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RE: Foot Pedal for Trash Can (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: buehl on 08.07.2008 at 12:07 pm in Kitchens Forum

The only one I know about is the one made by Häfele. Others have asked and no one seems to know of any other either.

You should be able to find installation info on either the Häfele site or one of the sites that sells it. There are two for trash cans mounted on rails (like yours) and one for trash cans mounted in a drawer-like base. Note that both are designed for frameless cabinets. However, a resourceful GWer posted what s/he did to adapt hers/his to framed cabinets. S/he has the rail type. See the info below.


From the "Pull Out Trash" thread started by ColdTropics on Fri, Jul 20, 07 at 2:43

Posted by metoo2 (My Page) on Wed, Aug 15, 07 at 19:27

Front View when cabinet is shut:

View of foot pedal when cabinet is open:
Keep in mind this view will be hidden when trash cans are in the cabinet.

Metal plate mounted on bottom back of door:
This is the plate that is 3.5" tall--to deal with a face framed cabinet.

Finally, looking at the bottom of the cabinet:
Glued a scrap of wood to the back of the face frame.

Posted by metoo2 (My Page) on Wed, Aug 15, 07 at 20:01

muscat: The rails are always attached to the door-regardless of whether your trash cans hang from a rail, or your trash cans sit on a base. In your picture, the cans sit on a base.

I believe that my modifications will also work with your situation (cans sitting on a base). However, you will need to make one minor modification that I did not do. That modification has to do with the elastic cords that come with the pedal.

Elastic cords (ie, bungee cords) pull the door open when the pedal is kicked. You would have to alter where the front of the cords are mounted inside the cabinet. Very easy to do.

Earlier posts on this thread refer to a version of the Häfele pedal for trash cans which sit on a base. I have not seen this product. I suspect they use the identical pedal, but altered the instructions relative to the location where to mount the elastic cords.

Posted by lowspark (My Page) on Fri, Jul 20, 07 at 11:02

I'm not sure what the door mount kit is, but you have to have a pull out trash in order for the foot pedal to work.

In other words, your trash bins should be hanging from a rail attached to the door OR sitting on a shelf attached to the door. The door should pull open like a drawer (not swing open like a normal cab) and as it pulls open the trash bins come out with it.

Note that Häfele makes two different pedals, one for the bins hanging from rails and one for the bins sitting on the shelf. I'm not clear on which one you've linked to above. Also note that these foot pedals are designed for frameless cabs. I don't know if they can or have been used on framed cabs and would be interested to hear about that if anyone has.

Here are the links I have to the two kinds of Häfele pedals:

Pedal for trash can which hangs from rails:

Pedal for trash can which sits on base:


Note: In the two links above, the foot pedals are on the bottom of the pages. Click on the "Specs (PDF)" link below the picture. Other places than KitchenSource also sell these. (When determining your "best" price, be sure to factor in tax and shipping!)



keep this
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Need recommendation on water softener

posted by: cam06 on 10.05.2007 at 05:57 pm in Plumbing Forum

Our old Culligan water softener is leaking and needs to be replaced. We want to buy from a local dealer. There are two of us in the household but we do have 3-4 houseguests for 3-5 weeks at a time several times a year. Our water is from our well and has been tested at 10gpg with just a trace of iron. We have a sand separator which does not have to be replaced.

We live in the suburbs of NYC so pls take that into consideration when gasping at the prices.

So far we've had two bids from local vendors.

First from Kinetico is for their 2030 system with a 10 yr. warranty. This includes installation and cart away of old unit. Price quoted is $2995 USD

Second is from another local vendor who is recommending the GE Autotrol system, with the 268-460i Performa control and 48,000 grain capacity tanks. This too comes with installation and cart-away but also includes remounting of the existing pre-filter to a safer location and replumbing on a 3 valve bypass. The warranty is 5 yrs on the control and labor and 10 yrs on the tanks. Price quoted is $1971.

Certainly the $1,000+ price difference is something to be weighed here. It seems excessive to us and we are leaning towards the GE unit. But beyond that we have no way of understanding what we are getting for our money.

