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Pick a number, any number [Jul. 4th, 2004|07:11 pm]
Nick
This week, our second washing machine died. About one time in two, it'd just give up part way through the wash, and sit there full of water. Our landlord came along, scratched his head, and gave us our third washing machine.

As far as I can tell, washing machines have either one or two knobs. If a one knob variety, the knob controls both the temperature and the wash type. These are good, as you just pick one number, probably based on temperature, look at the list of numbers <--> cryptic program names, decide it looks OK, and away you go. Our last one was like this.

The new one has two knobs, one for the program, and one for the temperature. It also has a guide to what the programs are. Confusingly, it also lists a temperature against these. Supposedly then, it should offer me more choice. Instead, I'm even more confused. In the end, I pick a temperature, then pick a cycle that has that temperature next to it, and wander off scratching my head. Luckily, the last few times, my clothes have come out OK.

What's wrong with having a machine with 4 settings - normal whites, normal colours, hot general, and cool general? If you must have extra options, then at least have a quick lookup chart that tells you "normal colours -> 40, setting 7". But no, they don't. Instead, I pick 40, setting 7, then change my mind for 6, hesitate, put it back to 7, give up and hit on....
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From: zihuatenejo
2004-07-05 10:20 am (UTC)
The temperature dial sets the max temperature you want, the programme sets the max temperature allowable on that wash i.e. the whites wash will usually allow you to set it up to 60 degrees but you might only want a 40 degree wash so you set it to 40.
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