Thursday, June 25, 2009

Home appliances

The August issue of Consumer Reports has some helpful articles on buying appliances, with advice on the best brands (low repair rates, etc.) and best places to buy them. (It pays to buy small appliances and big appliances at different stores.) They cover refrigerators, stoves, ovens, and dishwashers (plastic interiors are less expensive than stainless interiors) Btw, one of the stoves in their 1938 electric-range tests had--among other things--a cigarette lighter.

There are also articles on countertops and flooring. (I plan to get quartz, solid surfacing, or laminate--boomerang pattern--for my next house. I will not get any kind that needs sealing! This includes limestone, marble, granite, and concrete. And I will never get tile again. I have granite tile--pretty but not practical.) There are also articles on showerheads and toilets. And remodeling tips, such as Make changes on paper, not in mid-project! (I include that advice in my house book, Building a Cool House for Hot Times without Scorching the Pocketbook. We did both, btw.)

Building a Cool House for Hot Times without Scorching the Pocketbook is available at Publish America - Publishing Writers' and Authors' Manuscripts . The new edition with color photos has this ISBN: 978-1-60749-562-8

and you can read an excerpt at: Free Book Excerpts : Building a Cool House for Hot Times without Scorching the Pocketbook by Joy Smith

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