2. I need help/advice (and I need to vent). There are a few things amiss in our apartment. The first is spiders. We have quite a few, but hey, it's a basement and the landlady said that they come out more in the fall. As long as they don't bite me in the middle of the night (which has happened once since we moved in) I can deal with spiders; they don't scare me. A few days ago Jed sprayed some industrial spray that Adam & Amanda gave us, and it seems to be working so far, so we'll see how that goes.
The second thing (and this is where the advice/counsel/help comes into place) is that when we run the dishwasher, we've recently found rust-colored liquid in the dishwasher/on our dishes at the end of the cycle. I emailed the landlady (who lives in another state) about this, knowing that it couldn't be our "old dishes rusting" because all of our stuff is new, and she said that it's most-likely the racks rusting which can pretty much only be fixed by getting a new dishwasher. She says that they don't have the money for that, but they're willing to take up to $100 off our rent for the cost of a repairman to come look at it.
Dishwashers are only a few hundred dollars, right? I don't understand why we can't just get a new dishwasher for $100-150 more than they are willing to pay for someone to come look at it? Especially if she said it was unfixable? So here we are, having to choose between washing *every single item* by hand, or possibly ingesting rust that has settled on our dishes.
Any insights? Comments? Anything?? What would you do in this situation?