Following instructions

drain instructions

Today I cleaned the lint filter in our washing machine. Since this is the first time I’ve tried it, and since I’ve never had a front-loading machine before this one and thus didn’t even know where the filter was located, I repaired to the instruction manual and read it diligently.

The snapshot above shows the very clear instructions to open the little drain hose first, and capture any water from it in a container (“to keep the water from going on the floor,” says the manual helpfully). Then you can open the lint filter to clean it of debris.

Since I was raised to follow instructions, I did what the manual said. Approximately three drops of water came out of the little hose. Okay, that was anticlimactic. I unscrewed the cap to the lint filter, and GOOSH! Out came about 250 ml of water, all over the floor.

I love how the illustration clearly shows the bowl under the hose, and nowhere near the filter cap.


About Fletcher DeLancey

Socialist heathen and Mac-using author of the Chronicles of Alsea, who enjoys pondering science, politics, well-honed satire (though sarcastic humor can work, too) and all things geeky.
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5 Responses to Following instructions

  1. Lilaine says:

    As I see it, the drain must have been obstructed by some debris…
    Did you notice how the bowl size decreased from one illustration to the other? A prankster designed the notice, for sure!
    What does mean “Se ja nao sair agua, rode o filtro da bomba para a esquerda até o abrir totalmente” ?

  2. CathyW says:

    don’t feel bad, it would have made no difference if you had put the bowl under the drain, the water would still have poured forth in biblical proportions. It is just a fact of life, a small torment from the makers of infernal machines


  3. James Haney says:

    Of course you realise that the instructions are written and designed by SNL Alumni don’t you?

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