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Post# 297274   8/16/2008 at 20:30 (3,692 days old) by peterh770 (Marietta, GA)        

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Cleaning out pics off the camera... Found this... Benita in the basket on the Miele, enjoying the vibrations...

Post# 297295 , Reply# 1   8/16/2008 at 21:01 (3,692 days old) by frigilux (The Minnesota Prairie)        

Very cute! Cats do love a nice basket of laundry----and who wouldn't? If I were that small, I would probably think it a great place for a nap, too.

Post# 297302 , Reply# 2   8/16/2008 at 21:32 (3,692 days old) by nmaineman36 ()        

My cat Kyle always loves it when I bring the laundry up from the basement to fold. He loves it when the clothes are still warm and he will jump into the basket while I am folding the clothes and roll around in the clean drives me nuts as I am folding them. Plus he loves the smell of the clothes...that Downy april fresh scent.
I try to sneak back into the house and Scott will call Kyle and tell him..."Daddy's got clean clothes Kyle and they are warm too" Kyle will come running down the stairs and up onto the table and into the basket. I thank Scott for doing that in a sarcastic way...and he says..anything to help....

Post# 297457 , Reply# 3   8/17/2008 at 13:07 (3,691 days old) by foraloysius (Leeuwarden, the Netherlands)        
Cute, cute, cute!!!!

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I love cats with character! As they say overhere: Dogs have owners, cats have staff!

Post# 297501 , Reply# 4   8/17/2008 at 16:59 (3,691 days old) by eddy1210 (Burnaby BC Canada)        
See, she knows which is best

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And what about the electrical problems you were having with this machine Peter, is that resolved?

Post# 297622 , Reply# 5   8/18/2008 at 10:06 (3,690 days old) by peterh770 (Marietta, GA)        

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Hey Eddy!

Yes, it was one of the fuse holders in the electrical box (on the wall behind the basket). I think one of the fuses had blown, so all the power was going thru only one, which did not blow, and overheated too many times, warping and melting the fuse holder. A quick trip to Graingers for a replacement 15A fuse holder, and it was good. (Now the dryer side is starting to do the same, even with new fuses. Who woulda thunk a fuse holder would go bad?)

Now I have to reconfig the laundry room for the W1928/T15?? set I got recently...

The cat is Benita, the house punk.

Post# 297626 , Reply# 6   8/18/2008 at 10:27 (3,690 days old) by toggleswitch2 ()        
May we have a picture of your box?

Naughty naughty kitty rubbing on all sorts of surfaces for the stimulation, vibration and contact.

Man is like steel; if he loses his temper he loses his worth.

I wonder if the repeated heatings and coolings of the fuse-holder helps it lose its temper (hardness) {NO GIGGLING!!!!}
Then it may indeed shift or move or bend and not make as good contact therby heating up more than before.

Post# 297732 , Reply# 7   8/18/2008 at 20:26 (3,690 days old) by eddy1210 (Burnaby BC Canada)        
Here's the box

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For you Steve, not the prettiest box but it does the job

Post# 297734 , Reply# 8   8/18/2008 at 20:31 (3,690 days old) by eddy1210 (Burnaby BC Canada)        

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Peter, I don't think I've seen that model of Miele. Does it have a porthole? I just got a W1930 which is identical to your 1918 only without the porthole. I have a splitter box very similar to yours... I better keep an eye on those fuses and holders inside. What's the highest temp setting on your 1918? My 1930 goes to 95 celcius which is just over 200.

Post# 297745 , Reply# 9   8/18/2008 at 21:40 (3,690 days old) by toggleswitch2 ()        


Post# 297764 , Reply# 10   8/18/2008 at 22:30 (3,690 days old) by peterh770 (Marietta, GA)        

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The W1926 is the large capacity version of the W1918. The spin speed only goes to 1200 rpm with only 3 speed selections (1200, 900, 600)plus "without final spin".

On the W1918, the extra hot temps are 150, 160 and 170. On the W1926, the extra hot temps are 155 (70), 180 (80) and 190 (90) (these f/c translations are from the owner's manual.

