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Liberal_in_LA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-15-09 02:49 PM
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How old is your oldest working appliance? Couple has 42 yr old working washer/dryer
My oldest appliance is my TV... had it about 23 years. Works fine...but a it's thick as hell compared to the new flat screens.
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Maytag man visits 42-year-old appliances

OLD FORGE, Pa., Aug. 14 (UPI) -- Maytag's "Lonely Repairman" made a stop at the home of Pennsylvania couple who have had their washer and dryer since 1967 -- but the appliances weren't broken.

Clay Jackson, who portrays Maytag's "Lonely Repairman" on the TV advertisements, visited the home of Fred and Grace Augustine in Old Forge Thursday to congratulate them on the longevity of their Maytag washer and dryer and offer them a new refrigerator to replace their ailing fridge, which is not a Maytag, the Wilkes-Barre (Pa.) Times-Leader reported Friday.

http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2009/08/14/Maytag-man-visit...
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polichick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-15-09 02:50 PM
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1. My 20-year old Maytag dryer just died - but the washer is still going strong. nt
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H2O Man Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-15-09 02:51 PM
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2. I have my
grandfather's level and two-man saw. I realize they aren't "appliances," but they work just fine and are over 100 years old.
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Libertas1776 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-15-09 02:51 PM
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3. (sigh)
the days when things were made to last.
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Vinca Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-15-09 02:52 PM
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4. My last washer and dryer were Maytag, too . . . or so I thought.
A guy came to fix one of them and said they were actually Magic Chef - a lower end brand - with Maytag labeling. I'll never buy Maytag again.
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Liberal_in_LA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-15-09 02:52 PM
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5. Yikes!
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LeftyMom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-15-09 03:01 PM
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12. Are they the "Maytag Performa" stuff?
Edited on Sat Aug-15-09 03:02 PM by LeftyMom
That's not *really* Maytag.
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Vinca Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-15-09 04:42 PM
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64. Just checked and that's exactly what they were.
The dryer is dead and gone, replaced by a Sears Kenmore. The washer is still working although we've had whatever the gizmo is that makes it spin replaced twice and the clothes never have enough water whirled out of them.
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LeftyMom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-15-09 05:17 PM
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75. Yeah, they're crap.
When I sold appliances years ago we had that line and I always tried to steer people away from it, either to a real Maytag or to a Whirlpool for about the same price as the Performas. I was always very careful to explain the differences between the Performas and the real Maytag stuff, too. They were freakin' legion, let me tell you. The quality difference was huge.
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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-15-09 03:23 PM
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38. That was what happened to me, but it was a different companay that slapped the
Maytag label on. When the motor burnt out it scared me to death. Living in a trailer any possibility of a fire is just terrifying.
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bain_sidhe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-15-09 02:53 PM
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6. Oh, man! We came soo close!
Our Kenmore set was, we figure, 30 years old when it died.

Our stove still works, kinda (two of the burners are wonky and you have to know precisely where to set them to avoid burning or not-warming whatever's on them). But we don't know how old it is. Our sister got it, used, from her mother-in-law when they got married, we got it from her when we got married 20 years ago. So at least 30, probably more. They don't make the burner liners for it anymore.
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Liberal_in_LA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-15-09 02:55 PM
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8. You know what? You just reminded me that my stove is my oldest appliance. Original to my
Edited on Sat Aug-15-09 02:57 PM by Liberal_in_LA
place, I think it's 30+ years old. I am not the first owner so I forgot about the stove's age. It barely works.

Only two of the burners work...that's enough for now. Of course, on the HGTV shows buyers MUST have 5 or 6 burners these days and 2 ovens.
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KittyWampus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-15-09 02:54 PM
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7. LOL! My Dad said "maybe they never washed their clothes" :-D Our 40 yr old freezer just died
last month.

Our ice machine is also at least 40 years old.

Both were from Sears.
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roseBudd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-15-09 02:57 PM
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9. I bought my 1953 stove last year
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JackDragna Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-15-09 02:57 PM
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10. My Kirby vacuum cleaner is older than I am..
..about 35 years old, I think. Pretty much all metal. It really, really sucks.
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Liberal_in_LA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-15-09 02:59 PM
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11. The Dyson guy wants you to get one of those high tech ball vacuums
;-)
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RubyDuby in GA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-15-09 05:36 PM
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84. I think I'd trade him my kid for one of those Dysons right about now
but then again, I wouldn't have the mess and then wouldn't need it.

