Thursday, December 23, 2010
It's simple...1 cup of washing soda, 1 cup of borax and 1 bar of grated soap. They say you only have to use 1 tablespoon, but I use the scoop from my old OxyClean tub...it's probably closer to 2 tablespoons. I throw it in, run the hot water for a minute, then switch to cold and put my clothes in. My friend adds some extract or tea oil or something for fragrance, but I'm fine with the no-smell approach.
There are a million and one comments on their site, so read through and see the things people did and didn't like, and the substitutions they made. (BTW I know I sound info-mercially but I just like to share the cool stuff I find.)
Friday, October 8, 2010
Remember back in September when I wrote that I loved my Jenn Air Island Hood...I've changed my mind.
It was great at first. Not only pretty, but man it sucked up every last ounce of steam and smelly fumes of all kinds from my kitchen. It rocked. Seriously.
Now I bought this way before I was ready to install it, so it sat around for a few months. Then around a year after it was finally installed, it started working less and less. You'd hit the button...and nothing. Or you'd hit it and it would sound like it wanted to start, but nothing. Or the lights wouldn't go on. Or they'd go on and wouldn't shut back off. I finally had time to check the User Manual...it only has a one year warranty! I spend almost $2000 on this and it worked for barely a year?! I'm not a happy camper.
I emailed Jenn-Air customer service to see what they say. I know I've had it for over a year, but it hasn't been installed for over a year...not that they'll care. I bet they'll say, tough luck. But I'm hoping they're better than that. I'll keep you all posted.
UPDATE: So, basically their response was here's a number for customer service. Here are numbers for people that service and/or repair Jenn-Air products. Oh the best was the info on extended warranties. Hmm...not exactly standing behind your products are you Jenn-Air? I bought this because Consumer Reports said it was great...and it is...when it works. My advice to you remodelers out there...DO NOT BUY JENN-AIR PRODUCTS!
I will eventually write a post about American Standard...but let me just say this as a comparison...I bought one of their toilets several years ago and had a plumber install it since I was pregnant and couldn't do it myself. A few months later, I noticed water coming from the ceiling under the toilet. I called the plumber...he never called back, so I assumed he screwed up. Well, a year or two later, I finally take the thing off so I could redo the floor and discover that the water was coming from the vent hole in the back of it. So I write them a letter explaining what happened. They called me back immediately, didn't request any proof or receipts or anything. The rep said, I'm really sorry for the inconvenience, what color, size and style do you want? I'll have one out to you by the end of the week. And they did. I will ALWAYS buy American Standard products.
UPDATE 5/6/13: Can you believe this is still going on? So I looked into the repairmen list they sent...all had horrible reviews. I asked for more, equally no good. So I asked around myself trying to find someone to fix it. But with the baby and school and a million other things, I gave up and just opened the windows when I cooked. Then I did finally start calling and even double checked on their site who to call and guess what? Not a single one of them actually fix Jenn-Air island hoods. Well, I started doing some research and apparently a lot of people had the same kind of problems I'm having. Something is wrong with the electronic panel...why no recall Jenn-Air? So I tried ordering it from PartSelect...who I am not linking up, because when I ordered it, they didn't say they didn't actually have any in stock. Two weeks later and nothing, I email and they say it's coming to the warehouse and will be shipped May 1. They charged my credit card and everything. I email today, and told them I emailed Jenn-Air who said they don't make that part anymore and amazingly they "just found out" that it's not available. They are going to credit my account. So back to Jenn-Air I go (I am going to post all the emails). I ask them what can I do now and they want all my info so they can contact me. Good sign? They can't sue me for libel, I believe everything I am saying to be true and have documented it pretty well if I do say so myself. I'll let you know if their reason for calling is another "next time consider an extended warranty" speech again. And for the record, I've had my Kenmore appliances for a lifetime with no extended warranty and I've never had a problem. Isn't Jenn-Air supposed to be higher end? I guess more expensive doesn't mean higher quality...just saying. I'll keep you posted.
UPDATE 5/8/13: So, I'm going to write a whole new post about this, but if you're here already, the short answer is that they want me to pay for a service call. Now, if you Google this unit online, you will see that many people have had the same problems I had. No recall? Why not, who knows? To repair this defective product you need a new electronic board. The problem is Jenn-Air no longer makes it. So they want me to pay for a service call so they can tell me that the part they no longer make is a problem. Then what? Well, then nothing. Then they can document it. WTF does that mean? How does their documenting their defective product help correct the problem? Obviously, it doesn't. I'm going to write a new post and include their emails. Hopefully I can help you lovely people out there not get screwed by Jenn-Air the way I did.
