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I mentioned the other day that the washing machine had broken - leastways, it was making sounds of being in agony and about to blow up. In fact if you had inadvertently put a canteen of cutlery into the drum in lieu of a load of washing - such things are easily done when distracted - then you would be approximating to the sound.

So this morning I watched videos of young men in overalls taking dishwashers apart and replacing various bits. I consulted forums full of broken washing machines and I heard in the back of my head a voice saying 'wouldn't it be a lot simpler simply to go in to John Lewis and buy another?'

At least I reasoned I should remove the fluff filter - for if anything is ever wrong with a washing machine the fluff filter is certain to be at least 50 per cent to blame. You may end up with a bucket of water all over the floor but this is a small price to play for a clean fluff filter. Besides at least then you can honestly say that you tried.

Nor is the filter hard to extract - a swift half turn and Robert is your father's brother, and - out of the fluff filter - fell not fluff but a plastic collar tab from a shirt, printed with the word 'luxury.' - (I only buy the best, don't you know.) Collar tabs (for those that might not know) slip into a pocket on the rear side of the collar of a shirt and help to maintain upon you the sort of freshly starched and laundered look of which a parent or employer might approve. This one was made of a particularly flexible and whippy sort of plastic the sort of plastic that young boys might employ to flick paper pellets at each other across a classroom. And if I held one end and banged the other against the side of the washing machine, the latter acted as a sound box, amplifying the noise until it sounded as though I had dropped a breakfast tray down the stairs.

I could see now what was happening - the arms of the drain pump were flexing my collar tab against the mountings of the fluff filter thereby setting up an irregular crashing of breakfast trays whenever the pump came on - ie when the machine was spinning. So with the tab removed from the fluff filter and reinserted in the shirt the problem was solved, or so I hope. Crashings and grindings may not always portend disaster. Very HappyVery Happy

Posted at 18th Sep 2017 - 04:03PM   Posted by Fennie   Disaster Averted Comments: 8

Fennie's Avatar This isn't the tab that came out of the machine, but one that Wikepedia used to illustrate its article on collar tabs or 'collar stays' as they are known in other places.Very Happy

Posted by: Fennie on 18th Sep 2017 at 04:38PM

Withy Brook's Avatar Delighted it was so simple. A lesson for us all! (Unless we want an excuse to buy a new one!)

Posted by: Withy Brook on 18th Sep 2017 at 06:32PM

Lampworkbeader's Avatar Collar tabs! Do they still exist? Well obviously they do otherwise one wouldn't have caused so much trouble. You obviously wear very high class shirts, Fennie, either that or antique ones. Rolling Eyes

Posted by: Lampworkbeader on 18th Sep 2017 at 10:08PM

Faith's Avatar A washing machine repair man once told me - having just removed one from my machine - that one of lthe main causes of breakdown was the wire from under-wired bras!Laughing

Posted by: Faith on 18th Sep 2017 at 10:11PM

Fennie's Avatar Indeed Faith! That is so. Very HappyVery Happy

Posted by: Fennie on 18th Sep 2017 at 10:48PM

Camilla's Avatar Ah, all down to the culprit which was the collar tab you wouldn't have thought a tiny thing like that would do it would you but pleased all sorted now Fennie and your washing machine is working fine.

My late MIL used to put the collar tabs in her hubby's shirts for going out for special do'sVery Happy

Posted by: Camilla on 19th Sep 2017 at 12:01AM

Fairy Nuff's Avatar Laughing We had a penny do the same thing a few years ago, it sounded like a rattly old jumbo jet trying to take off in the kitchen.
Glad you found the culprit Fennie.

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 19th Sep 2017 at 10:39AM

Faith's Avatar What I hate is forgotten tissues in pockets in the washing machineSad

Posted by: Faith on 20th Sep 2017 at 03:30PM

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