:shrug:
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Hannah Bell Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-16-09 04:55 AM
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124. i just got through cleaning a house using one of those. it sucked, & not in a good way.
designed by someone who doesn't clean much, i think.

the extension used for corners & small spaces was designed so as to be pretty unmanueverable.
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eleny Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-15-09 03:01 PM
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13. I've got my mom's avocado green Rival crock pot that has to be from the 1970s
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Liberal_in_LA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-15-09 03:03 PM
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14. I recently replaced a yellow 70s dishwasher. What was it with avocado and yellow in the 70s?
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eleny Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-15-09 03:07 PM
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19. I had an avocado green stove and fridge and loved them
Even if there was some grease on the stove, it didn't look icky. And they looked great with our tongue in groove wood cedar kitchen walls. Sort of woodsy. :D

I miss the color since green goes with so much and it's "retro" now. But I wouldn't give up my newer double door fridge for anything since it's so easy to clean the interior.
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surrealAmerican Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-15-09 03:18 PM
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29. That's not yellow, it's "harvest gold".
I think people had just gotten sick of all the white and pastel from the 50's and 60's.
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Liberal_in_LA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-15-09 03:20 PM
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32. Oh that's right...harvest gold was the name of the color. In a few years folks will b sick of their
stainless steel
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Mariana Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-15-09 03:28 PM
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41. I was sick of it before it became popular.
I spent too many years working shitty jobs in restaurants, I guess, and don't want to be reminded of it. I can't stand stainless steel in the kitchen.
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Mariana Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-15-09 03:31 PM
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43. Oops.
Edited on Sat Aug-15-09 03:31 PM by Mariana
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madokie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-15-09 03:04 PM
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15. We just recently upgraded our 25+ year old washer/dryer
We got one hell of a deal by buying on black friday too. :-)
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kestrel91316 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-15-09 03:05 PM
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16. My sister and BIL have a 28-yr-old Cuisinart food processor that has seen daily use
since they got it for their wedding in 1981.
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Maru Kitteh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-15-09 03:05 PM
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17. I have a 30 year old hair dryer that works. My uncle gave it to me for Chrismas when I was 11.
Duct tape holds part of it together, but it still works like a champ.
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Liberal_in_LA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-15-09 03:06 PM
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18. That's unusual. Heat coils tend to fail eventually.
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Maru Kitteh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-15-09 04:11 PM
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51. Not if you have one of these:
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eleny Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-15-09 03:10 PM
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20. You reminded me
Somewhere around here I've got one of those bonnet type hair dryers that we got when I was a teenager in the 1960s. But I don't know if it still works. The bonnet is the soft kind that looks like a shower cap.
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Liberal_in_LA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-15-09 03:11 PM
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24. OMG... I hated those things. I had one for awhile. Eventually tossed it.
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eleny Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-15-09 03:17 PM
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28. It could toast the back of your neck!
But it beat sleeping on jumbo "juice can" rollers all to heck.
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Liberal_in_LA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-15-09 03:19 PM
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30. I remember how uncomfortable the bonnet was...the way the elastic plastic bunch felt on my head.
And yeah, the heat on the neck sucked also.
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Wilms Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-15-09 03:10 PM
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21. Vornado attic fan and a Westinghouse vacuum 55 years or older.
Plus my early seventies stereo equipment.

:D

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Tansy_Gold Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-15-09 03:10 PM
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22. My Kenmore toaster was a wedding gift in 1969. n/t
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Madam Mossfern Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-15-09 03:14 PM
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27. A Braun bean grinder
that's over 32 years old. All of our kitchen appliances are over 20 years old but the dishwasher died last year. I hate my Viking range and wish it would finally go kaput! Arrrrrrrgh!
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eleny Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-15-09 03:20 PM
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33. Hold onto it - the new ones from China are garbage
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Tansy_Gold Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-15-09 06:50 PM
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95. I know. Actually, I DREAD having to replace it. . . .
Everything from China is, essentially, crap.

