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Dirty Dishes!

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!

Ye haar!

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?



9 comments on “Dirty Dishes!

  1. The Chaos Realm
    January 10, 2015

    …it costs more to fix the appliance than it does to replace it. Things I bought years ago lived longer than their replacements (when the old ones finally broke).

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    • lizard100
      January 10, 2015

      Thats so true! I tgink manufacturers dont often seem particularly responsible.


  2. jpeggytaylor
    January 10, 2015

    Wonderful that your dishwasher wheels could be mended relatively simply! We try and make things last as long as possible too. We have a 22 year-old vacuum cleaner that still functions perfectly well. I did have to design and make a washable fabric dust bag to go inside of it a few years ago as the dustbags to fit it became unavailable. Since I’ve used my home made dustbag, I’ve found I can use the cleaner on a lower power setting and it is more efficient than it was with the original paper dust bags!

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    • lizard100
      January 10, 2015

      Thats also a great idea. We have a bagless hoover thata relatively new.

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      • jpeggytaylor
        January 10, 2015

        Bagless will be the way to go I think … but only when we must 😉

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      • lizard100
        January 11, 2015

        Definately. Our previous hoover was very ancient and died.

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  3. Kim in Fiji
    January 12, 2015

    Love the thriftiness! Just hate waste! And since the older products were built to last, a bit of repairs goes a long way. Good Job, Lizard and Hubby!

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  4. Frugal Hausfrau
    January 12, 2015

    Fantastic post. I do use my dishwasher, but it does have a water saving option, and I generally forgoe the heated dry cycle. Also don’t wash plastic containers in it which makes them last for years and years and makes them safer – I replace them with glass as they go.

    ! I have so many “make” do appliances around my house.. My food processor handle broke off two years ago, but still works perfectly well. Pots and pans? Hah, a mess –

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