My dishwasher broke a couple of months ago. It is old, and would no longer start when I turned the crank. Though it worked well when it did work, it is still old and I think the part that needs to be replaced is costly.
I went looking for another one on Craigslist and found one that I liked for $20. Problem? Transportation. And schedules. And scheduling someone with a bigger vehicle than me to pick it up and haul it up to my condo. Then I'd have to buy food for the friend, gas for the friend, do some hauling, blah blah blah.
On Friday afternoon I got a brilliant idea. My neighbor was remodelling--maybe she was taking out a perfectly good dishwasher? People seem to be into that. I knocked on her door, but didn't get a response.
I decided to go downstairs and ask the building's office manager if he knew of anyone else remodeling who had a dishwasher. And someone did! A repair man had just replaced one and was taking it to the dump at that very second. He told me that it actually worked perfectly! The old owners replaced it with a more efficient one.
I'll get an efficient one someday, of course, when I have $700 to drop on one. But for now, I'm going to roll with my free, newer-than-my-old one dishwasher that the kind repair man hauled up the stairs for me. He sold me some parts for $16 that will help with the installation, and my step-dad will be installing it next Saturday.