I had an iron I bought at a rummage sale when I was in college, in 1966. I finally got rid of it in 1996 because the insulation on the cord was fraying, though the iron continued to work fine. Since 1996 I have had AT LEAST six irons. The current one is four years old and so far is working fine, but since I've left the outside working world -- now work at home -- I do far less ironing than I used to.


Tansy Gold
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Mythsaje Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-15-09 03:11 PM
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23. We inherited my friend's parents drier... It's 30 something. n/t
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lildreamer316 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-15-09 03:11 PM
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25. I believe the deep freezer I am sitting beside was bought in the early-to-mid 60s.
All I know is, my parents always had it and I was born in '73. I know they moved in the house we were in around '61, so it's at least as old as me, if not older.
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CrispyQ Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-15-09 03:13 PM
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26. I have a 22 year old GE dryer & an 18 year old Amana fridge.
The fridge is starting to whir & runs a lot. :shrug:

My sister bought a Maytag side-by-side fridge 5 years ago & it's already burned out. Another friend's fridge lasted 8 years. Where do all these old appliances go? Can't you get them fixed or is it a convenience factor? Getting a fridge fixed takes more time than buying a new one. ???
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Gogi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-15-09 03:21 PM
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34. Not really...
My Kenmore side by side fridge is about 10 years old and it cost me $150.00 to get a part replaced.
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demosincebirth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-15-09 04:12 PM
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52. Appliance parts are not cheap, even plastic handles run $50 and up.
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tilsammans Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-15-09 03:19 PM
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31. Not an appliance, but my furnace dates from the 50s.
I use it only when absolutely necessary.
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azmouse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-15-09 03:22 PM
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35. 15 yo Kitchenaid refrigerator
Still going strong.
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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-15-09 03:22 PM
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36. My Kenmore hand-me downs were close to that old when they gave up the ghost a few years back. Since
Edited on Sat Aug-15-09 03:24 PM by GreenPartyVoter
then I have been through TWO washers, one of which was a (fake) Maytag!
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Raven Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-15-09 03:23 PM
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37. BEAT THIS!!! A 35 year old WATER HEATER, under my cabin,
exposed to the NH winters...we drain it every year but that's it.

PS. Now I've jinxed myself...it will explode next week. :-)
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Hannah Bell Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-16-09 04:59 AM
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125. my 94 year old neighbor heats with a wood furnace from the 50s.
one of the big ones you throw cords of wood into in the basement & it turns into forced air heat on the ground floor.
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DarthCheney Donating Member (24 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-16-09 07:34 AM
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127. What brand? (Genuine Monkey Wards here!)
Was helping my brother move & noticed his hot water heater. Montgomery Wards! I figure it must be around 40 years old(?)
Had a good flashback conversation with him about all things Monkey Wards.
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HopeHoops Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-15-09 03:25 PM
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39. Our washer and dryer are 22 years old and made it through 3 kids worth of cloth diapers.
I think I had the belt on the dryer replaced once, but otherwise no repairs. They're Montgomery Ward simple models with controls that say silly stuff like "start". Nothing fancy, no electronics - just working machinery. Three kids worth of diapers is way too much to ask of any washer and dryer, but they're still cranking and the eldest is 18 now. They were also the least expensive offerings at the time.

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RC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-15-09 03:59 PM
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50. Wait a minute here. You're saying the kids are still in diapers?
"Three kids worth of diapers is way too much to ask of any washer and dryer, but they're still cranking and the eldest is 18 now."
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HopeHoops Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-15-09 05:23 PM
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79. LOL! Okay, I guess I could have made that a LITTLE clearer!
:rofl:
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spinbaby Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-15-09 03:25 PM
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40. We've had our dryer since 1987
And we got it used then, so I have no idea how old it is. We had to replace a belt once.


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Mz Pip Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-15-09 03:29 PM
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42. 37 year old
central vaccuum system that was in the house we bought 24 years ago. It still keeps sucking.
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Mariana Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-15-09 03:33 PM
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44. My aunt has a gas range from the 1930's that works perfectly.
It's the one that was put in when the house was built in 1938.
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Historic NY Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-15-09 03:40 PM
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45. My dryer is from 1978. It a Whirlpool..
eveything else in my house is Maytag.
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elfin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-15-09 03:41 PM
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46. 41 year old dryer - Kenmore
One of those "electronic sensor" models - newfangled for its time. Now have to have it on the "driest" level and sometimes have to do a few minutes more -- its companion washer gave out after 20 years.

