Do you have experience with conversations like "I'd really like to get a nice new stove, can we come to an agreement on the cost?" What have you done, what's worked, etc? [more inside]
posted by colin_l
on Jun 24, 2014 -
It's generally advised to leave as much behind as possible when moving abroad, but my wife's employer is paying to have a decent amount of our household stuff transported from the US to the UK. And why would we want to waste money buying duplicate items if it isn't necessary and we probably won't be staying more than a couple years? So I'm trying to figure out which of our electronics and appliances might be made to work overseas.
I am aware of the voltage difference and the line/mains frequency difference between the US and the UK and I'm considering buying one or two good-quality step-down voltage converters for things that aren't universal voltage compatible. But I have some questions that my Google research has not cleared up. [more inside]
posted by theory
on Feb 18, 2014 -
There is a great spot in my small kitchen next to my refrigerator for a dishwasher. I would like to avoid one of those portable ones with wheels that you have to roll out and hook up to the sink. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by mzwz
on Jan 23, 2014 -
It's time for another big grown-up milestone: new kitchen appliances. And I'm paralyzed by the thought of making the wrong decisions. [more inside]
posted by JoanArkham
on Jan 13, 2014 -
We need to replace the over-the-range microwave that came with our house. Do the vents actually work well? [more inside]
posted by klausman
on Oct 5, 2013 -
Can I paint my stainless steel fridge with chalkboard paint? I've found lots of tutorials on how to do it with a regular white fridge (whatever those are made of) but nothing on stainless. Should I try to sand it? Do I need primer? Please advise. [more inside]
posted by exceptinsects
on Sep 1, 2013 -
So, it seems my Whirlpool dishwasher has finally bitten the dust - rather than actually washing, it kind of groans for the entire "wash" cycle, without actually, you know, spewing any water onto the dishes and cleaning them. Unfortunately, my local appliance store closed due to the owners retiring, so I can't ask their expert advice. Has anyone here bought a splendid new dishwasher lately? I need recommendations! [more inside]
posted by PlantGoddess
on Aug 26, 2013 -
I have a 7-year old Whirlpool dishwasher (GU2200XTSB to be exact.)
I got the 7 clean-light-flash error signal, and was able to clear that (so control panel seems good.)
Heating element -- still hot.
Water fills? check.
But then it just hums when in the past the big chugging washing motion would begin.
So it sounds like some kind of pump/motor problem. The water isn't getting pushed around. The little detergent door is opened but the detergent is still there, barely wet.
I am pretty handy and have repaired several other major appliances before. so --
1) how to diagnose pump vs. motor vs. ????
2) Is this just stupid given the age of the dishwasher? I'd rather pay $50 or $100 than $500, but....
posted by msalt
on Aug 21, 2013 -
I am beginning the process of building a home that is going to be fairly contemporary in style. However, we are on a budget, so I am looking for your suggestions regarding the best budget-friendly, fixtures, finishes, appliances, etc. that would go in a contemporary home. I am really interested in clean lines, stuff that is well made, looks nice, but is affordable. [more inside]
posted by bove
on Jul 23, 2013 -
I live in a small studio apartment with an alcove "kitchen": sink, hot plate, mini fridge. I eat most meals at the cafeteria my employer provides. My counter space is extremely limited. What is the most functional and versatile appliance or device I can buy for those occasions when I want to cook something? (Assume I already have various pots, pans, and small kitchen tools.)
posted by Nomyte
on Jul 8, 2013 -
I have a Siemens dishwasher which has suddenly stopped working properly. It doesn't seem to be heating water. I've found plenty of ideas online about what might be wrong. I'm quite handy and would be happy to have a go at fixing it myself, but I'm not sure about the degree of difficulty here. I don't want to risk setting the thing on fire.
My question is: have you repaired something like this yourself? Or it is definitely a "call the repairer" situation?
