|NB- We have 3-pin plugs in SA. Another bone of contention|
I might have mentioned that I have been very much in awe of our smart, new SMEG dishwasher? Well, this week I switched it on before we went to bed and emptied it in the morning, thinking that the teaspoons felt a bit 'gungy', and then noticed that none of the lights was flashing. Normally, it signals the end of its cycle by intermitttently flashing all the lights. Then I noticed water pooled in the bottom. Eventually, I worked out it had stopped half-way through its cycle and nothing I could do would persuade it to continue. Got the book out. No help. Checked the plug, noticed that the washing machine which shares the same double plug was working so what was the problem? I then found a tea-bag in the cutlery container and saw that the water was a murky brown color. Came to the obvious conclusion - this machine is so clever is does not like to rinse with murky water and has thus switched itself off. Waited for hubby. He gave me an odd look, when he heard my theory, pulled the machine away from the wall and checked the extension (four sockets in a row) to which the new machine was attached as its cord was too short to plug straight into the wall where the old one was situated. It was faulty. Hubby fixed it. All back to normal. Book showed us how to 'annul' the programme, so that the machine could empty out its water and we could start it again. (Grumble: so many appliances today come with very measly lengths of cord, witness my new hairdryer - have to get the extension out. Same complaint.) So there you are. Please remember my skills are linguistic and that I gave up the mysteries of science/physics/electricity subjects at school when I was 13. As my husband observed, what would I do without him? My answer to this is that we compliment each other.