Probably should preemptively replace - but only use about once a week.
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teenagebambam Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-15-09 03:42 PM
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47. My mom has a meat grinder that's older than me
And I just turned 43
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high density Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-15-09 03:53 PM
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48. My parents have a 37 year old dryer
They recently replaced their washer with a Maytag and the timer on it failed after six loads. They are not impressed. They have been waiting weeks for the part to come in.
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Speck Tater Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-15-09 03:58 PM
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49. My built-in range and oven were put in when the house was built 44 years ago. (1965) nt
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kittykitty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-15-09 04:17 PM
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53. I think I win the prize! A Worthington refrigerator from 1939--still humming. My parents bought
when they got married and moved into their new custom built house which cost $9000. My father was unhappy that he had a "high-priced mortgage" at 2%. My brother lives in the house now, and the refrigerator is still humming away in the basement--now used for beer, or something too large to put in the kitchen fridge.
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Liberal_in_LA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-15-09 05:30 PM
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81. Yep. U win the prize.
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KittyWampus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-15-09 10:38 PM
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109. Okay, here goes... our oven is a Garland 6 burner with flame grill circa 1920. It was bought
Edited on Sat Aug-15-09 10:39 PM by KittyWampus
used in about 1958. We just had it serviced by a guy who specializes in ovens and he dated it for us.

Sorry, I"m usually not THAT into being competitive like that :blush:
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Liberal_in_LA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-16-09 02:07 PM
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130. I take back the prize and award it to you.
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niceypoo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-15-09 04:19 PM
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54. My vacuum was made in the early 1930s
We use it almost every day.

Of course I didn't buy it new, I wasn't born til 1961.
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drmeow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-15-09 04:25 PM
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55. I didn't even own any appliances
until 12 years ago.
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truedelphi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-15-09 04:27 PM
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56. This spring, we replaced our 27 year old TV with a
Gorgeous large screen model I found at Salvation Army for $ 25 bucks.

I have to admit the old TV had a screwed up sound system, but the picture was just as good as ever. It was not working out well with the conversion to HD, though.

The old TV now has its own place in the guest room.
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nadinbrzezinski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-15-09 04:28 PM
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57. My 24 year old espresson maker
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Broken_Hero Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-15-09 04:29 PM
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58. 16yr old stove,
and that it.

My parents still have a maytag fridge that is still working, things has to be over 20yrs old. My dad has a frigidaire deep freezer thats at least 30yrs old...
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BattyDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-15-09 04:30 PM
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59. Wow ... they certainly got their money's worth!
Good for them. :toast:

Our 15 year old refrigerator died last month - that was the oldest appliance we had.

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Rowdyboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-15-09 04:32 PM
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60. We have a late 1930's GE refrigerator that we use in the kitchen for beer, cokes etc.
We call it the "Beveridgerator" and it looks like the one below.



Its a kickass little unit
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KittyWampus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-15-09 10:40 PM
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111. That LOOKS ancient. We have an old Garland stove but it doesn't really look that antique
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mopinko Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-15-09 04:35 PM
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61. i just retired my robot coupe food processor. it actually still worked
but the bowl and case were falling apart. it was 25 years old. i bought it at the marshall fields warehouse sale for the huge sum of $90.
i replaced it with a larger, pristine one of the same vintage from ebay. paid the same amount .
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Hekate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-15-09 04:35 PM
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62. The Maytag washer is 26 y.o. Don't know how old the stove and oven are...
... but they are Gaffers & Sattler and were here when we bought the house 26 years ago. The dishwasher and clothes dryer have not had the same staying power.

I was considering getting a new Maytag with extra features, but then they sold out and moved their operations to China. Now I plan on keeping the old washing machine forever.

