First things first: New Clean Sweep.
Now then, dishwasher. On 07/16/2011 we have purchased a dishwasher. It was a GE dishwasher, new model, and we paid $500 for it during one of the big sales Home Depot was having. We assumed that a $500 appliance would last longer than 18 months. Haha! We were wrong.
The dishwasher quits cold turkey Friday before Christmas, December 21st. We have a tech come out, he looks at it for fifteen minutes, and says, “Bad news, your pump is shot. Good news, if you bought extended warranty, it should be covered.”
Why, we did buy te warranty. Here it is right here. After calling the number and being transfered three times, I get to the right department and they tell me, “We’ll send tech on Christmas Eve.”
Christmas Eve – no tech. This part actually didn’t bother me too much, because I wouldn’t want to work on Christmas Eve.
Tech shows up the day after Christmas. He is surly. He screws with dishwasher for over an hour. “Your pump needs to be replaced.”
“They have to mail the pump. We’ll put the order in. Five days it will be here.”
January 2nd (5 business days, 13 days without dishwasher) No part.
January 8th (9 business days, 19 days without dishwasher) Part arrives. We call the tech. They tells us, “Eeeh. January 12.”
At this point I’m grinding my teeth, because if I wanted not to have a dishwasher, through Christmas, New Year, and my birthday, and winter break with a large number of teenagers in the house, I wouldn’t have bought one.
January 12, tech comes, complains about the installation, complains about screws being stripped, but dishwasher is fixed. Put a towel by it – it might leak a little.
January 14th, dishwasher runs for the first time. Water is observed on the kitchen floor. No obvious leak. Towel is removed.
January 15th, dishwasher ran for the second time. Water. Where is the water coming from? Kids, did you spill water? Nope, we didn’t. Walk on the floor, oh no, water is coming from under the laminate.
January 17th, calling back to Home Depot. Given run around. Finally “we will send tech out Monday.”
Monday = 30 days without a working dishwasher.
At this point I turned into Joe Peshi.
And then I bitched and moaned and vented to Jeaniene Frost, which apparently sounded somewhat like this:
%^%$# $$%()* &&^^%% **&^^% dishwasher! ##$@!44% %^^%%$ &*()*&^%% floor!
They will fix my damn dishwasher. And when I am rich and famous, I will buy a new dishwasher from Somewhere Else. In fact, I will be purchasing most of my appliance at NOT-Home-Depot store from now on. Because we will have to replace the floor or we run the risk of having mold grow under the laminate.
So in the interests of not ending things on a sour note, I decided to show you a picture of a cute cat tree.
The cat tree is taller than both of us. It came in a box and we put it together in about 20 minutes with no fuss.
The cats love it. Best thing about it? It was a hundred bucks on Amazon.
Oliver is closing on 20lbs and he has no problem draping himself over the top towers. The tree does shake a bit when they jump from tower to tower, but no more than an outside tree branch would shake if a twenty pound cat landed on it.
The younger cats really dig it.