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My childhood washers
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Post# 1074402   5/26/2020 at 16:08 (1,036 days old) by windiachef (Sandy Springs, SC)        

As a new member, I would like to share my story. First of all, I joined a few years back, but only now got around to introduce myself. I was born in 1980. At that time, my mother had a GE V14 set (I only remembered the black agitator it had). In 1983, my father gave the washer to a friend, and bought mama a Citation by Norge, which also had a black agitator and a timer with inclusive temperature control. A few years back, I inquired about a machine my aunt had; it was indeed a Wizard, similar to the Canadian Viking most of us have seen here, but the top of the agitator was different than that of the Viking. In 1985, her Wizard quit, and so dad gave her the Citation, and bought mama a GE--which I hated!

Why? Because it was as BOL as they get. It was a single speed washer with no Filter-Flo, a fixed water level, warm wash and a cold rinse. It had the most boring timer you may ever see, with a 10-minute wash, spin, rinse, and spin. Inside was a blue 4-fin agitator I called "Ol' Finny", which I also despised. Btw, this was the only blue agitator I ever seen in a GE wit a SNAP-ON Activator cap. Finally in 1992, Mama got a new Amana set, which lasted her a long time.

Today as a homeowner myself, I have a 2003 Whirlpool DD Super Capacity washer that has a 5-fin Surgilator with lint filter and fabric softener dispenser. Although I love GE washers best, these DD washers are excellent daily drivers. They are the best for the durability and capacity; and although they do need repairs from time to time, they are easy to repair, and the parts are readily availible. The matching dryer has an oven-style door and interior drum light. Like the washer, it's just as easy to repair.

I would like to own a GE V-14 set someday, but I don't have anywhere to put them right now. If anyone has a spare black V14 agitator with filter to sell, I will pay a decent price. I would also like a six-fin Activator and a blue ramp activator, although I think that one is sort of rare.

In closing, as a child, people around me thought I was weird for having an interest in washing machines. Yet I had interests in things boys should like, like wrestling, sports, cars, video games, and later on, girls... I always believed I wasn't the only one who liked washing machines, and here, I feel right at home. I am also not ashamed to admit I have Asperger's Syndrome. Many people said I wouldn't amount to anything, but I've been driving an 18-wheeler for over 12 years now; and I do a fantastic job at that!

Take care my friends, and may God bless you!

Post# 1074483 , Reply# 1   5/27/2020 at 07:01 (1,035 days old) by arbilab (Ft Worth TX (Ridglea))        

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Howdy Robert.  I'm Aspy too.  Always drawn to machines.  They make more sense than people do. They do what they're expected to do and if not there's a very good reason, not just because they felt like it. 


Washers in particular; water in motion is endlessly fascinating.  Hawaii surfer '67-'75.

Post# 1074606 , Reply# 2   5/27/2020 at 22:20 (1,034 days old) by windiachef (Sandy Springs, SC)        

Nice to meet you, Rick. I thought I'd get a great welcome here, but I guess I must have accidently rubbed someone the wrong way or I'm not that interesting. I'm accustomed to it though. I pay no regards to what people around where I live think about my interests. I just find satisfaction in vintage appliances; and it's good to know we're not the only ones. My wife and family love me, and they think I'm just fine. The appliance dealers around here don't complain about me, because their offerings don't interest me to warrant my presence. Today's washers are as boring as the way they perform--just lousy. If clothes are gonna get clean, you need water; not too much, but more than what today's washers use. As for my Whirlpool, my only complaint is that when I need HOT water, it still wants to add just a little bit of cold water. So I figured out that all I need is a Y-adapter and a short hose to bypass the filling mechanism; and I can also fill it with more water than what the water level switch does. Happy laundering, my friend!

Post# 1074614 , Reply# 3   5/27/2020 at 23:15 (1,034 days old) by arbilab (Ft Worth TX (Ridglea))        

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We know, Aspergers is not 'one thing'.  It's a branch on the autism tree with many leaves and buds.  It tends toward enhanced faculties in individually-specific functional areas, often at the expense of other areas.


If there was a pill that 'cured' Aspergers, I wouldn't take it.  It's what I am and it serves me well by not only my own standards, but those of my employers.  I'm not or ever will be a 'people magnet' and that suits me fine as well. 


A little obsessive-compulsive over laundry, and it's somewhat taxing putting it through my barely-adequate Chinese twintub.  Do get the results I want, counts for more than 'convenience'.  Besides, in this government geezer asylum, I'm in violation just owning it.  Don't tell anyone, LOL.

Post# 1074619 , Reply# 4   5/28/2020 at 00:30 (1,034 days old) by aircub (Huntington, AR)        
Hello and welcome

Howdy, so nice to meet you and hope you come to enjoy and get greatness out of this club. you will find we all have loves and differences of our appliances and love to show them off as well as help eachother. Everyone makes you feel welcome no matter our differences. I love the want and my dream machine is a 63 ge v12 like my mothers first machine.
also on your whirlpool dd just unplug the wires on the mixer valuve for the temp control. that will stop the cold mixing with the hot when you want hot.

once again welcome,


Post# 1074658 , Reply# 5   5/28/2020 at 06:13 (1,034 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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Hello Robert, great to hear your stories, the liking washers is something we can all relate to,my aunts are still amazed I know every machine they had but cant remember themselves lol..

