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To tell you this story because dh will kill me if I tell it in RL

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JacksonPollocks Sat 06-Aug-11 14:28:28

In a self-righteous bloke way he wouldn't let me go near our new washing machine, HAD to connect/ manouvere it in himself. Plus the manual is for wimps.

Cue much nagging checking from me that he knows what he's doing, everything's ok etc.

I've been upset until today as on spin the machine jumps and bashes around like mad, unusable smacking off the walls. Tried stuffing newspaper down the side etc. and so upset that I'd bought such crap.

But then doubt set in. I thought, no he couldn't have...

But yes he hadn't moved the bolts that hold the drum in place during transit! Runs like a mouse now I've removed them, thank god the drum didn't just fall out on the floor or anything.

How should I enjoy ripping the piss breaking this news to him upon his return as the little wife who doesn't understand big man complicated machinery :-)

Mitmoo Sat 06-Aug-11 14:30:31

Hahahaha Poetic Justice indeed.

MissyMoo321 Sat 06-Aug-11 14:30:49

Hahaha! My DP NEVER reads manuals , he always sets things up wrong.
Still hasn't learrnt!

ProfessionallyOffendedGoblin Sat 06-Aug-11 14:31:55

I'd buy a frame, mount the bolts and place it in the loo, so he is reminded of your amazingness several times a day.
With a short explanation so that visitors can appreciate you too.

TheFlyingOnion Sat 06-Aug-11 14:31:59

hahaha well done you.... grin)

(can't do emoticons on silly German keyboard)

TheFlyingOnion Sat 06-Aug-11 14:32:15

oh, apparently I can!

JacksonPollocks Sat 06-Aug-11 14:32:49

I actually snorted coffee out my nose at the idea of framing the bolts in the loo.

AmberLeaf Sat 06-Aug-11 14:32:58


What a school boy error to make!

Ripping of piss needed.

hiddenhome Sat 06-Aug-11 14:38:25

Oh, that one would last me for years grin

Sadly, my dh is always right when it comes to mechanical and setting stuff up, so I never get one over on him.

VirgoGrr Sat 06-Aug-11 14:39:29

In this situation, I found a very low key but sustained gloating was very satisfying.

And I quote "What do you mean, Virgo? Restraining bolts? What are they?"

Must be lovely to be so self-assured with zero information. grin

borderslass Sat 06-Aug-11 14:40:29

Just read this to DH before i'd finished he laughed that he must of forgotten to take the bolts out. He says don't let him forget this one grin

Thumbwitch Sat 06-Aug-11 14:43:31

Fuck, that was a narrow escape, surely! I would have thought that was quite risky, running it with the fixing bolts still in place?
Thank goodness for female sense - and yes, DO show him the bolts and ask him if he knows what they are - and please post his response! grin

zelda1982 Sat 06-Aug-11 14:45:13

Thats why i do anything like that in this house. When we got our new washer i asked dp to loosen the bolts as they were too tight and he refused for ages saying you're not meant to hmm Finally persuaded him to and plumbed it in myself [proud emotion]

MoreBeta Sat 06-Aug-11 14:52:55

NOoooooo ..... cease and desist immediatley!!!!!!!!

Absolutely do NOT say anything you could do irreparable damage to your husband's sense of self esteem and confidence. Potentially, this kind of thing can cause impotentence in serious cases and needs careful handling.

An instruction book is merely one interpretation of how a machine might work in theory. Trust me on this, your husband was right in the middle of carrying out a series of carefully planned test runs to adjust the machine to local operating conditions. The fact that you happened, by pure chance, on the correct settings is no indication of his competence.

I suggest his favourite dinner on the table, your best frock on, and big thank you when he comes home. Hide the bolts and never mention it again.

That should save the day and you do know it makes sense in the long run. wink

bellavita Sat 06-Aug-11 14:53:46

Can I tell you a story?....

Many, many years ago, my db moved in with his girlfriend. They bought a new machine and the same happened to theirs like it did to yours. He didn't know what to do. He asked me for my help.... He loaded it in to his car and we took it back to the shop and I demanded and stamped my foot asked politely that they give my db a new waching machine as this was obviously broken. You guessed it, the bracket was still intact. I have never forgiven db I still remind db to this day about it!

PinkSchmoo Sat 06-Aug-11 15:09:12

I'd suggest saying you called the supplier helpline, they sent a nice man out to fix it and as it was user error you have a big bill. Probably easier to bear than the truth.

northerngirl41 Sat 06-Aug-11 15:15:07

Haha! Brilliant!!!

Having said that, I'm rather impressed your DH would have a go at anything this technical - mine certainly wouldn't and in fact isn't really aware which machine is the dishwasher and which machine is the tumble drier....

SnapesMistress Sat 06-Aug-11 15:21:55

My DP managed to knock the cistern off the wallwhen painting the bathroom and failed to fix it several times before eventually managing, I still remind him about it.

caughtinanet Sat 06-Aug-11 15:30:11

He He, the exact same thing happened to me, I left DH to it and did the first wash accompanied by banging and dancing round the untility room (by the washing machine). He assured me he'd done it properly so I repositioned it and did another wash the next day which resulted in dents to the washer and next door dryer.

I rang the helpline and a very nice man talked me through what to do with and was very nice about it.

When I told DH he did his usual trick of trying to convince me that somehow he wasn't at fault. Why is it so hard to admit to being wrong?

borderslass Sat 06-Aug-11 15:31:41

Why is it so hard to admit to being wrong

Male pride

twoistwiceasfun Sat 06-Aug-11 16:02:50

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

ProfessionallyOffendedGoblin Sat 06-Aug-11 16:49:35

'I suggest his favourite dinner on the table, your best frock on, and big thank you when he comes home. Hide the bolts and never mention it again.'

Male fantasies are so basic MoreBeta. Dream on!

MoreBeta Sat 06-Aug-11 16:54:37

Women can be so cruel. sad

ProfessionallyOffendedGoblin Sat 06-Aug-11 16:56:10

'The female of the species'

SoupDragon Sat 06-Aug-11 16:57:37


Leave them somewhere prominent and wait for him to ask what they are. Say, innocently and politely "The washing machine was making a dreadful racket and I found these in the back. What do you think they might be?"

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