An Illustration of Inflation


So, a few days ago our clothes dryer, which is barely six years old, suddenly stopped working. Dead as a door knocker, will not even make a noise when I try to flip the switch to start. Fortunately, it chose to quit working once its last load was dry. Since then, however, we’ve had to dry some items by hanging them from the ceiling.

So I call an appliance repair guy and ask about this, but before he even considers coming over to fix things, he asks me, “have you checked the fuse?” Turns out, many people call in the repair guy only to find that the fuse was blown.

So, I check my fuse. And discover that I’ve no way of telling whether it’s blown or not. There’s a label on my fuse box, saying that it was covered under a new home warranty and the first owner took possession in 1977. The fuse itself appears to date from this time. It’s two glass tubes with metal ends on them (you see one pictured above), and there’s a price tag attached: “Home Hardware, $0.49.”

So, I head over to Home Hardware and find replacements (also pictured above).

Which cost $6.99. Each.

So, now I have new fuses in the dryer slot of the fuse box.

Didn’t work on the dryer, though. It’s still broken. I’m calling the repairman tomorrow.

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