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July 18th, 2005
11:28 pm


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Why me?
So here I am, making my dinner, normally enough.  I put the rice on the front burner, I chopped the sausage and celery, and when I was done chopping, I moved the rice to the back burner.  The knob was oddly sticky.  After I got it lit, I tried to turn it down to a low flame to keep the rice simmering, and I had to turn it hard to get it to move, and when I did, it went all the way off.  I turned it back on, and tried to turn it down, and this time I couldn't get it to move at all.  So I got a pair of pliers to turn it, and something went snap.  Now the knob turns but the burner stays full on.  This is not good.

There is a cutoff valve in the wall where the stove plugs in.  I turned off the gas to the whole stove, as that was the only way I could turn off that burner.  But I don't have a working stove.  Admittedly, this stove has been on its last legs for a long time; the oven didn't work when I moved into the house, and two of the four burners have been non-working for years.  But I never use more than two burners at a time, and it did the job for me.  I guess it's time to bite the bullet and get a new stove.

I don't need this, period.  I don't need it all the more when I don't have a paycheck to pay for a new stove with.  But I *especially* don't need it when I don't have enough hours in the three days before I'm supposed to leave on a long trip to get half the things I need to get done before I leave done.

It doesn't especially thrill me that I don't have any real option but to leave on my trip without solving this and have to come home to a house that doesn't have a stove.

The dogs have presented me with not one but two nasty dead possums today.  Why does it seem like they're trying to tell me something about my life?

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Date:July 19th, 2005 10:52 am (UTC)
"So I got a pair of pliers to turn it, and something went snap. Now the knob turns but the burner stays full on. This is not good."

Can you remove the plastic knob from the metal stem that does the actual work, and use a small ViseGrip to turn the stem?
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Date:July 19th, 2005 04:58 pm (UTC)
Nope, it's broken down inside the assembly, the stem that sticks up turns but doesn't do anything. That valve is toast, and the rest of the stove is in bad enough shape that it doesn't make sense to try to get someone to come out and fix it. Most people would have bought a new stove years ago, but it did what I needed.
Date:July 19th, 2005 02:53 pm (UTC)
Why does it seem like they're trying to tell me something about my life?

Because they are - they're trying to tell you that you're not just worthy of gifts, but of double-doses of extra-special gifts! (nasty for us is wonderful for them, don't forget) :)

*huggs* As long as the gas is safely off, ignore it. Drive safe and ENJOY your trip :)
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Date:July 19th, 2005 04:49 pm (UTC)
BTDT. You have my sympathy.
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Date:July 19th, 2005 07:44 pm (UTC)
make sure the gas is off and then say fuck it...

don't worry until you get back home...have fun!
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