When it comes to technical stuff e.g. how to operate a new appliance - in this case a smart, state-of-the-art (say my children) SMEG dishwasher, I usually rely on my husband. However, things never work when you have guests, so when I was faced with a row of flashing lights when trying to get our new dishwasher to start, I wasn't surprised when none of us - including my husband - could get the bally thing to work. I even read the instruction book cover-to-cover, especially the 'Trouble-shooting' section. After scratching our heads, we all went to bed, leaving a full load to cope with in the morning. The next day, I put my clothes washer on (which shares the same pipes) and although I thought it was a bit slow to fill up, I didn't give it much thought until later, when I heard it straining to start the rinse cycle. LIGHT BULB MOMENT. Neither machine had access to cold water. I turned the relevant tap on and voila - both machines happy and working. Hubby had apparently had to fix a leak and had forgotten to turn the tap back on. How come the booklet hadn't said, "Does your machine have access to water?" Do they not understand that there are no depths to which dummies may not sink?