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Functional Washboard - Sims 4 Conversion

by zoe22 Posted 28th Nov 2020 at 11:56 PM - Updated 29th Nov 2020 at 8:56 PM by zoe22
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Functional Washboard
A new way to do laundry! And a harder way to do laundry! None of this electric "washing machine" nonsense - back in my day you had to scrub your clothes in a tub for 2 hours! Not really, but now your sims can do this as an alternative to the washing machine, if they are so inclined to.

This is effectively a conversion of the Sims 4 washboard/wash tub from Sims 4 Laundry Day Stuff, although "conversion" is a stretch, as I basically took some pieces from the sims 4, squished 'em together, wrung them out and got this. Not all of the features and animations from the original made it over, as it was very time consuming, and it really scrubbed away my patience so I'm feeling pretty washed out by now. Ahem.

The basic functions are still there though - sims can collect laundry from the floor or from hampers and scrub them using the washboard. Once they're done, they can then move the clean clothes to a clothesline, or put them in a dryer (though why they'd be using a dryer and not a washing machine is something I cannot comprehend). They don't need to empty or fill up the tub with water, it just happens when they are putting laundry in or taking it out.

The Tub
The Wash Tub can be found in Bathroom/Laundry or Appliances/Misc Appliances called Wash Tub, for 100 simoleons.
It has 3 recolourable channels - the tub, the washboard frame, and the washboard slats, and it comes with a basic preset with the tub as a white/beige paint texture.

Once the tub is placed down, you can use it to do laundry, though you will also need another laundry item to start spawning clothes, so a hamper or a clothesline.
If there are clothes on the lot, you can click on the tub to Wash Clothes, and your sim will go round the lot collecting clothes and then wash them at the tub.
The interaction is only on the tub itself, so if you try to do laundry via clicking on a hamper, then they will use a washing machine or it will say you can't do laundry - so just remember that it's the wash tub you need to click to do the custom interaction.

You can't use the wash tub on community lots, but maids (and probably butlers) will use them to do laundry.

If you cancel the washing interaction before the clothes have been cleaned, you will need to wash them again from scratch. If you have started washing clothes, you can continue washing, and sims will carry on scrubbing without collecting clothes first. Though you can drag laundry into the tub if the wash tub is empty or has dirty laundry in it.

Only YAs, As,and Es can wash clothes, but Ts can also move clothes to dryer/clothesline.
Eco-friendly sims get a positive moodlet from using the wash tub but it's an existing moodlet so the message talks about the clothesline rather than the tub itself.

The tub object, cloth, animations and sound was taken from the sims 4.
Wash Tub - high 1348 total (2 geostates) low 680 total
Accessory cloth - 152

There are ITUN files for the 3 interactions in the resources package, as well as an XML for editing the length of time it takes to wash clothes (default is 30 for 30 sim minutes).
The washing interaction makes your sims' Energy, Fun, and Hygiene go down so you can adjust those to your liking if it's too much or not enough.

To Install/Uninstall
Place both package files in your Mods/Packages folder. You can merge them if you'd like but I kept them separate to make it easier to make edits to the tuning files.
The resources package has all the animations, script, jazz file, sound files, STBLs etc...
The objects file has the Wash Tub itself and the accessory/prop cloth that's used in the scrubbing animation.
This doesn't override/replace anything or even add interactions to existing objects, it's simply a self contained thing, so there should be no conflicts.

The object itself shouldn't require any expansion/stuff packs, but you will need a pack/store set that includes laundry in order to laundry ie Ambitions/Uni Life etc 

The package should be fully set up for different languages, with them all in English for now. There are only two strings for the actual interactions in the resources package.

I really want to make this use water from the well using my other mod, but I'm not sure how to go about it right now, especially with there being 4 variations of the off-grid mod. So for now it doesn't use up any water but hopefully I will get round to having a version that does at some point!

I feel like I write too much...But thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy! If there are any issues please let me know and I will do my best to wring them out

Additional Credits:
Thanks to TheOnlyException (YouTube) for the animation conversion tutorial, Lyralei for the jazz script tutorial, Deniisu for help with the object, and mypantsfelldown for help with the sound!

You must have the expansion or stuff packs listed below installed to use this custom content. Please see the post text for any exceptions.

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#51 Old 22nd Feb 2021 at 7:13 PM
i tried this on my large family sims but this mod doesnt seem to work twice. i mean they have lots of dirty laundry and my sim only washed one basin. when i tried to make her do laundry the second time it didnt work. she acted like she's stuck or something. also how can i edit this to make the teens use this?
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#52 Old 3rd Mar 2021 at 1:08 PM
@BlueBabe Hey there, sorry you are having some issues with the mod.
When you say "only one basin", do you mean the laundry hamper? As in, there is lots of laundry around the house but they only take from one hamper? This mod should work the same way as the original laundry-collecting part of the laundry interaction, and I do think it's already a bit buggy, so unfortunately if you're having issues with how sims collect the laundry, I'm not sure how to fix that.

As for the sim acting stuck, not sure what's gone wrong there. I can only suggest that you make sure there is plenty of room around the object for the sim to route to. The issues might also depend if there is dirty laundry already in the wash tub or if it's empty. If there is laundry already in there, then they can only continue washing without collecting clothes from around the lot.
Were these problems one-off or do they keep happening? If a particular wash tub is bugged, you could reset it or sell and buy a new one and hopefully that fixes it

To edit to make it work for teens, you just need to edit the ITUN file. If you open the package with S3PE and find the ITUN for the interaction, open with notepad, and add T for teen to where it says which sims can use it. Hope this helps!
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#53 Old 3rd Oct 2021 at 7:16 AM Last edited by Pandorita : 5th Oct 2021 at 3:07 AM.
First of all, I love this mod and I want to thank you for it, this was much needed. Now, my problem: my sims can wash laundry in the tub and hang them in the clothesline, but they don't take it from the hamper nor the floor; it's as if the clothes were already in the tub. The hamper is full, yet after one wash, it's still full, no clothes have been washed whatsoever. This can become frustrating rather quickly, since my sims are washing their clothes, but their home is starting to overflow with piles of laundry. Any ideas on how can I fix this or what could be causing this issue?

UPDATE: Nevermind, the problem fixed itself apparently because it stopped happening.
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#54 Old 5th Oct 2021 at 10:29 PM
Hey @Pandorita
I'm glad it's working for you now.
In the code, the interaction should only be available when there is laundry to collect, but if the sim gets to the washboard and hasn't got any laundry for some reason, they will make a pile of laundry to wash. So that's why the sims are using the washboard but the laundry isn't being done if the clothes aren't being collected.

So I'm not totally sure why it was happening, but I'm guessing for some reason the hampers were not able to be routed to/accessed. I was gonna ask some questions to try and figure it out but if it's working then I'll accept that :p

If you're having issues again though, let me know!
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