Over 20 years ago, Nimue and I received the generous gift of a bread machine. We were grateful, but a bit skeptical about the results it promised. Could it, we wondered, really make a palatable loaf? I was also puzzled about how to fit it into our kitchen and cooking. I was making rolls by hand at least twice a month and found a lot of satisfaction in doing so. Turning over the bread-making to a box seemed like a loss.
But we experimented and found that it would, indeed, make good bread. Never great, but better than we could buy wrapped in plastic at the grocery store. The process was ridiculously easy, too: measure in the liquid and dry ingredients, sprinkle dry yeast on top, and press a button. So the bread machine found a place in our regular cooking routine. Now, should it break, we’d immediately replace it. Happily, our original unit is still going strong.
Except that the shaft at the bottom of the bread pan, which drives the dough hook, has become difficult to turn. I expect tiny amounts of liquid and flour have leaked past the seal over the years, and now there’s enough in there to gum up the works. I vaguely recall that something like this happened to our first pan—at least I remember I ordered a replacement at one point in the now distant past.
Parts are no longer available from the manufacturer. So I’ll try to disassemble the mechanism, clean the pieces, and put them back together. If it works, I’ll have shed a project off my to-do list. If not, well, there’s always eBay.
shedding style: repair or replace
Comments welcome … do you have a household repair project for which it’s time to risk either failure or success?