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Guest Picks: Styling and Storage for a Kid's Bookcase

I recently completed decorating my daughter’s bedroom. The last area to undertake was a much-needed bookcase to house all of her things. Tween women (well, my daughter anyway) often collect piles of it.

I made a linen bulletin board to display her art and photographs, and leaned a poster and a framed doughnut tea towel on top of the bookcase. The fun part, though, was styling it that it would not only be functional, but pretty to look at.

I am always on the search for good looking yet cheap containers to store modest items. With a place for everything, everything is in its place. This bookcase has done wonders to maintain my daughter organized and keep things off the floor, which is where everything used to finish up.

I’ve rounded up some of my favorite storage/organization products in the rustic to the elegant. And I couldn’t help myself — I’ve included some tiny pieces of art to up the pretty factor of almost any bookcase. — Vanessa from Decor Happy

Vanessa Francis

This really is the bookcase, and I love how it turned out. Possessing a large piece like that (actually two bookcases attached together to seem like you ) means that there’s ample space to house everything from jewelry and books to stuffed animals and CDs. My daughter’s favorite slippers even have a house!

IKEA

LIATORP Bookcase – $220

The beadboard back on the Liatorp Bookcase won me over. It’s a magical detail I adore, and painting it in a vibrant colour simply adds to its charm.

IKEA

KVARNVIK Box, Set of 3, White – $19.99

I just adore these jute storage boxes. There are endless possibilities as to what it is possible to fill them with.

IKEA

KVARNVIK Box with Lid, Dark Blue – $11.99

I purchased two of those boxes to home my daughter’s CDs and odds and ends. I really like the indigo colour and they include labels.

Organize

Cabo Rectangular Basket, Medium – $24.49

These wire baskets enable your children to easily see what’s inside. I adore their vintage charm.

Pottery Barn

Linen Pin Board – $99

I left the linen bulletin board leaning towards the top of the bookcase, but you can save yourself time by buying one such as this. I find a neutral background is ideal for displaying art, photographs, etc..

MUJI USA

Tin Box with Lid – $22.50

These shoebox-size tin containers labels are sturdy and charming.

Etsy

Deep Dip Bowl from Rou Designs

I am a sucker for handmade porcelain bowls. Even though this one could be supposed to carry food, I think it would be excellent for keeping hair clips, elastics, etc..

Organize

Gold Leaf Birds on Branches Jewelry Holder – $43.49

This jewelry holder is so exceptional! I really like the gold tone, and the birds are so sweet.

West Elm

Whitewash Modern Weave Collection – $14

I adore the whitewash on these handwoven rattan baskets. The large ones are perfect for keeping blankets.

West Elm

Agate Bookends – $14

These agate bookends are practical and lovely.

MUJI USA

Acrylic Case, 2 Drawers with Lid – $26.75

These cases have two drawers. I’d home my daughter’s most adorable jewelry in these.

West Elm

Glass Shadow Boxes – $24

These are the most exceptional glass shadow boxes I’ve observed. They’ve a canvas lining, can be hung on a wall and can even be monogrammed.

Fluf

SOFT BIN Grey Dot – CAD 32

I adore this Canadian firm, and their bins made from organic cotton in vibrant patterns and colors are perfect for a kid’s room.

Etsy

Valentine Pink Heart Decor Wall Art by Lucy Snowe Photography – $40

This photograph of pink balloons forming hearts will seem pretty in a frame leaning on the back of a bookcase.

Jonathan Adler

Little Gold Bird Bowl, Gold – CAD 108

I really like Jonathan Adler’s pottery for its quirkiness, and these golden bird bowls are no exception. The end has a hammered detail which will add sparkle and glam to any area.

Grey Felt Storage Box – $49.95

Items made from sensed have a homespun component and remind me of my childhood. These storage boxes might be utilized at a boy’s or girl’s room to help keep the clutter at bay.

Etsy

Illustration Art Print Beautiful As You Are Birds by The Tiny Illustrator – $18

I really like motivational sayings, and this one would be ideal at a young woman’s room; it’s a good reminder.

