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    Designed to fail

    There was a time when we could buy stuff that lasted a long long time. I have a manual typewriter that my father bought when he was in college back in the 50s. It still works perfectly. I also have a desk fan from the 1940s.

    But most of the stuff we buy these days does not last for very long. A case in point is Washing Machines and Dryers. I've had to repair them over the years and I have noticed one thing in particular, washing machines don't seem to last as long as dryers. Simplicity of design is a factor, sure. Dryers are just a motor, timer and heating element. Washers have plumbing and valves and such that are controlled by a basic computer.

    The washer I have allows several semi-programmable modes. You can set the heat level, the dryness and the spin speed. And that's where I see the problem. If I select the "Max Extract" option (because they can't say slow, medium or fast) even a load of towels is nearly dry at the end of the cycle and only needs 10 minutes in the dryer. It's SO convenient.

    BUT, it's also what causes the washer to fail early. It uses a brushless motor that looks like a miniature of CERN. Running it at "Max Extract" means the motor spins faster and heats up more. The bearings are also pushed to the limit. All of this ages the washer prematurely, by design.

    However, I no longer use that speed and suffer with towels that are a lot wetter and require 20 minutes in the dryer or more. But that's OK because the dryer is cheap compared to the washer. So if I wear out the dryer, I can swap them pretty quickly. The washer is a pain in the ass because it's heavy and the dryer is on top.

    I didn't realize any of this until the first washer wore out a year ahead of the dryer. Which made no sense to me. So I went to web sites where losers like me grouse about LG and Maytag and GE. And I read up on the motor design and realized that it has a weakness when made to spin too quickly. The outside coils are shaken back and forth until the leads break. The washer reports imbalance and quits. With the door locked and the washer filled with wet towels. Such a pain in the ass.

    #2
    I Always Use 1300 rpm Spin Speed.

    Never Use The Dryer Except In Mid Winter,

    And Only Then If I Really Need Something.

    All My Drying Is Done On The Rotary Clothesline Then Brought Indoors

    And Placed On An Airing Rack.....



    Cheers Glen.

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      #3
      communal laundry here. probably the only thing i really dislike about living in an apartment, although when the washer wears out at least it's not my problem.

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        #4
        Originally posted by WritersPanic View Post
        There was a time when we could buy stuff that lasted a long long time. I have a manual typewriter that my father bought when he was in college back in the 50s. It still works perfectly. I also have a desk fan from the 1940s.
        This got me to thinking, I wonder if there are places where you can buy refurbished or rebuilt stuff from the old days. I don't mean antiques (although they may be considered that) but stuff to actually use. I just want a decent damn can opener. I don't mean an electric one either, but the kind you twist the thing and the can goes 'round...you know what I mean. The ones at Walmart are crap, last about a year.

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        • WritersPanic
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          We have never had an electric can opener. I consider it to be the height of laziness.

        #5
        Originally posted by tumbling.dice View Post

        This got me to thinking, I wonder if there are places where you can buy refurbished or rebuilt stuff from the old days. I don't mean antiques (although they may be considered that) but stuff to actually use. I just want a decent damn can opener. I don't mean an electric one either, but the kind you twist the thing and the can goes 'round...you know what I mean. The ones at Walmart are crap, last about a year.
        a million restaurants went out of business over the past year, i bet there's a bunch of those nice industrial crank-style can openers just waiting inside some boarded up windows.

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        • WritersPanic
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          Those things are great. No matter the size of the can or how dented it is, it's open and your shoulder feels it!

        #6
        I've Owned Electric Can Openers Since 1984......

        A Single Man Without A Can Opener Is A Recipe For Certain Starvation.....

        Nowadays Most Food Cans Are Ring Pull......

        Thereby Saving Lives In Case Of A Power Outage.....



        Cheers Glen.

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          #7
          Originally posted by GLEN...... View Post
          I've Owned Electric Can Openers Since 1984......

          A Single Man Without A Can Opener Is A Recipe For Certain Starvation.....

          Nowadays Most Food Cans Are Ring Pull......

          Thereby Saving Lives In Case Of A Power Outage.....



