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So today I went looking for things for the new flat. I amused my mum by refusing to take a notebook and pen, and instead taking phone photos of the things I was interested in, so I could look them up on the internet. I looked at washing machines and washer dryers, microwaves and toasters, hoovers, kettles, beds and futons and curtains...and now I'm kind of frustrated because I can't buy anything yet. Grrr.

This is a shiny LG washer-dryer. Which I should not buy because it's £100 or so more expensive than the equivalent Hotpoint one, and the only advantages seem to be its shiny silveriness.

What I was going to ask is: Washer-dryers. I've heard that they break down more often than washing machines - is it only because either the washer or the dryer bit can break down, or are they inherently less reliable? Or is it that they used to break down all the time but don't any more? I keep hearing conflicting accounts. So, washer-dryer stories and recommendations (or warnings), please.

I also had to answer many questions to apply for life insurance. One of which was my weight, which I didn't have a clue about. Guessed at a little lighter than I had been last time I weighed myself, about two years ago. I weighed myself when I came home, and I'd overestimated by a good 8 pounds *boggles* I'm nearly in the healthy BMI index range now o_O Though not for long, if I keep eating Easter eggs.



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Apr. 10th, 2007 07:43 pm (UTC)
Washer-dryer in my house, been going strong for more than 8 years to my knowledge. Absolutely like new (ok, a bit of one of the knobs fell off but that was Act Of Toddler rather than wear and tear, and it still works ok). We don't use it all that often, but it definitely gets used 5-10 times a week for washes and 2-3 times for drying, and it hasn't failed in a bad way yet.
Apr. 10th, 2007 07:51 pm (UTC)
Ah, that's encouraging! What make is it?
Apr. 11th, 2007 12:17 am (UTC)
On my birthday this year, the Royal Bank of Scotland sent me an application for life insurance. It's irrelevent to my current situation, and in any case, I don't qualify for their standard policy.

So I put all their bumph in the envelope and sent it back to them. A few days later it reappeared, so I stuffed it back in the envelope, adding a few junk mail flyers from my paper recycling bin for good measure, and posted it back to them at their own expense.

A few days later, the application form and letter appeared through the letterbox without an envelope. I threw it in the bin.

So that's five sets of postage they had to pay for, with no result.
Apr. 11th, 2007 08:38 pm (UTC)
*boggles* and yet they still manage to make £billions in profit.
Apr. 11th, 2007 08:28 am (UTC)
We bought a washer-dryer in our previous flat. It broke down on 3 occasions. In our current house we have a separate washer and dryer - the washing machine has broken down once, the dryaer is going strong. The engineer who came to fix the washer-dryer indicated that the usual problem is over-loading as the washer capacity is greater than the dryer capacity but most people leave it on one cycle to do both.
Apr. 11th, 2007 08:36 pm (UTC)
Ah! OK. I'd heard about this and I've been looking at the capacities, and am going to get one that has equal capacity for both.
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