Etsy

Tree House Bucket by Jenna Rose Handmade – $46

This hand-screenprinted fabric bucket is the perfect size to perch on a shelf. The leather grips as well as the linen/cotton treehouse fabric are a striking combination.

The Container Store

Blossom Stockholm Magazine File – $10.99

These magazine holders at a coral colour are functional and fashionable.

Serena & Lily

Pandan Bins – $28

You can never have enough storage bins. These juicy ones are made from handwoven palm fronds and are ideal for storing newspapers or bits and bobs that don’t have a house.

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American Architecture: The Components of Craftsman Style

What it’s : Craftsman houses were largely motivated by the function of 2 builder brothers — Charles Sumner Greene and Henry Mather Greene — who worked together in Pasadena, California, in the turn of the 20th century. The Greene brothers were influenced by the English Arts and Crafts movement (a response against the Industrial Revolution in an attempt to promote the work of craftsmen and the handmade within the system made), as well as by Oriental wooden architecture.

Where to locate it: The earliest examples are in Southern California, but due to popularization of the style through national periodicals like House Beautiful and Ladies’ Home Journal and the following access to design books and kit houses, Craftsman bungalows became the most popular style of small house throughout the country from about 1905 through the 1920s.

Why you will love it: Just like most of things that come from California, there is something distinctively American about this fashion. Outside you will find details galore but inside, there is a simple, wide-open layout that makes the most of typically limited square footage.

Lawrence and Gomez Architects

What Makes It Craftsman

A low-pitched, gabled roof. The low-slung rooflines signify the effect of Oriental architecture on the style. These roofs typically possess a broad, unenclosed eave overhang with ornamental supports.

Roofs with a very low pitch are typically better suited to warmer climates, in which snow and ice aren’t likely to accumulate. They do require regular maintenance to make sure debris like leaves does not build up with time.

COOK ARCHITECTURAL Design Studio

A front porch. It is rare to find a Craftsman bungalow that doesn’t have a porch, even when porch only covers the entryway. Porches are either full (like this one) or semi width, and therefore are either sheltered under the main roof or under a separate, extended roof.

Porches are a terrific investment — they expand the livable space of small houses and make it feasible to spend time outside.

Melaragno Design Company, LLC

Tapered columns. This is one of the most distinctive characteristics of Craftsman houses, despite the version in detailing. Tapered columns, which support the porch roof, are typically brief and break upon massive stone or brick piers that extend into floor level, both of which convey a certain solidity. Not all columns are pliable; yet another popular variant is the double column.

Borrowing the exact comfy porch supports from the Craftsman style is a great way to find a touch of the look without rebuilding your home from scratch.

RW Anderson Homes

A partly entrance door. One great authenticity test of Craftsman bungalows is the way their doors are all styled. Almost all original models have glass panes in the top third of the doorway, separated by the underside paneled portion by a thick piece of trim.

Swapping out your door to get a Craftsman one is another way to incorporate a bit of the style into your home. There are lots of excellent sources for brand new Craftsman-style doors.

JCA ARCHITECTS

Multipane instead of single-pane windows. Just like a few other Craftsman details, this window style originated with the Prairie architectural style. The most common configurations are either four-over-one or six-over-one double-hung windows. The windows are usually grouped together and cased in broad trim.

This window style is a terrific traditional or historical style for houses with an opinion, since the single-pane lower sash has no mullion obstructions.

WINN Design+Build

Earthy Colours. Craftsman houses are usually painted in a nature-inspired palette of greens and reds to assist the low-profile bungalows blend seamlessly with their surroundings. Despite the mostly muted palettes, one or two contrasting colours are generally used to highlight architectural features like trim or decorative supports.

Put your best foot forward. Irrespective of the manner of your home, painting architecture comes with a contrasting colour is a great way to highlight your house’s best features.

Gardner Architects LLC

Single dormers. When Craftsman houses have dormers, they are usually wider and stick out on their own, unlike the pairs of dormers that typically appear in Cape Cod–fashion cottages. Single dormers are usually broad enough for two to three windows.