          Cheers Glen.
          I've discovered tuna in a pouch. And it's better than the canned tuna I've known all my life. Who knew?

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              #9
              The house I bought came with a washer and dryer from the time it was built (1989) and they both still work alright. I wonder why that is. My washing machine doesn't have any sophisticated computer hardware inside it like the modern ones.

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              • WritersPanic
                WritersPanic commented
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                And that is why. You have a simple washer with a mechanical timer. I love those things.

              • SpaceMan
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                keep the lid open

                most people close the lids and you wouldnt believe the amount of mould that grows inside a washing machine that you cant see

              #10
              It is interesting though. 100 or so years ago, every town had a general appliance repair center. And if your blender, toaster, vacuum cleaner, or anything like that stopped working, there was a chance you could get it repaired. Now, we live in a throw-away society. I took my office printer to the computer repair store, and they said the cost of fixing it would exceed the price of a new printer. I also called maintenance to look at my dishwasher, and they said it was best to buy a new one. There lies the problem.

              Design engineers make it this way so they can have job security.
              Last edited by 6-eyed; 05-13-2021, 06:49 AM.

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                #11
                There Are 3 Small Appliance Repair Business's In Town, And They Are Doing

                A Roaring Trade.

                Had One Guy Out Here 3 Times To Fix My Freezer.........Took Him For A Conducted

                Tour Of Everything Else Here To Make Him Familiar With Brands And Models......

                No Problem.......



                Cheers Glen.

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                  #12
                  Originally posted by WritersPanic View Post

                  I've discovered tuna in a pouch. And it's better than the canned tuna I've known all my life. Who knew?
                  Cat Food?
                  mother moon -she's calling me back to her silver womb,
                  father of creation -takes me from my stolen tomb
                  seventh-advent unicorn is waiting in the skies,
                  a symptom of the universe, a love that never dies!
                  🧙‍♂️

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                    #13
                    Originally posted by 6-eyed View Post
                    It is interesting though. 100 or so years ago, every town had a general appliance repair center. And if your blender, toaster, vacuum cleaner, or anything like that stopped working, there was a chance you could get it repaired. Now, we live in a throw-away society. I took my office printer to the computer repair store, and they said the cost of fixing it would exceed the price of a new printer. I also called maintenance to look at my dishwasher, and they said it was best to buy a new one. There lies the problem.

                    Design engineers make it this way so they can have job security.
                    Yep, and therefore everything is disposable when the new stuff wears out quickly. And they complain about landfills being full, etc.

                    Sheer genius!!
                    mother moon -she's calling me back to her silver womb,
                    father of creation -takes me from my stolen tomb
                    seventh-advent unicorn is waiting in the skies,
                    a symptom of the universe, a love that never dies!
                    🧙‍♂️

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                      #14
                      Originally posted by Amerijuanican View Post

                      Cat Food?


                      LOL.......I'll Bet That's What Happened......

                      I Did It Years Ago When I Made A 3-00am "Snack Attack"

                      On Toast.

                      Picked Up A Can Marked Tuna To Put On Toast.

                      After A Few Mouthful's I Thought It Tasted A Bit

                      On The Rough Side.....

                      Finished It Off And Next Morning Took Note Of The Brand

                      So I Could Avoid Buying It Next Time.

                      YEP......You Guessed It.......It Was "Snappy Tom Cat Tuna"......LOL.....

                      My Friends Have Never Let Me Forget It.......

                      For Months Every Time They Saw.....Or Phoned Me They

                      Started With A "Meowwww"......



                      Cheers Glen.
                      Last edited by GLEN......; 05-13-2021, 09:26 AM.

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                        #15
                        One of Grandma's work friends put some leftover cat food in the fridge, came home that evening and was gonna feed the cat. She asked hubby where the little container was..."I ate it for lunch, why?"

                        This was followed by laughter
                        He said it was pretty good stuff...

                        So you're not alone in sampling finer feline dining!
                        mother moon -she's calling me back to her silver womb,
                        father of creation -takes me from my stolen tomb
                        seventh-advent unicorn is waiting in the skies,
                        a symptom of the universe, a love that never dies!
                        🧙‍♂️

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