I don't like to throw money away on things I can fairly easily do myself (eg in an afternoon), but safety is my first consideration.
posted by rubbish bin night
on Jun 25, 2013 -
I'm moving to Germany in a couple of months and have a few questions about using various 110V US-purchased appliances on the local 220V power. Specifically the 50Hz/60Hz issue - how big of a deal is it? My understanding is that anything with a motor may have a shorter lifespan and run somewhat less efficiently (and of course anything that uses AC for timing will run slow), but any other issues? [more inside]
posted by photo guy
on May 13, 2013 -
I am getting ready to do a kitchen remodel. I've been thinking about this since before we bought the house 6 years ago, and am finally ready to take the plunge. Give me your best kitchen ideas! [more inside]
posted by msbubbaclees
on Feb 22, 2013 -
The cabinets are already installed at floor level. Do we tile under the range and dishwasher or up to them? Also the dishwasher is already installed, but if we have to, we can take it out and tile under it. Opinions?
posted by Andrea2880
on Feb 12, 2013 -
Which kitchen appliances/gadgets do you keep on the counter, and which do you store away in cupboards or a pantry? [more inside]
posted by mudpuppie
on Feb 11, 2013 -
We need to get a new refrigerator. So which of the new refrigerator features are worth it? And how bad is bisque color really? [more inside]
posted by smackfu
on Jan 7, 2013 -
Man inherits plantation discovers half brother and wins appliances. Maybe you saw this movie on Bravo in 1994 as well? [more inside]
posted by phytage
on Jan 1, 2013 -
Mother-in-law loves AM radio...but... her new home in a retirement community is a mish-mash of fluorescent lights and steel beams so she only gets static on her trusty AM radio... I need a solution - perhaps a simple IP radio? Details after the jump... [more inside]
posted by brownrd
on Oct 8, 2012 -
Looking to buy an old gas stove and old electric chest freezer (pre-60's). Advice wanted! [more inside]
posted by katyh
on Aug 23, 2012 -
My turkey roaster used for yarn dyeing ... died. Help me find a replacement: a kitchen appliance with a very large, preferably shallow, stainless steel cookwell. [more inside]
posted by amber_dale
on Jul 18, 2012 -
The sparkers on my gas cook-top keep 'sparking' even when everything is turned off. There is no gas flowing to the range but the little spark plugs keeping sparking by themselves. From my lounge room I can hear them and it's getting worse and worse.
Any ideas? Should I just get someone in to fix it? European stainless steel cook-top around 10 years old. I saw this AskMefi
, but it doesn't quite answer my question.
posted by evil_esto
on Jun 30, 2012 -
Has anyone noticed that the quality of kitchen appliances these days is really, really bad? I think I need a new dishwasher. [more inside]
posted by PJSibling
on Apr 3, 2012 -
Long wash times and wet clothes with a Samsung front-loading washing machine -- please help! [more inside]
posted by vorfeed
on Mar 26, 2012 -
Do I have to replace my entire oven because I cannot find a replacement part that is no longer manufactured? [more inside]
posted by chatelaine
on Feb 8, 2012 -
Just replaced the bulbs under the microwave (over the range)... and now they're taking turns burning out. [more inside]
posted by disillusioned
on Jan 16, 2012 -
We are in the US - Help me figure out what to do with our kitchen appliances from Australia. [more inside]
posted by inquisitrix
on Dec 1, 2011 -
Help restore harmony to our home. Do we need a food processor? Do we want a food processor? (more inside) [more inside]
posted by kestralwing
on Nov 27, 2011 -
I won a washing machine and dryer that I can't use, and it's turning into a bit of a nightmare. How on earth can I get rid of it? I live in Washington, DC. Special soap-bubble details inside. [more inside]
posted by schmod
on Oct 24, 2011 -
After resisting the call of the flatscreen tv for an embarrassingly long time, my boyfriend and I are finally saying farewell to our twelve-square-foot CRT and taking the LCD plunge. After much research we've settled on the Samsung UN46D8000
, but I have two special-snowflake hardware concerns. [more inside]
posted by firstbest
on Sep 5, 2011 -
What do you know about countertop dishwashers?
What should *I* know about them before purchasing one?
Where can I find a selection (or heck, even 1) in stock at a brick'n'mortar here in Los Angeles?
and, barring a local retailer, Which countertop dishwasher should I buy online? [more inside]
posted by carsonb
on Aug 19, 2011 -
I got a mild shock while putting together a seed starting light set-up in the unfinished basement of my rental apartment. The light was unplugged
when I received the shock. What gives? [more inside]
posted by Knicke
on Mar 26, 2011 -
Is there any use for my yogurt maker
other than making yogurt? Or do I just keep the 8 plastic cups with lids and throw out the heating unit?
posted by paindemie
on Jan 29, 2011 -