I'm all in a spin

@p1kef1sh (45640)
May 19, 2008 8:23am CST
Modern technology is wonderful except when it goes wrong. Three years ago we bought a new washing machine. an automatic, and it has been extremely good. But now it seems to be on its last legs. The machine rarely seems to know what programme it is on and has stopped spinning completely. Our clothes are now all strictly drip dry - we don't use a dryer either. When I was a boy my aunt didn't have a washing machine, but she did have a spin dryer and I can recall being fascinated by the dervish like spin that went on in there. Does anyone still use a spindryer?
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@pergammano (7755)
• Canada
19 May 08
Hey,p1kef1sh....LOL, don't forget built in obsolescence...BUT you know, what, my friend....there is a belt to drive the spin system...and it sounds like to me, that the belt is broken! They are one of the first things to go....mostly from "off=centred" loads. Get a "strong like Bull" gentleman, have him take the back off the machine, there should be two belts! Check to make sure both of them are intact...and NOT stretched! If it is NOT the belts, it will be your "brain box"....the programmer and that might be as expensive to replace as buying a new machine! I know I didn;t make your day...but check the belts FIRST, the cheapest route to go...before you call in a technician. Rainbows to you!
@p1kef1sh (45640)
19 May 08
Thank you Pergammo. I think that it is the programmer as it makes a horrible crashing noise. The water also overfills and I have to manually advance the switch to stop it. Looks like a new I fear. But I will have a quick look at the belts first.
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• Canada
20 May 08
I have avoided buying "anything" with a computer programmer in it...including vehicles! they have built in obsolescence...and most of us common folk can't repair them! Dang! At our "disposal site" major appliances are recycled...often you can find the parts you need, there!Hope you don't have a big expense!
@p1kef1sh (45640)
20 May 08
Crazily enough it is working perfectly normally today. It must have heard that I was reporting it to myLot. LOL.
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@ellie333 (21029)
19 May 08
That is a very short life span, three years. Do you know whats wrong, maybe the burr brushes or it is sticking so won't go into spin. I had a spin dryer up until about 8 years ago, great machines but I also had a twin tub rather than an automatic so it was very useful to have. A spindryer does tend to leave the clothes almost dry once it has finished eh! I hope you get the washing machine sorted as they are expensive things to replace. Ellie :D
@p1kef1sh (45640)
20 May 08
Now you are being all technical on me Ellie. Burr Brushes? Don't know what they are at all. Is that how the clothes get clean? They get brushed. LOL. It seems fine today. But the whole thing is bonkers. Never buy Servis, almost anything else has to be better.
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@ellie333 (21029)
20 May 08
From what I remember they look a bit like brake pads LOL and if they are worn washing machine can spin wrong think the drum rest on them, they are only a few pounds to buy but if you can't fit yourself probably a fortune in labour just like with car parts also. Glad to here it is working okay today though. I always go for Zanussi myself. Ellie :D
@mummymo (23707)
19 May 08
Do you mean like on the twintub things they used to have? I don't know anyone who still has one of those I am afraid! We had a similar problem with out old washer way before it broke down and all it needed was another belt - worked great for another 2 years after that - even though it was a bit awkward to fit! The manufacturers make it harder and harder for us to fix these things as they want us to keep buying them so they make more money - I try and outwit them and sometimes it even works! lol You know if you do a search on your washing machine and the problem there will probably be some tips out there on how to go about fixing it - I have done that for loads of things! Hugs xxx
@p1kef1sh (45640)
20 May 08
Maybe that's what I mean Mummymo. Essentially it is just a spinner. But it is very effective. Of course today the blooming thing works absolutely fine. It's the internet today. If I disappear please don't think that I have forgotten all about you - as if I could - just that my internet has stopped working again. Isn't technology wonderful. Hope that you are feeling a little better today. XX
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@mummymo (23707)
20 May 08
Isn't that just like the thing! I suppose at least the washing machine is working now and if your internet connection goes down and stays down for a while you can watch the clothes going round in the washing machine! lol xxx
• Regina, Saskatchewan
19 May 08
I have a stacking washer and dryer. The dryer sits on top of the washer and when it's spinning it dances all over the washer. But you Brits make me laugh with the washers you have in your kitchens. I think you need to hire a window washer than can also spin in circles like a dirvish and spare yourself the expense of a new machine! LOL
@p1kef1sh (45640)
19 May 08
What's so amusing about our kitchen based washers? You'll have one soon enough. LOL.
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• Regina, Saskatchewan
19 May 08
Then I'll need a domestic in a pinny and headscarf to hang the laundry outside on the line!
