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RE: What did you have to have, but ended up not using or repurpos (Follow-Up #21)

posted by: sara_in_philly on 02.15.2010 at 09:48 am in Kitchens Forum

andyman -- I hope you can see this. Don't give up the soap dispenser yet! A couple of months ago, I was searching a place to buy the Never MT and came to an old thread about home-made Never MT (can't find the thread now), I followed the steps and it worked! Here is what I did:

1) Find a long flexible tubing (from LOWS or Home Depot) that fits your dispenser really tight, and put it on the dispenser tube;

2) Drill a hole on the soap bottle cap and stick the other end of the tubing through the cap into the dish soap bottle and use duck tape to tape around the cap and the tubing.

That's it!

I just happend to have a bottle of Down dish soap then and didn't dilute the soap. I have been using this for over two months now, it works great! I never have to pump more than once. Actually I was able to test it without the soap bottle cap on, just stick the tube into the soap bottle and it worked right away. Give this a try, hope it will work for you as it did for me.


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RE: Best advice from this forum (Follow-Up #109)

posted by: whoooooooooosh on 03.05.2008 at 02:45 am in Kitchens Forum

finding out that I didn't have to have my air gap (the overflow thingy for the dishwasher). I live in CA and it is code. Easy way around that if you need to pass code inspection is to drill the hole for air gap... pop it on for inspection and when they've gone take off the air gap and pop on your soap dispenser. Then put the loop in the hose at the back of your diswasher... VOILA te he

Best things

No sockets/switches in backsplash (under cabinet plug strip)

Toe kick on trash pop out BUT... ADD a second spring to add power to the pop (thank you for whoever mentioned this ingenious bit of info)

Drawers instead of cupboards... so easy/convenient/tidy

Slow close and bluemotion bits on uppercupboards

My double layered cutlery drawer (secret drawer within a drawer)

What to look for when choosing undercabinet lighting eg... reflection, spread of light, color of light, heat...

Knobs vs handles

Benefits of a large farmhouse sink

Miele dishwasher - superb

Thermador cooktop and all the controversy about the popup draft and how I could get away with not having one. THANK YOU!

Miele warming drawer FANTASTIC and thank you for making me realise that it doesn't have to be on the floor under the oven!!!

BEST ADVICE (even though I'd already done it because I'm pedantic!) PLAN YOUR STORAGE SPACE. measure boxes, measure food processer, mixer, stack of plates etc etc. then make a note of contents in the drawers or cupboards on your plans or diagrams or in your notes.

Plug stip under center island.

I think I'll stop now!

Thank you, thank you, thank you


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RE: Best advice from this forum (Follow-Up #142)

posted by: lithigin on 10.18.2009 at 11:58 pm in Kitchens Forum

I'm a military spouse, and we modestly redid the small galley kitchen in our old house, knowing that it was far from a forever kitchen. After much reading on these threads, I LOVE the following upgrades. My handyman was impressed at my attention to detail, and DH now admits that all of my crazy research resulted in an awesome kitchen (that we now compare all of our military rentals to, with great disdain!)

-Drawers! Yay yay yay for drawers
-Toe kick drawer (perfect for dishtowels and trivets)
-Plugmold (electrician had never heard of it!)
-Undercab lighting
-Air switch
-Huge single sink (Franke) with sink grid
-Kohler faucet with integrated sprayer that stays on spray mode even with turning faucet on/off

I also have a hard time living without a great disposal. I bought a 3/4 hp one in that house, and immediately paid $500 to buy and have one installed in this house. Much of that was because our water outflow was slightly above the bottom of the disposal. The plumber suggested a 1/3 hp one that he had in the car, because it was shorter, and I summarily rejected that idea! I made him get a new sawzall blade and cut into the old metal pipe to create a new outflow hole a few inches lower to accommodate my huge and fabulous disposal.


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