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30 January 2006 @ 01:12 pm
The pros & cons of defrosting a domestic fridge/freezer ...  
  • No-one hands out freebie ice-scrapers to housewives, so I don't appear to have one (Edit It appears other people get freebie ice-scrapers, it's just that I don't ;) )
  • "It really needs defrosting" happens a lot sooner than it does in the lab (I'm still not sure what the problem was, the ice was only an inch thick at worst, and the door had no difficulty shutting ;) )
  • In the lab there's no helpful little pussycat who thinks it's a new game, and that he'll win the game if he shreds the kitchen towel you've put down to mop up drips, and succeeds in fishing out the chip that was frozen into the ice and playing hockey with it
  • There's no spare fridge/freezer to put things in, so they'll inevitably warm up a bit in the cool box before the freezer gets back to temperature

On the plus side, however:
  • I'm quite happy handling the ice with my bare hands, and it seems to come off the freezer more easily when there's less of it
  • The worst thing I'm going to find in the ice was the aforementioned chip. And it was still frozen when the cat got it out for me.
  • No-one came up to me half-way through and loudly announced that if their samples had defrosted and ruined their experiments then it was ALL MY FAULT! And this despite me having watched this same person chip just enough ice off that the door would shut, every day for 2 weeks before I gave in and defrosted the fucking freezer
  • No-one came up to me half-way through to say "Er, while you're there ... um ... would you ... er ... mind ... er ... defrosting-another-freezer-mine's-all-iced-up-and-I-can-hardly-shut-the-door ... um ... just while you're there, you understand?"
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jaqjaq on January 30th, 2006 01:39 pm (UTC)
My fridge/freezer came with an ice scraper, which we still have around, somewhere.
Margaretpling on January 30th, 2006 01:41 pm (UTC)
We inherited our fridge/freezer, so I think if it ever came with an ice scraper it was long gone ...
Onyxonyx_uk on January 30th, 2006 01:45 pm (UTC)
The invention of a frost-free freezer was certainly a good one :)
Margaretpling on January 30th, 2006 01:48 pm (UTC)
*grin* Yeah, if we need to buy our own one sometime I may well be looking into that ...
jaqjaq on January 30th, 2006 02:06 pm (UTC)
My one claims to be, but it seems frosty enough to me.
Onyxonyx_uk on January 30th, 2006 03:26 pm (UTC)
My fridge-freezer seems to work very well. Although, it is a new one (it was bought in August). However, it clicks very loudly when it is defrosting itself which is rather disconcerting but it does seem to work very well.
The Flat Atom Societyghoti on January 30th, 2006 01:57 pm (UTC)
I got a free ice scraper from Linda McCartney. I'm not sure why.
Margaretpling on January 30th, 2006 02:02 pm (UTC)
How bizarre!
Robdreema on January 30th, 2006 02:44 pm (UTC)
i have an ice scraper in my car
Margaretpling on January 30th, 2006 03:05 pm (UTC)
We probably do as well ... but the car's currently 6 miles away from me, and it was a last minute decision to just defrost the damn freezer so I didn't have a chance to get J to leave the scraper in the house.
Onyxonyx_uk on January 30th, 2006 03:28 pm (UTC)
You can use a hairdrier if you are very careful. It works very well but you must ensure the hairdrier doesn't come into contact with any of the dripping water etc.
Margaretpling on January 30th, 2006 03:57 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that's generally what I did at work (well, when I didn't want something to hit to take out any excess aggression ;) and when I was in the lab with the hairdryer). I'd've done that this time too, but it only took an hour and half (while I was doing other things anyway) with the door open and the freezer off to get all the ice to the stage where I could carefully pull it off with my bare hands. Just as well - I'm not 100% sure I've got my hairdryer here, I know I found it in Oxford about a year ago, but I've not sorted the box of stuff I brought back from that trip and I can't quite remember if I brought the hairdryer or if I just brought the travel-adaptors for it (as they're useful for any plug but I've not used a hairdryer to dry my hair for well over a decade now).