It's going to be a suprisingly expensive month. I wrote about the tellie dying in a puff of smoke and it's subsequent replacement. Now my grumpy 17yr old washing machine has given up the ghost. It hasn't been leaving things very clean. I have noticed that it's cycles are a bit confused, doing spray rinse when it is supposed to be spinning dry for instance.

Then last Sunday I washed the big piece of coating wool I had just bought for Erudito. The fabric was too flat and stiff, wanted to puff it up and soften it. Well I managed that. It shed VAST amounts of lint. I really mean VAST. Below is a pic of some of it. In addition the lint filter was overflowing, there is plenty spread about the bathroom, garden and of course the inside of the washing machine.  It has probably choked up the pump or something.

It took much persuasion to get that load to drain and spin.
Today I thought I would try to see if a small load of blacks would wash properly. No such luck. I'm glad I went for a small load. The machine won't drain. I tried long enough to get hot electrical smell - from the straining pump I suppose. So a few dark clothes have be rinsed and squeezed out by hand, are covered in fluffy black lint and are dripping on the line. I really shouldn't have put my two new shirts in with that load eh?

So. I don't think it is worth trying to fix this old beast given it's other problems. So I have left it to try to drain by gravity and I need to go washing machine shopping. [ profile] mrsbrown  do you still have that choice subscription?

Later I also need to try to get the dryer fixed. While I am at it, perhaps the old column heater too (that has been taking up space in the store room for years).



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