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After unloading all of our boxes, we quickly realized that the whole washing machine only using SCALDING (I don’t use this word lightly) hot water was not going to work.  This wasn’t like a regular Hot/Cold cycle, this was a Hot/Even Hotter cycle with boiling water (remember the cold water was simply spraying out of the pipe, so we had to turn off the cold water).  Needless to say, this was not going to work for long.

So, I quickly turned to my vast amount of DIY knowledge (okay, okay…shout out to the guys at and Husband and I knocked one out of the park!  With the plumber already called, I decided this was a great time to gain experience with plumbing.  I figured if we messed up, at least the appointment was already made.

Turns out that when the water valve is shut off for too long the packing material in the bonnet nut dries out.  Yes, I did use the technical term (just patted myself on the back)…BUT…it was originally described to me as the hex shaped thingy just under the valve handle.  Let’s just say my DIY Friend knew my level of my expertise.

This was easy as pie…

  1. Open the water handle(s) all the way open, then
  2. Back off 1/2 turn.
  3. Use a wrench to tighten on the bonnet nut maybe one hex at a time, 1/6 turn.
  4. Move the water handle back and forth just a bit to see if the leak stops.
  5. Repeat step 3 over and over, but not more than one complete turn from where you started.
  6. C.A.N.C.E.L. your plumber (or keep the appointment, if it didn’t work).

This worked wonderfully and even gave us the boost of confidence we needed to attack the dryer vent.  While it wasn’t causing us any problems, we have had trouble in the past and thought this was as good of a time as any to take care of blowing the vent out.

This was the highlight of my week!  If you have never blown out your dryer vent, you have to do so.  NOW.  Just as easy as the water valve solution, but much more fun.

We attached our leaf blower to the vent and used Duck Tape to create a seal between the blower hose and vent pipe.  Then we just turned it on.

Husband stayed inside to make sure nothing went haywire (you never know with us) and I went to watch the outside vent and make sure it was working.  To be honest, even with our new-found confidence, we were concerned this wasn’t going to do anything.

We were wrong.

Way wrong.

The lint went from the wall almost to the side fence!

It was so disgusting, all we could do was laugh.  I kid you not, there was a plume of dryer lint that came out of the vent on the side of the house.  There was a trail of lint from the external vent almost to the fence on the side of our house.

DIS-GUS-TING!!!  We laughed and laughed and then high-fived each other.  Talk about a boost of confidence.

Have you ever blown out your dryer vent?  If not, it may be time to do so.


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