Is the Kinetico that much better than the GE?
Is the GE a good system? How do they compare in value?
Should we look at the Logix control on the GE?
Should we be looking at a Fleck - getting a third bid? Please help!

btw we are aware of the basic differences between the two units (i.e.that Kinetico has twin tanks and a non-electric operation).


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Very Satisfied With New Electrolux Appliances!

posted by: cooksrus on 05.13.2008 at 07:20 pm in Appliances Forum

We have our new Electrolux Refrigerator and Free Standing Range, all I can say is wow, what nice appliances. The range is first class and cooks great, the Refrigerator is very nice, no temp problems and cooled down fast, we are very happy, we think the Electrolux Range and Refrigerator go very well with our Bosch OTR microwave and Bosch dishwasher.

All total $6200 dollars for the four new appliances and money well spent.


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Corian Private Collection

posted by: homeimprovementdiva on 05.12.2008 at 12:45 pm in Kitchens Forum

Does anyone have these countertops? How do they look? I just came across the Burled Beach and like how it looks online. It's got more movement to it than regular Corian patterns, seems more similar to granite. We have granite now and was going to put that in new house but the only thing I don't like is that it's so cold. When I'm sitting at island eating or doing whatever I get chills when my arms are resting on it.


living stone volcanic ash
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Kitchenaid Ovens - Problems when cleaning??

posted by: bella_4 on 09.05.2006 at 01:03 pm in Appliances Forum

I'd like to know if anyone out there has had any problems with their oven regarding the cleaning cycle. Everytime I've ran the self-cleaning feature, the oven blows some sort of fuse and no longer heats up. I've had the repair guy out 5 times now, and KA still won't replace it...says it's a 'fixable' issue. It's nuts, but I wanted to know if anyone else had a similar problem.



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jodi in so calif---your tile backsplash?

posted by: pupwhipped on 03.13.2008 at 07:58 pm in Kitchens Forum

Jodi, your tile backsplash is gorgeous. Can you please tell us all the name of it? Wouldn't mind knowing where you got your spice rack either. HA! Thanks for any info.


backsplash with very neat "brick" and glass tiles
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disposal switch button in counter vs. wall switch

posted by: dcb1_2008 on 03.28.2008 at 04:39 pm in Kitchens Forum

I talked with my electrician today and he suggested having the disposal be switched on by a button switch in the granite countertop.

It is the type that you have to hold it for it to stay on and then when you release it the disposal shuts off. I'd have to drill another hole in my granite, but that's ok.

Does anyone have this type of switch and like it or not like it?



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Towel warmers

posted by: omab on 03.14.2008 at 08:59 am in Bathrooms Forum

Practically speaking, what size towel warmer is best to keep the dampness out of two bath towels? Should it be tall so two towels can hang above each other or can they hang side by side with a bit of overlap and still get reasonably dry between uses?


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Whirlpool Duet Sport 8300 pair arrives (beware very long post)

posted by: cluelesshusbandman on 01.09.2007 at 02:04 pm in Laundry Room Forum

After many agonizing hours of searching, reading and deciding our Duets arrived yesterday. Never believed I would be excited over getting a washing machine. Strange.

Long story short we came down to either the Fisher & Paykel or the Duets. I think my wife wanted the front loaders (She will never say just "Whatever you think"), but I initially decided, for future repairs and in consideration of our space (we have built-in cabinet above the laundry space), to get the F&P.

I ordered them online at Lowes and then after more research decided the Duets might be a safer choice in as far as future repairs since there will be a whole lot more Duets sold and serviced. Ill also admit they are way cooler looking too, shouldnt matter, but it does none the less. So I cancelled the F&P order. One note of interest 3 days after I ordered online Lowes still had not contacted me to setup delivery.

So I truck out to Lowes, wait while the lone salesman helps some couple look at what I surmise was *every* cabinet made in the US. 35 minutes later its my turn. Yippee. Sale went smooth and opted for the 4 year extended warranty on both units for $139 total. I hate extended warranties and never buy them, but in this instance I felt the price was fair. Even one service call and it will pay off. Setup delivery for 8 days later.

As a consumer youve probably been in the situation where you finally ordered some big ticket item. You are apprehensive because even though these are you babies that will live with for years, to the dudes delivering them they are just two more heavy-assed things to beat around.

