Tip One: Do It Yourself!
I’m not much of a DIY kind of person and unfortunately neither is my husband. We have a great handyman whom I call far too regularly for really embarrassingly silly little things. But after having recently called him–yet again–to fix our garden fountain, I thought I’d try to fix our dishwasher myself. (You see, fabulous José doesn’t charge us for pulling pine needles out of a fountain pump or for tightening, once again, a loose door knob and I don’t want to take advantage of his kindness.)
So, I did some research an came upon Tip Number One: ApplianceRepairLesson.com. It’s an incredible site (though a little hard to navigate) that offers videos and forums about fixing all sorts of appliances. I typed in my dishwasher model and watched the how-to video. Then I ran out to buy my tools:
I got into my dishwasher and did what the voice in my video told me to do. I took off the grill and scooped out and sopped up the water that had been collecting in the basin. I removed the filter and popped out some other piece. I removed stuff.
Then, instead of hand-washing dishes until José or a repair person could arrive, I loaded them:
And this brings me to Tip Number Two for the day:
Don’t believe those people who say you don’t need to give your plates even a quick rinse before loading them into your dishwasher. Pay particular attention to lemon seeds! They should never be washed.
And an added tip: Ask your significant other if he or she might already have the tools you need. We now have two sets of torx screwdrivers. (And I have a new word in my vocabulary!)