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    Re: Hardwood in Kitchen?

    That still presents the problem of aching back, and legs, and feet, from standing on tile Timothy.
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    Re: Hardwood in Kitchen?

    You are absolutely right, Timothy, that hardwood and water are not good bedfellows.

    However, the smoothness, warmth, repairability and cleanability of hardwood flooring over many years of use...
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    Re: Radiant Heated Countertops?

    I would contact a company like NuHeat and ask them this question. They are a prominent floorwarming manufacturer, out of Canada, and I'm sure they could answer your question - especially if you...
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    Re: Hardwood in Kitchen?

    I LOVE it!

    Jack, you have touched on every point that makes hardwood the greatest kitchen floor.

    Thank you!

    Then, if you add how it helps rooms to flow together in small homes, and the warm...
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    Re: Hardwood in Kitchen?

    That brings to mind my brother and his wife who had a dishwasher accident that flooded their kitchen while they were away.

    Their hardwood floor was ruined, but they decided to replace it with new...
  6. Thread: plywood or mdf

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    Re: plywood or mdf

    I still remember when I went to the Wood-mode factory in 1983 to learn about selling their product: The factory is situated on a bend of the Susquehanna River in Kreamer PA. Recently the river had...
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    Re: Particleboard, Plywood or MDF

    One other thing:

    I recently posted comments on my blog, Kitchen-Exchange, about a recent study on the relative satisfaction of consumers after a kitchen remodel:

    "Researchers also found that...
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    Re: plywood or mdf

    You won't talk me out of my preference for particleboard based on cost.
    I have had particleboard box cabinets in my own kitchen, of the quality level I recommend to clients, since 1989. They look...
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    Re: plywood or mdf

    ANY wood material will be affected negatively by a slow neglected water leak. Plywood will rot too under those conditions.

    And the particleboard you experienced in your cheap dorm cabinets was...
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    Re: plywood or mdf

    Quality manufacturers don't use MDF (medium density fiberboard) for cabinet boxes...They either use plywood or particleboard.
    65 lb. particleboard is the best. It is made under 65 lb. per square...
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    Re: Help with Upscale Range Hood Choices

    Sorry, I haven't been here in a while.
    But if you haven't resolved this I suggest you take a look at an Abbaka barrel-style hood.
    They do custom anything and the shape would be apropos for your...
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    New Vanity Countertop

    We have a vanity in our second bath/powder room whose countertop has seen better days. It is wood and the finish is about gone.
    I would love to see a new Pearl Grey Corian counter with integral sink...
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    Re: How do I Bend Formica on a tight "S" curve.

    There used to be thinner laminate. Known as "vertical grade".
    I've been out of that end of the business for 25 years, so I don't know whether it is still available; but if you can get it, in the...
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    Re: Cabinet Selection Struggle

    You are right to be looking at manufactured cabinets.

    Manufactured cabinets almost all offer catalyzed conversion varnish finishes...The reason to buy them.
    Such finishes are far more impervious...
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    Re: Marble countertops?

    Marble is, in my estimation, too soft and prone to staining to make a good countertop material.
    I have had one client over the years who overruled me on this and she was not happy with her Carrara...
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    Re: no air vent on top of granite kitchen counter

    The reason an air gap is required by code is that it provides an outlet for dirty water backing up due to a clogged drain.
    Otherwise the (sewage) water could back up into the dishwasher and that...
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    Re: Marble countertops?

    Marble is, in my estimation, too soft and prone to staining to make a good countertop material.
    I have had one client over the years who overruled me on this and she was not happy with her Carrara...
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    Re: Marble countertops?

    Marble is, in my estimation, too soft and prone to staining to make a good countertop material.
    I have had one client over the years who overruled me on this and she was not happy with her Carrara...
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    Re: Radiant Heated Countertops?

    I believe I recall that episode and the reason for installing the radiant heating under the countertop.
    It was installed just under the eating counter, so that when you lean on it with bare arms it...
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    Re: refinish after linseed oil

    I would try cleaning them with turpentine/paint thinner to see if that would cut the linseed oil and accumulated dirt and grease.
    The turpentine will definitely NOT hurt the wood at all.

    Try an...
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    Re: duct air turbulence noise

    I have a detailed discussion of vent pipes for hoods on my blog.
    http://kitchen-exchange.blogspot.com/2006/09/hoods-noise-and-venting-q.html
    The same applies for any air vent pipe installation....
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    Re: ever heard of Cavaliere range hoods?

    If you read the article on my blog you would know that the spread in an UNDISTURBED column of grease and steam off a pan on the stove is 3" in 30". In an island situation there are cross drafts to...
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    Re: ever heard of Cavaliere range hoods?

    Now you're cookin'.
    There are lots of issues around range hoods.
    Sheet metal gauge is only one of them.
    You need lights in a hood.
    You also want a fan that is quiet enough under no load...
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    Re: ever heard of Cavaliere range hoods?

    I am a Certified Kitchen Designer and I had not heard of Cavaliere range hoods until this moment.
    The prices certainly LOOK attractive.
    But I wouldn't buy one without putting a hand on it to see...
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    Re: Under cabinet lighting

    This question explains the popularity of asbestos for so many years.
    It would be the ideal material for this application. Unfortunately it's bad for other reasons.
    You might try some slate flooring.
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