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This one is mainly for the ladies, some of the guys will know about this but it would seem too much like asking directions for them to be interested.
The topic is Washing or Laundry day, we are in the tenth year of a drought here in Queensland and our water storage dams are running perilously short of water so the government has brought in several water saving schemes which attract a rebate or payments for people who adopt them, these include a subsidy on the purchase of a rainwater tank that is plumbed into your laundry and toilet, a rebate for people who purchase a front loader washing machine, and this is the one I want to talk about.
As a concerned person I decided that I should buy a front loader, which for any of you who have this type of machine will know are very frugal on water use and are also quite energy efficient as well, (or so we are told anyway).
I thought seriously about seeking your advice about this before leaping into the abyss of yet another new technology to have to learn about, instead I researched the subject on the Net and talked with the sales people who were selling these items, as with most sales people I found most had an axe to grind and this influenced their advice.
By a process of elimination I did manage to sort out which machine I should buy with the things that I felt were important, like spin speeds, water temperature details, water and power usage, simplicity of use, (did I really just say that?) and washing times.
WAIT a minute, did I just say Washing Times? I was told that a front loader washed very gently and thoroughly therefore it took longer!!!!
OK I had been saving my laundry up for the new front loader to strut its stuff on and found I had 3 loads to do, admittedly by the time I set up my new toy and got it all leveled up and hot to trot it was about 10am, expecting about 90 to 120 minutes per load I thought no problems, the days are starting to get longer now and it’s a lovely day for laundry, sunny with a gentle breeze (see I do know a little about this subject after 13 years of living alone) I hadn’t allocated extra time for reprogramming when IT decided I must have changed my mind about doing the laundry and switched off requiring me to start over with all the buttons and knobs, nor had I expected the 120 minute maximum to blow out to 150/170 minutes.
The upshot of this was that my second load finished at about 4.00pm and I judged it to late to complete the 3rd load today so I have launched into another learning experience, that of programming an automatic start up in the morning via ITS wonderful start preset facility, who knows what IT will do in the early am hours with out me there to admonish IT.
I am thinking that IT needs a better name than IT so I would be most appreciative of any suggestion that you care to make, it’s safe to say that profanity has been tried already, and found wanting.
All this has added a new dimension to WASHING DAY for me as it now takes all day to do what I used to manage in my trusty old twin tub in a bit over an hour, that’s progress for you!!!
On a closely related matter I recently bought some new bed linen, this was expensive but of undoubted quality (the sales lady assured me of this, say no more) it is 600 threads per inch Egyptian cotton and feels like heaven when you slide between the sheets (stop it now I’m getting excited) my previous bed linen was 180 threads per inch and was quite good quality, just in case you are not familiar with the thread count system.
Anyway this was in the first load of washing and when I hung it on the line to dry, BTW after about 6 minutes of spinning at 1000 RPM stuff is pretty near ready to wear straight from the machine, I found both sheets on the grass half an hour later, the material is so smooth the pegs were slipping off, (they are new pegs also, Hoo Boy my life is getting exciting) so next time I’ll have to search for some of my old trusty pegs for them.
Now I’m sure you have all been enraptured by my laundry day and I thank you for your interest, (my new machine is an LG if that helps with the naming process).
UPDATE; the self timing for IT to start its wash cycle worked perfectly
however this load (which is no bigger than the other two) is going to take
2 hours and 57 minutes (177 minutes!!) there are some long laundry days
on the horizon at holtieshouse!!
Here's one of the slippery little suckers.
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