Changing Resources: The Good News

cartoon washing machineThis post is more of an observation than anything else and it has to do with libraries, washing machines and YouTube. Here’s the story.

The washing machine is full of clothes and doing its little agitation but when the timer clicks to rinse, nothing happens. The washer won’t drain and rinse. At one time such a predicament left you two options, assuming the machine can be repaired.

First option: Call an appliance repair service which would require someone coming to your house, repairing the washing machine and leaving you with a hefty bill.

Second option: Trek to your local library and hope they have a manual for this particular model with a troubleshooting section. If luck was with you, you then left the library and went to an appliance store, bought the needed part and installed it, assuming you are handy and have the necessary tools.

Say good-bye to the good old days.

Here’s where YouTube comes in.

I go online, type in the phrase “whirlpool washer won’t rinse,” hit “Enter.” It seems that the culprit in the lid switch. I search again and get this. Following the steps in the video, I remove the lid switch. I then search online for an appliance store that sells a replacement switch. I drive two-three miles, buy the part, return home and install it. I re-assemble the washing machine, turn it on and it works!

PS: At the appliance store I mentioned to the counter person the value of being able to access YouTube. He agreed and mentioned that he knows service people whose business is being adversely affected because DIYs are making their own repairs — just as I did.

PS: This is post 150!

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About Bob McCarthy

Originally from the Northeast, I now call Southwest Florida home. I have been a professional copywriter and editor since 1979, both freelance and in house. I have had article published in regional, national and international magazines. Plus, a video for which I wrote the script won an industry award as Best Training Video.
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