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Doing the laundry with two bullet casings..do I need new clothes?

If I found two bullet casings in the dryer after drying my clothes in them, does this mean my clothing now has lead in it? [more inside]
posted by driedmango on Oct 23, 2015 - 10 answers

"Not technically supposed to do this, but..." scam?

The other day I had a new washing machine installed, a completely normal setup. I had paid for installation and new parts as well. Upon delivery, one of the workers looked at the existing completely normal hookup, sighed, and said, "Oh, this is going to be tricky. We're not supposed to install something this complicated. We can try it to save you the cost of a plumber, but this is really something a plumber should be doing. But we'll try." [more inside]
posted by kinetic on Aug 22, 2015 - 10 answers

Why would I want to wash clothing in 14 hours?

Might be a silly question, but it's plagued me since buying our house. Why does my front-loading, 2000's era Kenmore washing machine have a delay start of 14 hours? Is there a reason or was 14 picked at random? [more inside]
posted by fontophilic on Mar 27, 2015 - 22 answers

questions about my samsung washing machine

have two quick questions that I can't really figure out how to google:
  • my samsung washing machine has four spin settings: high, medium, low, no spin. It's possible to select none of these settings - what happens when that happens? does it default to something? no spin? something else?
  • what happens if the washer is set to spin-only and then no-spin is selected? Does it just do nothing? The washing machine display shows an 2 minute estimate for doing that and I'm curious what exactly happens. does it drain the washer?

  • posted by and they trembled before her fury on Jan 6, 2015 - 4 answers

    Brutal washing machine destroying my clothes: please help

    I moved into a new building a few months ago, and since then the washing machine (new GE top loader, stacked with dryer) has been busily destroying everything I own. Towels and sheets come out frayed, sweaters and t-shirts sprout holes, a cuff has just gotten half-ripped from its sleeve. Please help me figure out how to protect my stuff before it's all destroyed. [more inside]
    posted by Susan PG on Dec 22, 2014 - 7 answers

    Hammer Arresters and HE Washing Machine

    I have a high efficiency washing machine that shakes our pipes loudly when it takes its incessant micro-sips of water. Does anyone have experience adding hammer arresters like these to their washers? [more inside]
    posted by Admiral Haddock on Dec 17, 2014 - 5 answers

    Portable clothing washer/dryer suggestions?

    Moving into an apartment with no laundry; landlord has OK'd getting a portable washer / dryer unit. What should we consider? [more inside]
    posted by pseudostrabismus on Dec 14, 2014 - 10 answers

    What is the best way to find a handyman in SF to hook up my washer?

    I need to find someone in San Francisco to hook up my washing machine. Suggestions? [more inside]
    posted by trip and a half on Jan 19, 2014 - 9 answers

    If this washer's a-rockin'...

    We moved into a home that has a front-loading washer on the second floor. We hate it for a number of reasons, mostly because it shakes the whole house when it runs. (It's level and it does it every time regardless of load size.) What can we get that won't break the bank? [more inside]
    posted by synecdoche on Jun 30, 2013 - 12 answers

    What is wrong with the washer?

    We have a 9-year-old front-loading Kenmore washing machine that has for the last month been giving off a musty/moldy smell. We've tried everything we can think of, cannot make it go away and cannot identify the source. What's going on and what should we do? [more inside]
    posted by AnOrigamiLife on Jun 23, 2013 - 17 answers

    Washing Machine repair: Can a mere mortal change a door gasket?

    Do I dare try replacing the door gasket on my frontload washing machine? Photo of damaged gasket. It's not supposed to look like a ruffle. It's supposed to be smooth. The damaged occurred when I was washing a duvet cover and sheets. The load became very unbalanced and the machine leapt and jumped. Has anyone ordered the part and done a successful DIY repair? Or should I pay a service tech? The machine is a Maytag MHWE200XW00. It looks like we could get the gasket shipped for about $120.
    posted by valannc on Jun 10, 2013 - 12 answers

    Washing machine - vibration vs. levelness

    New LG washing machine vibrates more than desirable. It is level in both directions to within a degree of horizontal. How sensitive is vibration to levelness? Specifically, is it worth leveling it more precisely, say to within +/- .2 degrees? This is a project I would prefer to avoid if it will make no difference. One of the "feet" with the leveling screws is hard to get at. Thanks.
    posted by Kevin S on May 24, 2013 - 11 answers

    Why are my clothes still soaking?

    My washing machine (a top-loading Maytag Centennial similar to this one, about 3-5 years old, I'd guess) sporadically leaves clothes dripping wet after the whole cycle's done. Other times, it works perfectly and spins the load to a much more reasonable level of dampness. [more inside]
    posted by wolfnote on Mar 25, 2013 - 9 answers

    Troubleshooting a Too-Long Wash Cycle

    We have a Whirlpool Duet washing machine (about 2 years old). The cycle is taking WAY too long to complete. The load that's running now should have been done in an hour and ten minutes, so far it's been an hour and a half and there's still 30 minutes left on the timer. No error codes, and it's doing stuff the entire time - the timer just isn't counting down. What gives? [more inside]
    posted by tealcake on Jan 25, 2013 - 10 answers

    How do I get the burning rubber smell out of my jeans and t-shirts?

