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Old 02-16-2008, 12:38 AM   #41
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We have had 3 or 4 over the last 30 years, but we jokingly call them the "dish-rinser", because it seems you need to at least partially hand wash the dishes before you put them in. Maybe we need lessons?
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Old 02-16-2008, 01:27 AM   #42
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One of my non-LBYMs fantasies is to have two dishwashers, one for clean, one for dirty. Never have to put the dishes away.
to which i have a lbym solution: a deep sink.
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Old 02-16-2008, 07:45 AM   #43
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Have a dishwasher - last used it 3 years ago and it leaked bad. The wife wants a new one (stainless steel) with other appliances to match, and new cabinets while we're at it. I just want to fix the old one. Maybe I will one of these days.
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Old 02-16-2008, 03:30 PM   #44
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A dishwasher came with the house..standard, cheap model. Died at 20+ years of age. Got a better grade replacement..has a sanitizer which is nice when there is a sicko in the house.

The DW still hand washes a lot of not-dishwasher-safe stuff. I told her if wasn't dishwasher safe to throw it out and simplify life. No go.

We have a massively mixed set of silverware some of which dates back to 2nd hand stuff we were given when we were married 35 years ago. I bought her a nice complete set for Christmas. She likes the new stuff..kept the old stuff too. Its all mixed together in the silverware drawer.

She's a frugal wife..probably helped a lot to my F.I.R.E.
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In the Midwest we had dishwarshers...
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Old 02-16-2008, 04:09 PM   #46
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In the Midwest we had dishwarshers...
I was an early escapee from the Midwest and I still talk that way.

The only time I was ever corrected was by my sister yelling at me that there was no "R" in Washington.

She was a teacher by then. They must have done something terrible to her in college..shock treatment or hot pokers..to get her to start talking funny like that.
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Old 02-16-2008, 04:13 PM   #47
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In the Midwest we had dishwarshers...
I thought that was PA? A girlfriend in HS noted that I put an "r" in "warsh" - I must've picked it up from PA relatives since I grew up in MD.
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In the Midwest we had dishwarshers...
My father talked like that and he was raised in the Pacific NW! Maybe it's farmers - lots of Rs everywhere.
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I wouldn't be without a dishwasher. A few years ago we replaced the noisy Kenmore that was in the house when we moved in with a Bosch. It is quiet and does a great job dishes that have been barely rinsed.
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[quote=prubin;616813]I wouldn't be without a dishwasher. /quote]


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Old 02-16-2008, 08:48 PM   #51
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Modern dishwashers are more energy saving than handwashing dishes, if you have a full load. My home had a dishwasher when I moved in. After approximately 15 years it began leaking and I replaced it with a new, energy efficient, quiet, sparkling glassware one. It works much better than the old one and I wouldn't be without it. I run it about twice a week.
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As a renter I don't pay for hot water, but I do pay for the electricity to run a load of dishes. I estimated a while back that it costs about 20 cents for the electricity to run a modern dishwasher load.
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The downside is that visitors always complain about there not being a drying rack on the countertop and offer to buy me one. In the small kitchens I've had, I've always prefered the counterspace over having a drying rack. But I recently broke down and bought my first drying rack mostly for visitors to use.
What a nice host you are, to think of the needs of your dishwashing visitors!

What kind did you get? I have a 13-yr old dishrack with its coating beginning to break so that rust is showing through. I am thinking of getting this. (Edited: Or maybe not--just looked at the Amazon reviews that said one had to wipe the rack to prevent rust spots.)

But then again, I have also thought in the past of using our non-functioning dishwasher as the dishrack and not spending $50. Plus, I like your point of having more counter space without a dishrack.
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I just bought a $5 wooden fold up ikea dish rack. I soon discovered I needed a silverware strainer, so I bought one that attaches to wooden racks for $10 or so at BB&Beyond. It's probably not the optimal solution, but it makes my visitors comfortable washing dishes!
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Thanks--a wooden dish rack will never rust! Well, maybe the screws and nails will.

We don't have an IKEA in town (I have never been to one actually ) but I will be on the lookout for an inexpensive wooden dish rack in the stores here.
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One of my non-LBYMs fantasies is to have two dishwashers, one for clean, one for dirty. Never have to put the dishes away.
Yes, me too! Another fantasy: silverware that is shaped/sized so that you dump it into the sorting gizmo, and it self-sorts (like a coin sorter).

Concerning dish drains -- I rarely see any dish drains which cause the water to actually drain into the sink. Perhaps in a less humid environment that's not a problem, but I had to make my own. I found it has to tilt pretty steeply to insure that the water flows into the sink.
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In the Midwest we had dishwarshers...
My dad called it a "dishworsher". Southern Midwest I guess.

We have one and use it about once a week; when we run out of glasses or spoons. Otherwise, we handwash the few things we use during the day.

It is also a great place to hide dirty dishes when company comes over.
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The main things that go into the dishwasher are plates, mugs, glasses, and utensils.

I don't mind doing pots and pans by hand as they are large, unbreakable and have handles.
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I have one...wouldn't live without one. I hate to wash dishes by hand! I don't run it but about once a week though since I make sure it's full before I run it.
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We had one installed when we remodeled the kitchen in our 64-year-old house last year. The old design was very inefficient with almost no storage. We practically doubled the storage AND got a dishwasher in there as well.
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