Thursday, August 5, 2010
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Saturday, July 24, 2010
Yes, that's us "in a drawer." When in Rome...
A lot of stuff makes it into my house. Not much makes it out.
Everyone writing about the new 2011 IKEA Catalog shows pics of these salt and pepper shakers. Their pics are better. I don't care. I'm posting my pic anyway.
Apparently kids like their own dining options. I like the pastel kid sized dining stuff, but I know, they're not new.
I liked these magnetic circles. Pretty pics. Great option if you like to print your photos but you don't necessarily want to stick them in an album.
I was sure these were picture frames. Now I'm not so sure...
New bathroom stuff for people with very small bathrooms.
I thought this was cute. My kid could hang her five million bead necklaces instead of leaving them on the floor.
There were drinks and hor d'oeuvres. Huge AC units working very hard to not let us die from heat stroke. A woman from Better Homes & Gardens spoke, as well as some IKEA people. Someone from IKEAfans was there, but we ducked out. It was getting too hot for me.
They even gave us some pretty awesome gift bags.
All in all a fun afternoon. But I have to say, I kinda underwhelmed by the new stuff. There wasn't a lot of new or innovative items. I struggled to figure out what to take pics of that you guys wouldn't have already seen in an old catalog.
They did give us advance copies of the new catalog. Again...okay. I think it's all that anticiaption for the new catalog that makes you expect a lot. A handful of new things just isn't enough.
Anyway, we ended out evening with a walk through Hoboken and dinner at Bangkok City Thai Restaurant....very good food btw.
Friday, July 16, 2010
Friday, July 2, 2010
I love these tiny bell peppers! Too cute.
I think we started with six cantaloupe plants. Four survived. They are slowly taking over.
Amidst this bunch is a cantaloupe, some kind of zucchini, I think and possibly watermelon.
Peas. I should've planted more than the ten or twenty I did. Next year for sure.
Pole beans...string beans...french beans...I'm not sure...
It's hard to tell, but I have five? cucumber plants there...a couple of regular cucumbers and a couple of pickling cukes. Definitely going to pickle stuff this year.
Thursday, July 1, 2010
So I told him about stirrup hoes, which I never heard of before. And he found this Ames Action Hoe at Home Depot. You basically just run it along the ground and it cuts the first inch of soil killing weeds that are there and preventing new ones from growing.
Friday, June 25, 2010
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Last season, my squash plants were covered with this white powdery stuff and the leaves were turning a very sad yellow, so I called my mom, the only person I know that can eat any fruit or vegetable, stick its seed or pit in the ground and have it magically grow.
My Mom's Organic Fungicide
2 TBS baking soda
1 TBS oil (she uses vegetable oil)
1 tsp liquid dish soap (later restated it as a squirt or two)
32 Ounces of water
1. Mix together, then spray all the tops and undersides of the infected leaves.
(I did it early evening, I remember reading somewhere that baking soda can burn leaves if put on leaves during the day, but my Mom didn't know about that either way.)
2. She also said to cut off all the yellow and dying leaves and the ones touching the ground. And to bag those leaves and throw them away. Do not compost them.
3. Make sure you wash whatever you used to cut the limbs off.
4. She said some other things, but now I don't remember...her explains can be long...if it comes back to me, I'll fill you all in.
Here's a tip from me: wear gardening gloves and long sleeves, and whatever you do, don't try to break off the leaves off of a squash plant with your unprotected hand. You'll wind up with a bunch of little, teeny, tiny, painful splinters. And make sure you spray both sides of the leaves!
The leaves that weren't badly infected cleared up right away, but the ones that were worse for the wear but not so diseased I thought they needed to be removed, took a few more days of spraying.
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Monday, April 19, 2010
The thyme reappeared from last year.
So did the mint. It has spread over the years, but it seems happy to stay by the house and not take over the yard. Yet.
The pear tree has a fungus. I was going to use a fungicide (gasp! pesticides! I know...I hate to do it, but it's that or I have to cut down the tree). But you have to do it before the leaves appear and that happened over night and I missed my chance. So no edible pears this year. Again. At least it looks pretty.
I cannot believe how tall my grass is! Yikes! I better start mowing.
The strawberries reappeared too. I'm going to move them to a dedicated bed on the side of the house. I have too many things on my to do list.
And the Boyfriend has turned over more of the yard so I can expand my garden from about 15x 14 to 25x20. Three long rows as opposed to six 4x7 beds. I also have a plot at the community garden where all our squash, cantaloupe and watermelon will go.