Dormers, especially broad ones, can change unused attics into livable space by adding square footage (sometimes an entire room’s value ) and ushering in organic light.

Joe Carrick Design – Custom Home Design

Stone details. Craftsman bungalows almost always feature a mixture of materials. The siding is typically wooden clapboard (though shingled siding can also be common), but porch piers and bases are usually made of stone. Brick, concrete block and stucco are also occasionally used.

Take a page in the Craftsman stylebook and combine stuff publicly. Think about cladding a small addition in stone or brick, even if your home has clapboard siding.

Dorothy Howard AIA, Architect

Exposed rafter tails and beams beneath heavy roof eaves. This another one of the distinctive qualities of the style; it reflects the influence of the Arts and Crafts movement, which sought to make visible the handiwork that went into design, on the style.

Adding exposed rafter tails and beams does not need to involve reconstructing your house, let alone replacing your roof. These details are usually decorative and may be added under any heavy roof eave.

Christopher Templeton

Knee braces. These triangular supports are a structural solution to exposed rafter tails and roof beams. Like beams and rafter tails, they are usually decorative and may be added under any heavy roof eave.

Tell us: Do you love the visible craftsmanship of these houses? Or does it feel like overkill, particularly if you know that so much of the identifying characteristics are decorative and only made to look like engineering demonstrated?

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The Way to Work With a Landscape Pro

Even if you bedeck a bedroom together with the very best of them or can decorate a living room, landscape design has a unique set. Not only does this require a completely different skill set from interior design, but in addition, it changes and evolves over time — blossoms wither trees older, shrubs grow and spread. And that is where a landscape pro can prove to be priceless. Follow our tips for locating, hiring and working with landscapers to create your yard the envy of the area.

Determine which type of landscape pro matches your requirements. Before you begin, you’ll need to ascertain the skill set that best fits the range of job you have in mind.

Landscape architects, who typically hold advanced degrees in their field, are trained to come up with comprehensive structural and decorative plans that include hardscaping, water use, and drainage in addition to plant selection and garden design. Plans can also include alterations to the exterior of the house as part of the general exterior design.

Landscape designers may or may not have advanced training. They often concentrate on the side of yard and garden preparation, but many do work.

Landscape contractors implement the programs laid out by a landscape architect or designer. Sometimes, a landscape contractor also provides design solutions. Based upon your vision to your yard, you may choose to utilize any or all of these kinds of professionals.

Exteriors From Chad Robert

Establish a budget. As with interior design and remodeling projects, have a firm idea of what you wish to spend before you contact a pro. Not only can this give the landscaper a set of parameters and a point, it will save both of you frustration in the future. You do not need to fall in love with sketches of lavish flowers and stately trees, just to learn they’re beyond reach, and a pro does not wish to waste time drawing up comprehensive plans that will afterwards must be scratched.

With a target cost in hand, a pro may also indicate creative solutions that may never come into play otherwise, assisting you to extend your budget to get the most mileage out of each dollar.

Scout out potential resources. Have you got friends whose gardens blossoms with lavish color or look to win “Yard of the Month” once a season? Ask whether they utilize specialist help, and if that’s the case, put those experts on your short list. Local botanical gardens and homebuilders’ associations are other excellent places to seek names.

Barenz Builders

Assess licensing and references. Assess for certificate requirements in your area. This is particularly true when it comes to elements with security ramifications, such as walls and retaining walls. If certification is required for your occupation and your area, confirm licensure for each pro you consider. When you have narrowed it down to two or three finalists, get references from each and be diligent about checking them. If past customers are happy, chances are you’ll be too.

Provide useful documents. Although your landscape pro will run an initial site visit and walk-through initially of this project, they will probably require a copy of your house plat in order to start work on your design, particularly if there are building licenses involved. You can also be asked to complete a questionnaire or other info sheet to assist the expert understand your requirements and requests as completely as possible.

Samuel H. Williamson Associates

Know the look you want. It can help to have at least a basic idea of your favorite style and upkeep level. Would you rather have formal gardens or a wilder, more free-form look? Would you like plants that thrive under benign neglect, or are you prepared to take on specimens that require a great deal of attention and care? Will you need paths, pavers or other hardscaping? How would you like to water? Just a little direction will help your pro fine-tune your options.

