The Curse of Government Washing Machines

Saturday, November 10, 2012
Posted in category EnviroCommunism

My new article is up at LewRockwell.com: “The Curse of Government Washing Machines.

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14 Responses to The Curse of Government Washing Machines

  1. George says:

    November 10th, 2012 at 9:21 am

    It’s not just washing machines it is ceiling fans. Search on [190 watts ceiling fan].

    EPA Legislation Affects Ceiling Fans With Lights:
    http://www.hansenwholesale.com/ceilingfans/with_lights/

    I found out about this when my new fan arrived and had only 3 arms instead of 4. 3 arms because if you are limited to 60W light bulbs 3x60W is 180 which is less than the 190 Watt speed limit. I have noticed that standard base 75W bulbs have disappeared, or are at least hard to get.

    But what happens if you break the 190W speed limit? Search on [wattage limiter] for the little device in your ceiling fan to make it comply (and how to disable it if you don’t mind voiding your warranty). Apparently you can still buy 4 arm lighting kits separately.

    I understand you can just buy bulbs that use fewer watts but produce more lumens, but as it turns out in the winter the extra heat produced by those bulbs is useful, and useful in the exact room a person is occupying, and easily turned off when the person leaves the room. In the summer swap out high lumen low heat bulbs.

  2. Natalie Myers says:

    November 10th, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    Another disgusting aspect to these machines is the low-temp wash cycles (coupled with the practically mandatory low-temp water in our water heaters) which not only gives us dingy laundry, but, is a major contributing factor to the scourge of lice which are not killed in the wash cycle as they used to be. Now beleaguered mommies feel like they have to soak themselves and their families in pesticide to get rid of the little buggers because they sure as hell never hear, “turn the water temperature up and scald the m’f'ers.”

  3. M. Terry says:

    November 10th, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    Your article is right on. I have neighbors who purchased new appliances, including a built-in range. It has cratered several times. Seems the motherboard cratered. Twice. Because they had a “warranty,” the cost to replace it the first time consisted of a service call. (Yeah – they had to pay a tech to come in a replace the faulty part. – but the part was “free.”)

    The second time, right after their warranty expired, they went without a range for several months, because replacing the twice failed motherboard cost 700 bux plus payment for several of the ubiquitous service calls.

    Ain’t gubmint mandates great? Just think of all the energy that was saved when they couldn’t cook in their oven for several months! These new appliances are really “green!”

  4. Karen De Coster says:

    November 10th, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    George – had to buy 3 new ceiling fans when I remodeled. They all look great but work for shit. No speed, and the current “high” setting is like my old “low” setting. They won’t blow a tissue off the table. Horrible things.

  5. jeannie queenie says:

    November 10th, 2012 at 9:34 pm

    Recently have gone back to handwashing dishes, as I figure I am saving on the electricity. CT has the highest electric rates in the country.

    Laissez Faire Today wrote this piece about a month ago…am excerpting this. “In her testimony against this crazy ruling, she pointed out that the proposed savings from the ruling as seen in the models posit a time period well beyond the life of most all dishwashers. She concludes that 84% of consumer will receive no benefit at all from these changes. 

    What’s more, as people shift from dishwashers to hand washing dishes, there are huge costs to consider. “Thousands of Americans will spend time washing dishes by hand as the price of dishwashers increases,” she writes. “The value of time reallocated to washing dishes by hand totals between $241.4 million and $963.6 million, or almost $1 billion, even at a very conservative estimate. The cost of this time, which will most likely be borne by low-income and elderly Americans on fixed incomes, was not taken into account in the Department’s analysis of the direct final rule.”

    As you continue to ponder the implications of a government that is directly targeting your domestic quality of life for destruction, consider this parallel legislation: “Energy Conservation Standards for Residential Clothes Washers FR 77 32308.” This one won’t go into effect until March 7,2015. 
     So you have two and half years of somewhat clean clothes. After that, it’s pigpen. 