    How do I get the burnt rubber smell out of my laundry? [more inside]
    posted by Tesseractive on Dec 18, 2012 - 7 answers

    I just got my washing machine and it's broken.

    Help me repair my washing machine! [more inside]
    posted by so much modern time on Jun 12, 2012 - 3 answers

    Help me wash my clothes again.

    I broke my washing machine. What part of it did I break? [more inside]
    posted by ghharr on Apr 12, 2012 - 10 answers

    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Wash

    Long wash times and wet clothes with a Samsung front-loading washing machine -- please help! [more inside]
    posted by vorfeed on Mar 26, 2012 - 17 answers

    Help me choose a front loader washing machine

    What is the best front loading washing machine, for under $1000, available in Australia, that meets this criteria: [more inside]
    posted by MT on Dec 29, 2011 - 4 answers

    Mystery clothes wash settings on Candy Eclypsa washing machine

    Help me decode the clothes washing settings on the washing machine in my new flat. [more inside]
    posted by Put the kettle on on Nov 2, 2011 - 3 answers

    This is kind of like that time I took a coupon from a chicken...

    I won a washing machine and dryer that I can't use, and it's turning into a bit of a nightmare. How on earth can I get rid of it? I live in Washington, DC. Special soap-bubble details inside. [more inside]
    posted by schmod on Oct 24, 2011 - 25 answers

    Cleaning comforter?

    I have an amazing old down comforter that reeks of a mixture of death and b.o. There are no washing instructions on it. How do I get this thing clean/smelling good? Caveat: It is massive, and my apt has a pretty old-school washing machine and dryer. [more inside]
    posted by windbox on Sep 13, 2011 - 17 answers

    Why is my washing machine destroying my clothing?

    Why is my washing machine destroying my clothing? Newish machine just started causing clothes to pill up, in addition to some tears. [more inside]
    posted by [insert clever name here] on Jun 16, 2011 - 8 answers


    I'm tired, I'm sick, I was trying to do a load of clothes before I went to sleep, but my washing machine had other ideas...it agitates fine but won't spin. What do I do??? [more inside]
    posted by St. Alia of the Bunnies on Mar 15, 2011 - 19 answers

    Shims to level a washing machine?

    What should we use as shims to go under our new washing machine? Apparently Samsung does not manufacture legs long enough to level their machines on our basement floor, so we need to put something under it. What do you suggest for a stackable material that won't compress too much over time and won't shift under the vibration?
    posted by kavasa on Dec 1, 2010 - 20 answers

    Washing Machine-2, Me-0

    I replaced the water level pressure switch on my GE top loading washing machine (whdsr209daww) - but I didn't fix the problem. What now? [more inside]
    posted by mrs. taters on Oct 4, 2010 - 1 answer

    Why did the front loading washing machine destroy my pants?

    I just moved to Europe from the US and used a front loading washing machine. Both pairs of pants in the last load now have tears along the sides of the back pockets. Argh! What am I doing wrong, so I can fix it for my next load? What else is essential information for front loading washing machines? Anything I can do to salvage the pants? [more inside]
    posted by Peter Petridish on Aug 14, 2010 - 19 answers

    YouAreNotMyPlumber: How to connect a washing machine

    daisyk and I have just moved into a spiffy new flat. Unfortunately, we can't figure out how to connect the washing machine drain. Our drain hose looks this. There is a passage from the washing machine cubby leading to the cupboard under the sink, clearly meant for the drain hose. However, in the cupboard, we only have this weird conical attachement. How do we mate the two without creating a mess?
    posted by Zarkonnen on Jul 14, 2010 - 13 answers

    Front-Loading Washing Machine Purchasing Advice

    What is the best, most-reliable front-loading washing machine one can get for under $1000? [more inside]
    posted by Ike_Arumba on Jun 5, 2010 - 14 answers

    Can I fix my own washing machine?

    Can I fix my LG front loading washing machine on my own today, or do I have to wait until a technician can come to my house? [more inside]
    posted by junipero on May 2, 2010 - 6 answers

    Maximum laundry, minimum space

    What are your experiences using a combination washer/dryer? [more inside]
    posted by exceptinsects on Dec 15, 2009 - 25 answers

    Tiny washing machines -- any good?

    My wife and I are looking for a v. small washing machine for our rented apartment. I've seen a few units which you can wheel into the closet after doing the laundry but I'm not sure how well they work. Any thoughts?
    posted by brandonjadams on Dec 2, 2009 - 9 answers

    How?!: Perfume Smell OUT of Laundry.

