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One thing that makes me mad is when a small fault occurs in a piece of equipment which can render it completely useless.
Some big appliances can cost a lot to replace.
And of course if the appliance is big it creates a big amount of rubbish should it become scrap.
Lurking in the corner of the kitchen, our dishwasher was part of the fixtures and fittings. It’s a big appliance.
But it had a wobbly basket.
The basket works on little nylon wheels. They rest inside a runner and slide in and out.
Over the eleven years we’ve lived in our house the dishwasher has been repaired a couple of times if the motor wasn’t working but that basket always wobbled a bit.
Looking closely (stick my head in the dish washer) these roller wheels gradually disintegrated.
But this week the wheels finally gave up the ghost.
The wobble became a teetering on a precipice. Just like The Italian Job bus with all the gold bars near the driver!
What to do?
Those wheels were crumbling like hula hoops.
A new dishwasher costs a fortune. The old one still works. Getting a fella in to fit a new one….. The problems were frustrating and meanwhile the dishes were still dirty.
Never fear, the resident chef is here.
Yep he’s a dab hand with making stuff.
On the left the new wheels and one the right the broken bits!
I know that not everyone can agree on the environmental status of dishwashers vs hand washing up. This is an environmental themed blog.
My perspective is that the dishwasher was fitted and working when we moved into the house as part of the compact fitted kitchen.
We didn’t change the kitchen which doesn’t have a drainer and has a small sink. The dishwasher was also fully functioning.
For us it was more environmentally damaging to rip out the kitchen and consider replacing the dishwasher than to use what was in place. The whole kitchen is now eleven years old to us. And was a couple of years old when we moved in.
There is also a lot of research that explains the pros and cons of both.
As you can see the new wheels are looking good enough to last another eleven years!
Have you managed to save something from the scrap heap?
What wasteful breakages have you been frustrated with?
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