    It took me hours to dig through the details of this regulation that has been batted around since 2008, but here is the upshot. 
    Washing machine will become “Washington machines,” useless and heavy steel squares that are more expensive than their predecessor that actually washed clothes. Built by government dictate, Washington machines can’t use much more energy than a wristwatch. Amazing. Infuriating”

  6. Pam Maltzman says:

    November 11th, 2012 at 6:46 am

    Have heard and read that some of the new fancy, expensive washing machines, front-loaders, don’t get clothes very clean. I make do with a set of used Kenmores. They’ve been repaired a couple of times, but they still et things clean. Same with dishwashers…

  7. melody nye says:

    November 11th, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    Love this! I have one of the now dreaded HE front loaders. I ‘killed’ it washing a small area rug. I now wash small loads which means more actually washes and hate that I don’t have a top loader so I can add boiling water when I really want clean. The next washer will be old / used and a totally non pc color because what I really want is clean clothes.

  8. Pam Maltzman says:

    November 11th, 2012 at 11:28 pm

    Okay. I will mention that one thing to help in dishwashers, if you need, it to boost the efficacy of dishwashing detergent, is Lemishine. Leaves both dishes and the dishwasher itself clean. Also, don’t buy new GE appliances; have had 2 countertop ovens in a row that have been sucky. The portable dishwasher I have was bought 10-11 years ago secondhand and it’s a GE, and it’s wonderful.

    I know some people advise using a combination of borax and washing soda in both the washer and dishwasher. I tried that and didn’t like it. Phosphates rule!

  9. Karen De Coster says:

    November 12th, 2012 at 6:37 am

    Pam, I use TSP in my dishwasher.

  10. Pam Maltzman says:

    November 12th, 2012 at 7:25 am

    I read that TSP works too, and I used it before discovering Lemishine. When the built-in dishwasher crapped out here, we dragged in the portable from the garage, which had been sitting for some years. Got some of the gunk for cleaning the dishwasher itself, and it worked very well. BTW, the old portable has some good features that the built-in one does not. We have a cheap landlady here. There are things here which don’t work well anymore (furnace, air conditioning, ceiling fan in the dining room, and electrical system in general. Also plumbing. All window coverings were sucky. The landlady also made a comment that since we work at home, we ought to be paying even more rent (she was overcharging to begin with). We hope to save enough for car repairs and moving expenses to go to northern Arizona, where we should realize substantial svings on rent and utilities (that is, until Obozo manages to skyrocket the rates there too). Fortunately, I have the sort of job I can take with me (independent contractor medical transcriptionist).

  11. Pam Maltzman says:

    November 13th, 2012 at 12:09 am

    One thing to check out, if you’re renting, is that the dishwasher was installed correctly in the first place. We’re in a duplex around the corner from a condo development, and it turns out that the dishwashers in all these buildings were NEVER installed correctly. That’s one of the things I paid to have corrected after moving in. Now wish I’d moved out of state instead of to Lancaster, California. This rental deal was done on a handshake, but next time will make sure there’s a written contract protecting both parties. Also, this town is full of people who were encouraged to move here via lots of welfare goodies (not us) such as Section 8 housing. I have had to go to the local county clinic a few times, years ago, and the place was full of gangbangers, welfare moochers, and illegal aliens. Yeah, I’m not eager to subsidize other people’s spawn.

  12. Pam Maltzman says:

    November 13th, 2012 at 2:01 am

    I will probably never buy another new appliance unless I were to win the lottery. I’ve had good luck with buying used appliances… fridge, freezers, washer & dryer, dishwasher, and (once) a stove. I did buy a new portable ice maker, but it has finally given out after several years. I’m impressed by the good values which can be had in the secondhand market. Sometimes somebody has something for sale because they’re moving, or they upgraded to something fancier, and that leaves a bargain for someone else to find and buy.

  13. Tommy Udo says:

    November 28th, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    Yes, TSP is a good and useful product. But the last time I tried to buy a box I couldn’t find it in any stores–it seems California (probably the leader in environazi idiocy) has put dire restrictions on it. Fortunately, I was able to find some at a paint store, but who knows how long that source will last before the iron heel comes down on it. 

  14. Karen De Coster says:

    November 28th, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    Tommy – order from Amazon!

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