@skinnychick (6907)
• United States
19 May 08
I have never even seen one of these, I don't think! LOL
@p1kef1sh (45640)
19 May 08
You are too young Skinny. Such sweet innocence. LOL. Sweet 16 and never been spun!!
• United States
19 May 08
LMAO!!! Wanna spin me????
@Gollywog (1092)
21 May 08
I have a washing machine that is 9yrs old, when I bought it I took out insurance for 10yrs. I have called out an engener Only 4 times but the cost of the work he did would have cost £548. The insurance was £147. So I feel it was worth having, when I have to renew the insurance I will without any problems. It is the best way to make sure your machine will work for you!
@p1kef1sh (45640)
21 May 08
That's a good return, but it means that you have called an engineer every 2.5 years though. Blooming technology. That said it worked fine yesterday. I shall try it again later today.
@ruby222 (4848)
20 May 08
Spin dryers,well,that brings back memories!..we always used a spinner at home and then i had one when i was married at first..the one problem was that they spun the clothes with no mercy..the clothes were practically in a corkscrew when they came out of it,plus they were always in a great tangle...but lol they were spun well!!!..if you didnt put the clothes into the spinner so the weight was equally distributed,it used to dance around the kitchen!!...but a while ago my washer was playing up ,we took the back off of the machine,to find the filter..I know..they are normally in the front..but we couldnt find it!!...then after all that hunting,we moved the bottom plate ,and hey presto ..filter was there...and I have no idea what we di..but it went again!!I suppose the one consolation is that you can at least replace the machines without spending an arm an a leg now,this one i have is at least four years old,and touch the wood still going strong..now ive said it!!and it wasnt much more than £150..which means it has been good value.
@p1kef1sh (45640)
21 May 08
I had forgotten about the dancing spinner. But that is better than drip dry clothes, especially all over the house. Fortunately the sun was out that day. It worked fine yesterday os fingers crossed it may last a while longer. Otherwise I shall go German next time. I think that this one (a Servis) was pretty cheap. £199 I think. But I wouldn't buy another one now.
@lingli_78 (12844)
• Australia
20 May 08
i agree with you... modern technologies are great and very helpful to assist us in our daily life... but when they break down, it can become a real nuisance for us... i never use a spindryer before... i never even heard of it until i read your post... anyway, good luck with your washing machine and hope you can fix it... take care and have a nice day...
@p1kef1sh (45640)
20 May 08
Thank you Lingli. Things are OK for now.
@Rozie37 (15499)
• Turkmenistan
20 May 08
I do not know that I know the difference between a "Spin Dryer" and any other dryer. I will say this though, your dryer should not have conked out in three years. I would suggest that you wait for the new and improved version, before buying another one. That way, you can upgrade to one that will last longer. I do not think that I have had anything that should have lasted much longer, go out that soon. Seems like I would have found a way to get a refund or something. I think that as a special favor to your Mylot friends, you could give us the name and model so that this does not continue to happen to unsespecting customers.
@p1kef1sh (45640)
20 May 08
It is a Servis machine Rozie. However it is working fine today. But I suspect that it is on the way out. I shall buy a German one next time. They have a good reputation.
@jrsmith (293)
• United States
20 May 08
Oh how long ago that has been. I can remember my Mama using one. When she got an electric washer she would watch it for a while. It was funny. Oh how I would love to see that day again!!
@p1kef1sh (45640)
20 May 08
I'd love to see it too. Although the machine has worked fine today.
• United States
20 May 08
I am not sure I even know what a spindryer is.... My Grandmother had an old wringer washing machine.... it would slosh the clothes around to clean them then you had to put each article of clothing through the wringer that rolled out the excess water then you would empty the tub and rinse doing it all over again.... I remember her filling it with the garden hose as it was out on the back porch LMAO.... So what is a spindryer?
@p1kef1sh (45640)
20 May 08
A spindryer Angel is just the spin bit off of your automatic washing machine. It revolves at high speed and wrings all the water out of the clothes. They were popular here for about 15 years whilst we all waited for washing machines to become affordable.
@DonnaLawson (4032)
• United States
20 May 08
I have a dryer but I am not sure what you mean by a spin dryer.. My dryer spins the water out of the clothes while the heat dries the clothes.. But I don't think this is what you are talking about.. I don't think that I could do without mine, but I am going to have to have it worked on, a new belt of some kind, I think, it does make quite a screeching racket.. But I have used it for nine years, so I have had quite a bit of use out of it, I don't know if I could go back to hanging my clothes on a clothesline again..
@p1kef1sh (45640)
20 May 08
It's a sort of centrifuge. A high speed spin that leaves the clothes moist, not damp. The blooming thing is working fine again today. Managed two loads of washing so I shall put off the evil day for a little longer.
