1 Opie 2 weeks ago OK, a short prelude. I come from a long line of DIY's. From Granddad and Dad I inherited the skills necessary to fix dang near anything, which has served me well these six plus decades. However, with modern industrial throw away products one gets these days it can be a real PITA to fix. Latest case in point is my washing machine I've had for maybe 8 years.No major problems till three days ago. Pump would not drain. I did replace pump 6 months ago when somehow a quarter got lodged in the impeller, destroying it.Easy fix, replaced pump. This time I track it to the control panel, likely a relay which I could fix except they covered the whole thing in epoxy , making it impossible. I look up the part number and grumble about shelling out $100 for what should have been a $5 fix, except they no longer manufacture the part. Two days shot trying to locate one, but apparently it's all JIT direct from factory, no has it. So a perfectly good otherwise washer is now headed for the landfill.Our first washer we bought in 1983, a good ole made in USA Maytag, back when they built 'em like tanks. 25+ years of hard service, one mechanical switch repair the entire time. From what I read and anecdotal evidence I get seems to indicate that eight years is considered good by today's standards.So today my wife picks out the same updated version of what just went belly up, I figure what the hey, they're all pretty much POS from all the reviews I get, why not. So I got to thinking,hmmm, maybe I should salvage things like pumps, motors and such from the old machine before they haul it away on the off chance that I may be able with a little creativity use it for future repairs with the new one. I checked a few parts online old to new, and the numbers are close ,but not the same. On schematic they look the same.I wonder how much these manufacturers reinvent wheel each go round, or are they pretty much the same with different bolt patterns and so forth.So, my question to this long winded diatribe, is it worth it to squirrel away this stuff or am I wasting my time? I know, maybe not best asking guitar geeks on a gitar forum, but hey, I get surprised here all the time on the depth of knowledge found inside this here site.