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Oct 18, 2020 - 2:29:43 AM
626 posts since 8/9/2008

Hi all

Once again, I have a maintenance question - I ask these on here because y'all are pretty handy and knowledgeable about things...

Question:
I have an old Smeg dishwasher and the crockery baskets are corroded and the branded spare parts are pricey enough to make getting a new washer viable ($120-180 ea. or so). Does anyone know if one can find generic baskets and use them, or if I have to buy the branded spares..?

thanks!

marc

Oct 18, 2020 - 5:18:21 AM

2063 posts since 4/22/2018
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Marc, take a look at e-spares direct. I’m not sure if they do that type of spare but I’ve managed to get generic replacement parts for a fridge,dishwasher and washing machine from them

Oct 18, 2020 - 9:59:18 AM

Owen

Canada

6489 posts since 6/5/2011

I'm not even a "mediocre expert" on this one, and we rarely use our dishwasher, but MY cheapskate mindset says that IF a basket ... any ol' basket... fits without anything binding you're probably good to go.

Now... aren't you glad there are guys like Jonty around who can offer "real" alternatives?  wink

Oct 18, 2020 - 10:06:55 AM

RV6

USA

1361 posts since 2/3/2012

You might check out thrift stores or local online "for sale" sites.    I found a basket 3-4 years ago for our dishwasher (bought 23 years ago).  We bought the dishwasher for $15.00, grabbed the racks and left the washer.

After 23 years, I replaced the D.W. with a new Bosch.  The old one still worked fine but the basket was rusting out again and the plastic insides were looking cruddy.  My, they've made some improvements over the last few years in dishwashers.  surprise

Oct 18, 2020 - 12:13:15 PM

626 posts since 8/9/2008

Hey guys

thanks for the replies - I'm going to call the manufacturer to see what they say... maybe they have some spares. @Jonty - it was eSpares that wanted so much for the branded units. I've used them a lot for parts before but in this case, it's a bit much...

thanks

marc

Oct 18, 2020 - 5:39:07 PM

1194 posts since 8/7/2017

If they are not corroded to the point of falling apart under a load of dishes...perhaps a plating firm could re-plate them for you? Sand blast to get rid of corrosion, then go from there. Ask at an auto parts store that deals with car restoration, perhaps. Or at an airport that deals with airplane restoration? The rubber coating on the tines is likely applied by dipping basket in rubber goop, again something that may be available, a plumber might know.

Edited by - BrooksMT on 10/18/2020 17:40:41

Oct 18, 2020 - 5:54:56 PM

55721 posts since 12/14/2005

I had to put
"british dishwasher crockery basket"
into the AOL images search box, to see what it might be.
Looks like what we Yanks might  call a " tray" or "rack".

There is a product made for dipping tool handles, to give them a rubbery coat.

 Now, IF I got it right, and what you have asked about IS  a metal device for holding dishes, how about brushing some of that stuff on it?

And if I have mistranslated English to Yankish, I intended no dishonour.

Edited by - mike gregory on 10/18/2020 17:56:34

Oct 18, 2020 - 6:45:22 PM
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quote:
Originally posted by mike gregory

I had to put
"british dishwasher crockery basket"
into the AOL images search box, to see what it might be.
Looks like what we Yanks might  call a " tray" or "rack".


Ahh, the Latvian Mars Rover.

Oct 18, 2020 - 7:46:51 PM

55721 posts since 12/14/2005

"Marss, šeit mis nakam!"

Edited by - mike gregory on 10/18/2020 19:48:01

Oct 19, 2020 - 8:25:26 AM
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rinemb

USA

12558 posts since 5/24/2005

If they are white wire baskets, Here is how I kicked the can down the road for a while.
I scoured the rust off of spots as well as I desired, then dabbed/brushed the bad spots white appliance and enamel sink paint. Wife felt better, kept the parts from breaking off for a while.
Then, later replaced the whole unit.
Brad

Edited by - rinemb on 10/19/2020 08:26:16

Oct 19, 2020 - 8:30:01 AM
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rinemb

USA

12558 posts since 5/24/2005

many like this.


 

Oct 19, 2020 - 8:32:17 AM
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rinemb

USA

12558 posts since 5/24/2005

or...


 

Oct 19, 2020 - 6:49:25 PM
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Oct 19, 2020 - 7:02:33 PM

bubbalouie

Canada

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Winner Winner Chicken Dinner!

Oct 20, 2020 - 2:26:51 PM

626 posts since 8/9/2008

Great find there - thanks..! laugh

Edited by - daytripper on 10/20/2020 14:27:12

Oct 20, 2020 - 3:53:15 PM

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Once I had a pump fail. Found a replacement part took about 14 days to ship, had to wait to install it because I was out of town on work.  

Installed it when I got back.  All told, $150 plus 2 weeks shipping and about 2 or 3 hours casually installing it.

A week later I was in the home improvement store and I wandered over to the dishwasher section and found my exact dishwasher selling for $150 new. That's when I realized it ain't worth the wait and hassle of fixing appliances piecemeal.

Edited by - geoB on 10/20/2020 16:00:54

Oct 21, 2020 - 8:16:37 PM

1194 posts since 8/7/2017

geoB
Well, George maybe the new dishwasher is not made as well as the one you repaired, so maybe you don't have to feel bad.

That is certainly true of some US brand names that were purchased by the Chinese. I'm thinking about the US made version of a space heater: cost $50 but lasted 25 years, so depreciated @$2/year. Replacement Chinese cost $25, lasted 5 years, so depreciated @$5/year. And 3 of the Chinese heaters I bought last year smelled so bad, I returned them to the store for refund. I wondered if they were dumping hazwaste into the plastic making/molding machine, it smelled so bad.

Now, I know Chinese can make superior products: I have some Chinese-made model live-steam locos that are museum quality.

Oct 22, 2020 - 12:28:19 AM

Cyndy

USA

638 posts since 3/2/2010

I tried the touch-up paint on a rack that was rusting (to the point of having the parts break off) and it was a very temporary solution. Our landlord ended up installing a new dishwasher. Clean. Quiet. So nice!

Oct 23, 2020 - 11:09:39 AM

WesB

USA

267 posts since 12/17/2014

... I was afraid for a moment there that you were having a problem with your wife!

Oct 23, 2020 - 12:26:27 PM

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quote:
Originally posted by WesB

... I was afraid for a moment there that you were having a problem with your wife!


I bet your wife isn't reading over your shoulder smiley

Oct 23, 2020 - 1:05:51 PM
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WesB

USA

267 posts since 12/17/2014

I think it was Jeff Foxworthy who said, "You're an extreme redneck if you think that loading the dishwasher is getting your wife drunk". I've got an understanding wife. As long as I show up for my daily whipping, I'll be OK.

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