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I bought a $1400 Frigidaire washer and dryer combo about a month ago and have had nothing but hell from the pair since then. Originally the washer was throwing a trouble code and wouldn't operate. It then mysteriously went away one day and decided to work. The dryer worked one time but decided it was its turn to quit working. First time the repair guy came out he found that a sensor called a thermistor in the dryer was not reading within spec. He came back a week later with the special order item and put it in... no worky. He opened the primary electrical access panel and found the main power feed plug unplugged. You'd think for $1400 there'd be some sort of quality controls huh?

Anyway, the above was the manufacturer's fault. Following is mine. I tried to use the washer for the first time yesterday and all was well... up until the spin cycle. This washer was bouncing around jumping as much as a whole inch in the air. Today I went to the place I bought it from fuming mad inside but calm and collective outside. I explained the problem and indicated this was about as much hell as I could take from this washer dryer pair. This would be my 3rd day calling in and the inconvienence was going to cost an additional 400 plus dollars in lost wages. Upon further discussion of what the washer was actually doing, the service rep mentioned that he thinks it appears that something inside the washer is preventing the tub from moving around freely. That's when it occured to me that in all this madness I'd never removed the shipping bolts!

While at the store I didn't know for sure if those shipping bolts held the tub in place but it did make sense that they would. I wasn't going to ask either since I'd never removed them. Well, I got home, removed them, turned the sucker on to spin and zoom, silence and smoothness that only $1400 buys.

In the words of Homer Simpson... DOH !!!

ummm anyone care to share some stories so I don't feel so retarded?
 

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hey, i wouldn't feel so bad, it's usually the simple shizz that gets me, too.

at least you found the problem, i'm surprised the "repair man" didn't notice the shipping bolts. anyway, your clothes will be clean and you, happy. 8)
 

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How about this:
I have been having alot of trouble with my dinosaur computer.
I figured out that my printer and sound card were fighting over IRQ numbers.
I just pulled the printer USB and no more fighting.

I tried to print something and got "user intervention required"
I got hot, looked all over the web for a fix...45 minutes later, I plugged the printer back in and printed my page.

Feel better now?
Oh, I found a great site that explained my printer/sound card issue:

http://www.answersthatwork.com/home_page.htm
 

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My next door neighbor is a crusty old coot who has another house out of state. He spends most of his time at his other house. His house is run down, the yard is overgrown, and it's full of derelict boats. It never bothered me, it makes my house and yard look that much better. Here's the problem - his yard is full of huge pine trees. Some of the biggest I've ever seen.

After Katrina one of those huge pine trees fell and was hung up in a much smaller tree over my house. Both trees were leaning precariously toward my house. I'm friends with a guy who owns a tree service so I gave him a call. He said he'd cut it down for $300 (great price in the wake of the storm). I hadn't seen my neighbor for months so I didn't want to wait until the tree fell through my living room. I paid my friend to cut the tree down. The very next day guess who shows up? Crusty ol' coot with a tree service of his own. They cut down all the rest of his fallen trees. I went over and told him I'd just paid $300 to have one his trees cut down. His reaction? All he said was "So". So I lost $300 having the biggest of jerkwad's giant fallen pine trees cut down....
 

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Last week I was pulling an engine and couldn't figure out why it wouldn't come out of the engine bay, I look down and the axles are still in the transmission. Transmission was drained, just forgot to pull out the axles.
 

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dohcrxl said:
That's when it occured to me that in all this madness I'd never removed the shipping bolts!
Dude, I have an above average IQ, and aparently the phrase "it takes a genius to do something monumentally stupid" is true.

Shipping bolts? Manual? What manual?
You may guess my facial expression then the repair man, to wich I was being a blatant smart ass, (I mean, how hard CAN it be to operate a washer) picked up the dryer off the floor that had tumbled off, and handed me the so called "shipping bolts".

Oh, did I mention that besides the 1200 dollars it cost me, it cost me 400 to repair the damage to the brand new dryer that had fallen off...?

Don't feel bad. You're smarter than I am.
 

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I was installing a pair of grab handles on my dads ford ranger truck about 10 years ago.... Well one side i put on the cab like they should be and then while talking to some friends i installed the other side.... well after it was all and over with We were standing there admiring them.... and one of my friends pointed out " hey man you bolted that one to the door...." total embarrassment plus i had 4 screw holes in the door to fix now. . .

Chris
 

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I put a transmission up into my old firebird on my back and with hands and knees got a couple bolts in then relaxed and looked over next to the car and was looking at the torque converter.
 
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