We’ve been working on adding a mini-kitchen feature to Glade Cottage which would make it livable year-round and not just as a guest house.
Under the counter we used a skinny cabinet left-over from the house renovation 3 years ago. I needed to purchase upper cabinets that wouldn’t overwhelm the space so I visited the warehouse of our local cabinet retailer to see what they might have on hand.
I was happy to find a 21-inch and 30-inch cabinets to fill the 53-inch wall. The shorter cabinet seemed perfect for over the high-arch faucet in the sink area.
Our carpenter hung them leaving the 2-inch gap at the left side facing the sink.
The plan is to also have the front of the undersink area closed in with a custom cabinet using 2 all-wood doors from our old kitchen cabinets in the house.
In addition to the kitchen cabinets I also bought an enormous cabinet that I hoped would fit over the washer and dryer in the laundry area.
While a shorter cabinet was available I thought it better, neater, and cleaner to hang a larger cabinet with doors all the way to the ceiling rather than to use the top for storage.
The laundry area needs more light so an under-cabinet fixture is on the list.
Now that we have a new master bathroom with ice white tile walls our white towels look distinctly grey.
So I did a little research on the internet only to find I’m not the only one with this problem.
And there are numerous suggestions for its alleviation. I decided to try the two-step method of first washing the towels in hot water with a cup of vinegar added, no laundry detergent.
The second step is to again wash the towels in hot water this time adding half a cup of Borax and half a cup of baking soda, also no detergent. I put these additives in the detergent dispenser of the washing machine.
The towels look about the same to me so I’m on to the next suggestion.
Do you have a secret recipe for keeping whites white?
It’s been raining all week including today which both precludes exterior painting and cutting trim since the saws are set up outside to keep the sawdust at bay.
That doesn’t mean nothing can be done.
My bedroom cleaning was such a success that I decided to try to make the dining room once more accessible to painting and papering the walls. That’s my task for Saturday.
Charlie called me at work yesterday to find out where the caulk is so he could fill the gaps in the dining room. That’s a perfect task for a rainy day and now I can tick that off the list which means the paneling is ready for its final coat of paint.
First let me thank Mrs. P at Craft Odyssey for telling me that her washing machine has a filter that sometimes needs to be cleaned out. I am grateful you took time to comment.
Next let me say that my Sunday afternoon was NO FUN! Even as I write this I’m watching my washing machine go through its 44-minute cycle. After the feather fiasco my washing machine was not draining. Naturally I had a quilted bed pad in there that was soaking wringing wet when it decided not to drain.
I googled cleaning the drain filter in a Frigidaire front-loader and I came up with all kinds of advice including how to take the entire washing machine apart. My washer is the bottom of a stackable unit so that was not the answer I was looking for.
Finally I discovered the drain filter is in the bottom front of the washer just behind the kick plate panel. The screws to take this piece of metal off are so close to the floor that the screwdriver wouldn’t turn; I had to chock up the washer. I accomplished this myself by leaning the entire stacked unit back and sliding some woodblocks under it with my foot.
Unscrewing the 2 screws and removing the plate was fairly straightforward after that. I watched this short video and found out I didn’t have to take the entire black rubber bag off the housing to get to the filter.
First I tried to get at it from the bottom but could not empty it. Be aware that every clamp you loosen and gasket you remove will allow a certain amount of water to drain. I covered the floor under the washer with towels, and a plastic bag, and had a shallow dish to catch the water.
Then I tried dismantling the top of the gasket and the little plastic filter cartridge proved to be full of wet feathers. A load of feathers, a drill bit and 16 cents was the total haul.
I picked all this ickiness out with my fingers which were gross.
I cleaned around the inside of the gasket with some Clorox wipes just so there was no debris where a leak might form.
After the top gasket which is basically screwed on I replaced the outlet tube which has a squeeze clamp. This was a little more difficult since the space is small and my hands are not strong. My suggestion is to get the biggest pair of plyers you can find and finesse the rubber piece and clamp onto the plastic hose all at once.
I’m still watching the washer and we’re down to 21 minutes left. So far no water has come leaking our onto the floor. Don’t forget our laundry room is on the second floor and could make quite a mess if it leaked and dripped downstairs.
I can tell you this repair both annoyed me and empowered me. It’s always great when you can accomplish something you didn’t really know how to do. On the other hand why is the drain filter in such an inconvenient place? And how come I never knew before my washer even had one?