Pat Kennedy - Your Washington, DC Real Estate Connection


Handywoman, Waiting to Happen!

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! 

Comment balloon 23 commentsPatricia Kennedy • February 04 2008 08:32PM


Hi Patricia,

Yikes I'm not that brave, anything with electricity (especially 220 for an electric dryer) scares me! Give me a hammer and nails or a screwdrive any day, that works for me.

Posted by Lynda Eisenmann, Broker-Owner,CRS,CDPE,GRI,SRES, Brea,CA, Orange Co (Preferred Home Brokers) over 12 years ago
Congratulations Patricia. Welcome to the world of handi-women. I've had my own set of tools for years, and I find checking out new tools at the hardware store every bit as much fun as checking out new computers.
Posted by Rosario Lewis, GRI, SRES - DDR Realty - Orange County, NY (DDR Realty) over 12 years ago
Good for you ~ Wonder Woman!
Posted by Kelly Sibilsky (Licensed Through Referral Connection, LTD.) over 12 years ago


Please don't get the one with the pink handles...and make sure they say 'Craftsman', not made in China!!! LOL, Thanks,   Fran

Posted by Fran Gaspari, "The Title Man" - Title Insurance - PA & NJ (Patriot Land Transfer, Inc.) over 12 years ago
Great! I personally would have paid for someone to do it! Too afraid of getting a free perm.
Posted by Todd and Danielle Millar, Sixteen years of excellence! (Glenn Simon Inc.) over 12 years ago

Shoot !  Next time I have a problem - I am calling you!!!  (and I have good wine for payment!)

So.... Did you buy it?  The new Macbook??

Posted by James Downing - Metro DC Houses Team REALTORS®, CRS, GRI, ABR,MRP, MilRes, When Looking to Buy or Sell - Make the Right Move (Real Living | At Home) over 12 years ago
No man needed!!  Don't you feel a huge sense of accomplishment?! 
Posted by Ginger Wilcox (Sindeo) over 12 years ago
My husband is not allowed in my tool box- he wouldnt know what to do with the dryer plug - I on the other had have replaced one or two in my life
Posted by Thesa Chambers, Principal Broker - Licensed in Oregon (Fred Real Estate Group) over 12 years ago

Patricia, There is nothing like trying something out of our realm and getting it to work right! Bravo.. Now treat yourself with the money you saved!


Posted by Ginger D, Wilmington NC Real Estate & Relocation~ (Wilkinson & Associates, Wilmington NC) over 12 years ago
You GO girl!  I'm not sure I would have had the confidence to do that...I do know that we've got several extra adapters laying around the garage.
Posted by Mary Warren over 12 years ago
Patricia- You go girl! I do lots of repairs on my own. Nestor is more upstairs smart although he can do many things around the house himself but he chooses to hire someone else to do it. We have a saying in our house, if what we would pay someone else to do something is less than what we are worth by the hour, then the highest and best use of our time is to hire someone to do that job. That is why I do not clean my own house. But there are still things that I like to do, that give me a sense of pride and release of stress, such as painting the walls. I love painting so I would like to do it instead of hire someone even though a painter gets paid less than I do. Katerina
Posted by Katerina Gasset, Get It Done For Me Virtual Services (Get It Done For Me Virtual Services ) over 12 years ago
Hi Patricia:  You just tell Fran there is nothing wrong with having tools with pink handles.  And, or course, you are Wonder Woman.  We knew that.
Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) over 12 years ago
Patricia, that IS a big deal!   Isn't it wonderful when we can do things for ourselves?  Love it!
Posted by Kris Wales, Real Estate Blog & Homes for Sale search site, Macomb County MI (Keller Williams Realty - Lakeside Market Center) over 12 years ago
Sounds like you found a new career if you ever get tired of real estate.  You accomplished more than most of the "real" handyman types of I've every run across.  :-)
Posted by Ken Montville, The MD Suburbs of DC (RE/MAX United Real Estate) over 12 years ago
Patricia, how exciting to accomplish something out of your area of expertiece. I heard when we learn something new, we use brain cells that we never use and keep us from aging sooner. 
Posted by Missy Caulk, Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate (Missy Caulk TEAM) over 12 years ago
As long as it wasn't plugged in then it seems this one was well within your power!  Now about all of those lamps that need rewiring????
Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 12 years ago
Tool Belt Diva!  Love it!
Posted by Eleanor Thorne, Equity Resources 919-649-5058 (Equity Resources) over 12 years ago
Way to go!  So glad you didn't get the shock of your life!
Posted by Krista Fuchs, Chester County Realtor - (484) 459-8025 - Home Buying and Selling (Prudential Fox & Roach) over 12 years ago
You can take some courses while you're at Home Depot!  I think they'll even teach you how to fix that leaky faucet! 
Posted by Gregory Maley, REALTOR, GRI, CBR, SHS, e-PRO, ABR (Sold Buy the Sea Realty & R.E.N.T.) over 12 years ago
A tool box is a great idea. May come in handy at a walk through on settlement day, if you can't find anyone at the last minute.
Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) over 12 years ago

There is a certain level of pride in doing it yourself. The sense of accomplishment we felt, which  manifested itself audibly when that dryer started with no sparks, no smoke and both of us in one piece was a moment to remember! I'm happy to report that several loads have been successfully laundered!

 Do we really need men anyways? Well... not for dryer hookups, at least!

Posted by Alicia over 12 years ago
Patricia - Bravo! Girls can take care of most things that guys think we need them to do - I found that out during periods between having a 'man in my life' and managed quite well!!!
Posted by Billnulls Blog Florida Realty Professional, AHWD (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 12 years ago

Patricia:  Watch out for the comment # 23 above me.  It is a spam comment.  I have seen perhaps ten of them tonight.  Also... I suggest you NOT click on the link... since it is spam... and may lead to some virus or trojan horse.  I suggest you DELETE the above comment.  Take care... (7-17-09)

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 11 years ago