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The Home Ownership Thread

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by Douglas, Jan 31, 2012.

  1. otc

    otc Well-Known Member

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    Loading problems? Not to accuse you, but you'd be surprised how many people load their dishwashers in absolutely moronic ways. The bottom is for vertical plates (and similar). If you've got bowls or baking dishes laying flat down there, the top stuff isn't going to get clean...the extra "top sprayers" help, but you need some clear flow through the machine. A lot of newer diswashers have real full sized spinny things for the top rack that have a separate water feed...these may work better (but aren't what you have).

    And the little packs/pods really did improve my overall dishwasher results...
     
  2. Ataturk

    Ataturk Well-Known Member

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    The dirty sides should also face the center of the dishwasher.
     
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  3. idfnl

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    Its happened so many times that its impossible its a loading issue. I do tend to pack it in, but I have experimented with a virtually empty wash just to see and it was the same shitty result.

    I really wish this were my fault, but I don't believe it is. I mean, fuck, I have better things to spend $1000 on.
     
  4. Joffrey

    Joffrey Well-Known Member

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    Why do you have so much stuff???
     
  5. Ataturk

    Ataturk Well-Known Member

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    That's not an actual picture of the shelf I built, just one like it I found on the internet. Well, actually, I modeled it after pictures on the internet. But you know what I mean.

    It's mostly seasonal stuff, infrequently used tools, and things related to various hobbies. There are a lot of things you can't do (or do well) without space to work and store things.
     
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  6. upthewazzu

    upthewazzu Well-Known Member

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    Have you tried cleaning the crap trap at the bottom of the dish washer? About 3 years after we bought our house we noticed the dishwasher was doing an exceptionally shitty job at cleaning dishes and it turned out the the filter at the bottom of the thing was totally mucked up. Took us a while to figure out how to dismantle it, but once cleaned, our dishes were coming out clean and film free.
     
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  7. idfnl

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    Yes. I took half the fucking dishwasher apart. I've cleaned that thing more than once. I've invested time in this problem. Its driving me crazy having to rewash 1/2 my dishes every load.
     
  8. nootje

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  9. idfnl

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    Nah... we're blessed here. Plus, I believe its the dishwasher's job to pump water and create pressure. I suppose my machine could have a weak pump, but I'm not chucking $300 at this problem and not even know if its the cause.
     
  10. nootje

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    Its the only thing i can think of that could have such dreadful results, either that or your dishes are truly awful. Does your water have a high calcium content? That could clog up the internal lines between the pump and the faucet (whatever the technical term may be). Might be a good idea either way to run it with something that combats it, calgonit or whatever...
     
  11. idfnl

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    I'm in Washington DC, I'm not aware of it being a problem in this area.

    The thing is, this dishwasher has never worked that well. It's just worse now.
     
  12. SUPER K

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    I had a Kitchen Aid that developed the same issues. The repair guy said the "impellors "or something had become worn, perhaps from broken glass, bone, or tough things left on dishes. So, not enough pressure from the pump to clean properly. Changed to Bosch and no problems. So quiet I have to check to see if the display light is on to be sure it is running. As to the drying issue, you must be sure to keep the Jet dry dispenser full. Also helps to select the Sani cycle so that everything gets hot enough to dry without a heater element.
     
  13. mike1445

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    Idfnl, wife and I just bought a whole new Frigidaire Gallery set, like SUPER K with his Bosch; its so quiet i have to get real close to make sure its even on, all i can hear is water running through the pipes like I left a faucet on. It does a pretty great job. We had a Bosch in out previous apartment, I'd agree with SUPER K that it works great, it has better ratings than the Frigidaire Gallery DW but we preferred the look of the set over the Bosch.
     
  14. jgold47

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    Years ago when I worked at Best Buy we had a clear dishwasher as a demo item. Was cool to watch the thing in action. Basically that center pylon rises up with water pressure and directs the water to the upper areas. (among things). So it its not cleaning well, either, 1) the soap is being dispensed at the wrong time (the door is sticking), 2) the water pressure is not adequate (could be a bad or clogged pump/orifice) , 3) overfilled 4)the center piece is jammed or 4) your water sucks (too hard/soft).

    My parents live on a shitty well and things never come clean!!
     
  15. SkinnyGoomba

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    Do you guys know of anyone who sells Sargent locks and Ceco door frames online?
     
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    speaking of shitty water....does anyone have a whole house water filter installed?

    Been thinking of installing a combination sediment and carbon filter before the baby is born. Nothing really wrong with our water now, but you know, belts and suspenders.
     
  17. Ataturk

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    Need an air conditioner? Amazon just dropped the prices on a lot of their "used" (mostly scratch and dent) portable/window A/Cs bigtime. I snagged two 25k btu window units for $170 each. Merry Christmas, Dad, 'cause I can't use two of them.
     
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  18. i10casual

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    Edited: I'll google this simple question.

    What are your favorite reference sites?
     
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  19. i10casual

    i10casual Well-Known Member

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    One thing I've learned not to do is buy a front loading washer. The thing molds so fast.
     
  20. Ataturk

    Ataturk Well-Known Member

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    There was a pretty good discussion about this a while back. All you have to do is regularly use hot water and bleach to wash your whites (eliminates detergent buildup inside the washer) and leave the door open after each load (lets it dry out).
     
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