Last week, I got a slightly used washer and dryer from a house that I sold - my buyers who were bringing their own machines from their old house. And the price was right!
Their movers showed up at my house last Thursday, brought them downstairs to my tenant’s apartment, and everything was fine except – oops! The heavy duty cord on the dryer didn’t fit into the heavy duty outlet on the wall. What’s a girl to do?
I thought I’d have to call my electrician to have him change the outlet. But then one of the mover’s told me to just go to Sears or Home Depot and pick up an adapter.
Sunday afternoon, I drove out to the Sears in Rockville’s Montgomery Mall.
(OK, so I had a little ulterior motive. There is an Apple Store in the Mall, and I figured I could drop by to take a look at the object of my affections, the new MacBook Air. God, it is a thing of beauty, but more about that later.)
Sears didn’t have any adapters, but they told me I could just replace the cord. Um. Sounds complicated! So I went off to Home Depot to find an adapter.
At Home Depot, they told me the same thing, and I reluctantly purchased a cord that I hoped would fit the outlet. Then I came home and stared at it.
The men in my life are either totally not handy or several states away. And it would have been pretty easy to get professional help, but something told me that this was a really simple task.
So Alicia, my twenty-something tenant, and I decided we could do this. And we did. It was really easy! We took the new cord, looked at it, unscrewed a couple of screws, looked at how the old cord was hooked up, unhooked old cord, put the new one in the same way, took a very deep breath, plugged the new plug into the old outlet, and held our breath as we turned on the dryer.
And it worked! No smoke! No flipped circuits!
Now, to you guys reading this, it’s no big deal.
It may not have been a huge big deal to Alicia. But when that dryer kicked on, I felt like wonder woman!
Tomorrow, I'm going to Sears to buy a real tool kit!