Ok, it is an innocent enough photo. It is a dish draining tray that came with our sink. Its rubber feet sit on the bench and is sloped so the water from washed dishes drains into the sink. It hasn't been used until today. So what? This is what.
The dishwasher has failed. It will fill and empty but will not wash. The green operational lamp flashes six times and Dr Appliance Google told me it has an F6 fault. The fault details are incomprehensible to me. Dr Appliance Google also told me how to run its diagnostic programme. I didn't know our dishwasher was so posh. So me on the kitchen floor at a rather odd angle had the cupboard door open and while holding down the start button, I turned the power switch on. It began diagnosing with much flashing of lights, but after half an hour of diagnosing, I turned it off. There is no screen where any electronic writing can be displayed anyway. I turned it off and not too much later, I rather regretted being in a physically unusual position on the floor to begin the diagnosis programme. I could feel the sciatica pain shooting down my leg.
R was doing his volunteer work and I was home alone with a non functioning dishwasher. What to do? I thought of giving it a good kicking. If I knew the sweet spot to hit it with a hammer, I would have done so. Instead I waited for R to return and told him we must go shopping for a new dishwasher. The one when we moved into The Highrise failed early in our time here. It would overfill and the third time it overfilled and flowed onto the kitchen floor, after having it repaired twice, we bought this new one in 2004. It failed with a faulty power supply in 2010 and we paid nearly half what we paid for it for a new power supply. It is 14 years old. It looks so grubby. We have tried to clean the dirty bits on the face with a toothbrush, but to no avail.
So, off to the Good Guys in Brighton for a new one. I rather like Good Guys over Harvey Norman. We wanted white, not stainless steel and our choices were limited. We chose a Bosch. I thought to ask, is that your best price but I really hate doing that kind of thing. R had gone into shock over the failed dishwasher and did not even think to ask for a better price. R is at times good in such situations, but maybe having been doing his volunteer job in the morning and being given the gift of five bananas by a doting client, and some chocolates by another, had done his head in. Then he said, what about delivery on Wednesday. Ok, I thought. He must be busy Tuesday. Later he wondered why he did not say Tuesday. That is one extra night of washing dishes by hand. Awful. We will have to argue about who will wash and who will dry. I fill the sink after a rinse of the dishes and wash. He washes them under running water. We are only compatible up to a point.
What joy at the payment register. The price for the dishwasher was considerably less than the sticker price, over $100 less. We paid $169 extra for delivery, installation, removal and ethical disposal of the old unit. Crawling around in cupboards to connect pipes and wires is part of my history, but no longer part of my life.
We've always had a dishwasher, since 1980. We must be on our seventh. Anyone who says you are two people, why not wash by hand, well you can just get rooted.