@suehan1 (4355)
• Australia
19 May 08
yes p1ke modern technology is great ,but give me something that you do not need a degree to use.sometimes i think the new modern washing machines with all there settings and buttons are crap,and i would much prefer a older machine that would last more than 3 years.cheers sue
@p1kef1sh (45640)
20 May 08
I agree Sue. Although today it is working fine. Don't buy Servis. Blooming things.
• United States
19 May 08
a what? I guess that answers your question. I grew up helping my great grandmother wash our laundry in a wringer washer and the only thing we had to dry them with was the sun. In the fall/winter she would hang them on lines throughout the basement to dry. a spindryer...hmmm.
@p1kef1sh (45640)
19 May 08
A spin dryer was what replaced the wringer bit. All a little old fashioned now, but it brings back some happy memories. I wish I had one right now. I nearly had to hire a truck to take the washing to he line today because it was all so blooming heavy. A housewife's lot is not a happy one!
@agfarm (930)
• United States
19 May 08
Hi there P1key.....I don't have a Spin-Dryer.......But they are very effective. In my younger years....I used an Extractor ( where I worked ) The Brakes on it did not Work! But This thing was Huge......It was a Monsterous Centrifuge for Laundry. It would spin fast enough that you could not see the clothes in it . Since I was Under pressure from the Clock to get my Job done....I would Improvise and take a Large Towel and wrap the Towel around My Hand......and use My hand as a Brake. The towel Kept me from getting burned from the Metal's spinning! I made an Art out of stopping this Doo-hickey....... The Clothes were essentially dry after 5 or 10 Mins. Of spinning! But I would never want something like that in my home....( that's for Sure ) too much temptation for little-Ones to stick their Hands in there to Stop it.....and it would just pull them in. ( Nightmare!!!) Fun Topic P1key.......Fond Memories! ( oddly enough....it was my Boss whom taught me how to stop the Extractor )
@p1kef1sh (45640)
19 May 08
Bosses have their uses Agfarm. LOL. I am sending you a little something in your e mail in a minute or two.
• United States
19 May 08
To be honest, I love letting my clothes dry outside on a clothesline. I love the way they smell when they come in from the line. Not to mention the money it saves on electricity!
@p1kef1sh (45640)
19 May 08
Welcome to myLot. I always dry outside if I can. We don't have a dryer so inside means clothes racks and radiators. Yuk.
@mtdewgurl74 (18118)
• United States
19 May 08
Our washer quit spinning a few days before Easter and so that is how we me and my hubby spent our Easter day,by replacing the belt on it it has worked fine since. Maybe that is what it wrong with your washer? Maybe the teeth is wore off the belt and so it doesn't spin like it is supposed to so it messes up the programs and gets itself confused..I guess it is best to start saving for a new washer. I hate wringing close out by hand it kills my hands and did so when I had to wash clothes out by hand when the washer messed up. I don't recall seeing a spin dryer, I had to wash clothes out by hand while growing up if I didn't we(me, my brothers and parents)didn't get clean clothes. I would have loved to have had a spin dryer it would have saved me alot of time and hand pains. I have a dryer but a few days after the washer was fixed the dryer must have gotten jealous because then the dryer started acting up and so now we have to line dry which is good it saves electric and maybe some on the invironment but it is he'll when it is raining all week and you need dry clothes.
@p1kef1sh (45640)
19 May 08
I think that it is more than the belt unfortunately. There is a nasty grinding sound coming from it. Looks like a trip to the electrical store. Grrr.
@barehugs (8986)
• Canada
19 May 08
Our wash machine has a built-in spin drier. It replaces the old-fashioned wringer that was turned with a hand crank. When I was first married we had a wash machine that we wheeled out into the Farmhouse kitchen. It had an electric wringer that returned the water to the rinse-tubs ( on a stand beside the washer) when the wash was done we wheeled the washer over to the kitchen window and stuck the hose out to drain the washer.Our drier consisted of a wire between two posts in the back yard. In freezing weather we brought the clothes in using a wheel-borrow because the long winter underwear was frozen full length, and we couldn't fold it.
@p1kef1sh (45640)
19 May 08
Ours has too, and that is what has packed up. But we do dry outside and I feel that the clothes are all the better for it.
@dizzblnd (3073)
• United States
19 May 08
Yes I do and I can't live without either my washer OR my dryer! I feel for you that your washing machine isn't spinning on all cylinders (kinda like you ) Hopefully you can get it repaired, or buy a new/used one soon.
@p1kef1sh (45640)
19 May 08
I shall have to buy a new one I think Dizz. Blooming thing.