How long should things last?

  wee eddie 11:42 30 Dec 2015
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About 5 years ago I started marking each item I purchased, obviously not those things that only had an expected life span of a few weeks/months, but those things that I expected to last for years. Waterproof Felt-tip pens have been best.

What has surprised me is the longevity of some items and the relatively low number of uses that other items managed to achieve. I'll not name any item but one, that is used only at Christmas, managed to fail after 3 Christmases, that's fewer than 12 uses.

Perhaps I would have been better off, not marking it and, not knowing how fragile it really was

  wee eddie 11:44 30 Dec 2015

I might also add that others have lasted very much longer than expected.

Thermostats and Time-switches are high on my hate list at the moment

  Aitchbee 13:25 30 Dec 2015

Waterproof Felt-tip pens have been best.

Yes that may be so, but on the topic of pens - I've noticed recently that the ink 'reservoirs' inside the see-thru ink-tubes in most modern rollerball pens have a very low 'cut-off' time or working life. My drawers are full of 'em ... pens that is ... running on empty ;o[

  wee eddie 14:25 30 Dec 2015

Iron, Bath brush, Food Juicer, Stick Blender, Thermostat, Plug in Timer and assorted specialist Cleaning Compounds.

Pick-up pen, write the date, put pen back in pot. Approximately 20 seconds per item!

  bumpkin 15:10 30 Dec 2015

Pick-up pen, write the date, put pen back in pot. Approximately 20 seconds per item!

What if the pen fails:-)

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 15:20 30 Dec 2015

Only tend to do it with the large technical items

Put date on Instructions - place instructions in plastic bag taped to inside of kitchen cabinet door, where they can be found if needed.

  oresome 15:31 30 Dec 2015

I think one of the things with the shortest life now is the kettle.

In my experience it's not often that the element fails, but the plastic discolours, the gauze filter falls off, the water gauge leaks etc.

The latest one doesn't always turn off when boiled.

It's got to the stage where we invariably have a new spare waiting in the wings.

  Flak999 18:03 30 Dec 2015

We have a John Lewis washer dryer, it is a JL badged AEG machine. We have had it now for almost twelve years and it is still going strong. Never had to call a repair man to it.

Buy a decent quality product, and you can dispense with expensive extended warranties.

  bumpkin 18:30 30 Dec 2015

The latest one doesn't always turn off when boiled.

Can't you hear the whistle.

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