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RE: Soap Scum/Film On Glass Shower Doors (Follow-Up #22)

posted by: pennypond on 09.07.2006 at 05:45 pm in Cleaning Tips Forum

thile44, thank you so much!

I tried thile's method: rubbing the glass door with a sheet of wet Bounce. Amazing! It only took minutes to get rid of years of build up. Of course, we know not to use bar soap ever again.


clipped on: 07.03.2008 at 07:39 pm    last updated on: 07.03.2008 at 07:39 pm

RE: Moths in my food cupboards (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: Roberta_z5 on 09.18.2001 at 10:02 pm in Home Disasters Forum

I can't believe how often this problem comes up. Buy dried bay leaves at a bulk food store. Put them in little mesh bags and put the bags in your dog food bag, your pantry, your 25# flour sack and any other place where you see these moths. You will find them GONE immediately. I use pantyhose to make my little bags.


clipped on: 03.09.2008 at 09:05 am    last updated on: 03.09.2008 at 09:05 am

RE: Cheapest place to buy Cushy Cupboard liners? (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: loves2cook4six on 01.28.2008 at 12:44 pm in Kitchens Forum

Paper Dreams 888-752-7527 will give you the BEST deal on rolls they have in stock. If you need more than they have available, the price is not so great. But it is definitely worth the call.


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RE: Need 3/4' undercabinet lighting depth! Would strip lighting w (Follow-Up #9)

posted by: pegasus_2008 on 01.09.2008 at 01:47 pm in Lighting Forum

Just to let everyone know, the link for this post has changed:

I think you only need to use one plug at the outlet end. You can connect up several light fixtures one-to-the-other in a straight line using the direct connector that comes with each light fixture.
If you have to angle to a corner cab, or insert lights into a cavity, you can still connect the lights to each other using their flexible connector.

Call Pegasus Lighting Associates and they will help you if you give them your measurements. 1-800-392-4818.

Here is a link that might be useful: Pegasus micro-fluroescent undercab lights

New Link:

Here is a link that might be useful: Pegasus Associates Lighting


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RE: Curious about text in messages (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: buehl on 01.23.2008 at 05:33 pm in Kitchens Forum

LOL! It took me a while to figure it out as 13-yo son told me how.

You user HTML codes surrounded by angle brackets (< and >)

You put a "beginning" code where you want the format (Underline, etc.) to start and an "ending" code where you want it to end. The "ending code is the same as the beginning code except you precede it by a slash (/)

Some Codes are:

Bold: strong
Underline: u
Italic: i
Superscript: sup

The following are included in the "font" code:
Color: color = "name of the color, e.g., red, blue, etc.
Font: face = "name of the font e.g., arial"
Size: size = "how much smaller/bigger than normal e.g, -1, +2"

Some examples. Note: take out the space between the bracket and the code. I had to put them in so it would show up instead of using the code!

< strong>Bold< /strong> you...Bold
< u>Underline< /u> you...Underline
< i>Italic< /i> you...Italic
< font color = "blue">Blue< /font> you...Blue
< font face = "arial">Arial< /font> you...Arial
< font size = "+2">Larger< /font> you...Larger
< font color = "red" face = "arial">Arial in red< /font> you...Arial in red

I hope this isn't too "tech-y".....


clipped on: 01.27.2008 at 04:22 pm    last updated on: 01.27.2008 at 04:22 pm

Ventahood mystery solved (attention all VAH owners)

posted by: keitel on 10.09.2007 at 09:57 am in Appliances Forum

See my earlier thread for background:

The distributor was very, very helpful and after receiving their first call about my problem on Thursday sent an actual VAH rep this morning. Yesterday was a holiday here.

I know there are quite a few of you with similar issues of the internal dampers not opening fully. Turns out that when the unit settles into place the box shifts a bit, meaning that the little plastic dampers were catching on the lip of the duct opening.

I scored about 1/4" off the side of each damper with a utility knife and that was that. They now open fully (i.e. swing 6" all the way up until they are vertically pinned in their housing) on both low and high.

I love easy solutions and I love good customer service. Everyone who owns a VAH should get out a flashlight and look up at your dampers when the fan's on. If they're not opening all the way they're not performing optimally.