On the W1926, the dark gray "rapid wash" indicator includes all cycles/temps except Woolens and the ala carte selections. On the W1918, "rapid wash" includes Woolens, but not the extra hot Cotton options.

Just took this in the dark. Will get a better pic when the sun is up...

The dryer is T1526.

Post# 297765 , Reply# 11   8/18/2008 at 22:39 (3,690 days old) by peterh770 (Marietta, GA)        

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W1918 controls

Post# 297766 , Reply# 12   8/18/2008 at 22:40 (3,690 days old) by peterh770 (Marietta, GA)        

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My box...

Post# 297778 , Reply# 13   8/18/2008 at 22:55 (3,690 days old) by eddy1210 (Burnaby BC Canada)        
So it's a 6kg early Novotronic

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That's interesting Peter, I've never seen that model in Canada at all. The 1st larger capacity 6 kg machines started here with the W1986. Here's a pic of my 1930. I hate the fact that there's no porthole but this was found still brand new in a liquidation place and I just couldn't say no. I'm guessing mine is a mid- 90's machine.

Post# 297786 , Reply# 14   8/18/2008 at 23:10 (3,690 days old) by peterh770 (Marietta, GA)        

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I think the W1986 was the next generation.

You know, since the "window to nowhere" is there, could a jigsaw and some trim give you a view?

Post# 297820 , Reply# 15   8/19/2008 at 06:07 (3,689 days old) by toggleswitch2 ()        
Sing it girls...All I want is a room (womb ) with a view....

Nice box. Sucky-type fuses.

What do the washer plug's prongs/pins look like? Are thy Euro pins or American prongs?

I guess I am asking if it is a standard U.S. 220v 15a or 20a receptacle and plug. :-)

I appreciate very much the pics and your indulgence!

Post# 297851 , Reply# 16   8/19/2008 at 10:12 (3,689 days old) by seamusuk (Dover Kent UK)        
Complicated boxes..

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Hey Steve

As you are aware over here in the land of 240V those would just be plugged into a standard double socket with nothing complicated going on. Im guessing it does more than just split the 220V dryer outlet into 2- would ya care to explain??


Post# 297853 , Reply# 17   8/19/2008 at 10:16 (3,689 days old) by peterh770 (Marietta, GA)        

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Nope, it just splits the juice from the 30a into 2 legs. There is almost nothing inside the box. I was surprised to find nothing but splited wires in there.

Post# 297857 , Reply# 18   8/19/2008 at 10:26 (3,689 days old) by toggleswitch2 ()        
I bet you will be sorry you asked.

The box takes a standard U.S. 220v 30a dryer circuit and breaks it into two outlets, both fused to the lower amperages used by Euro machines. [A 30a fuse or circuit protection would not adequately protect the machines' smaller gauge wiring.]

Although the Euro dryer is fitted with a larger plug (probably emulating a "std" U.S. 30a one), we can see that the washer has a smaller 15a or 20a one.

Instead of the machines getting 220v between a hot (phase conductor) and a neutral (ase seen in Europe and other parts of the world), they are getting American Style 220v between two hots.

So in short all it (the box) does is break one outlet into two and fuse them at a lower than 30a amperage. I would assume thatt to be 15a or 20a.

An American washer with a Euro dryer is a bad idea, Slow spins and slow, smaller dryer (circa 2,500 watts).

A Euro washer (fast spin, traditionally smaller capaciy) with an American (fast, large) dryer [5,000 watt +/- heater] is a better combination. But using an electric American dryer will mean the full capacity of the std. U.S. 30a dryer circuit is needed and then a Euro washer will need a dedicted 220v line, which this box attempts to avoid!

Canada uses a system nearly identical to the U.S. and is meant to be included when I say U.S.

Post# 297875 , Reply# 19   8/19/2008 at 12:22 (3,689 days old) by mielabor ()        

Is there no problem with the difference in cycle frequencies (50/60 Hz)? The connector box doesn't seem to convert that.

Post# 297936 , Reply# 20   8/19/2008 at 14:34 (3,689 days old) by eddy1210 (Burnaby BC Canada)        
not needed

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Because the European machines that are exported to America are built to 60 Hz standard.

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