Friday, 24 February 2012
Goodbye washing machine
The engineer removed the outer casing and fixed the button with glue. On Monday morning I loaded the machine, pressed the button and it started up. It filled with water, but then things went wrong. As the washing rotated, the machine shuddered and vibrated, moved across the room and stopped. I unloaded, reloaded, started it up several times, always with the same result.
As I said before, and some of you agreed with me, this seems to be a common problem with repairmen. They come out to fix one small problem and in so doing either accidentally or purposely create another. But how on earth do you prove that it wasn't just a coincidence?
The engineer returned on Wednesday evening and declared the machine dead. Too expensive to repair. He suggested we might as well buy a new one. Oh and by the way did we know that his shop has a very good deal on washing machines at the moment. And apart from the normal 3 year guarantee, you can pay an extra fee and the machine will be guaranteed for 7 years. Mr A fell for it hook, line and sinker. I just walked out of the room in disgust.
What a helpful man, said Mr A, he didn't even charge us for coming out. I responded by saying it was just as well, because if he had, it may well have resulted in my insisting that rather than US paying HIM, he might consider compensating us for killing our machine. Of course Mr A, the most gullible man on this earth, thought I was being ridiculous.
We have discussed buying a new machine. Mr A wants to take the engineer up on his wonderful offer. I insist that we should go elsewhere. It doesn't really matter anyway because we can't afford a new one at the moment.
I have reverted to what I did in the early days, when I first moved to Turkey. We didn't have a washing machine for the first six months and I did all our washing by hand in a huge plastic bowl. We happened to have such a bowl in the shed. Everything gets a good soak in washing powder overnight, then I flex my muscles and wash, rinse, and squeeze. The weather is good at the moment so a day out on the washing line and it's dry.
I'm telling myself it's good exercise, and actually I do find it quite satisfying sometimes to get back to basics. Although I haven't tackled the bedding and towels yet...so we'll see!