Levers, Locks and Labels, oh my!

Today I thought I’d post about some of the things that have stymied me. It seems like there are an endless number of switches, knobs, locks faucets and other hardware to navigate. It’s hard to pee in a public restroom when you’re not sure the door is locked. I finally figured out how to use my credit card or Apple Pay to get in to the bathroom though!

I’ve spend a lot of time trying to open, close, lock and unlock windows, doors, and appliances. Not to mention the use of lights, fans, faucets, and said appliances. Most puzzles are quickly solved but a few have posed quite a challenge. What is this knob? It’s not a switch for filtered water, or for adjusting flow or a tiny faucet for Jen-Jill! It doesn’t do anything! Or so we thought… on the first day at the apartment, Bryant figured out how to run the dishwasher. It worked fine. The next day, I could not get it to run. Bryant tried it again and he couldn’t get it to work either. We called the building repair person. He took a look at it and started it with no problem (Eye roll, heavy sigh) I asked him to show me and he did. There was nothing wrong. He was nice about it. A few days later we went to Lund for a tour of the house we will be renting. Their kitchen sink had the same mystery knob and I asked what it was for. Magnus explained it’s the water shut off to the dishwasher… ??‍♀️ Of course- that’s why the dishwasher ran and then suddenly didn’t! Good to know. The repair guy must have turned it on without thinking to mention it because it’s so obvious. Magnus and Louise are making a book of notes about how things work in the house we’re renting from them.

Next issue, the dryer would stop mid cycle. It would turn on and off over a period of time, like a fluff cycle or something, except the clothes were not dry. What does that flashing light mean (a water drop with a tilting bottle) Is it over heating? Is it too full? Does it hate me?

Answer: It has a small reservoir that collects the moisture from the clothes as they dry. It must be emptied periodically. So the first time we used the dryer, it worked great, but the next time it started this “empty the tank” business.

This is an excellent thing! We will definitely get one for the St Paul condo, no venting to the outside, and it really works, lots better than the no vent washer/ dryers that I’ve used before.

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