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Two Steps Forward and One Step Back (or is it the other way around) - RonO's Ramblings

Apr. 11th, 2010 08:41 pm Two Steps Forward and One Step Back (or is it the other way around)

Today was almost as busy as yesterday, and somehow more frustrating.

This morning didn't start too bad, but everyone kind of slept later than we should have. We did make it to what I'm thinking (hoping?) will be our new church. Oddly this also was my old church, from 1998 and 1999 when I last lived in San Diego. My only, slight, concern is that this church is affiliated with The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) which can be a liberal denomination, but is also a very conservative congregation, and I think is really much closer to the church we were members of in Illinois than to many of the PC-USA churches I've been to.

This morning the senior pastor (who I remember well and fondly from 1998 and 1999) was not preaching, but the executive pastor who was preaching is just as good.

After church, we grabbed some lunch, and then I headed back to Oceanside to pick up a few last things at the house, confirm the electricity was back on, and then pick up a couple of things at the Home Depot there - including getting a hanging rod for the hall closet trimmed. robot_grrl stayed home since the delivery and installation of our washer and dryer were scheduled for between 2:30 and 4:30. But, about 2:00, when I was still looking at door locks for a couple of upstairs doors that we need to keep Derrick out of, Tara called and they were already there with the appliances.

She managed to get them to put them in the correct place, and got the washer set up. But we had two issues with the dryer. First, the outside dryer vent is on the far side of the garage from where the washer and dryer sit (Looking at the garage later, I think that when built they were on the other side of the furnace). So they didn't even put any of the vent kit on. Second, when I was trying to put the vent kit on at least as a start, I smelled gas (it is a gas dryer). So we shut off the gas and called Best Buy. They are going to try to send someone out tomorrow (so I have to work from home until they call and probably until they come) to see if they can fix the problem.

But the dryer vent stuff we have barely gets from the vent outlet to the top of the dryer (designed for a vent directly behind the dryer). So after a while went to a much nearer Home Depot to get more dryer vent hose (still expecting to find a long, 20 or 30 foot section). Instead I found 6 feet of the worst possible stuff to use.

So after coming back home, and getting Derrick to bed, I headed out to yet another Home Depot, and finally found two more eight feet sections. But when I got home, I couldn't even add one - the included clamps are too small to go over the vent hose.

My final solution, order a "indoor" dryer vent. While these aren't recommended for gas dryers, I don't think we'll be at an increased risk for CO poisoning with the dryer venting into the garage. Until it arrives, we'll probably just run the dryer into the garage through the attached hose.

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From:nolly
Date:April 14th, 2010 04:52 pm (UTC)
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If you don't like what you ordered, try Lowe's; I've generally had better luck finding what I need there than at Home Depot. Dixieline might have what you need, too, but their locations and hours are generally less convenient. Nonetheless, they were the only place I was able to find the right weatherstripping to replace what fell off my door,