Hekate

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DainBramaged Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-15-09 04:39 PM
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63. Whirlpool closed the factory and sold the employees out
Edited on Sat Aug-15-09 04:40 PM by DainBramaged
I'd rather wash my clothes in the tub than buy a Maytag


In 1997, a Maytag engineering team at Maytag Laundry Appliances Research and Development, developed the Maytag Neptune line of front-load washers.<1> A matching dryer was introduced to accompany the new washer. The company claimed the new Neptune model saved energy costs over traditional washer/dryer sets. Production of the Neptune line was later outsourced to Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. In 2001, the company acquired the Amana Corporation and its appliance assembly facilities. That same year, Ralph F. Hake became the last Chairman and Chief Executive of Maytag Corporation, serving in that post until March 2006. Once renowned as the standard for laundry appliances, by 2003 the company faced increasing competition from new appliance brands in the US market, as well as from existing appliance manufacturers who had outsourced production a decade earlier in order to reduce costs.<2><3> While Maytag had begun the process of shifting appliance production to lower-cost assembly plants outside the United States, by 2004 the company still produced 88 percent of its products in older U.S.-based factories.<4> In an apparent move away from traditional company marketing strategy, company management decided on a plan to stimulate consumer purchases of new Maytag appliances before their old ones had worn out.<5>

Costs incurred in Maytag's acquisition and integration of Amana and an increased corporate debt load led to aggressive internal cost-cutting efforts in direct materials, manufacturing, and distribution costs.<4><6> Maytag introduced a 'value' priced appliance line under a separate label, Performa by Maytag. To increase sales, the company also marketed Maytag-branded 'Legacy Series' washing machines that were otherwise identical to low-end Amana models, and built in the former Herrin, Illinois Amana assembly plant. The rebranded Maytag models, later termed Amanatags by dissatisfied owners, received poor customer reviews after reports surfaced of major mechanical and/or durability problems.<7><8> The company also consolidated warehouse operations and cut the number of Maytag vendors. Between 2002 and 2004, Maytag corporate management cut new-product investment in half.<4>

An increasing chorus of consumer complaints concerning product reliability and customer service, assisted by the rapid growth of internet consumer forums, began to affect the company's reputation with customers.<9><10><11><12> The company was also slow to react to customer complaints regarding its flagship Neptune washer and dryer line (labeled the Stinkomatic by dissatisfied customers), resulting in further damage to the company's reputation and a $33.5 million set-aside to settle several class-action lawsuits arising from the Neptune problems.<13><14><15><16> By 2005, Maytag's market share had declined to all-time lows, sales were flat, and customer satisfaction surveys ranked Maytag near the bottom of the appliance field. The problems with the Neptune line continued; in 2007, 250,000 Neptune washing machines became part of a nationwide safety recall by the Consumer Product Safety Commission due to fire danger.<17>

On April 1, 2006, the Whirlpool Corp. completed its acquisition of Maytag Corporation. In May 2006, Whirlpool announced plans to close the former Maytag headquarters office in Newton, as well as laundry manufacturing plants in Newton, Iowa; Herrin, Illinois; and Searcy, Arkansas by 2007.<18> Following the Maytag closure, all administration will be in Whirlpool's headquarters in Benton Harbor, Michigan. The Maytag name will still be used on rebranded Whirlpool appliances. Most Maytag employees were terminated, and some were offered jobs in Benton Harbor. The board of directors of Maytag all received five years' severance pay. Former chairman and CEO, Ralph F. Hake, received two years of base salary and two years of target bonus under his severance agreement.<19>

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maytag
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WolverineDG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-15-09 04:43 PM
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65. The Sunbeam toaster my parents got as a wedding gift in 1960 nt
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csziggy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-15-09 04:47 PM
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66. In our old house, the stove is 30 years old
But we built a new one and got all new appliances.

Let's see, out of the appliances in the old house, the dishwasher wore out in only 10 years, fridge in 17, dryer in 25, washer in 27. The original water heater is still in the house so it is 30 years old; the second one we added for the master bath is about 25 years old. The motor for the original hood over the stove is still working, but when we remodeled, we threw out the hideous metal thing and built a wooden hood and use the old motor and housing in it.

All the original appliances in that house were Kenmore - which probably meant they were really Frigidaire.
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Tracer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-15-09 04:48 PM
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67. 59 year-old KitchenAid Mixer.
Works great! Unfortunately, they DO NOT MAKE BOWLS that fit in the old sized ring. So --- I've got a great old mixer that has no bowl. It sits in the closet all by its lonesome.

