My Kitchen Aid Mixer has been sitting dormant in my kitchen since sometime last summer. I used to use it almost every day up to that point.
It took me a couple of months to get around to trying to 'figure it out'. (My middle name isn't 'procrastination' for nothing.) When I did, I came across this post about repairing what appeared to be the same issue I was having. So, over a week ago, Mark volunteered to tear it apart following the detailed instructions in that post and one look at the gear mechanism and we knew it was the exact same problem!
So, he hopped on here and did a little searching and found the best price for a new part to be on Ebay. We ordered it right away and received it just about a week later, which was yesterday. I'm so grateful for that post on repairing it yourself. Instead of paying a few hundred bucks for a new mixer, we paid about thirteen, shipped, for the part.
Tonight, he finally had time to look into putting it all back together and things were going quite smoothly until it was nearly back together and he looked down at a small but alarming little pile of screws. So, he took it back apart, found the correct positions for them, and put it back together once again.
I walked into the kitchen to the sound of my mixer whirring for the first time in months and, although, I was nervous to look -- the turning mechanism was moving in circles, as well. Music to my ears! It was fixed.
And, the first thing I'm going to do is whip up a big batch of my favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies for the kids tomorrow. I have to admit, I love baking and cooking but I don't always love making cookies...simply because of all the pans to wash afterward. Bars, now I love doing bars. They only take one pan. But cookies take all my pans because I still make huge batches just like when I was a kid. I feel like why waste my time making a small batch when I can just do a huge one all at once and throw a bunch in the freezer.
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