Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Poverty

Poverty I tell you. We will be living in poverty. Just when we thought we were catching up with finances, this happens.


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. 

35 comments:

  1. I feel your pain. Himself is good at getting the best price. I am less so.
    And, as our guttering work continues (with the roof next) I fear that you will have company in the poor house.

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    1. EC, yes, good to hear your work is progressing. I assume the old guttering is worn out and leaks. It will be nice to know the water is going where it should.

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  2. I agree with you about the dishwasher. It is far more economical to wash a full load than to waste all that water doing a few at a time. So actually you are helping the planet.

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    1. Marie, and I feel it does a better job, with sparkling glasses and gleaming china.

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  3. Other than our stove our appliances came with the condo. We have been here almost 6 years and I fear they will all go at once. The washer is already leaking occasionally from the front load door.

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    1. Jackie, the dishwasher a clothes dryer are the only appliances already here. I put a new belt on the dryer and a new door hinge and it is still going strong. Everything else has been replaced. The original dishwasher was as cheap as it could possibly be. Two things going at similar times does seem to happen but six years is not too long.

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  4. Anonymous9:16 am

    Back in the 80s, I bought a fridge which lasted a good 25 years, They don't make 'em like that any more. It was a Rank Arena - yes THAT Rank Arena from the British film industry complete with stylised man hitting a gong. - Ian

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    1. Ian, I can't remember if it was my mother or step mother who had a Rank Arena tv. It was good. While modern appliances are better in some ways, longevity is not one of them.

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  5. I shall not judge.
    My perfectly working dishwasher is Him Indoors, who occasionally has an F6 fault, also. Sadly, he does not have a screen, either, but I do know the sweet spot to thrash with a piece of wet spaghetti.

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  6. Anonymous10:10 am

    My coworker's dishwasher recently stopped working. It's old and long out of warranty. Fearing the worst, she contacted the company. The closest mechanic is a 5 hour drive away - one way. The company paid for the mechanic to drive to Aomori and my coworker only had to pay for the parts. It turned out to be a small, easily fixed problem. How's that for service! Bunyip

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    1. Bunyip, that is kind of a stereotypical story of Japanese service and it is very impressive.

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  7. We are only two people, and I will usually run the dishwasher at least twice a day.

    The dishwasher is more energy efficient than using the sink and uses far less water, plus it washes the dishes at a higher temperature than my hands could stand which means cleaner dishes.

    If you are not already a Fairy Platinum convert I highly recommend it. :)

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    1. Snoskred, all perfectly true. I did notice your plug for Fairy Platinum the other day. I will look at the price. We can usually find Finish tablets at a very cheap price, often in Chemist Warehouse.

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  8. As long as the dishwasher is nearly full of dishes etc when you turn it on, you will be using far less precious water in the machine than doing the same amount of dish washing by hand.

    So like Fun60, I thank you for saving water in our drought-ridden land.

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    1. Thank you Hels. I feel positively altruistic now.

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  9. Interesting read about your old dishwasher and hopefully the new one will last just as long.
    Wouldn't be without one, some days ours goes on twice a day mostly every second weekend when youngest sons children come to live with us.

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    1. Margaret, yes, as soon as you have visitors, there is a lot extra to be washed. Our record I think was four full loads on a Christmas Day.

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  10. I ALWAYS wash-up by hand. Our washing-up machine is a total mystery to me, and I leave it to my wife.

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    1. Cro, keeps the fingernails clean, eh.

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  11. Andrew, I always bargain. Always. I learnt the skill from my mum. If the serving person didn't seem interested in her offer, she'd turn away, saying, "Oh well, It's not as though we really NEED a new whatever." I've been doing it for years and it works every time. Often they are so keen to make a sale, they will go lower than my offer.

    Cheers, mate.

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    1. Rozzie, a good tactic. I do ok when overseas but I just don't like bargaining here in Oz.

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  12. I'll ignore your final paragraph, but repeat that I actually enjoy washing dishes by hand. It's a nice enough way to get warm on winter evenings, soaking your hands in hot sudsy water.
    But if I ever have the chance to live with a dishwasher, I'll take that chance in a heartbeat. Bosch is an excellent brand, you made a good choice there.

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    1. River, yes, the post did not get a final daytime edit, and had I, I would have edited that out, or rephrased at least. R just stood doing the dishes for 15 minutes, then I took over for another 15 minutes. The trouble is we are used to using lots of dishes, and then was with R washing up as he went when preparing the meal. My back is now hurting after standing over the sink. I asked R, did we call Germans Bosch for WWI or WWII. He replied WWI. I think Bosch, like the lift company Thyssenkrupp, made war artillery etc. Dishes for one I think are less than half dishes for two, especially as we serve ourselves from bowls and dishes on the table. A platter for the corned beef, bowls for the potatoes and another for the beans and one for the carrots and peas. A saucer and jug for the mustard sauce. Spoons and tongs to serve.

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    2. That's what I call the "fancy lifestyle".
      I serve from saucepan to plate or bowl and that's it. Soak the pans while I eat, leftovers are already in microwave dishes and go in the freezer as soon as they cool enough. It's been that way in my family as long as I can remember, even as a child, everything got plated straight from the cooking vessels, serving dishes were unheard of. Uncouth perhaps, but simpler and easier when it came to the washing up.

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  13. I wonder if I got rooted, if I'd grow as tall as an oak tree....

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    1. Lee, I don't fancy your chances. You've reminded me of a spoof gardening show, Get Rooted. Maybe Tim and Debbie, Chunky Custard.

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  14. The only time I wash dishes by hand is if anything doesn't fit in the dishwasher, otherwise never!
    I'm on my own now with hubby working away and I still use the dishwasher, it washes less often but I still use it.

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    1. Sami, I would be the same, and I go one step further. If it won't fit this load, it will fit in the next.

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  15. Hahaha! I'm suitably rooted Andrew 😀😀😀😀

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    1. Grace, consider yourself told then.

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  16. Oh gosh, I'm sorry Andrew. What will fail next? Something really cheap I hope.

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    1. Me perhaps Strayer. I am pretty cheap.

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  17. I managed to survive without ever having a dishwasher until my 64th year. I inherited a very fancy one when I moved into my apartment five years ago but I couldn’t get it to work. That was not a problem until I hosted a large wake for friends and rued that the dishwasher wouldn’t work. I immediately ordered a new one which I now use frequently even if only for my own pitifully small loads.

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    1. Victor, they are certainly a machine that needs to be used and not left sitting there. Seals will dry up, at the very least. Next thing you will tell us you are getting some heating or cooling.

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