Do you know what this is? Give it a minute. Realize that this is the broken version of something very important to my everyday life.
Do you recognize it now?
Yes it's a knob.
Yes, it is the on/off switch to my beloved dryer. Only many months ago, I cracked it. I was still able to use it with a little finesse, but after months of being tweaked a certain way, the metal core snapped into pieces and refused to be abused anymore.
I asked my darling husband to please take a look at it with the new tool set the kids bought him for father's day, but he said it was a lost cause. He thought the entire internal switch had burned out, and it needed professional help. I looked upon this as an opportunity for a new dryer, but he insisted I call the repair man.
After much procrastination, I finally called the technician to come out and take a look at the old machine, hoping he too would rather I buy a new machine instead of repairing the old one. No such luck.
Mr. A showed up in a timely manner with tools in hand telling me that he thought he would need to order a part and proceeded to write down those all important serial and model numbers. Then he stood up, looked at the machine and proceeded to do this:
The dryer immediately turned on with the temperature setting knob. He even showed me how the washer knob could be pulled off to turn the temperature setting since the "new" on/off knob had been permanently wedged in place. It was funniest thing I ever saw, and I never felt more dumb, although he was very nice about the entire thing. He was ready to leave it at that, but feeling bad about having him come out for nothing, I asked him to go ahead and order me a new knob for the temperature setting. ( Actually, I don't want to spend the rest of the life of this washer and dryer switching knobs back and forth. )
Hopefully the rest of my week goes as simply.