Also -- last week my 25-year-old Whirlpool drier blew out its heating coil. Too old to fix, so I bought a new Whirlpool. Hope it lasts as long as the last one!
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dd20045 Donating Member (48 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-15-09 04:53 PM
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69. this makes me want to make
a how old is your car thread as it appears we no quality when we see it and are not duped into buying the latest thing as they are often not the best
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Pavulon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-15-09 05:07 PM
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73. Wacky I know
but try your community colleges and engineering schools. They may be able to mill an new one for you, as a project. I have a knife set I made out of an exotic steel used to make jet turbines. Super precise mill I set up in Brazil, can stand temps beyond 1000 f, but alas, not the dishwasher.
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tammywammy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-15-09 05:31 PM
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82. Try ebay for a bowl. n/t
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amborin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-15-09 04:50 PM
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68. 59 yr old Thermador wall oven worked until 2006
it was installed in our house when the house was built in 1947 and kept working (albeit with a
faulty themometer) until 2006
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Pavulon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-15-09 04:53 PM
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70. Whatever it was, bet my pinki it did not come from china
we outsourced all the labor to third world countries and then are surprised when nothing lasts. I have a fan that was made in 1930's and still runs just fine. I dont run it because i dont want it to break, but it is just fine when turned on. It weighs more than an M16 and had metal blades that would notch a finger.
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mitchum Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-15-09 05:00 PM
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71. 42 year old Fender amp (in my house, guitar amps are considered essential appliances)
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B3Nut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-15-09 11:57 PM
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113. I guess you could lump my 1963 Hammond B-3 into that category too
as well as my 1953 B-2 I keep parked at church...she's an old banged up road dog, but she still sounds sweet! Can't beat that old Chicago iron...built like a battleship. Not difficult to service for the most part, either. There's also a Philco console radio from the 40's that plays well and has a rebuilt power supply, but it needs a DeOxIt bath something fierce. We also have a couple old 50's-vintage hand mixers that work perfectly (far better than modern Chinese plastic crap) and a 50's Sunbeam stand mixer with all the attachments that my grandmother had since new.

They don't make 'em like they used to.

Todd in Cheesecurdistan
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mitchum Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-16-09 12:14 AM
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116. Absolutely! (n/t)
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central scrutinizer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-15-09 05:03 PM
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72. our gas stove is at least 60 years old
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the clock has quit working but the rest of it works great
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Lugnut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-15-09 05:07 PM
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74. We recently replaced a 33 year old refrigerator.
Edited on Sat Aug-15-09 05:10 PM by Lugnut
The harvest gold fridge still worked just fine but it rarely shut off. Since we got the new fridge in April our light bill has gone down $20 a month. :)

Edited to add: Our upright freezer is 32 years old and is still running just fine. I hate to get rid of it because it's not a frost-free model.

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LWolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-15-09 05:18 PM
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76. I have 2 working televisions from the 70s. nt
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leftyclimber Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-15-09 05:19 PM
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77. 1948 Singer straight stitch.
It'll sew through just about anything.
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MindPilot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-15-09 05:20 PM
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78. I have a soldering gun that is easily 40 years old.
Still use it regularly. And a Norelco electric shaver that I've had for at least 30 years--still sees daily use--it gets weekends off however.
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Blue_Tires Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-15-09 05:25 PM
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80. as i mentioned in another thread
i had a retired neighbor whose lawn mower and appliances were all 15-20 years old at the least...but he was also a magician with tools and knew how to keep pretty much ANYTHING running...
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tammywammy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-15-09 05:35 PM
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83. I have a washer/dryer that are 8 years old
I'm only 28, so my appliances are relatively new. My tv is a hand-me-down from my brother, probably older than the washer/dryer.

I had an old fridge, maybe 20 years old (given to me when I bought my house a couple of years ago), but I replaced it last February after it had been making clunking sounds, I figured it was on it's last leg.
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Liberal_in_LA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-15-09 05:39 PM
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85. Clunking sounds doesn't necessarily mean it's was on last legs... lol
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tammywammy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-16-09 04:49 AM
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123. It was when the compressor shut off
Plus, I had my income tax refund coming in and ended up with a much more energy efficient fridge. Plus, I donated the old one to the local homeless shelter, and I told the guy when he picked it up about the sound, and he was a fridge repair man. In the end, I got something better for myself (lower energy) and a family that needed a fridge got one too. :)
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Solly Mack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-15-09 05:42 PM
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86. Coffee grinder/mill from 1910... hank crank, so doe that count?
:)
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JustAnotherGen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-15-09 05:44 PM
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87. I'm currently watching my President on
A 15 year old Magnavox t.v.

