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July 12, 1997 | By Bernice Kanner
I grew up in a household in which my mom regularly ran a white glove over the woodwork. Mom's no longer among the living, but if she were to pop down to my house, she would have one sorry-looking glove. When my children were small, I used to put away their toys while they were still playing with them. But the truth is, I am a secret slob - like so many of us. America's standards of housekeeping have taken a steep plunge. The number of hours Americans spend on housework keeps dropping, along with their interest in floor wax, scouring powders and deep cleansers.
NEWS
December 23, 1997 | by Dave Racher, Daily News Staff Writer
The 25-year-old Bucks County man knew he was painted into a corner for committing two rapes and one attempted rape in the Art Museum area last summer. So Joseph N. Lynch, of Lahaska, Bucks County, a restaurant dishwasher, didn't attempt to color the truth by framing a defense yesterday. He pleaded guilty before Common Pleas Judge Carolyn E. Temin and was committed to prison to await sentencing. The judge ordered a background report and psychiatric tests. Assistant District Attorney Charles Ehrlich told Temin that he wants to call the victims at the sentencing hearing.
NEWS
April 13, 2012 | Al Heavens
I miss a lot of "special" weeks in this job, and the most recent victim was National Window Safety Week. While I doubt that the result was anything like the defenestration of Prague (the one in 1618, not 1419), I would be remiss if I did not mention at least a few safety tips provided to me by the folks at Marvin Windows: Keep windows closed and locked when not in use. If you open windows for ventilation, choose windows not easily reached by children. Install a window-opening control device to limit the window opening.
NEWS
August 15, 2004 | By Joyce Gemperlein FOR THE INQUIRER
Now and then, emotion overtakes my mother as she works in the kitchen of her rural Pennsylvania home, where a collection of miniature pitchers marches across the top of the cabinets. Her husband - like her, in his early 70s - says she often exclaims, "I just love dishwashers!" when the "clean" light pops on. The other morning, as I was wedging my family's morning take of three plates, five forks and six coffee mugs into a dishwasher already nearly full, Mom was loading her own with one plate, two forks and a coffee cup. As we telephonically loaded together, she told me that she considers it a joyful task.
NEWS
February 24, 2012 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
One of my favorite lines from television was delivered by Jonathan Harris, who played the diabolical yet cowardly Dr. Smith on Lost in Space. He and Will Robinson were out searching for iron pyrite, and as Will scanned the horizon with binoculars, he reported that his mother and older sister were doing laundry. "Spare me the dreary domestic story," Smith told him. Well, what Dr. Smith would consider dreary, we here at "Your Place" consider our meat and potatoes. So, when we write about dishwashers that produce glassware with a filmy coating, a tidal wave of e-mail leaves us floating in possible solutions.
LIVING
September 26, 2008 | By Alan J. Heavens INQUIRER REAL ESTATE WRITER
Question: Just wondering if you might have any suggestions for me regarding ants running all over the inside of my dishwasher. It is on an exterior wall, and we have sprayed an ant-control compound outside. We have not had many ants inside the kitchen or the rest of the house, just the dishwasher. I have been pre-rinsing the dishes before putting them in. I run it about every other day. Answer: There must be a food source somewhere - maybe behind the dishwasher or under the dishwasher, or perhaps the filter is dirty and needs to be cleaned.
LIVING
March 10, 2006 | By Alan J. Heavens INQUIRER REAL ESTATE WRITER
Dishwasher drawers have become hot commodities among folks looking to clean their plates in a smaller space. Choice is limited to two major manufacturers, Fisher & Paykel and KitchenAid, a division of Whirlpool Corp. Still, you should research before you buy - especially since a single drawer can run $800 or more, compared with $200 for a basic full-size dishwasher. Need to know: Dishwasher drawers are 24 inches wide and 22 inches deep, the same as a standard dishwasher. Where you save space is with the height of the unit.
REAL_ESTATE
September 27, 2015 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
Starting with a debate years ago over whether knives and forks should face up or down in the silverware basket, dishwashers have been an integral part of this column. Case in point: I reported a few weeks back about appliance manufacturers' opposition to proposed federal standards requiring that dishwashers' energy use be cut by 24 percent and water use by 38 percent, leaving 3.1 gallons of water to clean an entire load of dishes in a normal wash cycle. I added a link to the proposed rules, so you could make up your own minds.
REAL_ESTATE
August 9, 2015 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
How many of you rinse off dishes first before putting them in the dishwasher? Since, to get out of cooking, I take care of cleaning up and that involves loading the dishwasher, I am a rinser. When I don't do it, any stray fleck of cheese is melted on the surface of the plates, requiring additional surface blasting to get the dishes clean. If you listen to the Home Appliance Manufacturers Association, the latest Department of Energy regulations to reduce dishwashers' water and energy consumption will have you washing dishes by hand to get them clean.
