Comment 32417

By Undustrial (registered) - website | Posted July 15, 2009 at 13:54:12

When one replacement part costs more than an entire replacement unit, there is something very wrong.

Any open source designer, when faced with the fast pace of development in the automobile or appliance sectors would design modular platforms that allow newer parts to be used in place of older, out of production ones. Or at least parts from other similar (but not identical) older models.

This really speaks to the need for us as consumers to reign in the producers of goods, or to become them ourselves. If my mom's last set of washers lasted over two decades, why can't ours?

In the meantime, may I suggest one of those 5-gallon buckets from the U-brew places with a hole in the lid, and a plunger? Either that, or youtube "bicycle powered washing machine" - it sounds like you've spent more than enough time to build one.

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