I can't kill this thing. When it dies I'll buy a new one - but for now - I'm stuck with Magnavox. BTW - in 1994 it was the best of the best T.V. Go figure!
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MilesColtrane Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-15-09 06:01 PM
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88. I have a 19 year old microwave oven.
I didn't even buy it. It was given to me.
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Hekate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-15-09 11:46 PM
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112. Hang on to it. My first nuker lasted practically forever. Have had 2 or 3 since then....
Rather like my first toaster oven. Ever since toaster ovens started being made in China they don't work for shit or last very long either -- much worse than microwaves, actually.

Hekate

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Ikonoklast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-15-09 06:05 PM
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89. 29 yr. old GE electric stove.
Everything works on it.

I keep threatening to buy a new one, but my son (who cooks a great deal) is having none of it.
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JCMach1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-15-09 10:21 PM
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107. Have a cracking GE toaster oven from the 1970's
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SteveG Donating Member (833 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-15-09 06:09 PM
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90. Hummm
I have a 38 year old Craftsman circular saw that I use regularly, and a 40 year old Black & Decker 1/4 inch power drill that works like a charm. I had, until this weekend a 29 year old Black & Decker weed whacker that worked perfectly, but I can no longer get the cutting lines for it. I was really disappointed since that is the only reason I'm still not using it.
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Stinky The Clown Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-15-09 06:15 PM
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91. 32 year old Gravely 812 tractor
Edited on Sat Aug-15-09 06:15 PM by Stinky The Clown


( ^ not me nor my tractor)
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Viper Mad Donating Member (113 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-15-09 06:19 PM
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92. Not a 'major' appliance but I still use my 65 year old egg poacher!
It might be a couple years older even because I know I used it as a very small child...mom gave it to me when I moved away from home. (Don't use it every single day, probably 12 to 15 times a month.)
It's a Sunbeam. I did replace the cord about 20 years ago but the rest of it is original.

:D
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JSK Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-15-09 06:26 PM
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93. Panasonic microwave
I got it 23 yrs ago yesterday for my 24th birthday. We've been using it at our office since 1994. Made in USA.
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snagglepuss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-15-09 06:42 PM
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94. 1937 Silex Glass coffeemaker, electric base still works.
1950 Wahl Massager
1979 GE toaster oven
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no_hypocrisy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-15-09 06:52 PM
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96. 1965 Hot Point Dishwasher still kicking ass.
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jberryhill Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-15-09 08:15 PM
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97. This Still Does The Trick....

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Liberal_in_LA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-15-09 09:02 PM
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99. What is the purpose of that thing?!
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jberryhill Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-15-09 10:13 PM
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101. Ummm... it vibrates. Look at the attachments and figure it out /nt
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SleeplessInAlabama Donating Member (341 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-16-09 01:58 AM
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119. LOL
"Universal" Portable Vibrator in a briefcase lookin' thing - you couldn't figure it out?

:silly:
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williesgirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-15-09 08:35 PM
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98. Kenmore dryer is 24 yrs old. Washer bought w/it died last yr.
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Celebration Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-15-09 09:03 PM
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100. Hoover Vacuum Cleaner
Edited on Sat Aug-15-09 09:05 PM by Celebration
35 years old!!

Oh, I have a power drill from Sears that is about the same age!

Oops, I have a sewing machine over 50 years old, from my great aunt! It is a Singer Featherweight, much in demand on EBay.
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RagAss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-15-09 10:15 PM
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102. A 72 year old cell phone.....n/t
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graywarrior Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-15-09 10:16 PM
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103. Mr Gray's....
never mind.
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SoCalDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-15-09 10:16 PM
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104. We have a toaster that my mother in law bought in 1952
It works, but has a cracked bakelite handle. I also have some mixing bowls that were my grandmothers.
New stuff sucks :(
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RB TexLa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-15-09 10:18 PM
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105. A 46 year old blender
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JCMach1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-15-09 10:20 PM
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106. Water heater in FL is circa 1955
One heating element replaced in all that time...
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obliviously Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-15-09 10:33 PM
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108. my dishwasher is 58 years old and still going strong!
She is good in bed too!
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dkf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-16-09 12:07 AM
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115. TMI.
lol.
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flvegan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-15-09 10:39 PM
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110. I have a window fan that I got from my grandmother
when she passed. My mother estimates that it's roughly 60 years old.
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mockmonkey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-16-09 12:05 AM
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114. My Sony Betamax
I bought it in 1983 and it still works. It was the first VCR I ever bought and was worth it.

