It was the last straw, and a total mutiny on the part of the dishwasher. It knew we were getting suspicious of the many times it failed to do what we considered an adequate job of cleaning our dirty dishes... so it got even. It started to let the water in... and never stopped. Luckily the water just ran across the kitchen floor and down the steps to the cellar, where there's a drain just a few feet away.
We had to turn off the water to the whole house, just to get it to stop gushing. The shut-off valve was underneath the dishwasher, so we had to pull it out to gain access to that.
But this was an unforgiveable act of treason.
So Dishwasher has been hauled out of the house.
And now I'm wondering...
Is it actually a GOOD thing that we are without a dishwasher? On the (very) plus side of things... now, as soon as dinner is over, the kids will have to get right on the dishwashing... instead of saying "I'll load the dishwasher later" (which usually meant SO late that they went to bed before the dishes were ready to unload). So we can work on reducing procrastination.
Those of you who have had a dishwasher break, did any good come out of it? Did you eventually decide to replace it? Or just do without?
DD has already said that now, if she only dirties a few dishes for lunch, she's going to just wash them out right away. Which is already better than just piling them all up in the sink for someone else to do!