With the Duets I had 5 concerns.

- I prefer to have items such as this delivered still in the factory packaging. For me this provides several warm and fuzzies.
. ~ If it is factory sealed I know Im not getting a floor sample or a customer return.
. ~ Less chance of dented side or scratches.
. ~ On the bad side, hidden shipping damage can be there.

- Installation of pedestals. While it doesnt take a Ph.D to install 4 bolts, Ive found, as a general rule, that items assembled at a store get hosed. Be it missing washers, loose bolts, or over-tightened bolts, I prefer to do it myself.

- Shipping bolts. The Duets washer has 4 shipping bolts that lock down the suspension during shipping. The instructions are very specific about the importance of these bolts not being removed until the unit is at the customers location.

- Washer connections. Again, being anal, but if Im the one who tightens them down, I know they are properly tightened, but not overly so.

- Leveling of washer. While I do not understand why the washer must be *perfectly* level, none the less the instructions are very clear, even to the extent of telling you to use a level. I can see why it has to be *solid* and reasonably level, but using an actual level to check seems excessive.

I had setup the delivery for Monday afternoon. I waited until the Friday prior and finally called because no one had contacted me. I just needed to be assured the units were in and would be delivered Monday afternoon. They were and they would I was told.

First thing Monday morning I get the call. They would be here between 10:00 and 12:00. Hmmm I expressed that I had asked for afternoon delivery and they grudgingly said OK. Of course, I knew that meant 12:00 and one microsecond, which it ultimately did.

They were delivered in a large panel truck with one of those cool drop down lifts. The units were both unpacked and mounted on the pedestals already. Not what I wanted but there appeared to be no damage. The shipping bolts were still in the washer, so that was good.

The fellas that delivered them were normal looking guys and I wasnt afraid to have them in my home. They removed the old washer and dryer and brought in the new dryer first. They were careful to not damage the unit, which is always a good thing. They hooked up the dryer, then brought in the washer.

They had the hoses hooked up before I had a chance to tell them I would do it, but in the interest of not being one of "those" customers, I let it slide.

They slid the washer back and adjusted the legs until it was solid. I kept thinking about that Seinfeld show where Kramer brings over the Commando 8000 air conditioner sits it in the window, lowers the blinds, and announces "INSTALLED!" Since it is my belief that using an actual level is ridiculous as long as the thing is relatively level I didnt say anything. If I had been doing it myself I would have though.

One of the fellas stood there with me and ran the washer through a cycle explaining some of the things that are different than our top loader, while the other guy moved the old units up to our garage, where I just sold them for 100 bucks. Once the cycle was over, he asked if I had any other questions and off he went.

Later that evening the wife gets home. Since she hasnt really mentioned them recently I had no idea if she was excited or not. The answer came when she comes in the door, feeds the dog and makes a beeline for the laundry room. Remember, she still thinks they are the Fisher & Paykel units, which look about like her old machines, as she turns the corner. Right when she got home I purposely turned the laundry room lights out and chose the modes on each unit that lit the most LEDs for maximum effect. I could tell from her reaction she was happy I got her the front loaders instead.

We went and had supper then meandered back down to fire these babies up and run them through the paces.

From that I can offer these comments:

First, anything that uses that little water, just a smidgen of detergent and is that quiet simply *cannot* clean clothes well. But they do. Weird.

Again, I cant believe how quiet the washer is compared to our old top loader. The only times it makes noise is when the door locks or it is emptying.

I also enjoy the light in the dryer. Nice touch.

So, in closing (finally), so far we are happy. Even though these things cost a small fortune, if they hold up well, I think it was a good investment.

Also, in a post somewhere else on this board I stated I had talked to a Whirlpool CSR and been led to believe the 8300 models had 2 springs and 4 shocks. They *do not* according to the manual which says the 8300 has only 3 shocks.

In a month or so Ill add to this post on how they are working out for us.

Here is a question though, just how full can you fill on of these things? The wife talked like as long as the door would close you were good to go. Can you really pack that much in there and expect good results?


