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Old 11.03.2010, 10:22
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Washing Up Sink 'plug' Swiss style

When I moved into my apartment, I spent ages looking for the plug for the washing up sink. Meanwhile, I noticed the vacuum cleaner had a pipe that did not fit. I wrote to the landlord asking for a plug and he said he would send one to me. Next day in my box was another 'vacuum pipe'. I contacted him again and said I wanted a plug not a pipe. Then, it dawned on me...that was the plug. Not sure if this is common in Switzerland, or elsewhere for that matter, but I have never seen one of these things before. I figured there must be some advantage to having one of these things instead of a regular plug but I cannot think of one. It gets in the way of my washing up, I continually accidentally knock it out of the hole and it looks ugly. So, what is so great about them and why cannot the humble plug suffice?

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Re: Washing Up Sink 'plug' Swiss style

Haha I think its so you can still pour liquids down the drain when the sink is full
I think they are genius
Somebody was soaking something in the sink in the laundry room, but I could still pour stuff down the drain because of the pipe plug haha but yeah I had never seen one before and it took me a while to figure it out..

I like them though!
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Re: Washing Up Sink 'plug' Swiss style

Others have been quite confused by that as well!

It is good to have as you can dump things down the pipe when your dishes are soaking. When actually washing, most people run the water and don't wash from a sink full of it, so that's why it is designed that way.
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OK, alldeles klar! I generally don't do that hence I never thought of that. Thanks both!
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Yes, I do believe I should get the award for the most unexciting topic..
Correct, packet of mud is in the post to you; you're a winner.

The logic behind the tube sink plug is that it acts as the drain valve as most sinks don't have a separate overflow. You also don't need to get your hands wet when removing said tube. Very useful when the phone is jammed under your chin, dog barking, front door bell ringing and radio playing full blast. Another way of enriching your daily experience in Switzerland.
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Are they just a Swiss thing? I have wondered that myself a few times..
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Mud, just what I've always wanted!

Anyway, I see the point of the overflow as I don't have one in the sink, nor in bath (so I could replicate the Flake commercial from the 80s where a woman eats one rather seductively in an overflowing bath..anyway, back on topic).

What I don't understand was the wet hands comment. Surely your hands would be wet from washing up? Unless you were wearing those sexy latex gloves?
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Re: Washing Up Sink 'plug' Swiss style

Took me about 9 months to work out that it wasn't a vacuum cleaner attachment
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What I don't understand was the wet hands comment. Surely your hands would be wet from washing up? Unless you were wearing those sexy latex gloves?
Wearing the sexy latex gloves was the last piece of advice my grandma gave me before I moved here..
"Make sure you wear gloves when you do the dishes. Take care of your hands" haha she was sweet..
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Re: Washing Up Sink 'plug' Swiss style

It would have confused me also if I'd not noticed my m-i-l using one in her sink.

The washing up part I'm having a rough time with is the lack of a removable strainer type plug. Even though I scrape the dishes before they go into the sink, they don't always get scraped fully (much ♥ to hubby for trying to help) and some bits wind up wedged in the drain in such a way that I can't get them out (stuff like garlic or onion peel).

I need to go by Obi or someplace similar to find something along the line of this:

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Mud, just what I've always wanted!

Anyway, I see the point of the overflow as I don't have one in the sink, nor in bath (so I could replicate the Flake commercial from the 80s where a woman eats one rather seductively in an overflowing bath..anyway, back on topic).

What I don't understand was the wet hands comment. Surely your hands would be wet from washing up? Unless you were wearing those sexy latex gloves?
Hmm, I agree with you about the wet hands and also about the 'what on earth am I meant to do with this?' opening. I also don't quite get the benefit of the pipe when one is washing under running water and not in a full sink. I will, however, try not to lose sleep over it and, I have to say, for a prize-winning thread, this one is doing rather well!!!

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It would have confused me also if I'd not noticed my m-i-l using one in her sink.

The washing up part I'm having a rough time with is the lack of a removable strainer type plug. Even though I scrape the dishes before they go into the sink, they don't always get scraped fully (much ♥ to hubby for trying to help) and some bits wind up wedged in the drain in such a way that I can't get them out (stuff like garlic or onion peel).

I need to go by Obi or someplace similar to find something along the line of this:

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Old 11.03.2010, 10:42
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Re: Washing Up Sink 'plug' Swiss style

of course now you've earned two demerits from your Swiss landlord for not knowing something so simple as a drain plug ( I didn't either )

and we all know what happens when you get three demerits....
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Re: Washing Up Sink 'plug' Swiss style

another usefull thing about the pipe is after washing, you can run the water through the tube (like a tap extension), tilt it and swirl it around so you can properly rinse the inside walls of the basin.
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another usefull thing about the pipe is after washing, you can run the water through the tube (like a tap extension), tilt it and swirl it around so you can properly rinse the inside walls of the basin.
Like I said, they are genius..
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another usefull thing about the pipe is after washing, you can run the water through the tube (like a tap extension), tilt it and swirl it around so you can properly rinse the inside walls of the basin.
Good heavens, how did we ever manage without them??!!
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Good heavens, how did we ever manage without them??!!
I managed with something like this:




Funny thing is, when the plumber came and repaired my sink recently, he switched the drain type and now I have a plunge-lever type plug (not sure what it's called ) rather than the tube.
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Yes, I do believe I should get the award for the most unexciting topic..
not at all, i LOL

when i first came here i thought the green compost bin was a strange type of bucket...& it was so hard to find a mop that fit in it...
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Re: Washing Up Sink 'plug' Swiss style

While we're on the domestic units with holes in, can someone clear up an ancient mystery? Why do some older Swiss and German toilets have a horizontal sill inside the bowl before the vertical drop back to the U-Bend? Very useful for drug smugglers retrieving their booty, but for the average bathroom user?
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... It gets in the way of my washing up, I continually accidentally knock it out of the hole and it looks ugly ...
You can swivel/orient the part that sticks up so it is at the "12 o'clock" position. That way it is out of the way and you will have less chance of knocking it out when washing up.

If it gets really cruddy, just pop it in the dishwasher.

I love the CH plug.
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While we're on the domestic units with holes in, can someone clear up an ancient mystery? Why do some older Swiss and German toilets have a horizontal sill inside the bowl before the vertical drop back to the U-Bend? Very useful for drug smugglers retrieving their booty, but for the average bathroom user?
We talked about this a while back, it is a shelf toilet for, er, inspections. Very common in Germany. Sit Down!!!! (mens toilet habits)

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Hmm, I agree with you about the wet hands and also about the 'what on earth am I meant to do with this?' opening. I also don't quite get the benefit of the pipe when one is washing under running water and not in a full sink. I will, however, try not to lose sleep over it and, I have to say, for a prize-winning thread, this one is doing rather well!!!
The benefit is you can soak your dishes and still put things down the drain. Take the plug out when you want to wash your dishes
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