July 18 Day 132: Priceless

Summer in the time of coronavirus does not have the same carefree adventures of previous years. No traveling. No gatherings. No fairs or concerts or plays. Tacoma is in “Stage Two” of the Governor’s reopening plan. Unfortunately the number of reported cases is increasing daily. Venturing into the outside world seems riskier than before.

So what’s a person to do when a car headlight goes out or the washing machine stops working? Why, repair it yourself. And I did!

The internet is amazing. Search for the “replace headlight Chevy Impala 2013” and there are at least nine recordings with step-by-step instructions. Search for “OE error code LG washer” and learn how to diagnose the problem (drain pump malfunction). Go a step further and search for “LG model number drain pump” and you find the exact replacement part to order and step-by-step videos to complete the repairs.

What I find interesting is the cost of the light bulb and the cost of the drain pump were comparable (between $30-$40 ). The videos said that replacing the light bulb was easy. It took 15 minutes. The videos said that replacing the drain pump was easy. It took 3 hours. So easy is a relative term.

The cost savings for the washer repair was significant. The feeling of accomplishment that accompanied a successful repair, priceless.

Published by Jenny Quinn

Mathematician. Mother. Wife. Leader. I am a professor of mathematics at the University of Washington Tacoma. Mother of Anson and Zachary. Wife to Mark. President of the Mathematical Association of America.

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