In a not-in-the- slightest-bit-sexist set of survey results, email titans Hotmail have determined that while the highest proportion of men say that the computer is the best time-saving device ever, an overwhelming 32% of women voted the washing machine into the top slot in their ‘best ever time saving gadgets’ poll, pushing the computer into second place, with the mobile phone placed third, the dishwasher in forth place and the microwave in fifth.
It might be a fairly narrow field of interest, but some fine artists have eschewed the classic bowl of fruit or life model over the years to make their subject the humble household appliance.
Our second classic appliance that refuses to kick the bucket belongs to James Sanbrook. It is a well worn Hoover “Dirt Seeker” circa 1968, a rather un-becoming name (even for a vacuum cleaner) but the Dirt Seeker represented something of a departure from established design (as well as product nomenclature) for Hoover.
We have our first vintage appliance! A few days ago we asked our Facebook followers to let us know what their oldest working appliance was and to send in photos of the enduring machine(s).
The Electrical Safety Council has announced that over half of all accidental fires in UK homes –more than 20,000 per year – are caused by people’s casual attitude to electrical safety and misuse of electrical appliances. Of those, almost 13,000 fires each year occur due to either misuse of, or faults with, electrical cooking appliances.
A question we often get asked when we get a booking for a freezer repair is ‘what do I do with all my food?’ well, you’ll be happy to know freezers and fridge freezers will keep food cold for quite a while after shutting down.
It’s wise to keep an eye on the rubber fill hoses that connect to your washer. Over time, as the rubber in these hoses degrade, they can develop bubbles that compromise their integrity, a bit like age-worn car tyres.
We get a lot of calls from customers who are finding that their washer/dryer or standalone dryer is taking far longer to do it job than it used to, or even requiring to run two cycles just to achieve dry clothes!
We all know that we should check pockets before doing a load of washing, just so we don’t inadvertently boil-wash a £20 note, but a careless check could end up costing you plenty more!
It all sounds a bit unfair; a Staffordshire woman has been fined £200 for keeping her home clean. Mind you, ‘sound’ appears to have been exactly the problem – she’s been doing her chores at 4.30 in the morning!
This is a subject that we have covered before but it is worth considering again. Many people (including myself) have noticed a degradation the quality of washing machine performance accompanied by troublesome black mold growth in many parts of the machine.
Want to get the best use from your freezer? Chill out with a coffee and read this energy and time saving tips:
Here’s a timely reminder about the inherent danger of leaving your household appliances going overnight.
We’re all used to seeing the brochures recommend certain sorts of kitchen for certain design choices, but according to experts asked by The Independent, kitchens can be segregated into lifestyle types.
We thought you might like to see some utterly pointless video footage involving the ill-treatment of washing machines.
A Newcastle-upon-Tyne-based housing group has achieved an 80% reduction in fuel bills for a 1900s-built terrace house, with technology based on the humble Thermos flask!
We have had something of a run on new appliance technologies and innovations of late, but here is one more interesting article on the future of the “domestic scene”.
Networked appliances are being seen as the new ‘green’ tool by appliance manufacturers right now, but Samsung seems to have plans for you to be more social while you cook.
We can reveal the identity of the real-life Spider-Man… and it’s not Peter Parker!
Not something that should probably be replicated at home (young readers take note!), a Devon man was admitted to hospital last week after getting a moth stuck in his ear, which he subsequently tried to remove using a Dyson vacuum cleaner!
Further to yesterday’s ‘Appliance Songs Top Ten’, here’s a piece by Swedish (you knew they had to be Swedish, right?) experimental group, who actually play music WITH a kitchen – yes, a kitchen – no musical instruments needed.
Why are there so many, songs about… appliances? – Introducing the Appliance Top Ten!
Want a washer with wood paneling? A fridge disguised as a frog? How about a microwave that matches your curtains? No problem!
This shows why China is surging ahead of the ‘West’ in so many ways, they can construct a 16 story hotel in less than four days ?!
Those inventive types at IKEA have gone all Salvador Dali with a sculpture created with their kitchen products, displayed at London’s Barbican Centre. The installation, entitled ‘Surrealistika’, combines the organic beauty of a silver birch tree with elements of an everyday kitchen.
Here’s Part Two of our Top Tip rundown on saving energy, resources and money:
The first five of ten handy tips that will help you to effectively reduce energy bills. Check back on Monday for more including a range of FREE devices that will help you to become a more economical energy user.
Dishwashers are designed with lots of clever little sensors to optimise their performance, but they’re not always helpful.
A new High Street store is bringing products and services back to Chester-le-Street that have not been available to shoppers since bigger chains pulled out.
Most of us will be familiar with that grey fibrous material that clothes dryers seem to generate and generally deposit about the place.
This is what you might (literally) call a burning issue! Some people out there are worried about the potential of self-cleaning ovens to create toxic gases, so what’s the truth?
Is this just what we’ve been looking for – a dining table that does the dishes too?
Here is a slightly belated news story but one that raises many important issues regarding the potential dangers of unattended appliances that have a heating function.
Domestic appliances just got smarter — a lot smarter!
Lets hope we all have the best of everything in the coming New Year. 2010 has been a very busy year for 0800 and our business is continuing to grow and develop with many more opportunities to look forward to in 2011. Good luck to all of you.
0800 Repair would like to wish you all a very happy Christmas and a peaceful and prosperous New Year.
Getting ready for Chrimbo everybody ? Here is a lighthearted washing machine related story for us to enjoy
We are almost ready for the Christmas break and for many of us a little indulgence will be the order of the day.
A furious pensioner held a female delivery driver hostage for more than two hours after being pushed ‘driven him round the twist’ by faulty cookers!
As we are reminded every festive season, pets aren’t just for Christmas, and they don’t make good presents, unless you realise they take continuous care and are a lifelong commitment.
Today we continue the theme of appliance safety with some further handy hints and tips that will help you to avoid domestic catastrophes.
The Chris Evans Breakfast show — top ten washing machines — err washing machine related stories. An amusing little item that some of you may like to recount from this mornings breakfast show on BBC Radio 2.
Continuing the safety theme this morning with a timely item on washing machines.
Following on from the recent safety theme we thought that we would just try a simple (well, maybe not too simple) electrical safety theme for our first mini FaceBook quiz.
After our recent blog about the unfortunate youngster who got trapped in a washing machine many readers have contacted us for more on basic daily appliance safety, so here we go!
A youngster had a lucky escape this week after becoming stuck inside a washing machine!
In this age of cheaply manufactured domestic appliances and planned obsolescence it came as something of revelation to read a story about one of Britain’s oldest working (and still serviceable) appliances.
This is becoming a more common problem now due to the wider use of non-biological detergents (some liquid detergents) and lower washing temperatures.
We thought we would continue the theme of household economy and that all-important need to save money on fuel costs in the current economic climate. How many of you know how to calculate the cost of running your electrical appliances?
We all know times are hard at the moment and there is a need to reduce our household costs and bills as much as possible
The second commercial in the brand new 0800 trilogy sees Jeff our virtual cooker specialist attending to a pizza throwing oven unit