At precisely the exact same time, allow room for imagination — your landscaper’s creativity and experience are the reason you hired them.

Be open to suggestion and feedback. And do not automatically nix plants you think you dislike; you may find they gain a whole new appeal as a portion of the ideal general scheme.

Andrew Renn

Set a maintenance plan. When the landscape crew has packed up their spades and shovels, you’re responsible for keeping your yard in tiptop form. If you’ll be tackling the maintenance of your garden once it is set up, your landscape pro should provide an outline of what tasks to get ready for, in addition to when and how often to perform them. If you’d rather employ a gardener to perform the maintenance job, request the landscaper for recommendations. Some companies provide both services; assess whether this is the situation.

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Salvage Style in San Francisco

Five decades before, proprietor of AMG Construction John Paul Coffey bought a house in the Mission district of San Francisco and went to work on a comprehensive remodel. Four decades after, Coffey’s girlfriend, designer Megan Nordin, proceeded in and added her experience. “We love living in the Mission and consider it as home,” Nordin says. “We all know our neighbors, we have relationships with the local merchants, and our lives and stories go back more than a decade. The area is filled with life, art and people who really make it a neighborhood.”

at a Glance
Who resides: John Paul Coffey and Megan Nordin
Location: San Francisco
Size: 1,200 square feet; 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom

Alex Amend Photography

“I find that too many pieces of art can divert from one another and lose their individual presence,” Nordin says. “In contrast, I discover that lots of bits together can create its own look as a collection. With something like family photographs, as in our workplace, I just enjoy them as a big collection and would never scatter them around individually. I like the feel of these. It’s like a family.”

Alex Amend Photography

A lot of the furniture used is made from laminated wood or refurbished parts out of vintage pieces. This slat coffee table is made from a refinished vintage shirt and new legs.

Coffee table: produced by proprietor; sofa: Room & Board; lamp: vintage; artwork: Danny Purtill

Alex Amend Photography

Nordin made the custom shelving at the workplace using salvaged wood and vintage parts. She reupholstered the midcentury Danish bench below.

Alex Amend Photography

Nordin layouts for practicality in lived-in spaces. “I think it’s necessary to have the things you need available at a kitchen,” she says. “I need to wash bags, so I need to take a little counter space to avoid getting wet bags draped all over the place. I also need oils and spices easily available, since I cook a lot. I find that if something has a location on the countertop, it is simpler to just set it there once you’re done instead of having to place it off”

Alex Amend Photography

This dining table was likewise made by Nordin from sterile materials. “I just adore the way Engineered timber seems, but if it is real, not made to look weathered,” she says. “Most of my bits do not have a whole lot of work to the wood. I will oil if it requires it, make necessary repairs, but mainly I just like to find interesting wood and use other salvage materials to create the wood to furniture, such as a coatrack, coffee table, or even a handbag drier.”

Table: produced by proprietor; chairs: vintage

Alex Amend Photography

Vintage outdoor chairs have been refinished and used at the table. “I really like using outdoor furniture indoors,” Nordin says. “I am a huge fan of metal, weathered wood and furniture which has a linear layout of some sort — pliers, straps, ropes. I discover there are so many beautifully designed pieces meant for outside that work wonderfully indoors and add immediate visual interest.”

Chairs: vintage; bench, mirrored-shelf coatrack and table: made by proprietor

Alex Amend Photography

Nordin commonly uses vintage Japanese chests (tansu) in her spaces. “Everyone has clutter, as well as the tansu I use most frequently, that the choba-dansu (merchant torso) has many different pockets of different shapes and sizes. I find these bits very usefull in office or living spaces to store everything from pens and scissors to mail and files,” Nordin says.

Tansu: vintage

Alex Amend Photography

“I feel that layout should reflect one’s taste and lifestyle,” Nordin says. I really don’t believe in form versus function or the contrary. I believe good design incorporates both form and function.”

