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RE: You know its a Garden Web kitchen when.... (Follow-Up #12)

posted by: revans1 on 04.18.2007 at 08:45 am in Kitchens Forum

A soap/lotion dispenser....see link.

Here is a link that might be useful: never mt

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Never MT Tip
the tip: My dispenser is from Home Depot, Mountain Plumbing. I found that the hose from the Never-MT was a bit too big to fit snugly over the tube from the dispenser. I removed the dispenser's hose and softened the Never-MT hose by heating it over a burner. I could then force it over the end of the dispenser's pump, without the dispenser's tube. Also, I removed the grey plastic insert from the stainless steel housing that mounts to the countertop, otherwise the pump won't sit all the way down into the housing. Do this before mounting it will make it easier; I had to use a piece of dowel to poke it out from below, on my back, behind the disposer, sink, trap, and water pipes. (Posted by evergreendan)
clipped on: 04.18.2007 at 03:02 pm    last updated on: 07.31.2007 at 12:40 pm

Checklist For Granite Installation?

posted by: divastyle on 07.11.2007 at 09:45 am in Kitchens Forum

I went through some of the past posts and have attempted to put together a checklist for granite installation. Here's what I have :).

Check the seams for evenness and smoothness.
Make sure that the seams are neat and clean.
Make sure that the seams are not obvious.
Make sure that there are no scratches, pits or cracks
Make sure that the granite has been sealed
Ask which sealer has been used on the granite.
Make sure that the sink reveal is consistent all the away around
Check the gap of the granite at the wall junctions.
Keep an eye for inconsistent overhangs from the counter edges
Make sure that the top drawers open

Any other things to add?

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clipped on: 07.11.2007 at 01:08 pm    last updated on: 07.11.2007 at 01:08 pm

RE: Dimmable Compact Fluorescent ... Best Place to Buy? (Follow-Up #6)

posted by: granite_man on 04.29.2007 at 12:29 pm in Lighting Forum

We have had luck with this:
http://lightbulbemporium.com/proddetail.asp?prod=S6256

and this:
http://www.servicelighting.com/catalog_product.cfm?prod=SL29465

Price and service was exceptional. However, many of these dimmable CFLs seem to be currently out of stock as they are very much in demand. I find these bulbs fascinating, not sure why...

Here is a link that might be useful: Dimmable CFLs

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http://www.energyfederation.org/consumer/default.php/cPath/2050_25_44_169

http://www.1000bulbs.com/category.php?category=544

clipped on: 06.07.2007 at 05:49 pm    last updated on: 06.07.2007 at 05:55 pm

RE: 'The Sweeby Test' - anyone save it? (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: starpooh on 04.23.2007 at 12:35 am in Kitchens Forum

I'm packrat.... have alot of old threads saved.
I can add this to the FKB - with Sweeby's permission, of course.
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The Sweeby Test
Posted by Sweeby (My Page) on Fri, Dec 2, 05 at 15:11

A couple of recent posts have referred to something that has been jokingly referred to as 'the Sweeby test', and it's been suggested that a separate thread on that topic might be helpful.

The situation is this -- You're trying to decide between several different options (backsplash, flooring, island size or configuration, countertop material -- whatever), and all of the options being considered look good. Functional and financial considerations are certainly important, but among the thousands of highly functional good choices -- There are so many options to choose from! Which to choose and how to decide?

My suggestion was to try to figure out what you needed the element in question to contribute to your kitchen. To start by focusing on your kitchen as a whole, from a far-off hazy distance -- to wander off into your favorite kitchen fantasy and think about what it feels like, not what it looks like. (Your real kitchen please, not the one where Brad Pitt feeds you no-cal chocolates while George Clooney polishes the brass knobs on your Lacanche.) Then using mood words, describe what your dream kitchen feels like:

warm or cool, tranquil and soothing or energetic and vibrant? calm, happy, dramatic?
cozy or spacious? light and bright or dark and rich?
subtle tone-on-tone, boldly colorful, textured?, woody or painted?
modern, traditional, vintage, rustic, artsy, retro, Old World, Arts & Crafts, Tuscan?
elegant, casual? sleekly simple, elaborately detailed, or somewhere in between?
pristine or weathered, professional or homey?
whimsical, sophisticated, accessible, romantic? masculine or feminine?
How much zing? and where?

The list goes on and on...

Once you've identified the way you want your space to feel, then write it down as best you can. Try to freeze that feeling in words so you can refer back to it if you find yourself losing your vision or going off track.

Then look at where you are so far with the elements you have, and ask yourself if you're on the right course to create your dream? Odds are, at any given point in time, you'll be part way there, but that you'll need to go a little more this way, or a little more that way to move closer to your dream. Try to figure out what direction you need to go, what the missing element is that you need to add, (or just as important, if neutral background is what's needed) and write a 'Mission Statement' for your ideal backsplash / flooring / countertop:

"The perfect backsplash for my kitchen will add an enement of romance and whimsy, while not disrupting the calm and soothing tone-on-tone color scheme or diverting attention from my beautiful granite."
or
"My ideal countertops will provide the 'zing' my kitchen is missing right now, adding an element that is modern, rich, sophisticated and dramatic."

Then evaluate your potential choices against this Mission Statement. Odds are, one of your options will further your dreams while most of the others, though beautiful, take your kitchen down another path.

That's what I've got. What else can we add?

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The Sweeby Test
clipped on: 04.23.2007 at 07:20 pm    last updated on: 04.23.2007 at 07:20 pm

RE: What you should know before buying a new large appliance. (Follow-Up #29)

posted by: californiagirl on 09.28.2006 at 11:57 pm in Appliances Forum

julies -- You can use the chart at the site below to help you sort out who makes which brands. Bookmark it because it's very handy.

Here is a link that might be useful: Appliance Advisor Brand Advisor

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clipped on: 04.05.2007 at 07:37 pm    last updated on: 04.05.2007 at 07:37 pm

RE: How to find 'Kitchens We Love' (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: rococogurl on 04.02.2007 at 08:09 pm in Kitchens Forum

The album is moving. The link above will not be valid after tomorrow.

Here's the new link (momj47 did you get my email or did I have an old address?) to bookmark!

Here is a link that might be useful: Link to new Kitchens We Love

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clipped on: 04.02.2007 at 11:29 pm    last updated on: 04.02.2007 at 11:29 pm

RE: Wasn't there a 'Kitchen In-Progress Blog' a while back?? (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: rhome410 on 03.21.2007 at 12:51 am in Kitchens Forum

It is a challenge to find, so when I did, I saved it to 'my favorites.' Here you go...

Here is a link that might be useful: In progress kitchens in FKB

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clipped on: 04.01.2007 at 07:17 pm    last updated on: 04.01.2007 at 07:17 pm