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washing machine time since done

So you know how late the previous user is
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So many times you come to the laundry room and find a machine that has finished washing that has not been emptied. You can't tell whether it just finished and the person is on his or her way and perhaps only about a minute late, or if it has finished a long a time ago and therefore the person is a selfish SOB. So just like the machine has a timer which counts down till the was is finished, why not have it count up from then? It could display in a different color for up vs down, or display the seconds so you know which way it is going.
ProblemSolver, Oct 18 2020

Fake dirty water dog bath Fake_20dirty_20water_20dog_20bath
Shameless elf-promotion [8th of 7, Oct 18 2020]

For [2 fries shy of a happy meal] https://www.google....Aw&biw=1920&bih=979
Existing big hamster wheels [neutrinos_shadow, Oct 19 2020]

Ready for plumbing. https://imgur.com/a/kva94Ch
[2 fries shy of a happy meal, Oct 19 2020]


       I was a little confused until I realised this was for a machine in a laundromat/communal laundry area.
Is it a North American thing to not own your own washing machine?
neutrinos_shadow, Oct 18 2020

       Laundrette in UK, people still use them. Round here you get outdoors ones at petrol stations.
pocmloc, Oct 18 2020

If I can get our laundromat up and running I plan to build and install dual dog baths. For a while there I was getting sent all over the province building these things in pet stores.
People go nuts for them.

       We're considering calling it the Suds-yer-Duds & Sog-yer-Dog.   

       // People go nuts for them. //   

       Some dogs go nuts in them. A fifty kilo mud-caked Clumber Spaniel* that does NOT want a bath is quite a challenge.   

       *Net weight of Spaniel, 32 kilos; gross weight including layer of wet, sticky mud, 50 kilos. And there's all the lumps that fell off on the car on the way to the dog bath to be factored in, too.
8th of 7, Oct 18 2020

       Really, well I just stick my hand in and feel if the dryer/clothes are still piping hot or ice cold. A bold move I realize, you may end up in the pokey for attempted theft, but well, it's the price one must pay.
blissmiss, Oct 18 2020

       //A fifty kilo mud-caked Clumber Spaniel* that does NOT want a bath is quite a challenge.//   

       I guess Dog-Shower would be a better term than dog-bath. People find it easier to get their dogs into one of these mini-shower stalls because they are not full of water.
A very well anchored twelve inch leash keeps them in it when the spray starts.
Seriously, I've built many of these things now. Rich folks are incorporating them into their own laundry rooms.
Of course it won't hurt any that I intend to fence in an off-leash dog park with a water feature here on the property for our gusets.

       All of those rich tourists thinking of heading back to Alberta trapped in their RV's with their soggy reeking dogs will pay a pretty penny to wash them and their clothes here before they embark.   

       So far the jingle is taking the form of yellow submarine in my head.   

       Suds yer Duuuuds... and sog yer dog.
Or you can sog yer dog... and suds yer duds.
'Cause suds yer duds,
and sog yer dog.
Let's you suds yer dog,
and sog yer duds.


       We all suds our duds while we sog our dog.
While we sog our dog.
While we sog our dog.
We all...

       // not full of water. //   

       Depends on the water.   

       Cold muddy water, with plentiful weed, green slime, weird wriggly things and Unidentified Floating Stuff ? Just try and keep a Spaniel out of it ... WHOOOSH-SPLASH ...   

       Then they come bounding out, grinning, and shake ...   

       Warm, clean water and the slightest hint of soap or shampoo ? See that dot in the middle distance, still accelerating and leaving a trail of mucky prints ? That was your dog, that was ...   

8th of 7, Oct 18 2020

       [2 fries shy of a happy meal]; (if possible) make part of the Sog-yer-Dog look like a giant-sized front-loader washing machine (with working hamster-wheel function). Spray nozzles on the rotating bit, and/or have the bottom of the cylindrical bit able to be under water (ie. in a trough of some sort).
neutrinos_shadow, Oct 19 2020

       Maybe later.   

       [2 fries shy of a happy meal] I think your dog bath/shower should be in the form of a scaled-down carwash
hippo, Oct 19 2020

       That would be cool. Here's a pic of what they currently look like. [link]   

       [+] for the idea.   

       //Is it a North American thing to not own your own washing machine?//   

       Ugh, that was a nasty surprise moving here. The first place I lived was an apartment in an ex-hotel. Next door was a communal laundry room, that was OK, if a little expensive. I know lots of people who have lived in places with no washer/dryer. And yet the Americans still marvel at British TV where the washing machine is in the kitchen, like having it inside the house next to the existing plumbing is the weird thing.   

       I think the reason is partly tradition, partly the practicality of the conventional washing machine being larger than many London apartments. They're also dreadful. Slow spin speeds, no detergent drawers, and because they're vertical, the top part only gets washed when it's run to max-fill, as such stuff grows up there and will find ways to make your clothes stinky if you leave them for any period after a wash.
bs0u0155, Oct 19 2020

       Yeah, England = washing machine in the kitchen, (some of) Asia = washing machine in the bathroom, USA = (communal) washing machine(s) in the basement. I'm designing a house, and mine is going under the stairs. One place I lived kept it in a hallway cupboard. On the other hand, my Aunty in Australia recently built a new house, and the laundry room is almost as big as my garage...
Each to their own, I guess.
neutrinos_shadow, Oct 19 2020

       //washing machine in the bathroom,//   

       I've had that, I got on with it quite well, since you're in there removing clothes, why not just throw them straight into the washing machine and after 2-3 days run it. It fell down in practical terms because it was a combo washer- drier which either a: don't dry b: don't work at all.   

       If I was building a house, there would be laundry chutes, multiple washers/driers for redundancy and some form of cabinet for hanging delicates complete with a dehumidifier & possibly the hot water tank to make use of the leaking heat.
bs0u0155, Oct 19 2020

       I change my clothes while I'm cooking so it's perfect for me in the kitchen. Or it would be if I did.
blissmiss, Oct 19 2020

       //I change my clothes while I'm cooking// - are you sure you're not cooking in your bedroom?
hippo, Oct 20 2020

       I had an old house with a laundry chute. It was handy but carrying the baskets back up from the basement was a chore. At one time I contemplated adding more chutes in order to separate by color.   

       BTW, laundry chutes these days are against building code for being a fire path hazard.   

       My wife's parents had their laundry in the kids' upstairs bathroom closet. It was always in the way for whomever needed to use the bathroom.   

       My parents' ranch house had the laundry in the kitchen, away from the cooking area. My mom hated it there.   

       Our present house has a laundry room that doubles as the passageway to the garage, unfortunately too small but landlocked by other rooms, so our drying rack always sits in the kitchen.
RayfordSteele, Oct 20 2020

       Wow, you are laundry jinxed. Better encourage Mrs. M. RayfordSteele to handwash, wring, and pin-up outside on the line, before your next move.   

       And hippo, you could be right. If I don't have my glasses on I could be just about anywhere cooking anything, up.
blissmiss, Oct 21 2020


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