    Is it possible to get cologne smell out of clothing? I kind of "inherited" a half-dozen nice sweaters that reek of perfume, and I'm allergic as well. I've tried mucho baking soda and soaking in the wash machine; haven't tried vinegar yet; past (somewhat related) threads suggest Ozium and Synthrapol, but they're really not for this purpose.
    posted by Shane on Oct 5, 2009 - 11 answers

    Kludgy home electronics melts pizzas

    How can I inexpensively stop my washing machine from melting my ice cubes without burning my house down? [more inside]
    posted by M.C. Lo-Carb! on Sep 17, 2009 - 13 answers

    $600-ish front loading washer, or $350 top loader?

    Is there some practically compelling reason to get a much more expensive front loading washer? I see top loading Energy Star rated washers for around $350; the cheapest front loader starts around $600. [more inside]
    posted by raikkohamilonso on Sep 17, 2009 - 34 answers

    Is my washer causing clear oil stains?

    I know that if a Chapstick goes through the wash, it will stain my clothes, but could identical stains be indicative of a washing machine malfunction? The stains in question look just like baby-oil stains, not grease or motor-oil. The research I've done so far suggests that a washing machine seal break or leak would result in a dirtier type stain, more grease-like. We don't use any kind of fabric softener or dryer sheets, so I've ruled those out. Thanks in advance!
    posted by Tim McDonough on Jul 13, 2009 - 4 answers

    Help troubleshoot a commercial Whirlpool washer!

    Help me troubleshoot the semi-new (and non-operational) washer in our apartment building. [more inside]
    posted by proj on Apr 19, 2009 - 6 answers

    Washing Machine: Boom!

    Was that a helicopter in my kitchen? No. It was the washing machine. Um. Help? [more inside]
    posted by greekphilosophy on Apr 1, 2009 - 11 answers

    Washing Machine Mystery

    What function does this button on the washing machine in my new apartment have? [more inside]
    posted by A Kingdom for a Donkey on Jan 19, 2009 - 16 answers

    No, I don't want a free set of steak knives.

    Remember those egg-shaped handle-powered washing machines that were advertised on infomercials in the '90s? Has anyone actually used one? Did it actually work? And in these electricity-conscious, water-saving times, has the concept of a human-powered hand-washing machine evolved into something a bit, well, less daggy? [more inside]
    posted by [ixia] on Nov 1, 2008 - 11 answers

    help fix my broken washing machine

    So my washing machine doesn't spin during the spin cycle anymore, but all other cycles and functions work fine. What does that mean? [more inside]
    posted by xbonesgt on Oct 17, 2008 - 7 answers


    Should I buy a mini washing machine similar to these? [more inside]
    posted by ghost of a past number on Sep 11, 2008 - 3 answers

    communal apartment laundries...making you hate laundry even more since 2008

    The communal washing machines in my apartment building are worthless. They don't remove any sort of stain or spill, regardless of solubility or severity. When I remove the wet clothes from the washer, nasty stripes and splotches of lint cover my clothes (especially obvious on darks). Is there a specific complaint I can make to my landlord, or should I just give up and go to a laundromat? [more inside]
    posted by sararah on May 9, 2008 - 18 answers

    Help me with this household engineering problem.

    I have a silly problem. I have lost quite a few things in my apartment, and need help getting them back. [more inside]
    posted by frobozz on Feb 20, 2008 - 20 answers

    Waiter, waiter, there's bits in my water....

    Please help me find some ecofriendly options to deal with limescale in washing machines. I live in quite a hard water area. I can actually see bits floating about in a glass of water. They are not bubbles. They are not nice either. :D [more inside]
    posted by Solomon on Jun 2, 2007 - 6 answers

    Seeking motor controller for F&P MW512 washing machine

    Please help me find a second-hand motor controller for my Fisher & Paykel Smartdrive MW512 washing machine. [more inside]
    posted by flabdablet on Mar 29, 2007 - 5 answers

    How to find and fix a scratch in my washing machine.

    What to do about a scratched laundry tub? [more inside]
    posted by clarkstonian on Jan 28, 2007 - 11 answers

    loose chain + washing machine pump = help!

    Laundryfilter: Emergency washing machine help, please! I've got something stuck in my washing machine pump-- is there any way to get it out? [more inside]
    posted by WidgetAlley on Jan 10, 2007 - 6 answers

    Get my whites back to whiter than white!

    A treasured white T-shirt (with logo) has gone from bright white to dull blue thanks to an errant blue T-shirt... [more inside]
    posted by badlydubbedboy on Aug 8, 2006 - 6 answers

    Help me go green with white goods!

    Can anyone recommend any guidelines or specific household appliances (eg fridge, freezer, washing machine, sofa and bed) that are reasonably environmentally friendly and affordable (in the UK)? [more inside]
    posted by badlydubbedboy on Jun 22, 2006 - 2 answers

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