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Monday, January 6, 2014

Fire in the Dishwasher

four tea light candles in a bowl
forget the wrong date

My budget cannot stand this hit. The dishwasher was open, not standing open, just not latched. I moved in front and tried to close it, but it was tight. Thinking a fork or something had gotten sideways and was hindering the door closing, I searched for the offending utensil. Nothing was there. Wondering if something was in the door hinge at the bottom, I leaned the door down.
 
Horrified, I stared at the ice and then felt it. I tried to use the "Drain" button but only got a buzz. I tried to run the cycle and got a buzz.
 
Then, I poured a couple of quarts of hot water and tried the "drain" option again. Nothing was working. I know this is in the pump.
 
Finally, I yanked out the bottom rack and the utensil holder on the door. The four tea light candles are changing the temperature in the dishwasher from frigid to cold. There is a wall between the dishwasher and under the sink.
 
When the dishwasher was installed about 25-years ago, the guy put it in crooked and barely caught the under edge of the counter. Now, every time I pull out top or bottom rack, the whole dishwasher tips out. maybe my hair dryer will help by letting the whole dishwasher tip out. Then, I can blow air back there.
 
I ran to the washer and ran a whole tub of warm water. Now, let's see if it will drain down the pipe. This drain is about six inches over the basement door that will not close fully....argh.
 
Okay, water is draining from the washer. Thankfully, the drain has not frozen nor has either water pipe. I checked the bathroom sink and commode.
 
The dishwasher is actually hot inside and the ice has melted so the candles were a success. Now, to blow the hairdryer  behind the dishwasher. (didn't do that since I cannot tip the dishwasher with water in it)
 
By the way, the stove that sits about a foot from the dishwasher door was on 350 degrees for about thirty-minutes while I cooked. See, I told you it was cold in here!
 
I am going to put the candles under the sink and hope I don't burn the place down.

UPDATE: Never mind. Cancel the candles under the sink. I put under the sink a junky lamp I got for utility purposes, possibly for the hens. I will not go to bed until daylight when the temperatures are rising, but still not above freezing.
 
Your turn
Has anything frozen at your house? I do know that things can freeze, but if they don't freeze hard or for a distance in the pipes, they might survive the freeze.

15 comments:

  1. Good luck. It is many years since things have frozen here - and it was only the pipes. Irritating, but survivable.

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    1. EC,
      Thanks. The motor to the pump is running now, but there seems to be more water. It is going to run out of the dishwasher. Survivable if you can afford to fix it! I cannot.

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  2. Keeping an eye on our laundry room, the one room that has virtually no climate control whatsoever (and an inoperable washer and dryer). Tried to turn off the hose connections this morning and found them frozen solid. Put a space heater in there and warmed it enough to thaw out the connectors, but I don't know what might be going on behind the wall. And the space heater is needed for the bedroom, so I don't know how I'm going to keep the laundry room semi warm, especially considering temps are going to be even colder tonight.

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    1. David,
      Put a table or floor lamp in there. I would warm my laundry room before the bedroom...lol. I know what you mean about " going on behind the wall."

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  3. Even though we're getting down to 25 tonight, I don't think anything will freeze. However, Florida bungalows are not well insulated and we have flimsy windows and doors that let in cold drafts. I'll be keeping an eye on the water pipes.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. Janie,
      At 25, I would not be worried about anything here. Your house could not be any worse than my house that was built in 1902. The windows are original poured windows and have the weights to open and close. There is not insulation. Do take care of the pipes. At that temperature, just a tiny trickle would work since the temperature is not very low.

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  4. I have lived in cold places in the past and have only a tiny bit of experience with cold. You don't want to hear about the weather in San Diego while it is so cold where you are. Try to keep warm!

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    1. Janet,
      I do suspect it is balmy there--boo! LOL I am no longer worried about me, just the dishwasher and pipes. Thanks.

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  5. Bah to cold!!!!!!!! Dh and I grew up in the northeast and are NEVER going back because of the cold. I prefer toyed heat of the south but he cannot handle it, so we are in the PNW. During our rare # day freeze last month, we couldn't seem to get cold water in our master shower. Yep, it froze. We seemed to have forgotten his to handle the cold! Well, once the day warmed, we got some pressure, and just let the water trickle for the duration of the freeze. Also, our propane valve will freeze in even a mild frost, requiring us to pour warm water over it before we can use our stovetop. Stay warm!

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    1. Meg,
      Right now, I hope I am dealing with a temporarily frozen tub faucet. There is ice in the tub where there is a drip that I paid lots of money to cure. I had to go to sleep at 6 am and awoke at 9 am with things not working so well!

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  6. How are the hens? Did you bring them inside? I know you said their water kept freezing.

    I saw the most incredible example of just how cold it is back east. The video showed someone taking a pan of hot water and tossing the contents into the air. The water vaporized

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    1. Janet,
      They are alive and walking and eating. Patsy Cline laid an egg. It feels frozen. We will see. The egg is not cracked that I saw. I saw that and may try it in the 11 degree air!

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    2. Janet,
      No, I did not bring in the hens. I thought about it. If they stay inside at night, they will be overly warm when I put them out into the frigid air. I had to when the raccoons were about. I always worried about them getting overheated and then going out to the cold.

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  7. Your dishwasher looks very clean for being 25 years old. After a couple of years ours was very discoloured inside from the minerals in the water here. Hopefully you can save it from the freeze. Dishwasher doors are very heavy and unless the dishwasher is fastened securely under the counter it doesn't take much weight to make them fall forward.

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    1. Sue,
      Actually, I thought it looked very stained. It is not. And, the white bowl even looks yellowed. Oh, yes, I have had to catch the dishwasher as it fell forward. I have to try to remember to only open one door at once and still be careful.

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