Next would be my 1989 Sony TV. I kind of wish it would go belly up, it's 27 inches and weighs a friggin' ton.

After these two items I haven't had much luck with electronics or appliances.
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nini Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-16-09 12:18 AM
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117. I had a TV that was 32 years old
still worked but with the digital conversion it got a trip to Goodwill.

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GreenTea Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-16-09 01:44 AM
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118. I hope my Fisher-Paykel lasts half that long.
Edited on Sun Aug-16-09 01:45 AM by GreenTea
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Lorien Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-16-09 02:03 AM
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120. My oven is from the 1940s
it's seen better days but it still works well.
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dragonlady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-16-09 02:24 AM
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121. 60-year-old Electrolux vacuum cleaner
Of course my mother used it a lot more than I ever have!
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slampoet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-16-09 02:41 AM
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122. 70 yr old Microphone, 40 yr old reel-to-reel recorder and a 30 year old quadraphonic amp
Edited on Sun Aug-16-09 02:42 AM by slampoet
that runs my 30 year old Studio monitors.

50 year old kitchenaid mixer.

I also have some WWII german headphones that i use from time to time.

I own a 90+ year old Edison electric fan, but i am afraid to plug it in.
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ThomWV Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-16-09 07:22 AM
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126. I have an AM/FM radio that was in my father's house in 1962 and more than that
My father had this old AM/FM radio at his house back in '62 and after his death, sometime in the early 80's I took it to work for something to listen to during the days. Now get this, at work I turned it on and never turned it off - the radio was on the same Public Radio station from roughly 1995 until 2005, playing continuously 24/7/365 during those years. Finally I retired and brought it home but it soon found its way out into my tool shed. Because of poor reception I had to put it up above a window in the shed with its little old wire antenna up in the rafters - so its turned on again and it never gets turned off. It is playing right this moment, I can faintly hear it right now through the window. So that old radio is at least 45 years old and as far as I know it has played continuously for at least 15 of those years.
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Liberal_in_LA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-16-09 02:06 PM
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129. Why in the heck don't you turn it off periodically?
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ThomWV Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-16-09 03:57 PM
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136. The last time I turned it off (when I retired) it took it hours to warm back up
Really, I thought it had died the last time I turned it off. When it finally came back to life it only picked up one station (local NPR) and so I put it up where it can't be reached, set the volume at a pleasant level, and its been playing every since.
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Bozita Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-16-09 04:56 PM
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137. 1955 or 1956 RCA Victor tube-type portable AM radio
It took quite a while to find a pic of the 1957 model.

http://radioatticarchives.com/radio.htm?radio=2574

The two batteries alone weigh roughly 5 lb. So much for portability.
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OneBlueSky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-16-09 12:40 PM
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128. 54-year-old (1955) Kenmore chest freezer . . .
not much to look at, but it still freezes lots and lots of food . . .
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devilgrrl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-16-09 02:10 PM
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131. A O'Keefe & Merritt gas stove from the 50's or 60's.
The fridge is from the early 70's.
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nightrain Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-16-09 02:10 PM
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132. Thanks for the humor relief!
Oven from the 60s, and old black Singer sewing machine from at least the 60s.

piano from 1929.
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Odin2005 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-16-09 03:01 PM
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133. 30+ year old GE electric oven and stove. As old as the apartment building.
Ugly brown thing, but it still works great, has these ancient-looking dial-like timers, LOL! :)
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iris27 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-16-09 03:11 PM
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134. I am 27, oldest appliance in our house is a mid-80's hot air popper I got
from my grandpa when he was cleaning out his kitchen. Still works great and bags of popcorn kernels are so much cheaper/less chemical-laden than the microwave stuff.
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MrsBrady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-16-09 03:49 PM
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135. My grandparents had a working dryer from the 1950's....
until last year.

no kidding.
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Thothmes Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-16-09 06:41 PM
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138. Still use my Mom's 1956 Sunbeam electric waffle iron.
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