Saturday, March 14, 2009

Saturday morning babble

Yesterday I posted another "wanted" add on freecycle, this time for a wringer washer. I've had a bug up my a$$ for a long time to get one, and hate the thought of new to the tune of $900. By the time I got back in from collecting eggs, I had a response for one! Even better was that it was 10 minutes away. I went to take a look, and was slightly dissapointed that it was sitting outside, and full of water. Well...........what the hell, maybe it's fixable. I drag the heavy monster up the yard, get it in the truck, and head off for some more errands before going home. Remember when I shut off the cable a few weeks ago? Yea......I just kept forgetting to drop off that box and wireless modem, ooooops.

Anyway, I get home, flip the washer out of the truck, and hand turn the motor. Hmmmm.....not froze up. I oiled the bearings and pulley's, run an extension cord out, and give it a whirl. IT WORKS!! The agitator works, the gearbox operates fine, and the wringers are free and roll in both directions. Oh yea! It needs more cleaning, lubrication, and obviously some paint, but I'll get to that after a few other projects like the chicken coop, which I'll be starting today.

I was able to get nearly everything for the coop with the gift card I got for Christmas, so there is no worry about spending cash we don't have. All I will have to purchase now will be a few hinges and door latches, which I'll more than likely get at the Habitat for Humanity store up the road.....gotta love new hinges for a buck a package! I should have the frame and siding done today, then possibly paint and shingle tomorrow. Hopefully by mid-week, everything will be finished and I can FINALLY have my garage back!

It looks like we'll be adding at least one more to the flock today too. I saw an ad on craigslist last night for white bearded silkie chicks, and we both really want one. So, why not, 7 bucks and a really cool lookin' chicken to add, lol. That way we can say that we have an even dozen layers since the one older one from Tammie doesn't lay anymore. Damn addicting chickens anyway.......

10 comments:

ConfessionsOfAnOverworkedMom said...

Great find! I've been looking for a wringer washer for years now LOL with no luck at all.

Melonie said...

Yay - I'm so glad it works! :-) Enjoy! (Wait - is that the wrong thing to say in a laundry-related comment? Am I the only one who doesn't mind laundry as much as certain other chores?)

Happy Days said...

I love to read your posts! You are just so much fun! You make me smile at your humor. Hope the wringer works out well for you!...debbie

scoutinlife said...

Dang I need to opost on Craigs list for needed stuff! Have a great weekend Chris.........

SciFiChick said...

Way to go Chris...funny how things seem to work out isnt it? One more item to take off the list!!

Chris W said...

Craigslist and Freecycle have been incredible for me in the past year. I've gotten that wringer(free), the rifle trade last week, 3 cases of lamp oil($1 a botttle), 5 oil lamps($2 each), firewood(whole vanload free) , lumber(trade), a rabbit hutch(free), and some fishing gear(trade). Today I responded to 2 free coleman lanterns....turned out the cell number was the guy next door, lol.

Melissa ~ Wife to 1, Mom to 5 said...

Ohhh!! Excelent score Chris! I'm going to post a wanted on my CL right now. I can't stand the price in the Lehman's catalog - but I sure want one!! PS I'm curious to know ~ what part of it needs painted?

Chris W said...

Melissa, the "body" is what will need paint...basically the outer sheet metal. The wringers are in good shape, the gears are fine, and the motor seems fine. I may want to check on a spare drive belt sometime, I'm sure Lehmans carries them. It may be a bit of a stretch, but sometime I want to adapt an exercise bike to power it, LOL. No real reason, pretty much just cause I want to.

Barb and Steve said...

I'm jealous Chris! I want a wringer washer too. I saw one at the antique/junk store about a month ago. Maybe I'll go back again & check it out.

Patrice Farmer said...

WOOHOO, gotta love free and that is a great deal if it cost $900 but you got it for free, unbelievable!

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