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When to update your fridge

Julie Finch-Scally

Our fridge is not that old, but it certainly is not one of the newer kinds.  The freezer section wasn’t working too well and hubby concluded we needed a new rubber seal.  Of course there was the other option of purchasing a new refrigerator, but hubby was sure the new rubber seal would work so we followed that route.

Being the handyman type, Hubby worked out where to purchase the replacement seal and went on line to purchase the same.  A reply came back advising us the cost but could be replaced by a professional for just a little extra.  Way to go.  We placed the order and booked the time for the expert to visit.

Our mechanic looked at the fridge and told us that although it was older than the ones he usually repaired it was still in good condition and would last several more years.  Good news.  So he looked at replacing the freezer rubber seal.

As it turned out the rubber seal that had perished was the one around the main door.  The problem with the freezer was the door itself had dropped thereby causing the imperfect seal.  For a lesser price we could have a new seal replaced on the main fridge door and the freezer door re-positioned.  Of course we said “Yes”.  And the gentleman went ahead and did the job.

The work needed wasn’t just a case of bringing out a pre-made rubber seal and fitting it.  The gentleman had to make a seal that especially fitted our door.  He went outside to his van and made one then and there. 

The replacement didn’t take as long as one would think but of course the fridge door was open while it was happening.  We had to hang a large heavy towel over the front of the fridge while he worked on the door.  We had to use the same towel to cover the front of the freezer section when he re-hung the door.  Thankfully the towel was thick enough to keep everything inside at the even temperature until the doors were back in place.

Being a new rubber on the fridge, for a couple of days we had to give the door an extra push when we closed it to get the rubber to seal properly.  The magnets in the rubber helped and within a couple of days the door closure and the seal worked perfectly.  The freezer door now sits where it should and the temperature in both the freezer and the fridge is a lot more stable, which shows how much of a problem the out of place door and deteriorating rubber seal was causing.

So when should you replace your fridge?  Well obviously not until you’ve had an expert come and see what is the problem.  If a seal can so easily be replaced and doors re-hung while the man is in your own home, then surely it must be a better way to go.  Especially as governments are slowly realising we need to repair and re-use instead of being the throw away society we have been for so long.  

 

Keeping rugs clean

by Julie Finch-Scally

At this time of the year there are many outdoor concerts and film festivals.  We all arrive at the venue with our rugs and small seats to sit on and that inevitable basket of sustenance.  Hubby and I went along to a concert last Saturday and took along our ground protection and food. 

Because none of the requirements for sitting outdoors are used very often they get stored: the rug on a shelf in the spare room and the seats in the garage.  Now the seats are easily dusted down with a small hand brush, but when I came to collect the rug I was amazed at how dusty it smelt. 

Obviously as we were about to depart for the concert and it would be placed on the ground it didn’t really matter that it was dusty, but it made me realise how much dust infiltrates rugs when not in use.  I couldn’t remember the last time I washed the rug, but it was definitely in need of a clean.

The rug actually picked up some grass while spread out on the ground so it was more than appropriate for me to put it through a machine wash the next day.  As the rug was crocheted wool I was in two minds whether to put it through a cold or a hot cycle.

The usual reason for using hot cycles when washing is to remove dust mites which accumulate on mattresses when we sleep.  But as this rug was only ever used to cover our legs when the weather was a little cool or as a ground cover when picnicking or attending outdoor concerts, I rationalized that the rug didn’t need the hot wash only a cold cycle.

Also because the rug was made from wool I wasn’t too keen on the wash being overly long.  Some of my washing machine cycles go for two hours or more and these consist of nearly an hour of washing followed by the rinse cycles.  I didn’t want to subject this rug to that length of washing so I adjusted the washing to cycle to suit.  As it turned out the wash itself went for thirty minutes while the usual four rinses and spins took just short of an hour. 

Some washing machine cycles are heavier and longer than others.  They can go from 800 rpm to 1200 rpm: the lower the revs the less time the spin.  Obviously 10 to 15 minutes of spin drying on the 1200 cycle is a bit too long for wool so I opted for the 1000 rpm.  This allowed for the moisture to be removed but saved damage to the woolen fibre. 

As I also put some fabric softener in the last rinse the rug came out of the machine feeling soft and smelling sweet.  Once it had been dried in the sun it was in much better condition than when I took it off the shelf to take out last Saturday.  And in future I will remember to give it a wash after each outdoor use. 

 
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