Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Pumped Out Siemens


And you know what's really galling? The mechanics work fine - it washes fine, dries fine - functions, quoi. BUT some weird and wonderful gadget called an AQUA STOP has decided it's paid enough into the retirement kitty and has downed tools.

I ask by what right does it think it can sabotage my dish-washer? It just looks at me stoically and tells me to consult it's union representative, that 6 or so loyal years of service is quite adequate and that I should be grateful it didn't take action and go on strike earlier for making it cope with such hard water.

I do actually have an Ekeo water softener but we all know how efficient THAT is haha.

The machine still works but the AquaStop is preventing water being pumped in. I can't cut it off either because these things are all wired up with security measures and will implode if you so much as wave screwdriver at it let alone approach menacingly with a wire cutter.

I had a surf around the internet today. My TWDB is registered with the French equivalent of Which? called Que Choisir, but their last dish-washer testing dates back to the middle of 2008. Not terribly useful, that. You wouldn't believe the sheer quantity of dish-washers on the market. Sifting through them is a daunting task and I stuck it for all of 10 minutes before my eyes crossed and I started dribbling...

So it'll be all hands to the washing-up deck until I identify a likely candidate to replace my lovely Siemens. I'm planning one-pot meals and will certainly resort to a bumper pack of paper plates before long.

Today is pancake day, so I hope you've got your pancake tossing hats on. If you're a tosser, natch. I've put my flippin' hat on cos I'm more of a flipper meself... Pancake pans don't get too dirty, either...


  1. A dishwasher was the one thing I insisted I needed when I ceased to be a working woman. Becoming a mother of two demanded a tumbledryer. For what it's worth I have a Bosch logixx but would admit I generally use only the eco wash or the quick rinse so having a multi functioning m/c is wasted on me. Good luck!

  2. If you have a chummy plumber I'm sure he could get rid of that Aqua Stop system ... my dishwasher had one years ago but subsequent ones don't have them - it was there to stop the dishwasher overflowing, wasn't it? I have NEVER known a dishwasher to overflow!

  3. Brilliant idea, DD!! I will try that before I go dish-washer hunting any more.

  4. I toss pancakes. ... well, I did last month, when the better half asked for crepes (sorry - can't find the e-circonflex key!). I was in the middle of a spectacular toss when it became more spectacular than planned - the handle stayed in hand, and the crepe sailed off in exactly the right direction with good spin ... but the pan decided to take up flying too, left the handle with me, and went for a spin too. Result: pan on floor, crepe on washing machine, and a lot of voluble cursing from yours truly! Now I have a new crepe pan; 10" and cast iron/non-stick. Such bliss!

  5. That sounds like a pancake story you won't forget in a hurry, Mike!

    I bought a new pan too the other day. It didn't look that big in the shop, but it looks huge on the hob!

  6. Sarah,
    I saw the mention of the Ekeo system (and although the Hydrostat system is not very effective, the Ekeo osmoseurs are) and on one of your other blogs you mentioned someone arriving from another company trying to sell you another water softener. We had exactly the same experience including the visist of the man who would replace the whole system (for an exhortrbitant fee of course. Sp filter system in place but Ekeo out of business. However I have discovered that other companies can supply the replacement filters for the Ekeo Hydrokalk and osmoseur systems, check out 'watertech.fr' and 'eauxdefrance.fr' (watertech are particularly helpful). Find a good handyman or a plumber to fit the filters and everything is fully operational and functional. As mentioned above, the Hydrokalk system is not very effective but the osmoseur is quite good. Hope that this helps, Stay Blessed

  7. Thanks, anon, I will certainly check them out!!


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