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CJ Mac commented on a discussion: Budget but nice sink and faucet?
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CJ Mac

Nileen, I didn't purchase the Savile but the Delta Leland which has been very nice. No problems except for the hose sometimes getting a little stuck on something down below sink--but it always comes free and goes back up fully.

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Nileen J

Thank you. Glad its holding up for the most part these last 3 years!

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CJ Mac

Just FYI: I went ahead and purchased a Frigidaire Gallery gas range. It was affordable and had good customer reviews. Since I'm not that much of a cook, I couldn't justify shelling out more for induction or dual fuel. Thanks for your help, everyone.

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Sorry, the post I quoted seems to have disappeared so the mystery author will remain incognito. I'll fix my post.

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CJ Mac likes a discussion: Gas or Electric Oven
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jwvideo

Trouble finding the old threads? That's a frequent complaint about the on-board search engine here. Google et al. seem to work better. In the meantime, here are three threads that you might find helpful:

https://www.houzz.com/discussions/2247611/baking-in-a-gas-oven-capital-range-or-any-other

https://www.houzz.com/discussions/2242382/ovens-electric-vs-gas

http://ths.gardenweb.com/forums/load/appl/msg081657061049.html


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A wall oven is more difficult to find in gas. There are 24" ovens in the less expensive ovens but the 30" ovens are pricey. The smaller gas ovens will take up more room than an electric oven because of the broiler drawer on the bottom. The gas broiler on these is not very good either. You really would need to get a BlueStar to get an infrared broiler.

While a gas oven has a heat source that releases moisture as a product of combustion, there is also moisture released by cooking your food. A gas oven has more ventilation to allow the the products of combustion to be released so moisture from all sources is removed. Electric ovens hold onto whatever moisture they have from food. In actual cooking this means faster setting of crust for baked goods and browning in a gas oven and a little longer rise for baked goods in an electric oven. A convection fan in an electric oven will increase browning. Almost every manufacturer refers to the "moist heat of a gas oven". They are only looking at the heat source and not considering the whole oven and the food you are cooking as a whole.

If you have been cooking with gas, your recipes will continue to work with gas but some people notice the difference more coming from electric to gas or vice versa.

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CJ Mac

I had no idea you could buy new items from Craigslist. I've never looked at it in my life.

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salonva

I replied to your other thread about the induction but regarding the gas stove with the stainless top-----I totally hear you. In our last home, that is pretty much what I wanted but I too found that those with the stainless top were out of my price range. I settled and got a Samsung that was very highly rated - I think it was a Consumer Reports Best Buy - but it did have the black top. We only used it for about 6 months as we sold the house, but really it was fine.

IF you stay with wanting the gas and a stainless top, just be patient as they do have respectable sales all the time. I have found from watching them that yes they do always have a promotion, but you might have to wait until what you want is at a good promotion. As an aside, Lowe's always has 5% discount for using their card, and occasionally has an extra 5% off with special sales (like maybe Presidents Day sale coming up ).

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CJ Mac

Good ideas, fifamom!

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kaye1951

I, too, have a bookcase acting as a headboard. It was what worked for the low wall on a sloping ceiling. I used lamps similar in height to your lamp on each end of the "headboard" that are perfect for reading in bed. Also, you could put one inch blocks under the lower bookcase to make the surface even. Your room is certainly coming together nicely!

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Get a bedskirt if your bed is set unusually high.






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CJ Mac

Just wanted to follow up that we finally decided on a set of bedspreads and shams from LL Bean. I didn't think the color would look good with our eggplant colored curtains, but the exact color is in a wall hanging we have in there so ties it together. Just need to get something decorative to hang on the wall above the beds. (Since they are adjustable, we don't really need headboards.)




This is the twin size. We both think this looks all right without putting a skirt underneath. I just wanted the legs to be hidden which these spreads do.

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Lyndee Lee
Check the opening size for a slide in range as mine did not go as far back as a regular range. It is interesting to see the trim pieces for sale as that was exactly how we fixed the problem. We found a piece of stainless trim at ReStore and bent it to fit in the gap. It is very hidden, so no worries about it being obvious
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weedmeister

You said "phone/cable modem". Does that mean your phone service is provided by your cable company via the internet?

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tatts

Where's Radio Shack when you need them?

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CJ Mac commented on a discussion: I really need help. Frozen with indecision.
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hcbm, that's EXACTLY what I've been wondering--and I'm pretty sure I started this thread talking about it: what would happen if our house burned down? What would I miss? What would I not even care about? I need a group of people like you to keep reminding me: if you lost this item, would you really care? In nearly all cases the answer would be No.


My husband and I are both very indecisive (you should hear us when he gets a few days off trying to figure out where to go and what to do--until we often give up and stay home), but he at least agrees with me that with most of this stuff in various Rubbermaid containers, we wouldn't even notice if someone else threw it out. But when we start to look, we get immediately bogged down with memories and attachments to each little item.


For some good accomplishments since I started--as Kathy Yata mentions above, in the past several months:

1. Got my husband to allow me to unload several bankers boxes of educational materials to a group that really appreciated it.

2. Both of us have reduced our clothes greatly: mine almost by half.

3. I have a bag full of expired medications that I will take next time they have one of those "turn in your old meds" days.

4. Several bags of decorative and household items to Salvation Army.

5. This week many bags of winter clothes, blankets, food to a local charity.

6. Went through all our instruction manuals and was able to dump a lot. Got a entire file drawer down to less than half of a file box.

7. Did the same with greeting cards: putting them in order by category and throwing out dorky ones I've had since the 80s. Threw out a lot I knew I would never give anyone. (But my sister just sent me a really cheesy Christmas one that she got free from a charity--now I wish I had kept one to send back to her. While I'm on a tangent: my other sister sent me the ugliest one for my birthday writing "I didn't pay for this." She wanted me know that she hadn't sent a donation to the charity she got it from. Nice.)

8. Have gone paperless as much as possible this year. Throw out most catalogs without looking.

9. There is a military chaplain stationed in Japan who told me he would love to have a load of religious DVDs and CDs we have. (We used to lead studies but have retired from that.) So that's the next load of stuff to get out of the house.

10. This was in the Spring, but I nearly emptied out our attic except for things like suitcases and the Christmas tree. Maybe just a few boxes of pretty things from my mom and wedding presents that I have trouble parting with but they don't worry me. I hope some day to have a way to display them.


Kathy, thanks for suggesting this: I feel pretty good about myself even though I'm still looking at a box or 3 full of miscellaneous stuff. The above proves to me that I CAN do it!


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jmm1837
Good on you, CJ - you're on the way! A while back, I realized I was clinging on to a lot of things that held memories - but many of them were of the same memory - so I started to pick just one or two of the best things from each of my experiences. I reduced a couple of boxes of albums and photos to a shoebox of the best photos. All sorts of ornaments from my time in Greece went to garage sales and thrift shops, with only a few of the best left - and they give me all the memories I need :) So next time you hesitate to get rid of something because of the memories, ask yourself whether it's the one best reminder - and if it isn't, let it go and keep the one that is.
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