appliance articles

Washing machine the best gadget of all time – for women?

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.

11
April
2011

Just what is it that makes today’s homes so different, so appealing? Richard Hamilton (1956)

Kitchen Art?

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.

06
April
2011

Hoover Dirt Seeker

Hoover “Dirt Seeker” 1968

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.

04
April
2011

Morphy Richards Dry Iron

Morphy Richards – CA75 Safety Iron c1948

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).

04
April
2011

Clean up your electrical act – and stay safe

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.

01
April
2011

What to do with food during a freezer breakdown

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.

31
March
2011

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Watch your washer hoses to avoid kitchen floods

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.

28
March
2011

Sort Out a Slow Drying Cycle

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!

25
March
2011

Washing Machine Woes? Check your Pockets!

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!

15
March
2011

Fined £200 – for vacuuming and washing!

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!

14
March
2011

Washing machine smells? It could be you!

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.

07
March
2011

Get the best out of your Freezer

Want to get the best use from your freezer? Chill out with a coffee and read this energy and time saving tips:

03
March
2011

Dishwasher Fire

Here’s a timely reminder about the inherent danger of leaving your household appliances going overnight.

01
March
2011

WHAT’S YOUR KITCHEN TYPE?

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.

28
February
2011

DO NOT TRY THIS – how not to treat your washing machine!

We thought you might like to see some utterly pointless video footage involving the ill-treatment of washing machines.

21
February
2011

North Tyneside terrace uses Thermos flask tech to lead the way in energy efficiency

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!

11
February
2011

Smart and Smarter — Machines

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”.

11
February
2011

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Samsung’s new fridge lets you tweet as you eat

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.

11
February
2011

Strange uses for a vacuum cleaner 2 – become a suction-powered Spider-Man!

We can reveal the identity of the real-life Spider-Man… and it’s not Peter Parker!

09
February
2011

Strange uses for a vacuum cleaner : 1 – moth extraction device

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!

03
February
2011

Music of the Kitchen

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.

02
February
2011

The Top Ten Appliance Songs

Why are there so many, songs about… appliances? – Introducing the Appliance Top Ten!

01
February
2011

Refresh your household appliances in minutes with a new ‘skin’

Want a washer with wood paneling? A fridge disguised as a frog? How about a microwave that matches your curtains? No problem!

27
January
2011

Carry On (Hotel Construction) Abroad

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 ?!

27
January
2011

Surrealist IKEA Kitchen

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.

25
January
2011

Top Ten Appliance Tips Part Two

Here’s Part Two of our Top Tip rundown on saving energy, resources and money:

24
January
2011

10 Money-Saving, Energy-Efficient Appliance Tips

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.

21
January
2011

Speed up your Dishwasher? Try our Quick Cycle trick!

Dishwashers are designed with lots of clever little sensors to optimise their performance, but they’re not always helpful.

19
January
2011

0800 REPAIR Shop opens

Electronic Goods and Domestic Appliances Return to Chester-le-Street!

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.

18
January
2011

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The Last Supper of Lint

Most of us will be familiar with that grey fibrous material that clothes dryers seem to generate and generally deposit about the place.

17
January
2011

Is a self-cleaning oven safe?

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?

14
January
2011

Dishwashing Table?

Is this just what we’ve been looking for – a dining table that does the dishes too?

11
January
2011

Couple escape from Dishwasher fire

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.

10
January
2011

The diagram gives simple schematic overview of the THINQ concept

New LG THINQ Technology – Washer problems? Just try talking to it!

Domestic appliances just got smarter — a lot smarter!

05
January
2011

All The Best For 2011

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.

31
December
2010

Merry Christmas from 0800 Repair.

0800 Repair would like to wish you all a very happy Christmas and a peaceful and prosperous New Year.

23
December
2010

A ‘possessed’ washing machine?

Getting ready for Chrimbo everybody ? Here is a lighthearted washing machine related story for us to enjoy

22
December
2010

Happiness is… a working dishwasher?

We are almost ready for the Christmas break and for many of us a little indulgence will be the order of the day.

21
December
2010

Delivery driver held hostage over faulty cooker – by Pensioner!

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!

20
December
2010

Pets and Household appliances – neither are just for Christmas!

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.

13
December
2010

Appliance Safety – Use your Senses

Today we continue the theme of appliance safety with some further handy hints and tips that will help you to avoid domestic catastrophes.

09
December
2010

Top Ten Washing Machines :)

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.

08
December
2010

Washing Machine safety – Watch your Wash

Continuing the safety theme this morning with a timely item on washing machines.

08
December
2010

Quiz Time — Don’t Get Too Excited — Yet.

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.

07
December
2010

Simple Home Appliance Safety

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!

07
December
2010

Keep kids Safe Around Home Appliances!

A youngster had a lucky escape this week after becoming stuck inside a washing machine!

03
December
2010

Britain’s Oldest Serviceable Fridge

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.

23
November
2010

Washing Machine Odours — Tip of The Day

This is becoming a more common problem now due to the wider use of non-biological detergents (some liquid detergents) and lower washing temperatures.

17
November
2010

Be ‘Greener’ & Save On Energy Costs

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?

26
October
2010

Energy Saving Trust logo

Home Efficiency and Domestic 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

22
October
2010

Cookers Gone Bad

The second commercial in the brand new 0800 trilogy sees Jeff our virtual cooker specialist attending to a pizza throwing oven unit

19
October
2010