Friday, October 30, 2015

How to destroy a washing machine

Funny, I don't think the thought would ever occur to a female to do this. Many years ago Daniel Bowen bought a VCR and he was unhappy with it from the beginning, so along with his children, he destroyed it. I was quite amused at the time. The video of his efforts can be seen here.

Recently I came across this professional washing machine destroyer, ok not paid, but he is a serial washing machine destroyer. This I think this is his best. The clip is 3.42 and there is not much to see after 2.50. Paint drying in some ways, but also mesmerising.




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  1. I will not show this to the Great Scot; no, no, nope! LOL

    Is it just me, or did that gentleman look rather Abraham Lincoln-ish, complete with top hat?

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    1. Jac, he did look rather Lincoln-ish. I have seen him elsewhere, clean shaven. My knowledge of American history is poor, but I think Lincoln was a goodie.

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    2. That largely depends on whether one is from the north or the south, lol. Being from a border state I can make up my own mind, and I rather respect him. =)

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  2. Hmm.
    My father in a fit of pique threw the lawn-mower into the fish pond (and spent the next month repairing it) but the cold blooded destruction of this is amazing.
    And like Jaq, I will not be showing this to my partner. Ever.

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    1. EC, cures for boredom comes in many ways. I am sure my father died of boredom. Phewy on you for not showing it to the skinny one. You are just afraid he will blow up your hot rollers.

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    2. Hot rollers? Cue hysterical laughter. I don't even possess a blow dryer. Wash n wear here...

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    3. My blow dryer is used to blow dust out from under fridge and washing machine, also from behind heavy cupboards.

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    4. River, what you can't see.......... we clean under those things if they have to be moved, and then accuse each other of being a dirty housewife.

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  3. I must be too tender-hearted: it was fascinating but also sad. I don't think I can take pleasure in something being destroyed with such disrespect and even glee.

    Hard not to anthropomorphize that eveready-bunny-ish machine (yes: I know it's not e-b-ish in the critical sense of being battery-powered) being goaded into its own destruction.

    And yes I know that is foolish since presumably the machine had other things wrong with it and was bound to be wrecked anyway. And it is only a machine.

    I feel something similar about the occasional "artistic" destruction of a probably quite unplayable and unrestorable piano.

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    1. Marcellous, as we love cute furry animals to death, I feel that about some appliances, but not washing machines, a tool that gives us no pleasure. You are humanising a machine, mostly bits of metal, welded together, no always for extra hard use, it seems. You may be aware of our local early morning ABC broadcaster Red Symons. He recently recounted a story of breaking up a piano with an axe and I felt great sadness, even if it was a lousy piano. To me a piano is far more a living machine than a washing machine.

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    2. Andrew, what I think I'm really humanizing is the human skill and ingenuity and effort in putting it together in the first place. I think (and as with the piano) it's the R.E.S..P.E.C.T. thing (or rather its lack) that goes against the grain for me.

      Can you guess, I'm a bit of a hoarder?

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    3. "...a tool that gives us no pleasure."
      Do you not take pleasure in freshly washed, squeaky clean sheets and clothes?

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  4. Why?? Even if it was going to be wrecked anyway, why not sell it to a repair shop for the spare parts they could use off it.
    Ditto the earlier VCR.

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    1. River, hopefully both were recycled, but I wouldn't bet on it. We need to adjust to living in a disposable society.

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  5. andrew, fantaSTIC VIDEO

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    1. Glad you enjoyed it Gosia. Wasn't it fun watching the motor run around the yard.

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  6. Haha! I enjoyed that Andrew :) the VCR destruction not so much!

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    1. Grace, there are many more times I could have taken vengeance on a VCR than a washing machine.

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  7. At first I thought, 'What a jerk to destroy a perfectly good washing machine." But then it got hilarious and kind of musical/dancical. A great promo for Whirlpool, I have to say. Our washing machine gets one too many towels inside and stops running!

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    1. Mitchell, maybe it was another of his videos, he made it clear that the machines were broken down. He just direct wired the motor. Isn't there a little Spanish woman in the village who can take care of your laundry? Or am I really out of touch with Spain.

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  8. That's hysterical and funny! The part where it is dancing around the yard still spinning, omg. When I've tried to fix mine, I've seen how easily they come apart. The entire outer shell surrounding the drum, just tilts off with one action, after you remove the top knob panel. I will be sending this video to my younger brother who will LOVE it!

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    1. When I recycled my old one, after it broke and I got the $50 one off craigslist, I got just over $3 for the metal in it at the recycler. I just took an Exercycle I'd got off a street corner free to the recycler too. The seat was rotted off, but I was trying to use a chair over the seat post. Then the back fell off, also rotted from its long life that ended along a curb. I gave up and recycled it but I got less than 90 cents for the metal. Price of scrap has dropped.

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    2. Strayer, they used to be made of very heavy metal with panels securely bolted together. They are not now, but the working parts are better than they have ever been. No matter how little you get, it is good to recycle.

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  9. There can be a real thrill in destroying an object that annoys one. I wish I had a video of me taking the ex's BBQ to pieces, it was a big pebbly concrete thing and while I did my best, it took the nephew with a sledge hammer to finish it off. It was a pleasure shared.

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    1. Jah Teh, not the Wendy? He didn't have a Wendy pebble barbecue on concrete like blocks like we had?

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  10. Oh Andrew, how gay of you to have a Wendy pebble BBQ.

    Ours looked like a huge pebble barrell with an enormous surround for plates. When I started taking it apart I didn't know it was reinforced with iron bars.

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    1. Jah Teh, the cats used to like us to use the Wendy. They gave it a good licking once it had cooled.

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