Wednesday, October 23, 2013 12:43:17 AM
CrakrJak- I bought my tumble-dryer in 1981, when I bought the house. It packed up last month, smelly and smokey. Being a skinflint, I ignore the pressure to buy a new one, and took it apart to find that a Â£1.25 thermal trip in the motor winding had fused. Put a new one, put it back together, good for another 32 years and saved Â£248.75. My friends are still laughing, but Â£248.75 buys a lot of beer!
Tuesday, October 22, 2013 10:24:26 AM
CodeJockey: I'll cite a prime example for you. In the 1990`s Consumer Reports rated all the washers and dryers sold for residential use. All of them got a "Good" rating or above. By 2010, only 2 had a "Good" rating, the rest were rated "Fair" or "Poor".
Many of these newer "greener" durable goods are just plain junk. My parents first refrigerator lasted over 20 years. My cousins bought an expensive one last year and it`s had to have costly repairs more than twice so far.