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RE: is it odd or 'wrong' to have a powder room in the kitchen (Follow-Up #7)

posted by: codnuggets on 01.17.2008 at 04:43 pm in Bathrooms Forum

flyleft - My fabricator who provided the granite called it Exotica D'oro, but nobody else recognized that name. It's a rare variety of Lapidus from Brazil and is now extinct. I got 2 of the last 3 slabs my fabricator had and got a great deal to boot! When I found it, I shot out some feelers to see if anyone had seen it before and nobody recognized it. We absolutely LOVE it, and so does everyone that walks into the kitchen.

hamster - the lights are these cheapo fixtures from Lowe's, their standard Portfolio line. 20 bucks a piece! I scrapped the globes and rims and picked up the cool mocha marble bell globes, also from Lowe's for about $8. The fixtrues have an oil rubbed bronze finish and are adjustable height (4 piece down rod). They look expensive but are far from it.


very cool cheap pendant lights from Lowes
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RE: Returning Bosch Nexxt (Follow-Up #11)

posted by: mrsee on 12.25.2006 at 10:40 pm in Laundry Room Forum

I purchased my Siemens Washer and Dryer last summer no problems. A month Later I built my on pedestals using some 4x4 fence post cut to 12 inches and framed between the fence post with 2x4's then topped it off with some 1/2 inch plywood for stability. Believe you me I set my Washer and Dryer on them and levled them, I have not had any problems what so ever. I trimmed the front and sides of the stand out with the nice white shelving board. And it looks very nice Infact My washer has not moved from the spot where it is set back then. So to you who are having vibration issues you may want to try this. I was going to purchase some pedestals from Best buy but I deciced against that due to reading the problems that some were having with those pedestals. I wish I could post pics so you can see what I am talking about, plus they look very professional.


Home built pedestals
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RE: too much knowledge-FL washers (Follow-Up #8)

posted by: bluemonster on 09.10.2006 at 03:58 pm in Laundry Room Forum

I researched FL washers in the spring, and narrowed my choices down to the LG, the Bosch Axxis and the Asko. All are stackable FL washers.
I rejected the LG because it was too big--I would have needed a step stool to use the dryer.
I rejected the Bosch b/c of info on this board that the dryer was a rebadged Danby (IIRC).
I picked the Asko 6021/T711 set. It was about the same price as the Bosch, but comes with a 3 year warranty. I already had an Asko dishwasher for 3 years, and it works great.
I'm really happy that I chose the Asko & definitely recommend considering it. It cleans clothes really well, even removing long-set in stains that my old TL couldn't get out. It's energy and water efficient. And it's good-looking.
I did blow a dryer belt from drying a rubber-backed bathmat. Service came out right away & replaced the belt, with a warning not do dry heavy rugs or mats. It hasn't been a problem to air dry these few itmes.
I've washed tons of stuff using the various options--a queen sized down comforter, delicate silk skirts, woolen sweaters, etc. Everything has come out well. If you have Asko service in your area, I think it's a great machine to consider.


asko washer
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Suggestions for Laundry Room Sink?

posted by: beachgirlok on 11.10.2006 at 12:15 am in Laundry Room Forum

I am building a new home, and have a good sized laundry room. I've never had space for a sink in laundry room before. I'm not really domestic, and I don't have a clue as to what kind of sink I should put in. I don't want something cheap looking, but it's not like it's gonna get a lot of use. Suggestions?


ikea laundry sink
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RE: Would like pictures of 'homemade' pedestals for FL & dryer (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: aliceinwonderland_id on 11.26.2007 at 10:38 am in Laundry Room Forum

My camera batteries are dead, so I'll have to post a pic later. I built mine in place, attached to the floor. I had to do it this way because my basement floor isn't exactly level or smooth. Anyway, I built a fame out of 2x6 lumber, basically like you would build a floor, with joists on 14" centers. I covered it with 2 lays of 3/4" plywood. The second layer was purely to add extra height. I also used plywood around the outside edges. I used a layer of cork on top for some sound/vibration damping. When I eventually tile the floor, I'll place tile up the sides of the platform as well.


suggest cork for vibration, support on corners
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U.S Consumer Product Safty Comm.

posted by: terible on 10.26.2007 at 11:40 am in Kitchens Forum

Hi all, I had to report my faulty KitchenAid slide-in range to the Department of Consumer Affairs-product safty.
While there I broused the product recall & safty news. As most of us are here because we are planning a kitchen remodel it maybe a good idea to have a looky. There are several recalls on gas ranges, micro's, ovens and you name it.