Choba-dansu: vintage

Alex Amend Photography

For practicality in a little bathroom, Nordin suggests having a coatrack for towels.

Alex Amend Photography

“I do not always use colour on the walls. White rooms may be an excellent background for different bits to stand out. I also tend to remain very neutral or white,” says Nordin.

Bed: Scandinavian Designs; tansu: vintage; table: made by proprietor

Alex Amend Photography

John Paul Coffey and Megan Nordin.

Art: Danny Purtill

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Where to Report Mold Issues as a Tenant

California is one of a handful of nations that strictly regulates mould development in rental properties. The presence of mould in your apartment or house can change the indoor air quality, causing you to suffer from a range of harmful health effects from the spores. When you suspect mold growth, you have several methods available to report it. When the mould is reported and verified, the landlord may take steps to eradicate it.

Dangers of Mold

Molds thrive in moist, warm surroundings and release spores into the air. Particular mold spores are toxic when inhaled, and they can cause a variety of conditions, from rashes and allergies to acute respiratory problems. While mould can affect individuals of all ages, the children and elderly are at a higher risk of infection. Some breeds are more hazardous than others, and only a certified removal specialist can remove mold entirely. As a renter, you’re entitled to rent a mold-free property.

How to Detect Mold

The obvious way to detect mold will be always to see it. Mold can appear as yellow, brown or black spots or patches. While it is more inclined to see mold growing in high moisture areas like the bathroom, kitchen or near windows, it may grow anywhere, including in the walls, carpeting and floors. You might also notice a musty odor in highly concentrated regions as well as an increase in respiratory problems. California law requires landlords to disclose the presence of mold prior to a tenant signs a lease agreement.

Inform the Landlord

When you suspect mold growth, then contact your landlord immediately and follow up in writing. Explain the issue in detail and also take photographs if necessary. If mold is growing in an area that does not have a lot of moisture or even plumbing, such as in a closet, bedroom or wall, the landlord must check for leaking pipes, windows or roofing. The landlord must to not only mend any difficulties causing the mold growth, but taking every precaution when removing it. Keep notes of conversations and copies of letters and emails in case you want to share your side of the story in a predicament.

Other Alternatives

If a landlord won’t take care of the mould issue, tenants have alternative places to report it. The local housing and code enforcement department could inspect the rental property and record any violations. The department may then put pressure on the landlord to make the repairs. A landlord can be held liable for any damages brought on by inaction or neglect, so tenants may file a lawsuit in severe instances. You may also talk to your community housing and tenants rights group for advice on managing the mold problem, such as California’s “repair and deduct” remedy or when to contact a lawyer.

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Typical Residential HVAC Cooling Load

Homeowner satisfaction using a whole-house air conditioning system is dependent upon proper system sizing. A correctly sized air-conditioning program will keep temperatures and humidity in the conditioned space at comfortable levels despite high exterior heat and heat. Air conditioner cooling size generally is expressed in tons. 1 ton of cooling capacity equals removal of 12,000 British thermal units of heat per hour, an amount of heat that could melt a 1-ton block of ice in 24 hours.

Rule of Thumb

There is no single “average” cooling figure that’s valid anywhere in the United States. But there’s a general guideline given by the American Society of Home Inspectors that you can use to produce a quick but rough estimate of the cooling capability you will need, depending on the square footage of your floor area. In the temperate northern half of the continental United States, 1 ton of cooling capacity should be sufficient to cool between 700 and 1,000 square feet of ground area. In the hot southern half of the country, 1 ton of cooling capacity can cool between 450 and 700 square feet of ground area, presuming the house has 8-foot ceilings, insulation in ceilings and walls and tight-fitting windows.

Cooling Load Factors

There are at least nine factors affecting the residential cooling capability necessary for a specific home in a specific site. They are general climate for the area; average outdoor temperatures and humidity; insulation amount; air leakage; compass orientation of windows; glazing size and kind; existence and use of awnings, blinds or drapes; amount of shading from trees or overhangs; and amount of heat produced by equipment and individuals in the home.