Now if I could only get my Wolf sorted out.


clipped on: 10.11.2007 at 06:55 am    last updated on: 10.11.2007 at 06:55 am

RE: how to divide the inside of a cutlery drawer for a built-in (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: kompy on 09.18.2007 at 06:34 pm in Kitchens Forum

I love to show off what my DH did for me. I measured all my things and planned accordingly. I wish that I had full extension drawers....these are a must! Or you will not be able to access the rear of the drawer very easily. Notice how I staggered the sizes so there is little wasted space. Plus, it just looks cool.

Here's my silverware divider.
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Here's my utensil drawer. I like having the long spaces on each end. Works well with my measuring cups.

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RE: Kitchen TV's - Where do you put the cable box? (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: mysterymachine on 09.06.2007 at 03:49 pm in Kitchens Forum

A lot of the new LCD TVs are coming with digital tuners.. however these only let you get the unencrypted channels (which is pretty much just your local channels that you could get with antenna). These tuners are known as QAM tuners. If you get a TV that has a CableCARD slot then you just get a small card from the cable company that plugs into your TV and then you basically have the cable box built into your TV. You don't hear much about this from the cable company becuase they make lots of money renting the boxes but I believe it is regulation that they have to offer a CableCARD if you ask for one. Finding a small TV for the kitchen that has this capability is hard right now though.

For my wiring I went with cable jack to the kitchen (2 actually since I couldn't decide where in the kitchen to have the TV) but I am not buying a TV yet as the CableCARD is not very common on small TVs at this point. I also wired HDMI from the theater room to the kitchen so when cooking I don't miss any of the movie... so many times I would leave to check on the food in the oven and have to pause the movie and have the whole family wait - no more! :)


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RE: Need ideas for unusual towel hooks (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: kgwlisa on 09.06.2007 at 01:52 pm in Bathrooms Forum

I used the old crystal doorknobs from my childhood home (I had my dad swap them out for cheap brass HD knobs when the new buyer said he was planning to gut it) in my kitchen both to suspend my valance and create an apron "hook." Here's what they look like. Let me know if you want to know how I made them (it will take some time for me to type it out and if you're not interested I won't bother ;) ).


clipped on: 09.06.2007 at 06:17 pm    last updated on: 09.06.2007 at 06:17 pm

RE: Under counter lighting (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: jeri on 08.15.2007 at 11:35 am in Kitchens Forum

Lisa! You must be new. Welcome! I know that you are new because these two subjects are discussed often. :-)

Plugmold! As mentioned, do a search on Plugmold. Most of the folks really love them. And, as akchicago mentioned, if you are going to have outlets in your backsplash make them as low as possible (so smart!) and turn them so they are horizontal. These ideas (to me) are like Duh! Why didnt I think of that? And why has everyone been putting them smack dab in the middle of the backsplashes and vertical? My vote is for Plugmod.

My vote for under cabinet lighting would be linear xenon strips. Thats what I will be installing. Sea Gull and Pegasus seem to be the leaders in this. I will be purchasing Pegasus because of their very nice web site that walks you through exactly what you need and makes ordering easy. Seagull is a great product, but I could not find any place in my area that carries them and I dont think you can order from their site nor do they do as good a job as explaining exactly what you need. My reason for choosing xenon over fluorescent is that they are dimmable. I want task lighting (cant have too much light!) but I want to dim them for mood lighting at night. :-)

Some of the folks here have great pictures of the underside of their cabinets showing both their plugmold and linear strips installed I love these pics! :-)


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RE: give me a minute, give u all suprise (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: chemocurl on 08.08.2007 at 09:17 am in Home Disasters Forum

below is link to a surprize for you huzhi!

Here is a link that might be useful: for huzhi only


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RE: Hard water on new frameless door (Follow-Up #6)

posted by: dmlove on 07.19.2007 at 11:46 am in Bathrooms Forum

Has anyone ever heard of Diamond Fusion -- it's like "permanent RainX" -- it was applied to my shower door at the shop before installation, and seems to be doing a great job of keeping water from streaking/spotting.


clipped on: 07.22.2007 at 12:37 pm    last updated on: 07.22.2007 at 12:37 pm

RE: Red Clay Stains - Help! (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: stbonner on 07.09.2007 at 07:27 pm in Laundry Room Forum

