Sack the designers!

I think this very often…why are things designed by people who obviously don’t use them and most definitely will never have to clean them?

I had to unblock the bathroom sink, just a simple matter of unscrewing the trap, clean it out and put it back on in theory….. Actually, because of the way the pedestal was designed you have to take that out of the way first. The sink has a recess underneath which fits on to the pedestal, the pedestal is sealed to the wall, and the sink…oh, and the shelf along the bottom of the wall that hides the pipes. The sink is also screwed to the damn wall and fastened to the plumbing….

So, what should have been a five minute job turned into a marathon rip-out and re-fit, and I still have to go out tomorrow and get some sealant to go round all the joins on the floor again…design fail!

The other job I had to do in the bathroom (preparing for imminent MIL visit!) was retighten the loo seat. This is the type made with two cute little hinges, one each side, which – no matter HOW hard you tighten them – constantly untighten themselves and swivel every which way, allowing the damn seat to dump you on the floor….design fail!

The kitchen is the other area that really drives me nuts. Appliances that are impossible to clean without dismantling them down to their component parts first, gas hobs with dangerously curved bits that mean balancing pots and pans extremely carefully unless you want the lot on the floor, and dainty little insert sinks that make washing meatdishes and big pots a juggling act…design fail!

If they just tried using the stupid things they design before they mass-produce them, and took a look at the crap their competitors are making, we might just start getting user friendly things in shops.


About Steve

I'm a toolmaker by trade, still working hard programming, setting and running CNC mills and lathes. I do a 72 miles round trip each day for work, driving through some of the most beautiful countryside rural England has to offer along the Wylye Valley next to Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire. I've been married to my Irish wife Catherine for 21 years, and we have two children, Sam, 19 and Megan, 17. I also have two grown up children from being married before, Gary, 35 with two boys, Eddie and Alfie, and Jeani, 31 also with two boys, Alfee and Max. I love walking, gardening, cooking, reading, music and good wine! I'm also a fanatical cricket fan, and firmly believe that if all the guns were put down and factions settled their differences on the field, countries would all settle down peacfully and moan about the umpires....much more civilised, and a hell of a lot cheaper.
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2 Responses to Sack the designers!

  1. Jen says:

    We just re- did our bathroom up stairs, a full makover, contractor, electric, pipes everything. My absoulute favortite thing in the whole bathroom and it is magazine worthy is the toilet seat. The thing has these little clips that snap off to the side so I can remove the whole seat for easy cleaning. There’s the three grandsons and other men folk in my family who can’t pee straight worth a damn. No MIL thank the Lord!

  2. Christina says:

    Holy cow this sounds like MANY incidents in my home with my Sweet Man. I totally agree, if they would do more trial and error I think we as the consumer would have a better time of it. Thanks for sharing your web page on “Sunday Share” today Steve. Have a good one!

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