appliances

Modern Kitchens of the Past

Modern Kitchens of the Past

While I was looking for pictures to accompany a guest post on kitchen design for entertaining, I ran across a few old images that show how kitchens have changed (not so much really) over the past 75 years or so. I’ve selected a sampling of kitchen pictures from the past and a couple of others […]

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Replace Two-Prong Receptacles with GFCIs

Replace Two-Prong Receptacles with GFCIs

For those of us living in old houses, dealing with up to a hundred years of electrical wiring upgrades can be a real headache. You may find anything from ancient knob and tube to modern grounded wiring. In a perfect world, the solution is to replace any old wiring, ungrounded receptacles and fixtures with safer, […]

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Are Longer Power Outages the New Normal?

Are Longer Power Outages the New Normal?

I was pleased to be invited to write a guest post for Buildipedia.com. The widespread power outages from the Eastern US derecho in June were still fresh in my mind, so I thought some tips for choosing and maintaining a home generator would be useful. You can read the article:  "Home Generators 101" at Buildipedia.com. […]

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Recess Your French Door Fridge into the Wall

Recess Your French Door Fridge into the Wall

There’s something exciting about getting that new French Door Refrigerator – until it arrives in your kitchen. Once you realize it sticks out almost a foot beyond the cabinets and impedes the traffic flow to the mud room – you resign yourself to your decision and just live with it. If you love your fridge […]

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Can Portable Generators Damage Home Appliances?

Can Portable Generators Damage Home Appliances?

We recently decided it’s time to install a backup power generator for our rural home/office. Choosing a portable generator should be pretty easy shouldn’t it? Determine what you need emergency power for – and choose a generator powerful enough to do the job, right? Uh…no actually. Many of today’s home HVAC systems and appliances have […]

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