December 2nd, 2005

Tall ships (porthole)

The washin' machin' cannae drain no more, cap'n!

We have a washing machine here. It makes for a good washer/dryer, apart from the occassional leak. So far it's failed to drain due to a clogged fluff filter, leaked all over Dom's floor (twice!), and refused to use any powder (so we have to use tablets).

This time it surpassed itself.

This time it failed to drain. Period. And of course the door locked itself and refused to budge, which is understandable considering the drum was a third full of water still.

The fluff filter was not clogged (as we found out when the landlord came around with a suitably hefty wrench to loosen it after it got overtightened by mistake), and this time we caught the water before it could flood Dom's room again. So, drain water out the fluff filter hole, inspect fluff filter and find it's lacking in fluff, screw filter back up and run a spin cycle to dry the clothes out a bit (having verified that the door now opens)

Washing machine makes a few half-hearted attempts at spinning, mainly due to the load being a bit unbalanced, all the while failing to drain any more water. So we stop it, run a drain cycle (which now unlocks the door) and I extract the clothes to discover half an inch of water still in the drum.

Flick it on drain cycle *again*, and it hums away merrily while completely failing to drain. So we now have a washing machine that while it will wash, and it will spin, it won't drain. Hmm.
Tall ships (porthole)

>click< WHEEEeeeeee.....

>click< WHEEEeeeeee.....

That is the sound a computer in a powercut makes.

At least I was able to finish cooking, thanks to the wonders of gas ovens. And my torch a) had batteries and b) was where I could find it.

About half the street lost power, along with parts of a few connected roads. The report from the electricity company was that a feeder tripped, and basically that a bloke had to wander down to frob it.

None of the computers suffered, which is good. Even Guardian (famed for altitude sickness, amongst other problems) came back up first time. And of course the laptop didn't care one bit, but that's to be expected.

Ah well. There goes my attempt at over a month of up>click< WHEEEeeeeee.....

+++ NO CARRIER +++

...

+++ CARRIER DETECTED +++

>click< vruuuummmmMMMMMM >spang< >spang< BOOP

...and that's the sound a computer makes at the end of a powercut. Now where was I? Ah yes. There goes my attempt at over a month of uptime on my Win2k box.
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