Usually, when things go wrong in hopeless house we turn to ‘other people’ for help. If we’re lucky this might mean that my dad is in the vicinity and able to lug a well-stocked tool box in to solve the problem. This isn’t the norm as, sadly, my parents live 140 miles away… no, I can’t think why that is either.

So what it normally means is that we have to pay for help, and our track record on this hasn’t been good, but that’s possibly a topic for a different post…

Yesterday our washing machine stopped working. Very politely and without mess or flood, it simply refused to complete a wash, even when I did the magic ‘on/off, let’s try again and pretend nothing has happened’ trick.

Generally when OH and I attempt any ‘joint project’ (usually Ikea furniture…aren’t we cosmopolitan?) it doesn’t go well *euphemism alert* so we let it rest yesterday, poor overworked machine.

Then today we wrestled it out, went through the manual, which by some miracle we’d kept, and following the instructions… we fixed it.

So here it is, my lovely mended washing machine….maybe the lottery win next?

A change in fortune at hopeless house…
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7 thoughts on “A change in fortune at hopeless house…

  • February 20, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    bloody hell, so there is a point to all those manuals I have stored in a big bag in the office? Who’d a thunk it?

    Ours stopped working a while back and we had to call someone out. all he did was pick up the hose at the back and hang it over a nail on the wall – apparently the hose has to be elevated – it didn’t say that in the bleeding manual, i can tell you! not that you really needed to know that, shutting up now…

  • February 20, 2010 at 10:41 pm

    We have a special drawer in the kitchen for all the manuals – but hubby is a bit of a whizz at fixing stuff so I just usually shout him to which ever bit of machinery has gone wrong and ask him to wave his magic wand over it *oohh innuendo*.

    Flat pack furniture… now that’s another story and far too long for a comments section.

  • February 21, 2010 at 1:01 am

    my washing machine stopped working the other day – filled with water and sat there making hopeful noises. No agitator action though. I switched it on, off, then the same at the wall. Nope. I went upstairs, cried, went back down, hit it, prayed, switched it on and it worked. There’s no logic to washing machines.

  • February 21, 2010 at 10:03 am

    that’s because the manufacturers are in league with the £70 per hour service engineers…you pay extra for tooth sucking and tutting…

  • February 21, 2010 at 10:04 am

    You’re lucky to have an in-house engineer, OH is good with a drill but the electricity and water combo isn’t his fave!

  • February 21, 2010 at 10:05 am

    Gremlins! All designed to make us that little bit more unhinged 😉

  • February 21, 2010 at 10:47 am

    Oh wow, I know someone who can fix washing machines. Where were you when mine broke down Christmas week?? Unfortunately I live even further away from you than your parents but we have twitter, right?:D I hope you don’t need your own services for a while though (or that I don’t either). Jen.

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