Neither do I as I have a drawer in the garage full of them. And a bag full
I recently left a lawn mower at the end of the drive for the pikey scrap
men. I did not even bother cutting the cable off.
We had similar but with the roles reversed. Daughter took our washing
machine to the tip without allowing me to salvage a single component.
Mind you, we had salvaged the whole machine from Freecycle about 8
years previous after it had been written of by an insurance company
because it was uneconomic to repair (at 13 months old).
Cheers, T i m
 She also bought us a new one so we (well, I) couldn't complain.
Bloody hell. Can we swap daughters? ;-)
It was sad to chuck the machine but the spider had broken which is a fairly
major job to replace, and as it turned out, unavailable as a spare for the
machine (which was probably 10 years old).
<snip> >>  She also bought us a new one so we (well, I) couldn't complain.
It is handy having a strong (and strong minded when she wants to be)
girl with a van in the family. ;-)
Our was the bearings that had managed to last ~8 times the factory
ones so I knew I could replace them again and much easier than the
first time we did it.
That said, we would still have to re-split and seal the drum (that we
had to cut apart the first time) and it wasn't going to be as quick or
easy as us letting her buy us a new one. ;-)
I was still keen to have had a look as the machine had a bit of web
history. I like doing something that was considered (potentially)
Cheers, T i m
The first repair I ever did on a washing machine was replacement of the
spider and the bearings. I had trouble getting the bearings out. That was
when I started reading uk.d-i-y!
I got good advice and the machine continued for many more years. It
finally died in about 2010 - 16 years old.
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It does depend on the amount of use. Some people do washing every day, while
others, like myself maybe twice a week. I find it really annoying that they
keep spares for things for a finite period, ignoring the obvious fact that
some machines will last a lot longer due to less usage.
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<snip> >> Mind you, we had salvaged the whole machine from Freecycle about 8
Nice punt for someone.
Weird. 'Luckily' (or 'by design'?) my 'other half' is my other half
and so there is little 'obeying' done from either direction. ;-)
The only time she would be likely to want a new anything (especially
whitegoods) is if they stop working and we can't repair them (within a
Without the luxury of limitless resources we both appreciate we can do
more interesting things with our money than replacing a perfectly
functional washing machine. ;-)
Cheers, T i m
The glass in the door can sometimes be reused, I got a few from a
washing machine sales and repair business years ago and the missus
uses them in the green house when bringing on seedlings.
Its cheaper just to warm them on a heated box than the whole green
They can also be used with a bit of imagination as windows in
sheds,boats ,garden summer houses etc or just used as as bowl for
large dogs and other animals.
Judging by the garage I'm currently clearing out
flat sheets of tin
In fact everything but the drum, the glass front and the "programmer"
(But I have even found one of the old "card type programmers". You know
you put it in a different way round depending on what programme you wanted.
In case there are any youngsters on here I tried to find a picture but
google has not been my friend. I cant find a picture of the card but
here is one installed
You can use the drum as a patio heater or for storage, the glass as a
decorative or fruit bowl ...
But our last washing machine (which only needed motor brushes) was left
in the front garden for a wandering scrap man, having only been
relieved of its power cable, because SO wanted a new one and I'd been
sternly advised that I didn't need any more old crap cluttering the
place up. Mind you, it did come from Freegle more than five years
before, and I'd already fixed it a couple of times.
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