Household dominance – I haz it

5 thoughts on “Household dominance – I haz it”

  1. This is a great story. I’ve always been blessed that the women in my life never assumed they couldn’t do something simply because they weren’t male. Your story reminds me of several occasions when one of them successfully completed some stereotypical man oriented task. For instance, I remember gushing with pride the first time my daughter came in to announce that she’d changed the oil in her car and wanted me to come see if I could find anything she’d missed. Thirty years later, she still tells people the best advice anyone ever gave her was when I got her to memorize “Righty Tighty, Lefty Losey”

    Now a note about your fridge – there’s an ordinary cooling fan under there and they are the thing that usually makes noise. If the noise is indicative of it not cooling well, that can lead to a compressor failure, but compressor failures are usually catastrophic. Meaning that they fail all at once… not over a period of time unless possibly they are slowly leaking freon and oil. If that were the case, however, you’d have noticed a diminished cooling efficiency. Your vacuum cleaner with a long thin nozzle might be able to cure this one. You can probably get at it by removing the panel on the bottom rear. Good luck!

    1. “Righty tighty, lefty loosey” has saved me so often! As for the fridge, I heard a couple of odd sounds from the kitchen one night. But they stopped before I got in there, so I don’t know where they came from. It sounded a bit like something shorting out and there was a bit of an odd smell that hung in the room for several hours. (I unplugged the toaster and coffeemaker, but they didn’t seem to be the source of the smell.) Since then I’ve been hearing an odd little “click on – 20 second hum – click off” from the fridge that wasn’t there before, like something is trying to start, but failing. It will repeat over several minutes, then stop for hours before doing it again. I vacuumed everything underneath the next day (it was badly needed!). Meantime, everything seems to cool and defrost as usual. The Sears guy said (over the phone) the clicking will gradually become more frequent until it finally dies.

  2. Rock on! In fact, I didn’t know about a vinegar soak. My spray nozzle is starting to get a little bit clogged. Will have to try that. But if it doesn’t work, I’m calling you.

... and that's my two cents