stuck it in the machine. It worked!!!! I've never been so happy to do a load of wash in my life- and those of you that know me realize how ridiculous that sounds. (I loathe doing laundry) We still think that a 3 year old $1100 washer shouldn't break down in 3 years and need a part that costs $300 but what can we do? By the way it is the HE5t Steam washer by Kenmore so if anyone ever reads this that is wanting to buy that washer: don't. And if anyone has this washer and it's broken(and you are getting an F11 message) email me and I'll tell you what to do. :)
Anyway, I wanted to share with you our adventure at the laundromat... we HAD to go there- we were out of clothes and were still in the middle of the washer saga so... we lugged a billion baskets of dirty clothes to the closest place we could find. We filled 2 whole rows of washers ourselves and everyone was staring at us. Did you know it costs $2 to do a load of wash there?!?!?!? Yikes! Not a cheap experience but John thought it was kind of cool that all our wash was finished in 1 1/2 hours when it would have taken days at home. The kids just watched movies on the iphone the whole time and seemed oblivious to their surroundings.
We refused to spend the money on drying the clothes there since our dryer was working so we lugged a billion baskets of sopping wet clothes home. We thought it would be a neat idea to hang as much as we could outside to dry so John strung every inch of rope we had all over the backyard. It was nuts. It was also 100 degrees and HUMID. And I mean tropical rainforest humid. Sooo 3 days later our clothes were still damp out on the lines!!! I ended up having to take them in and drying them a bit more. So probably wasn't a great idea after all. :(
The pictures aren't the best quality because I used my phone.