Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Help a Knitta Out!

Well, I did as Dingaling the Landlord told me to and called the gas company to come fix the oven.

Why? Because whoever rented this place before us did this to the oven conrol knob:

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Jerkwads.

When Oven Repair Dude was over today, he was able to get the oven going using a pair of vice grips.

Excellent, we can confirm that the oven works.

However, he told me the gas company would charge me out the ass to replace an oven knob. But then he told me they wouldn't even be able to do that because when he popped the hood of my range to look for the model number sticker, it had worn off (you can see where it would have been).

So I'm asking you, if you have an older model Kenmore gas range sitting around that looks like this:

stupid stove

Could you let me know what model number it is?

I found this really great website that sells used oven parts, including knobs. However they aren't much good if you don't have the model number of the oven. You literally get hundreds of knobs that come up for "Kenmore."

I could try to find something similar to that melted specimen there. But look at it closely. Where are the temperature settings printed? I think even if it was melted, you'd see some indication of writing on there. Therefore, I'm suspicious as to whether the melted knob is actually even the original one.

And yes, I have tried looking for other places where the model number might have been--the oven door, inside the oven, the broiler, the side, and ewww...even the back of the oven, which I must say was extremely disgusting. Dusty, greasy, and mouse-shitty.

If this doesn't work out, I guess I'll invest in a nice pair of vice grips and an oven thermometer and maybe just do take-out next Thanksgiving.

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22 Comments:

Blogger Samantha said...

That sucks! It sucks that someone messed with the oven knob and it sucks that the gas company would charge you too much to change a knob that probably cost less than a buck to make. I hope you find your knob soon.

8:34 AM  
Blogger Poops said...

Have you tried contacting Sears directly? Perhaps they can tell you what model it is. The guy that came from Sears to fix my dryer could tell me within a year or two how old it and my washer are just by looking.

I do know that it costs 65 big ones just to have them show up on your doorstep, so I don't know if that is outside the realm of your cheapass sensibilities. Maybe as an avenue of last resort?

8:51 AM  
Blogger Linnea said...

Awww, I wish I could help you out. But hell, I can't even find the right brand of shampoo over here, let alone an oven knob, and it's not the kind of thing you can just knit up. (Besides, I'm sure if that *could* be done you would have done so already!)

What an irking situation. What... silliness. Yeah. Grrr. People!

8:56 AM  
Blogger janna said...

So -- the gas company owns the stove? Like the phone company used to own your phone? Or are they just the authorized repair people????

I can't help you, but I agree with poops -- print out your pictures and take them to Sears. Look pathetic. They might not be able to help, but they'll feel sorry for you, and maybe be able to refer you to someone who can.....

9:14 AM  
Blogger sgeddes said...

Yeah I vote for trying Sears too. Do you still have the knob? Maybe you can send that out to one of the appliance parts places. And they can look through the Knemore knobs until they find a replacement.

The landlord should have to fix or replace the stove. That sucks!

9:19 AM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

Have you actually phoned the gas company yet, just to find out their official version? Might be worth a fact-finding call. I'll keep my eyes peeled curbside. Even if we get a knob without markings, you can calibrate a few settings with a thermometer. Like find 350 and 400.

9:29 AM  
Blogger Starfish said...

Elizabeth kind of beat me to it - I was going to suggest that the Queen of the Cheapass make her own fantabulous knob and calibrate it using a thermometer - you could make it a pig or something else to match your decor. Think about it!

9:50 AM  
Blogger T. Budnik said...

Oh man, the air is tingling. I sense that this is going to be a great journey. Hot dog! You need to seriously do the Sears deal. If they can't help you out, you should write some letters, send some pictures.

I'm really excited about this quest for a model number. I just may be crazy.

-T.

9:54 AM  
Blogger Batty said...

Melted knob, I can't believe it. I'm trying to figure out how this could happen by accident, but even with a gas stove, most of my ideas involve holding something to the knob and melting it on purpose. How annoying!

10:10 AM  
Blogger Cheesy Knit Wit said...

Holy shit. That's just nasty.

I wish I could help you.

11:12 AM  
Blogger Cheesy Knit Wit said...

And I don't even want to guess how much you are paying in rent....

11:14 AM  
Blogger cpurl17 said...

Well the fact that the the old guy landlord should have repaired the knob and didn't pisses me off but I won't even go there.

Can I send you an Easy Bake Oven to use in the meantime?

11:20 AM  
Blogger whichendisup said...

Maybe you could try Kenmore itself--their website or calling to see if they have information on their older models? Your landlord sucks, and I believe(like cpurl said) that is not right that he have you handle this since it is HIS property. But other than that, I'd say try Sears too.

Maybe you could have it declared totalled and make the LL buy you a new range? =D gah, good luck with that!

12:16 PM  
Blogger Carol said...

Look on the bright side, at least you don't have to live with the prior tenants;) Good luck on your search!

12:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your stove looks a lot like my tappen. Are you sure that the knob is the only thing that is wrong with it. I know mine are begining to melt also if I don't take them off when I am doing long baking. ie:a turkey, cookies, the like. My gasket on the stove door is wearing. But I have to agree with everyone else that going to Sears and asking them might help. Love, Mom

12:34 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

Grrr. That does suck.

Same thing happened with my car A/C knob. A stupid knob = $30.

Maybe you could email that picture to Sears and see if they can figure out what model it is?

BTW...the $20 at the Met....suggested donation only...you can get in free or for a buck...or 5....just sayin'

12:36 PM  
Blogger kathyb said...

I know you had said that money was tight, but if I were you I would try to budget in a new stove, messing around with gas is not good. You can always take it with you when you move and put that nasty mouse shitty one back in. I know that doesn't help now, but I hope it works out.

ps...Sears is wicked helpful! Some of those repair guys have worked there for like 20 years.

1:56 PM  
Blogger Kim said...

I vote for vice grips and an oven thermometer. Maybe you can add a paper disk around the vice grips and mark the temps once you've done some experiments.

4:07 PM  
Blogger Carol said...

I vote for buying a new knob, jamming it on there and then clibrating a few settings with a thermometer. So long as the new knob turns the thing on, you can do the rest y ourself. But when it comes time for turkey or something, definitely "My oven doesn't work, I'll order in a turkey." My local butcher shop actually cooks turkeys for you and I live in Kingston, Ontario. Surely one of the shops around therre does it too!

7:39 PM  
Blogger Stacie said...

OH MY GOD, THAT IS MY FREAKIN OVEN!!! After lifting the lid and cleaning off some grime, I think the number is 7438710... good luck!

9:30 PM  
Anonymous Erin said...

I hope you found a knob! That's a total bummer. The landlord really should be fixing that. If you do find one, I'd keep the receipt anyway. Might be good to have to pull out later if need be....

6:31 AM  
Blogger Magatha said...

Really, any Kenmore oven knob will work. But I see from your next post you have a solution. Yay! Cookies for Chunky! Yay!

7:46 PM  

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