I haven't tried this personally, but my sister-in-law swears that Resolve Carpet Cleaner gets red clay stains out of clothes. Her son plays baseball and she uses the Resolve on his uniform.


clipped on: 07.12.2007 at 05:38 pm    last updated on: 07.12.2007 at 05:38 pm

RE: What's your favorite after-market cabinet accessory? (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: kteach on 06.30.2007 at 08:50 am in Kitchens Forum

Hi, chmpgntst, I'm glad to hear you're almost there! I love my tray dividers. I bought 10 from and put some above the fridge and some over the oven/advantium cabinet. Since I'm short (5'2"), this made those spaces usable for me and have been great. I don't have much space under the sink. It's only a 24" cabinet and I have a disposer and instant hot. However, I do have a small shelf in there which I use for plastic containers and a small bin for recyclable glass/cans. Both of those were from the container store. I'm also glad that I didn't get built in silverware trays. Since we started using the kitchen, I've changed where I wanted those and just got some aftermarket trays from target and the container store. In my cabinets, I also have some of those plate shelves, also container store. I now use those for serving pieces, rather than plates, and that has been useful. I also bought a pantry ladder from to put on the inside doors of my tall 18" deep pantry cabinet. This has given me lots of extra space.


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RE: Are double sinks a waste of space? (Follow-Up #8)

posted by: mongoct on 06.17.2007 at 04:23 pm in Bathrooms Forum

You can see from the replies that the answer is up to you.

How you and your spouse get along, how the two of your groom, are you compatible in terms of cleanliness, will you both be needing exclusive use of the sink at the same time, etc.

I'm along the same lines as you. I always thought I'd have two sinks in my master bathroom.

My bath is spacious enough...around 250 sqft or so...but we realized that for us, a second sink would be a waste of money, a waste of counterspace, and use-wise, we both prefered one large sink over two smaller ones.

I'm not a slob, neither is my wife. When we use the bath together, there's no conflict.

In our case, after the decision was made to go with one sink my original thought was to add a sit-down area for my wife. She didn't want that, as she prefers to primp while standing.

So on the sink wall, I have a floor-to-ceiling closet at the near end of the picture, then a 6'long countertops with a single large sink, then a tall 48" cabinet at the end of the run to hide the toilet. The top drawer of the 48" tall cabinet has outlets in it, so she keeps her curling iron/blow dryer permanently plugged in. The bottom drawer in the 48" cabinet is almost like a pull-out pantry, it's divided in two vertically. The sink side is sort of like her medicine cabinet, the toilet side holds TP, toilet cleaning supplies, etc.

In the end, she's thrilled with how it looks and how it "works".

I'm happy as I saved $$ by not having to do a second sink and faucet, and that I was able to build the cabinets for "smart storage", in terms of everything being in a logical place.


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RE: F&P Dish Drawers (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: alku05 on 06.05.2007 at 11:50 pm in Appliances Forum

We had this same problem, and I got a great tip from cpovey. Go out and buy a cheapo condiment squeeze bottle, you know the kind that a hot dog stand would use for ketchup? I found one at Bed Bath and Beyond for less than $2. Just cut the tip of the spout off to make it wide enough for the powder to come out, fill with powder detergent, and you'll be all set. With the spout it's easy to get good aim and control how much detergent you're putting in there.

Hope that helps!


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For Those Of You Whose Ears Hurt When You Are Flying...

posted by: trudymom on 06.02.2007 at 09:51 am in Building a Home Forum

I know this is totally off the topic, but I flew to see my mom last weekend and I have a horrible time with my ears when I fly. Someone recommended that I try "Earplanes"--they are ear plugs that have a hole in them that somehow equalize the air pressure. They can be purchased at places like Wallgreens. Well, I tried them and they worked incredible--ears were just fine and normally I am almost in tears on the plane. I just had to tell "someone" about them. Now back to house planning.


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RE: Ships Ladder (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: jabbahop on 05.14.2007 at 11:21 am in Building a Home Forum

We use a ships ladder that our builder made for access to our loft above our bedroom. Sorry this isn't a better picture but it does have the flat treads as you mentioned.

