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05 February 2010 @ 10:27 am
Is There Really Anyone Who Gets Excited About Washing Machines?  
Blerg. I have the lurgy. Hopefully a light lurgy that will depart soon tho!

Doesn't help that I've been thinking off & on about washing machines for the last couple of days - there's little more boring than washing machines. Even if they do fancy this & that & will save the planet & change your life forever or some such, they're still things that wash clothes. And inherently dull. I do, however, need to think about them as our washing machine is dying - it doesn't always spin. Being intermittent (ie it always goes in the end, after you've thumped it a few times and sworn at it and left it for an hour or two with sopping wet laundry in it and thumped it some more) it seems to be undiagnosable - the repairman I got out to look at it a month or so ago did have a go, but he couldn't narrow it down and frankly at 10 years old it's possibly not worth flinging money at it till it's fixed :/ So, time to buy a new one.

Posted something on identica/twitter/facebook the other day & now have a bunch of recommendations for review sites & know what other people are happy with. And unfortunately it looks a bit like my original plan of buying a dirt cheap one is probably a bad idea, on you-get-what-you-pay-for grounds. Which of course makes me resent it even more ;) And I keep forgetting as I look at them to check the size coz it's gotta not only fit in the space the other one does but it's also got to fit through the door to get there. The tumbledryer only went through the door after we took the door off :/ Pretty sure the washing machine was fine, tho, so that gives me a size range.

In less desperately boring news the Lego Rockband people finally came through with our download token, and the rest of the process went smoothly \o/ I still think it was stupidly complex system, particularly given they don't seem to have bothered to make their end of it terribly robust.
Hapi vace! Hapi vace!keirf on February 5th, 2010 10:38 am (UTC)
Washing machines may be inherently dull, but washing by hand is even duller.

I have a half sized top-loading washing machine which is cool because it takes up less space. That's how exciting my life is.
Margaretpling on February 5th, 2010 11:02 am (UTC)
Oh god, yeah. The shared house I lived in for a year before I went to uni had a dead washing machine for ages coz the landlord couldn't be bothered to sort it out. I got so tired of handwashing stuff (or taking my laundry to other places to wash). I'm pleased to live in the modern world where washing machines exist, I just wish buying them wasn't a confusing mass of choices all alike ;)

(Can't get a toploader, tumbledryer lives on top of it, so at least there's a choice that matters rather than feeling I'm choosing between things I don't care about :) )
Robdreema on February 5th, 2010 11:27 am (UTC)
might be worth looking at http://www.clearance-comet.co.uk or other such places, depends if you don't mind having a slightly dented one for less money.
Margaretpling on February 5th, 2010 02:20 pm (UTC)
I'm probably just going to bite the bullet & spend more money. The money is there I just resent spending it on a washing machine ;) But thanks for the link, I'll probably look there as well, just in case :)
Jonbigme on February 5th, 2010 12:44 pm (UTC)
Is There Really Anyone Who Gets Excited About Washing Machines?

The men in white coats in dishwasher tablet commercials.
Margaretpling on February 5th, 2010 02:21 pm (UTC)
Lol good point.

But they have to get paid for it ;)
Jon: spoonbigme on February 5th, 2010 11:57 pm (UTC)
Washing Machines is serious business.
Zanardizanardi on February 5th, 2010 02:08 pm (UTC)
I found the following website really useful www.ukwhitegoods.co.uk . It advises a monthly maintenance wash to keep your machine working for longer. Don't waste money on Calgon if you live in hard water area - just make sure you use the correct amount of detergent.
Margaretpling on February 5th, 2010 02:24 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I tend to do a 90 degree wash every once in a while, roast the bugs ;) This is pretty certain to be something mechanical or electrical in the machine (according to the washing machine repair guy), so unfortunately it's clean & still dying ;)
Zanardizanardi on February 5th, 2010 02:56 pm (UTC)
I agree a maintenance wash isn't much use if the machine is dead though. It's surprising how many manuals don't mention a monthly hot wash for maintenance - and most detergents recommend washing at 30 or 40 - which doesn't kill bacteria or get rid of soap residue. If I remember I try to do bath towels at 60 (with a hot fill option) as well just to help keep things fresh as well as a 95 wash with a descaler/ detergent remover. The water round these parts is very hard.
susancsusanc on February 6th, 2010 12:29 am (UTC)
Someone told me that the US will require front loaders only one of these years, but I haven't managed to substantiate that. I'm also told that front loaders use less soap and water and get clothes cleaner. Not having one at my disposal atm I'm not at liberty to say. One thing though, not having that agitator in the middle might make it easier to wash stuff.