This is an important public service announcement to you, my faithful blog readers:
DO NOT LAY A REFRIGERATOR ON ITS SIDE OR BACK TO MOVE IT. Just don't.
If you MUST move a refrigerator horizontally for some reason, do lots of googling first to find out which side you can safely lay it on according to which direction the pipes flow and find out how many hours you have to leave it sitting upright unplugged for the oil to flow back down into the compressor from the cooling lines. Neglecting to do the appropriate pre-move googling may result in your refrigerator compressor being completely destroyed, and the appliance repair person telling you "you killed it. There is nothing you can do." He will tell you this in a tone that makes you realize that heartless appliance repair people give out this news countless times on Mondays after refrigerators have been moved lying down over the weekends. I bet they show up to work Monday mornings and place wagers on how many broken refrigerator calls they get that day.
So, now you know. If you ever need to move your refrigerator for some reason, like, say... getting your hardwood floors refinished, you now have the classified information about how simple it is to destroy the most expensive appliance in your home. I don't understand why refrigerators don't have a warning label on them warning the unsuspecting public about this vulnerability, but I guess it is one way to sell more refrigerators.
On a completely unrelated note, we just bought a new fridge. Isn't it pretty and shiny? We just wanted one. That's all. Really.