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Observations in Washers & Dryers, on Tubs & Drums
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Post# 984424   2/26/2018 at 12:02 (206 days old) by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        

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Something I've recently been wondering or suddenly, randomly thinking about:


Why is it that anything that is vertical is called a tub & anything horizontal is a drum?


Except that even front-load washers, I think, have a tub, regardless, in which case:


Why do washers or anything that washes have a tub & anything that dries has a drum?


(Any further philosophies or thoughts?)




-- Dave

Post# 984437 , Reply# 1   2/26/2018 at 13:36 (206 days old) by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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well, a drum is just that, resembling a drum you would play.....

tubs probably refers back to a tub of water, like a rinse tub, wash tub....

ones I found interesting was a barrel...for the most part, horizontal like a guns barrel or a barrel of whisky......yet a barrel of pickles was always upright...then again, you could find barrels stored in either position...

Post# 984623 , Reply# 2   2/27/2018 at 20:34 (205 days old) by perc-o-prince (Southboro, Mass)        

Front load Miele washers have a drum.


Post# 984642 , Reply# 3   2/28/2018 at 05:36 (205 days old) by Rolls_rapide (Scotland, UK)        

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There's more to it than that.

The perforated inner is the 'drum'. Also referred to as 'the inner drum'.
The suds container is the 'tub'. Also known as 'the outer tub'.

Post# 985683 , Reply# 4   3/7/2018 at 11:21 (197 days old) by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        

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Hmmmm... And in Washers: --there's also BASKET...

-- Dave

Post# 985688 , Reply# 5   3/7/2018 at 12:32 (197 days old) by DADoES (TX, U.S. of A.)        

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Basket (with perforations) and drum are interchangeable terms.  Bowl and spin basket and spin tub sometimes are used.

Post# 985960 , Reply# 6   3/9/2018 at 18:34 (195 days old) by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        

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Definition of drum:

5 : something resembling a drum in shape: such as a (1) : any of the cylindrical blocks that form the shaft of a column (2) : a round wall or structure that supports a dome

b : a cylindrical machine or mechanical device or part

c : a cylindrical container; specifically : a large usually metal container for liquids ·a 55-gallon drum

1. a wide, open, deep, typically round container with a flat bottom used for holding liquids, growing plants, etc.

1. a container used to hold or carry things, typically made from interwoven strips of cane or wire.

Early wringer, semi-automatic and later fully automatic washers that were top loading, were just that; tubs mounted by various means to hold washing. No different really than the various metal, wood, or porcelain tubs of old used on laundry day. If you want to upmarket things and get away from references to the drudgery of past, there is always "basket" for top loading washers.

H-axis washers obviously have some sort of container to hold laundry, but as they aren't open from top nor derived from stationary wash tubs went with "barrel" or even "wheel" because that is what the things closely resembled both in appearance and action of movement.

Suds container seems to be a rather modern incarnation used for H-axis wash wheels. It *may* be an English translation of something in German since Miele and Bosh (among others) seem to be some of the first to use that term starting around early in this or last decade:

Post# 986011 , Reply# 7   3/10/2018 at 01:41 (195 days old) by tolivac (greenville nc)        

All along thought a "drum" was a musical instrument!

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