Bit of a panic last evening. The second load of washing failed to finish, the machine displayed an ominous F:18 message and refused to do anything at all. Bedsheets and a lot of water were still inside.
An internet hunt told me this was a pump error. I found the pump filter and started unscrewing. Bad idea, lots of water coming out. I put it back in. I found a small container, put it under the rubber hose thing and took the end off. Twenty six containers later the machine was empty. Took out the filter again and found:
- two small sticks
- one small key
The sticks were not a great idea but the key was actually stopping the water pump turbine whatsit from turning. Got long nose pliers, removed key. Cleaned and put everything back together again. It worked!
The key is from one of Zosia’s special secret diaries, most likely pink colour. The sticks are a mystery. I suspect the key is what had been causing the worrying grating noise for the last few weeks and it finally found its way to a place where it could bugger things up.
It must be nice to have an all round home technical expert like me around. Not only can I deal with every possible IT problem the family has but I can also fix washing machines, build Ikea furniture and all sorts of other useful things! Is there no end to my talents? :-)