Over the pond our family washer was a trusty Servis twintub which washed for a family of six, at least 3 days a week for 2 hours a day over 16 yrs. then mum had her first automatic after 18 yrs of marriage !!

Hope your search for GEv14 set pays off, keep looking !!

Cheers, Mike

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Post# 1074674 , Reply# 6   5/28/2020 at 08:25 (1,034 days old) by pierreandreply4 (St-Bruno de montarville (province of quebec) canada)        

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this was the washer dryer set of my childhood 1972 inglis superb washer dryer set in white with brush type lint filter and liquid fabric softner dispenser i wish i could find those in harvest gold or avocado green they would be my dream vintage set to own

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Post# 1074689 , Reply# 7   5/28/2020 at 10:19 (1,034 days old) by Golittlesport (California)        

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Hi Robert. Thanks for introducing yourself and sharing your story! No one judges you here. Just enjoy the stories, photos, videos, conversations and comradery.

Most of us here share stories of the washers we grew up with, and not just our immediate family -- but those of friends, neighbors and extended family as well. Born in the 1950's, I grew up exposed to many conventional machines (wringer and spinner washers) as well as automatics. Those were the days! So many different designs and wash actions.

Post# 1074720 , Reply# 8   5/28/2020 at 15:08 (1,034 days old) by JustJunque (Western MA)        

Hello, and welcome!
Thank you for introducing yourself, and sharing your stories.
I find it interesting how Aspergers/autism seem to pop up among members here, as well as on the vacuum site.
I've never been officially diagnosed with it, but the more I learn about it, it would definitely explain some things!
My earliest childhood laundry room memories were an unmatched pair of white Whirlpools; the dryer slightly newer than the washer.
I used to like to sit on the dryer and watch the washer do its thing. Specifically, I remember the black Surgilator with the chrome cap, and the waterfall filter with the clear top, and brush inside.
I even used to enjoy cleaning the soggy lint out of the bristles after the washer shut off.
I hope you feel welcome here, and please don't be a stranger!
We enjoy stories, and pictures! God bless!


Post# 1074725 , Reply# 9   5/28/2020 at 15:19 (1,034 days old) by seedub (South Texas Hill Country)        

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Robert, et al:

You're welcome to check out the "Earliest Childhood Memories" and "History of Appliances Owned" sections of my profile. I have tons of content there.

Post# 1074791 , Reply# 10   5/29/2020 at 00:02 (1,033 days old) by Hippiedoll ( arizona )        
Hi there windiachef/Robert!

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So glad you finally decided to introduce yourself. And I enjoyed reading your childhood washer story. Especially the part where you "hated" that BOL GE washer that your dad bought your moms. And how you "despised" the "Old Finny"! That made me chuckle.
hm hm hm...

So your 2003 Whirlpool has Surgilator agitator in it? That's cool! I didn't think Whirlpool continued making the Surgilator after they came out with the dual-action agitator?
But then again, I don't know too much about Whirlpool washers except that my moms had one in the mid-70's (with a Surgilator agitator) when I was little, and she has a modern one today, bought within this past decade (with a dual-action agitator). I wish her Whirlpool that she has now had the Surgilator!

Thanks for sharing your childhood washers stories and welcome!

Post# 1074849 , Reply# 11   5/29/2020 at 11:37 (1,033 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

Welcome, Robert.


As a child, washing machines and aquariums were my chief interest, along with rivers and dams.  Later dishwashers, dryers and other appliances entered my circle of interest.  I have also had a lifelong problem with coordination. I was called a clumsy child and was not at home on the athletic field, nor, sadly, on the piano bench.  As a kid, I read encyclopedias instead of story books and talked with adults more than kids. I remain weird to this day, but I have a house full of appliances, books and plants and some good friends. I am happy to be at home during the pandemic because even when I am alone, I am not lonely.


Years ago, I made a car trip by myself and stopped for fuel at a truck stop.  They had a coin laundry so I had to check that out--coin op Maytags.


Be careful on the road.



Post# 1074856 , Reply# 12   5/29/2020 at 12:29 (1,033 days old) by mrsalvo (New Braunfels Texas)        

Welcome!!!!! It's nice to meet you. Hope that you will post and give your input on the threads.
I was a caregiver to my Dad, he passed last summer from cancer and Alzheimer's, the last 3 years have been nothing but a nightmare. I took care of him for 1/3 of my adult life, and I had NO help. So now I'm literally relearning how to live life, at 60 years old!!! I, too, am somewhat Aspy, was told in the 7th grade I was mentally challenged. It explained why I cannot memorize word for word, but the funny thing is, when I wanted to learn something I didn't have any problem at all. So it boiled down to motivation I think in my instance, in large a part. I tried not to let any of it hold me back in life.
I love learning what others use, products, in daily life. This is hands down the best site on the internet. I have learned much from others here and I do value their opinions. Hope you will not be a stranger. Okay?


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