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AIBU to Ask ... Please Settle a Debate with DH - Is He Wrong, or Am I ??

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RockinHippy Thu 31-Jul-14 23:58:49

He's insisting, in the interest if fairness I don't say which if us thinks/does which, so bare with me...

When filling the kettle up for a bedtime drink 1 cup coffee pot for an early morning start

Is it normal, or a bit OCD to very carefully use the same mugs to measure out the exact amount of water needed & fill up & boil the kettle with exactly that amount of water

ie, boil only exactly 2 mugs worth of water, to fill 2 half mugs of cocoa & exactly 1 mug full of hot water for the cafetiere

Is this OTT or clever money saving, water saving genius ??


borisgudanov Fri 01-Aug-14 00:01:08

It's pure mentalness.

scaevola Fri 01-Aug-14 00:02:54

It's right to boil only the amount of water you are going to use.

It's OTT to measure that exactly if it's a routine, because after you've done it a couple of times you should know by eye how far on the kettle gauge it needs to be filled.

Theselittlelightsofmine Fri 01-Aug-14 00:03:15

I heard it was the best way to save money by only filling kettle with the correct amount of water you actually need.

BoysAreLikeDogs Fri 01-Aug-14 00:03:26

Is the measurer an engineer?

anyoldname76 Fri 01-Aug-14 00:03:43

What about steam evaporation??? You need to measure the amount of steam lost and add that otherwise the whole task is pointless grin

BarbaraWoodlouse Fri 01-Aug-14 00:03:45

Bonkers McConkers!

noblegiraffe Fri 01-Aug-14 00:03:50

That's why kettles have gauges on them, so you don't have to fanny around every time.

It's a bit OTT and if you are in a hard water area like me then you want a bit extra in the kettle because the dregs sometimes have chalky bits in them (because we are crap at remembering to descale it).

I agree with the general concept of not over filling the kettle too much.

What noblegiraffe said. I always put a bit extra in so I don't tip half a teaspoon of limescale into the mugs.

ICanSeeTheSun Fri 01-Aug-14 00:05:38

I know this is not logical but I always over fills because I don't want the bottle of the kettle water, I descale my kettle regular so don't even know why.

SiennaBlake Fri 01-Aug-14 00:05:51

Well, it's definitely not "a bit OCD".

A bit anal maybe.

Cross-posted with Chaz!

Goofymum Fri 01-Aug-14 00:06:27

I would say it is right to only boil what you need, I wouldnt say that's it's genius. I would also say it's OTT to be so precise about it. Are you still having this debate together over your cocoa?

woolypigs Fri 01-Aug-14 00:07:17

I fill up enough for what I need partner fills to the top. It does my head in grin


KingJoffreysBloodshotEye Fri 01-Aug-14 00:08:24

It's a sign of over thinking and having too much time on your hands.

geekwitharaygun Fri 01-Aug-14 00:10:20

Bit OTT I reckon, because you might end up letting the kettle boil dry which can wreck the kettle and hurt you. Boiling an amount close to what you need isn't bankers though.

TheBloodManCometh Fri 01-Aug-14 00:28:52

Just put in roughly the amount of water. I say it's crazy and anal to do the measuring thing

SiennaBlake Fri 01-Aug-14 00:30:54

Aw. Now I feel a bit sorry for the people who do have OCD and do similar things who will read this thread and find they are crazy, bonkers mcconkers and pure mentalness.

BookABooSue Fri 01-Aug-14 00:32:19

It depends on the kettle. If the kettle has a guage then you can judge from that and the cup filling is an unnecessary faff. If it's a kettle you use on a hob (sorry can't think of the correct name) then I have a sneaking sympathy for using measuring cups once or twice but doing it every night is still madness! So actually yes it is ott.

LetsFaceTheMusicAndDance Fri 01-Aug-14 00:45:14

Unless the filler of the kettle has rubbish spatial skills and the kettle has no gauge, they are being daft. Though it's good energy saving to just boil approximately what you need rather than overfilling.

ADishBestEatenCold Fri 01-Aug-14 00:48:14

I think your DH is the measurer!!!!! <<< leaping up and down excitedly >>> Is there a prize????


.... was that not the question?

Floggingmolly Fri 01-Aug-14 00:53:51

Clever, money saving genius???? hmm You'd probably save about 3p a week...

ICanSeeTheSun Fri 01-Aug-14 01:12:26

How about the loser buys this!3391!3!53189967564!!!g!64555875324!&ef_id=U8ggKgAAAIPHHn5H:20140801001132:s

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