We like the hand holds cut into the sides to make moving up and down easier.


clipped on: 05.23.2007 at 11:56 am    last updated on: 05.23.2007 at 11:56 am

RE: Who has full hight doors at sink base (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: firstwife on 03.17.2007 at 06:34 pm in Kitchens Forum

Here's a lousy photo of a 30 inch base with full height shaker doors:They are mounted as drawer fronts so they pull out!


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RE: LED undercabs(Pics) (Follow-Up #57)

posted by: downtowner on 02.27.2007 at 02:04 am in Kitchens Forum

My contractor bought LED strips from Lowes for use under and in my cabinets above the wetbar in my basement.

They are a strip that tapers, so it is like a long wedge. The lights are offset in 2 rows and can look like stars if you're not careful, but facing the backsplash or inside frosted glass cabinets they look fine.

They are cheap, they connect in series, and they do not require a transformer, they are dimmable with an ordinary dimmer.

They are not on the web site. They come in a red box and say "Portfolio accent lighting." The come in 16.5 and 24" sizes.

If we like them in the wet bar, we will install them in the interior of our glass door cabinets in the kitchen. The halogen pucks we have are too hot, they melt plastic and cook wine if we're not careful. Also the bulbs are hard to change. The LED's claim they will last for 20 years. Our youngest is headed to college next fall, and the biggest cost to us of any fixture is the hassle of changing the bulb.

Under cabinet LED strips are also sold on ebay.



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RE: Where to put washcloth with single sink? (Follow-Up #19)

posted by: dmlove on 02.25.2007 at 04:19 pm in Kitchens Forum

I have always used sponges, but decided to try a washcloth and I like it (but DH doesn't, so we have both). Because the sink is so deep, we are not using the tilt-outs (which are plastic and easily removable/cleanable like weissman's) -- instead we have one of those plastic suction cup things that isn't visible unless you're close up. Anyway, I just got another one of those for the prep sink and they make them without sides, making them perfect for a washcloth. I took a picture for you.

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RE: A truly mundane question (Follow-Up #10)

posted by: danachattanooga on 02.07.2007 at 09:10 am in Kitchens Forum

I recall reading a study that determined the best liquid dishwasher detergent to be the wal-mart equate brand. It comes in an orange bottle. I have tried many other kinds but it does seem to work best. And use it along with a rinsing agent, like jet dry, or the dishes will come out wet, especially any plastic items.


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Fan Timers

posted by: researchhound on 01.28.2007 at 03:39 pm in Bathrooms Forum

I know many of the new fan models come with built in timers. For those of you who still have only an on/off switch or the old knob style timers (like your often see in motels) that make an obnoxious ticking sound as they work, and are not yet ready to replace your fan, let me suggest a slick little device.
Our problem was our existing fans just had an on/off switch. Our teenage son would often turn on the fan in the downstairs bathroom and then head off to school. We'd later discover the fan had been running all day long. Or, we'd want the upstairs bathroom fan to run awhile but we would need to leave the house and couldn't go off and leave it running.
While shopping for a solution, I came across a digital style timer. It is a series of rectangular shaped buttons that in the model we bought starts with a top button with a time of 30 minutes. The next button down goes to a 15 minute setting, then 10, 5, and then off. If you press the 30 minute setting an LED lights up next to that button. When it's run for 15 minutes, the LED next to the 15 minute setting lights up and so on. The great thing about this timer is that you can set it and forget it. It will run for the desired amount of time and then shut itself off. No more having the fan run all day. If you want the fan to run a little longer (or less), just hit the desired time button and it will adjust.
I can't tell you how slick this little timer is. We liked it so much, we bought a second one and installed it in our upstairs bathroom. They have definitely paid for themselves in energy savings alone - not to mention wear and tear on the fans. We paid about $20 for ours at Home depot. They also had a model that could be set for 60 minutes, then 30, etc.. They are as easy to hook up as a light switch or outlet. A regular rectangular shaped outlet cover like you buy for a GFI outlet or rocker style light switch is all you need for a cover.
Can't tell you the brand name but there was only one model of this style for sale so it's easy to spot. I believe it came in ivory and white but may be available in more colors by now.
I know this may seem a small thing to be excited about but when you come across a neat little gadget like this which can make an existing appliance such as a ventilation fan become more efficient and user friendly, then it deserves some attention.
I'm new to this site so these may have been discussed before. If not, I hope it persuades some of you to look into purchasing one (or more).


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