Check for recalls . . .
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exterior paint question

posted by: ehoops on 09.20.2007 at 02:16 pm in Building a Home Forum

I'm working on bids for exterior painting for our new construction house that is 4,300 with a large wrap around porch. We have Hardi cement siding and trim. The man that came out today recommended that we prime despite the fact that the Hardi is pre-primed. He included it as an extra at $2,000. For those of you with Hardi did you prime or just go with it as it?


Hardi pre primer - need primer?
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Heating Bathroom floors

posted by: omeyers on 09.09.2007 at 03:29 pm in Building a Home Forum

I want to have heated floors in our Master Bathroom. I've heard of radiant heat and recently saw some materials on some type of "under tile" heating elements (electrical). I'd like to get some feedback on what others are doing with respect to heated bathroom floors, what are your costs and any pro's and con's.



bathroom floor heat
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another weird granite question

posted by: mimsic on 08.19.2007 at 05:14 pm in Kitchens Forum

I have another weird granite situation. My granite is Shiva Kashi. It was sealed and has a shiny smooth surface. I find that a short while after washing and drying the counters, there is a grainy residue on the surface. At first I thought it was dust and other post-construction particles in the air. But there's never any residue on other smooth surfaces. I also find a grey shadow that disappears in a few minutes, wherever I leave something wet. I had the contractor reseal the counters and the shadows stopped happening for a few days or a week, but they are back, not as noticably though. Can anyone tell me what's going on?


granite problems
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Hand made Hummingbird Feeders--Pictures from Photobucket

posted by: kristin_williams on 03.14.2007 at 12:00 am in Hummingbird Garden Forum

Here we go again. I'm sick of that sad thread where my pictures weren't posting, so I'm trying again on a new one. I've put my feeder photos into Photobucket, but now I'm not sure which one of the 3 choices they are providing will work as a URL or location or whatever. When I preview it, the pictures are working for me, but then they were on the other thread, too, but not for anyone else.

This is the Salvia coccinea feeder that got used frequently last year by the hummers:

This Great Blue Lobelia (Lobelia siphilitica) was just completed earlier this winter, so I haven't had a chance yet to see how the hummingbirds will react to the blue color. Last year, they went straight to the purple hybrid Lobelia also shown below:

Finally, the Cypress vines in pink and in red. These have stiff protruding stamens, but the hummers don't seem to have a problem with them, as long as I make the flower short enough that they can reach the sugar water. They seem to be smart enough not to bump their little heads on the white anthers. I do, however, have to hang them with the stamens on top. If they're on the bottom, the hummingbirds can't easily reach into the "flower."

If these pictures don't post, I guess I'll have to try a different URL Link, HTML Tag, or IMG Code. I'm not sure which one to use in Photobucket. My computer expert friend spent some time with me on the phone trying to figure out what was wrong. All he could establish was that the URL's (if that's what they're called) provided by Yahoo were kind of bogus. He would have needed to get on the forums and try to trace the sources to figure out what was going on. He thinks my troubles have something to do with how Yahoo Photos labels the locations of its pictures. We decided it would be best if I just tried Photobucket.

I hope this works. I've gone to a ridiculous amount of trouble just to post these three pictures. It's late, I'm tired, and I'm going to bed!


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RE: Nematodes and my insecticidal soap concoction (Follow-Up #30)

posted by: kines on 08.13.2007 at 11:06 pm in Hosta Forum

great stuff, Bruce - thanks!

I have returned the photos to my little page on the subject....

Here is a link that might be useful: nematodes article by KN


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Cloud Swift: Question about your countertops!

posted by: hostagrams on 07.08.2007 at 09:53 pm in Kitchens Forum

In the thread about island cooktops, you posted pictures of your island . . . Love the countertop! It looks definitely blue, which is what I'm going to be needing in my new kitchen . . . would you tell me what it is??

Your kitchen is beautiful!!

