Friday, May 18, 2018

The new Bosch

The Bosch is washing the dishes. We normally put the dishwasher on in the morning but just to try it out, we put it on this time after dinner.  Have I ever said we lead exciting lives? A conversation last night led to to crack about about The Bosch during WW1. No problem said I. Thyssenkrupp maintain our lifts well enough. Same same. We move on.

Good Guys, where we bought the machine, uses Airtasker as installers. The third named bloke in emails was the actual installer. I am sure the first name one, Ben, would have been hot. Andrew texted the evening before, I will be there between 12 and 2. I replied with delivery instructions, that is it must be delivered through the garage, park in Queens Lane and call us to come down to open the garage door and escort you. Then I realised he had my phone number and I would be out at doctor's appointment at 12.45. I texted again with R's phone number to call. He arrived a bit early the next day and I was still here.

I will say, he was young and ok looking in drug addict kind of way. I was a bit concerned when I heard he had lived in Kalgoorlie. A little more so when he told us how he dissed a bloke who suggested he should admire his Olivers Hill, Frankston, views.  Nevertheless, he did know what he was doing. Your hole is not big enough, said he. I will drill, and he did, a larger hole in the cupboard side for the electric wire and hoses. Right, I am off to my doctor by tram and R, I will leave you with it.

Once home, Houston, we have problems. The shelf under the sink won't fit and the drain hose is leaking. Ok, it was only a drip or two. It was only forty minutes out of my day to replace this cheap and nasty clip with the following worm drive clamp from the big green shed hardware shop. No more leaks.



So, now to the under sink shelf. It had holes cut in it originally. It had more holes cut into it when we bought the new dishwasher in 2004. Even more holes cut into when we had the kitchen renovated a couple of years ago, and this time we were pretty well cutting holes into holes to accommodate the new dishwasher pipes. The ever reliable jigsaw was called into use, the coarse blade being replaced by the fine blade and we managed to make the under sink shelf look like a piece of flattened Swiss cheese. However, we did a good job and it all fitted together and the efforts of being up and down on the floor umpteen times for a nearly 70 year old man and a 60 year old man was worth it.

One day we will be too old for it all, but not quite yet.

PS The new dishwasher works ok but is very dark inside. White racks are better.


18 comments:

  1. Well that is an incredibly brave choice on the part of The Good Guys. I grew up selling these kinds of products, starting at age 13 when I was supposed to wrap Christmas presents at my parents store, I was left to my own devices and by the time they noticed what I was doing I'd sold over $500 worth of small appliances. Clearly my destiny had found me, and in fact had found our entire family, not one single family member escaped the clutches of selling retail appliances and most of us are still working somewhere in the industry.

    Bosch is certainly one of the better brands but had you stumbled upon me as the salesperson I would have convinced you to buy a Miele for a lot of reasons and one of those would be the white interior baskets.

    I know many sales staff have stopped selling Miele because they do not earn as much commission and the price is the price, there is no discounting of those products due to how Miele has structured their business which was a very wise decision and I wish more wholesalers would follow their lead.

    The reason I say it is brave is because this kind of thing - installation of items - is fraught with difficulties and tends to end in tears even when you are using a person who has done that job and only that job for a lot of years. I am not sure I would entrust something like this to the unskilled private market like airtasker, but it is increasingly hard to find people to do these jobs. And installation of audio visual items, forget it. If a store owner is lucky they might have a couple of salespeople in store willing to do this after hours for a little extra cash.

    I wish you many happy dishwashings. ;)

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    1. Snoskred, the Airtasker told us that Bosch products made in Germany are better than those made elsewhere. Ours is made in Turkey. I take such things with a grain of salt. We were only prepared to pay around $600 for the dishwasher, which leaves out Miele. While we didn't look at Miele dishwashers while we were there, we did look at their washing machines and dryers and they are terribly expensive, and in the past we have paid high prices for quality, that has not come to fruition. The guy knew what he was doing, but there was little finesse about him. I am not against Air Tasker. Not Air Tasker, but just someone we heard about installed our tv bracket (no timber studs in the outside wall that I could manage. I did the one in R's bedroom where there are timber studs). He was good and also put the wires into the wall, so unseen.

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  2. Very poor installation in my opinion. I'd be going back to the good Guys and saying something about that cheap wire clip thingy.
    Most people I know who have dishwashers run them in the evenings.

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    1. River, it is now a standard drain hose dishwasher clip. I am not sure why it leaked as it is not under great pressure, but I like a nice tight worm drive clip. In years past, dishwashers were quite noisy, so we got into the habit of running them in the morning after the breakfast dishes go in, and it has stuck.

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  3. I installed our current dishwasher. And if I say it myself, did an excellent job. No additional holes, or leaks. And the dishwasher is now over fifteen years old and going strong. Also a Bosch.

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    1. EC, not to belittle your accomplishment, it is not hard if everything lines up. The only reason we had a 'professional' do it was the taking away of the old machine. Our next building hard rubbish disposal is not until July and we already have the old barbeque in the spare room to go out. I am very please to hear it is a Bosch and still going 15 years later.

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    2. It didn't fit. And in the end I had to remove the dishwasher's top. How I wish we still had hard rubbish disposal. Yet another money saving initiative by local government which costs us all.

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    3. I'm impressed. I think hard rubbish collections are a stimulus to the economy, as people go around and collect from the piles and either keep or resell.

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  4. Good luck with your new Bosch. Hate to say my Bosch washing machine (for clothes) only lasted a few years. Most white goods except Meile and a few other expensive ones are made to only last five years so that you have to buy a new one. Its a planned strategy. It all started with Osram the light bulb manufacturer.......I saw a doco on the subject.

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    1. Diane, perhaps we have then been lucky with appliances. I have heard the same about five years. The doco sounds interesting. Planned obsolescence I suppose.

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  5. I can't talk to you about dishwashers Andrew I'm still recovering from the substantial rooting a few previous posts back 😀😀

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    1. C'mon Grace. You are made of stronger stuff.

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  6. I installed my current dishwasher and he's not often needed new holes drilled.

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    1. Jayne, I am sure he lives in fear, though.

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  7. We had a very good Siemens dishwasher in Portugal (husband worked for Siemens, so had discount on appliances) that lasted about 15 years. The latest dishwasher was a cheap one and has been doing well for 5 years, very silent too, so I use run it at night. Good luck with your machine Andrew.

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    1. Sami, I have now established ours is super quiet, especially when full. Now, for the first time, I am going to empty it, and I will see how dry things are. The installer said he came across one, an Asko, that had been used daily for 35 years and was still working and only being replaced because the kitchen was being renovated. 15 years is good, but 35 is very impressive

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  8. Well a new dishwasher and I do believe our next one will be a Bosch..we have had no trouble installing our last dishwasher, husband did it himself...handy creature at times :)

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