Can We Fix It?

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Can We Fix It?

Duplo Bob the Builder


I have a great Dad. He is good at DIY and has helped me on numerous occasions. I lovingly refer to him as "Bob" and he calls me "Wendy."

Can we fix it?

Most of the time we can!

There is only one problem with my Dad. He lives a long way away. He doesn't see that as a problem. Infact he probabley decided to move away from where we grew up so that he wouldn't have to help out with every DIY catastrophe I caused. I say caused as generally, whenever my husband goes away with work, I decide that I need to investigate things such as strange noises and small leaks.

Most recently was our washing machine. With three small boys and washing coming out of my ears, I think we can safely say that my washing machine is my must have appliance.

pile of washing

There is just too much to do by hand and the nearest launderette is the other side of town. It had been leaking for a while. My husband went away with work. I decided to investigate. Luckily websites such as PartSelect sell replacement parts to help you fix your appliances and offer instructional videos on how to fit these parts. The other good thing is that my Dad is on the end of the phone, and on this particular occasion was coming down to visit a week later.

After a long phone call and me removing a lot of grime from around the insides of my washing machine, I ordered a new rubber door seal and some extra bits that "Bob" said I would need.

A week later we set to dismantling my washer. I wont lie, I was worried that it may all go wrong and I would be rushing out to buy a new washing machine and Dad would no longer be my DIY hero. However, I must say that it was all pretty simple! We had the computer nearby so we could keep watching the you tube videos and checking the hints and tips. These were a great help and finally we did it and the leak was gone.

Can we fix it?

Yes we can!

So the washing machine is my must have appliance but since having children I have a smaller appliance that I would recommend to anyone with kids. When you become a parent for the first time, people tell you how many dirty nappies you will have to change and how little sleep you will have. What they don't tell you the amount of mess little people can create. Pretty much from the moment you start pureeing organic veg into ice cube trays (or buying ready made food for second or subsequent children) the mess starts.

I am totally outnumbered with 3 boys. I sit them down with something to eat, but crumbs appear the other side of the room. If little man drops a crisp on the floor, he favours jumping up and down on it to picking it up and putting it in the bin. That is why my must have smaller appliance is my handheld Dyson. Some days I just follow the children around with it! And if it breaks? Well I have a "Bob" at the end of the phone.

using a handheld dyson

So there are my must have appliances. My washing machine to help me with my overflowing laundry baskets and my handheld Dyson to follow the kids with round the house. Both expensive items that I would look into repairing if they broke. What about you? What would you hate to live without?

This appliance gets my seal of approval!



This blog post is my  entry into the Tots100/PartSelect ’Love Your Appliance’ competition

34 comments:

Sarah @apartyofseven said...

dishwasher and tumble dryer... :)

Suzanne Whitton said...

My Nespresso coffee machine - most expensive item in our kitchen but so worth the money!

Louise Fairweather said...

I'm coming round for coffee!

Tim Marchant-Jones said...

the dishwasher

Jayne Townson said...

My washing machine.

janet dring said...

Definitely my washing machine

Julie B said...

The washing machine

Michelle Clarke said...

washing machine

Louise Fairweather said...

Seems that most people agree!

Louise Fairweather said...

Yes that would be a hard one to live without too

Katarzyna Szewczyk said...

Washing machine, and on a second place I would say fridge-frizer.

sarah mills said...

washing machine

Cathy Overgage said...

Microwave - makes life so simple

Hazel Christopher said...

I've just lived without a cooker for 2 months! Luckily I had a George Foreman, Actifry, Slow cooker and other various cooking appliances but now I've got my cooker back I NEVER want to be without it again :-)

Jacqueline Roberts said...

I lived 3 weeks without a cooker and discovered the art of slow cooking.

mummyoftwo said...

Ah I can't imagine not having a washing machine when you have children! Your Dad sounds like mine! My OH is terrible at DIY so Dad comes to help even though he lives miles away. He came to do our decorating a couple of months ago! Aren't Dad's fab :)

deej71 said...

i would be lost without my slower cooker

Belinda Matthews said...

I lust love my slow cooker

Ali Johnson said...

My tumble dryer. The belt snapped on it recently & it took awhile for the part to arrive & I was lost. I only use it in the winter but when sorting school uniforms (especially PE kits after Rugby which are needed again the next day) & drying bedding it's essential to me.

Lisa Smith said...

My washing machine for sure. Nobody in the house allowed is allowed to touch it, it's my pride and joy.

Rachel Rogers said...

Washing machine-ours broke awaiting our new one was a nightmare NEVER want t go to a launderette again!

Louise Fairweather said...

I must say I don't like my OH getting near mine!

Louise Fairweather said...

Our belt snapped on ours too but we didn't realise and ran it for too long when broken. That was beyond fixing :-(

Louise Fairweather said...

They are fab aren't they

Louise Fairweather said...

I have heard good things about the Actifry

Louise Fairweather said...

Yes - didn't realise how much I used ours until it broke!

Louise Fairweather said...

Oh yes - fridge freezer esp with Xmas coming up!

Louise Fairweather said...

Oh bless you - it takes up a lot of time going there doesn't it x

Gemma Clark said...

Definitely my washing machine! I hire it for this reason so it can be replaced free of charge!

Hannah Weetman said...

I'm rubbish at DIY but thankfully, like you, my dad is a bit of a Bob. xx

Stephanie Campbell said...

im shocking at DIY, anything i need doing in my house i ring my dad!

Lisa Smith said...

Men can't be trusted with washing! :)

michelle bennett said...

My slow cooker! - makes life so much more simpler. Gone are the days of me stressing over 4 pans on the hob or the cooker going and having to keep messing about turning food or checking it.. and on the plus side... lots of stews :D

Teresa Sheldon said...

my dish washer got it las year and adore, love care for this little machine as it does miracles and is wonderful