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Old 9th Dec 2018, 1:58 am   #61
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One rather clever trick involves TWO similar twin tub washing machines.
Very useful if large amounts of laundry are to be dyed the same colour.

Dye is expensive, and most of it goes down the drain. To avoid this waste proceed as follows.

Put articles to be dyed in machine A, add water and dye. Run the wash cycle.
When finished, pump the dye solution, not down the drain but into machine B.
Add the second load of things to be dyed, more water and a little more dye.

Continue as needed, transferring the dye from one machine to the other.
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Old 9th Dec 2018, 1:15 pm   #62
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Well, you could just pump the dye from the spinner back into the tub, you wouldn't need a second machine if you've got one that spins and washes at the same time. Or have I missed something here?
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Old 9th Dec 2018, 2:22 pm   #63
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Further to the comments about Drying Frames [post 44*- known as a "Rack" in Ramsbottom/Bury] these were common when I was a child. Good for space saving in a small terraced house and lightweight-to enable hauling washing up towards the ceiling...where, as said, the warm air collects!

When I moved to my Scrap Yard/former Model Lodging House in Rammy one of the original features was/is a very substantial frame embedded in the kitchen ceiling which would be very difficult to lift if not fixed in place, even without the wet clothes!
It's nearly always the first thing people comment on and ask was it used for the washing? I'm still not sure. It's in front of a blanked off large fireplace opening so that might be a clue? I suppose the potential for a Homes and Gardens type trendy kitchen, with the rack having Copper pans etc suspended from it, exists but it hasn't happened yet.

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Old 9th Dec 2018, 7:51 pm   #64
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My mum went through at least three Hoover TT's in some 30 years. Our first house didn't have a bathroom so mum would fill the Hoovermatic with cold water and turn on the heater. Once the water was warm she would stand me in the machine and give me a bath. Next it would be my sister's turn I hasten to add we were both little more than toddlers at the time. That machine finally gave up the ghost around 1968 after washing for a family of six. The next Hoovermatic [first one to have the three controls on the top] arrived soon after. On this machine the spin motor stood on three rubber legs, after a while these rubber legs would snap. My dad got so used to replacing them he could do it in his sleep. He eventually got sick of this job and replaced the rubber legs with three empty cotton reels with bolts right through the middle. That lasted till the machine was replaced with yet another [latest model]Hoovermatic [I think this one was known as a Hoover Wash Dog]
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Old 9th Dec 2018, 8:06 pm   #65
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Speaking of driers, does anyone remember the "Flatley" ?
Yes we used to have one, but it was scrapped about 10 years ago. Very simple device, the mains flex just connected directly to the one element. It used to live on the half landing.

There is an old water boiler still used at a local club, it is very well built indeed. The sight glass is a nice touch.
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Old 10th Dec 2018, 1:50 pm   #66
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There is an old water boiler still used at a local club, it is very well built indeed. The sight glass is a nice touch.
Nice! Though I don't think the tap is original....
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Old 10th Dec 2018, 3:05 pm   #67
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I remember when I was a toddler in the 1970s, my Mother had a Hoover Twosome. It was a separate, but matching, washing machine and spin dryer combo (see pic)

My job on washday was to open and close the spinner lid, thereby stopping and starting it. Also, because we only had the one single socket in our kitchen, I had the job of unplugging and plugging in whichever machine Mum needed to use. Which could be quite often if there were several loads of laundry to get through.

The electric flex cables were grey, and sort of ribbed or grooved on the outside - possibly rubber maybe?

Both machines had the classic MK 1960s plugs on - in ivory, though, which I thought was rather posh!
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Old 10th Dec 2018, 3:45 pm   #68
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Just to add, the washing machine didn't have a central agitator like twin tubs did. Instead, there was a spinning contoured disc, inset into the side wall of the washtub.

This created a sort of 'rolling boil' type of action when submerged below the soapy water. I think Hoover were quite proud of this innovative feature - it was called The Pulsator!
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We had that on ours, as a little boy I could never work out how such a flat disc moved the washing so much! To be honest, I still don't know...
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When first married, we had just the washer part before upgrading to a Hoovermatic. That subsequently ended it's days in Zambia of all places.
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The electric flex cables were grey, and sort of ribbed or grooved on the outside - possibly rubber maybe?

Both machines had the classic MK 1960s plugs on - in ivory, though, which I thought was rather posh!
Hi Peter,
The newest of my fan heaters (GEC 'Tropicana' from the early '70s) has the same rather unusual grey, ribbed mains cable- I've never seen it on anything else! It's 3 core PVC with red, black & green cores. (as it would be from that age). The MK plug met with a sticky end when I blasted a chunk out of it's pins when I was a kid, 40 years ago!
I had my lunch sitting in front of it today!

Nice story, by the way!

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Old 10th Dec 2018, 10:01 pm   #72
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Hi Nick.

Thanks for your story, too. I'm intrigued to know what you were doing with that plug to blast a chunk out of the pins. Sounds dangerous!
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Old 10th Dec 2018, 11:11 pm   #73
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Grey ribbed rubber mains cable (still in excellent condition) is used on my Hornby Dublo A3 power unit, which dates from 1954. I remember dad buying some ribbed rubber mains cable in the 1960's to replace the flex of mum's iron.
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