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Twas on a Monday morning...
The Story so far:

First the washing machine stopped working. So we got a little man in.

He sucked in his teeth sharply. Our bearings had gone. He'd order a part.

Two weeks later, someone came with the part. He spent two hours fitting the part. He then fired up the machine and concluded our shaft had gone and the machine was a write off.

So we went and chose a new washing machine. Delivery was booked for today.

The little man turned up, sucked in his teeth sharply, and explained that the new hose had a water safety device fitted and so wouldn't fit through the holes in the sides of our kitchen cabinet.

So we carved a bigger hole.

And have discovered that although the water safety device will fit on the end of the pipe, the washer cannot be pushed all the way into the space. Which means our dishwasher door won't open fully because the washing machine gets in the way. So we need to cut the end of the pipe off. Or add extra hose (except that the implication is that the safety device is supposed to go on to the mains pipe directly).

And so it goes...

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If this is a Bosch or similar the safety device is electrical - they are ridiculously over-engineered. You can't take it off, the machine won't work at all. But you can get short flexible metal pipe connectors, putting one of them between the hose and the tap shouldn't hurt.

My department had endless grief with a £700 Bosch dish washer... they seem to have an obsession with safety cutouts that don't reset themselves but require a service engineers visit, and (we discovered after it was installed) won't give a warranty on dish washers used in a laboratory. They replaced it when it died two months after it was installed - about the third time it was used, since it was installed when our labs were refitted during the summer holidays and we didn't have access to the labs for the first month or so - but to get that far we had to threaten to sue. They then said all future repairs would be chargable, and meant it.

When it died after four years we replaced it with one of the cheapest Tricity Bendix models (about £200 at the time) that has so far lasted six or seven years and never given a day's problem.


Those metal pipe connectors look like just the ticket in fact.

Wouldn't astonish me to discover that Bosch, Siemens, and others source their machines from the same Korean (or whatever) factory.

I know that (for example) the Whirlpool dish washer I have at home is identical to the Tricity Bendix one I'm using here, apart from some minor styling differences on the fascia. The fact that the one I have here has survived its diet of waste chemicals, bits of label, etc. etc. for this long is a great source of comfort since I don't have a service contract at home.


But is the Bug for Taff icon in the public domain? May I display it?

The icon is mine, the butterflies come from sxc.hu without usage restrictions, so go on, steal away!

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