Thanks . . .


blue countertops
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RE: Cultured Stone Anyone? (Follow-Up #17)

posted by: kkal474 on 01.04.2007 at 09:21 am in Building a Home Forum

I ordered it through a company called internet lumber and it isn't a branded product. Their customer service wasn't great but the product is. It basically came directly from the mill. There prices are great though. I will post pictures as soon as I can. I have a few taken after the sealer was put down but won't have the final finish done for several weeks yet.


brazilian teak flooring
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Solar Tubes

posted by: sandi66 on 05.15.2007 at 05:30 pm in Building a Home Forum

WE are ready for the SolarTubes before the shingles go on. Does anyone have a online sourse, they are pretty expensive at our local dealer.


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Take a look....(pic)

posted by: cnproject on 05.18.2007 at 03:25 pm in Building a Home Forum

I have been lurking around and asking questions every so often. I was going to wait until my house was complete, but we are about 30 days away and I am going to burst if I don't share something now. There are a lot of pictures, and they cover a few stages, but mostly the finishing stages. I designed this with my husband and architects (husband and wife).

Please share your comments, thoughts, opinions...and thank you, thank you, to everyone who has helped me along the way

Here is a link that might be useful: Construction Pictures


see picture 6 for cream colored cabinet.
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Retractable Screens and Doors-Do you have one?

posted by: reliabilityman on 01.29.2007 at 05:34 pm in Building a Home Forum

Has anyone used/built with the Aira retractable screens in place of screen doors? I saw those this weekend at a home show and I was impressed. I had planned on building a screened in section to the back of the house on the porch, however with their system they have an automated screen that will drop like drapes with an electric roller-thus eliminating the need to install perminant screens. They aslo have systems for french doors and slider doors, eliminating that pesky hinged or sliding screen door. I was fascinated!! I wanted to hear from someone who owns some to see how you like it.
Thanks in advance.


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RE: What is the one extra that you couldn't live without? (Follow-Up #19)

posted by: jfelen on 05.27.2007 at 09:50 pm in Building a Home Forum

I agree with the central vac issue. My house is 3500 sq feet and I got the vac for a 7000 sq ft house. More power goes a long way for $100.00 or so bucks.
As far as an extra for us, we had bio-base 500 (Blown soybased insulation) turn our house into an igloo cooler and it has done wonders for energy savings all year round.


blown soybased insulation
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Fill in - ''Now That I Have [X], I Would Never Go Back to [Y]''

posted by: shannonplus2 on 04.04.2007 at 06:54 pm in Kitchens Forum

Along the same lines as the threads "biggest waste of money in your kitchen" or "best low cost idea", I thought it would be edifying to those still planning their kitchens to hear what new thing we installed, and once installed, would never go back to the previous thing.

For me, now that I have a single-bowl sink, I would never go back to a double bowl sink. I had no idea how much I would prefer the single bowl--in fact when I chose it I was filled with doubt over whether it was the right choice. Now I could never go back!

(OK, folks, this thread is regarding kitchens; no talk about significant others, size 6 miniskirts, scotch vs. beer, or the like! :))


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RE: A potted hosta in the city (Follow-Up #13)

posted by: botanybabe on 07.03.2007 at 09:29 pm in Hosta Forum

I started overwintering in pots last year. I get the big, giant pots that whole a whole bag of pine mulch (no dyes please.) Then I pot the hosta in the pine mulch. No need to mulch, turn on side. It drains very well if it rains too, so no icebergs. All the ones I planted this way last year, came up fine this year. (Except Great Expectations, of course.) I have Pineapple Upside Down Cake, Orange Marmalade, Little Aurora, Sagae, Sugar BAby, Donner Black Hills, Mississippi Delta, and Thunderbolt all planted this way. I also plant ferns in the same manner. No problems. Highjack taught me this method and it really is a good one.



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RE: Jim's Hostas-Open to public? (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: hostarox on 06.23.2007 at 10:51 pm in Hosta Forum

Hi Phil! Jim lives near the Arboretum. If He's not home it's because He is at the Natl. convention this weekend.
The Aboretum in Dubuque is the largest public Hosta display in the US, and well worth a visit. If you are a first-timer, there's massive display gardens of Roses, native wildflowers, and water features as well.
Like Jamie said, drop him a line first, or just show up. There's ususally someone there......if not, the Arborteum makes it worth the trip alone!!


dubuque arboretum and Jim's hostas -
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Garden 'Rooms'

posted by: cfmuehling on 06.05.2007 at 11:28 am in Hosta Forum

Hi all!