REAL_ESTATE
May 1, 1992 | By Al Carrell, SPECIAL TO THE INQUIRER
Dishwashers today are more energy-efficient than they used to be. In many cases, it actually costs less to use the dishwasher than to wash dishes by hand. Of course, your savings go down the drain if you wash only half a load. And it's also important to take care of this appliance to keep it in peak form. Check the door gasket from time to time. Clean it with vinegar and follow with a light coating of petroleum jelly. This may keep the dishwasher from leaking around the door. Check the bottom after every use to make sure food scraps - or eating utensils - haven't accumulated.
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REAL_ESTATE
September 27, 2015 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
Starting with a debate years ago over whether knives and forks should face up or down in the silverware basket, dishwashers have been an integral part of this column. Case in point: I reported a few weeks back about appliance manufacturers' opposition to proposed federal standards requiring that dishwashers' energy use be cut by 24 percent and water use by 38 percent, leaving 3.1 gallons of water to clean an entire load of dishes in a normal wash cycle. I added a link to the proposed rules, so you could make up your own minds.
REAL_ESTATE
August 9, 2015 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
How many of you rinse off dishes first before putting them in the dishwasher? Since, to get out of cooking, I take care of cleaning up and that involves loading the dishwasher, I am a rinser. When I don't do it, any stray fleck of cheese is melted on the surface of the plates, requiring additional surface blasting to get the dishes clean. If you listen to the Home Appliance Manufacturers Association, the latest Department of Energy regulations to reduce dishwashers' water and energy consumption will have you washing dishes by hand to get them clean.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 6, 2013 | By Sally Friedman, For The Inquirer
So there we stand, my husband and I, two presumably mature, rational people planted on either side of the dishwasher. We are not smiling. The issue at hand is how to prepare the dinner dishes for that appliance, a discussion that is decidedly not new in this kitchen. My husband believes that dishes need to be prewashed - one might even say "sanitized" - before they ever reach the racks. I, on the other hand, insist that dishwashers clean dishes and silverware better when they are not antiseptically clean.
NEWS
September 14, 2012 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
Question: I was looking at a new condo with "cherrywood flooring. " No illusions that it was solid; I was told it was engineered. Looking again at some damage (the condo stapled flooring over radiant pipes with staples too long, resulting in water damage in several units), I saw that the top layer is a thin photographic film, not veneer. Does this mean it's laminate, not engineered? And if so, if the cat throws up while I'm at work, am I talking significant repair costs? The material also scratches badly, I noticed.
NEWS
August 4, 2012 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
Let's start this column with advice from reader Sharon Garcia of St. Davids: "I just read the question posed by the person with the brown stain buildup everywhere in the dishwasher. "I had this problem for many years, and discovered that the only thing that would make the brown go away was Tang drink mix in the soap dispenser. It will have to probably run a few times if it has a lot of buildup. "I always ran it on hot without dishes when the buildup got bad. I also would open it during the rinse cycle and add some more.
NEWS
June 23, 2012 | Al Heavens
I'm calling to order this meeting of the readers with various dishwasher issues, only to let you kind folks know of a recent Consumer Reports study of — you guessed it — detergents. In the latest testing — results of which appear in the July 2012 issue — Finish Powerball Tabs and Cascade Complete All-in-1 ActionPacs earned the highest marks in CR's ratings of nonphosphate gels, liquids, packs, pods, powders, and tablets. (Laws in several states removed phosphates from dishwasher detergents a few years ago, which resulted in some cleaning challenges.)
NEWS
May 19, 2012 | Al Heavens
Considering that it took an hour to regain feeling in many of my fingertips, it might not have been the brightest thing I've done recently. Yet, the swimming pool in my kinfolk's back yard in northern Connecticut looked so inviting that I spent a half hour in it, despite a water temperature of 65 degrees — just eight degrees warmer than the air. My taste of summer reminded me of some advice about pool safety I received recently from...
NEWS
May 12, 2012 | Al Heavens
My readers never disappoint, and this week is no exception. One of you wrote to say that the white plastic coating on the bottom rack of the dishwasher was coming off, leaving rust on the dishes. The manufacturer's solution: a replacement rack for more than $200. Respondents cited similar problems — and solutions. From Stephanie Simkins: "My dishwasher is many years old and still working perfectly except for the rusting racks. I wrote to Maytag about the problem and did receive a call back from their customer service department.
NEWS
April 13, 2012 | Al Heavens
I miss a lot of "special" weeks in this job, and the most recent victim was National Window Safety Week. While I doubt that the result was anything like the defenestration of Prague (the one in 1618, not 1419), I would be remiss if I did not mention at least a few safety tips provided to me by the folks at Marvin Windows: Keep windows closed and locked when not in use. If you open windows for ventilation, choose windows not easily reached by children. Install a window-opening control device to limit the window opening.
NEWS
March 9, 2012 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
I begin today's exercise thanking the 118 readers from Maine to California who e-mailed me with recommendations on preventing cloudy glassware from coming out of the dishwasher. That will do. As far as which way to place forks and knives, up or down, in the dishwasher, Bernice Wissler has determined how I will do so from now on: "I put them both top up and bottom up in order to be sure that none of them 'nest.' The silverware holder has six compartments and we usually have more than six forks, for example, so having some facing up and some down makes for a more even distribution.
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