This might be a hardscape/landscape question, but since my gardens' focus is hosta, I thought I'd ask here. Janice mentioned her secret area and my mind began to spin.

I have almost zero shade. Pretty much two maple trees on 3 acres of residental land (the remaining 3.5 is still poison ivy, brambles and harsh, full sun). Under these two trees I have my hosta, hellebore and a few other extremely tough plants that can compete with maple roots. These are raised beds and looking pretty.

We are planning to "courtyard" this area, which is in front of the house. Putting in permeable pavers, etc., some low dividing walls that will double as raised beds, and finally putting in some electricy for my fountain. This creates some "rooms" that will give us some outside living.

Across the yard, under fence line trees, I created a really big shade garden. Of course, the main tree died the 2nd/last year, so my husband built me a 20' L x 8' w, x 10' h pergola. Our sun is so evil, I have the top shaded with woven, permeable fabric and am going to hang matchstick type blinds or something on the west, 20' face of it to protect from the 1:00 -. 9:00 pm sun.

The 2nd tree is now dying, and another shade-providing young tree was split like a banana in this year's ice storms. Rich is going to build me an extension of the main pergola, although connected to it, just a little off center from the main one, only 16' L x 8' w, x 8' h to kind of do another, separate garden area. The gardens curve in and out of the current poles.

(Are you bored yet? I have GOT to get a camera.)

Anyway, I want to make this pergola-ed area into something you have to go over and look at. I was thinking of putting some kind of shrubs in front of the long/west side of the pergolas, with perhaps flagstone on the inside of them next to where the garden beds are. I'm thinking the sun-loving shrubs might eventually provide shade for my struggling no-longer-shade gardens, and create a kind of separate area.

Does this make sense? I can't really see it in my mind's eye, yet I kind of can. If you were to do something like this, what in your wildest dreams would you do?

I have all kinds of options, including stone things, bricks, and the man power to build it. Of course, the man will have to pull time out of his ear, but he does humor me. So go wild if you have a secret garden in mind.

I'd love ideas and suggestions. The total focus through all that, was to protect my hosta gardens from sun. If I can make it interesting at the same time? YEAH!

Thanks for bearing with me,


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An neat little bathroom heater

posted by: alpenmicho on 03.15.2007 at 04:12 pm in Bathrooms Forum

In hindsight I wished I'd installed the whisperwarm or in-floor heating....but we didn't and now we are stuck with a beautiful but cold basement bathroom.

Ever since, I've been looking for a small heater that was safe, affordable and didn't require us ripping anything out. All I could find were the little ceramic heaters, which are not supposed to be used in a bathroom and then the next step were the $300+ bathroom wall heaters.
I'd about given up, when I found this neat little heater, quite by accident, at the Bay here in Canada.

It's call the Seabreeze Thermoflo "off the wall" Outlet Mountable Bed/Bathroom Heater.

It was the simplest thing to install. It fits right over the outlet. Although I wouldn't call it "whisper quiet"...(then again neither is my Panasonic whisperfit ventilation fan), it warmed up the room really fast.

I paid $75 for it.

Anyways, I just thought I'd post it here in case someone else was in the same situation.

Here is a link that might be useful: neat little heater


bathroom heater
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jeld-wen vinyl windows

posted by: cgbdad on 04.10.2007 at 09:32 pm in Windows Forum

Does anyone here have experience with Jeld-wen's Premium Atlantic Vinyl windows? Pros? Cons? Suitability for use in NW Florida coastal areas?


jeld-wen window
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What's your biggest regret? What can't you live without?

posted by: evecakes7 on 11.07.2006 at 12:09 pm in Kitchens Forum

We are beginning the process to redo our kitchen. This is the first and last time we will renovate this kitchen and I want to make as few mistakes as possible.

What do you wish you had, and what do you have that you love?

Thanks for any help that you can provide.


Great ideas in this thread
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