Prevent Oversizing

Selecting the right size of cooling equipment is essential for optimal performance. Oversizing an air-conditioning system means higher setup costs and inefficient operation. An air conditioner not only cools the air but dehumidifies as well. But an oversized air conditioner cools the air so fast that the unit does not run long enough to dehumidify the air. The outcome would be a clammy feeling for the occupants and encouragement of unhealthy mold development. An undersized system will not trendy effectively about the hottest days when you really require cooling. A contractor shouldn’t only assume the existing system’s cooling capability was right and sell you just like it. Manual J released by the Air Conditioning Contractors of America comprises proven procedures for contractors to follow when calculating air conditioner size.

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A good estimate of the needed air conditioner size requires the contractor to measure the volume of each room and determine the amount of air leakage and the insulating R-value of the house’s building materials, insulation and windows. Other factors include the size, condition and location of supply ducts, positioning of the home and consequent heat gain through windows. Also be sure the contractor uses outdoor temperature and humidity averages particular to your area of the condition when designing the new program. Use of overall statewide figures could result in oversizing or undersizing the air conditioner.

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Vinegar Formula for Shower Walls

Cleaning mildew and soap scum from shower walls doesn’t have to be a miserable undertaking. Skip the trip to the shop to purchase cleansers made out of harsh chemicals as soon as you’re able to grab your cleaning source from your kitchen pantry instead. White vinegar, often used to bring wilted vegetables back to life and also to make hard-boiled eggs easier to peel, has made easy work of making dirty showers sparkle.

Squeaky Clean

Create your own spray bathtub wall cleaner with vinegar along with two other components. Mix in a tidy and empty spray bottle, 1 cup warm water, two cups of vinegar and one tsp of a vegetable-based dish soap. You may also make a paste with 1 cup of vinegar, 1 tablespoon grease-cutting dish soap, 3/4 of a cup of baking soda and 1/4 quarter cup of sodium borate. Both methods must be applied liberally to the bathtub walls and permitted to sit for at least 15 minutes before being eliminated using a scrubbing sponge. Rinse the walls and wipe dry.

Wipe the Ceramic Wash

Your ceramic, chrome, stainless steel and vinyl fittings can all be washed with vinegar. But when tackling dirty ceramic walls, use a vinegar formula that contains 1 gallon of warm water, 1. /2 cup ammonia, 1/4 cup sodium carbonate, and 1/2 cup white vinegar. Apply the solution using a spray bottle or using a sponge. Let it sit for a few minutes, then rinse and rinse with water.

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The way to Remove a Candle Wax Stain From a Glass Top Table

A candle-wax puddle or band onto a glass table becomes an unsightly place on the table also acts like a magnet for dust and debris. It might be tempting to scrub away the stain, but an abrasive scrub pad or cleaner may scratch the glass. A combination of scraping, heat and dabbing the softened wax helps eliminate all the wax from the table. Clean the glass with a water and vinegar mix for final removal.

Wax Removal

Scrape as much of the wax away as possible using a plastic scraper, the border of a plastic gift card or the bowl of a plastic spoon. If any residue remains, heat it with a hair dryer set to low or medium heat and carry it 12 inches away until the wax melts down. Blot up the melted wax with paper towels, continuing to heat the region and blotting with new paper towels until the wax is gone. Mix a blend of equal parts water and white vinegar into a spray bottle. Spray it over the tabletop, wiping the liquid up with a lint-free white cloth. Vinegar supplies a natural all-around cleaning solution for glass tabletops.

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How to Troubleshoot Kenmore Double Ovens

Double ovens come in handy once you’re cooking large meals, allowing you to cook various foods at different temperatures. They are usually stacked, integrated as a single appliance. But with two ovens, your chances of encountering problems that prevent them from functioning properly are essentially doubled. Some problems that can happen to a Kenmore double oven might require professional company, but others you can remedy yourself. Troubleshoot before making a service call.

Don’t Operate

If the ovens will not function at all, you might need to place time on the digital display. When power is interrupted, the screen will flash to indicate that it should be reset. You will not have the ability to program the heaters till you have reset the clock. If the screen is blank, the oven’s power supply could be disrupted. Make sure the power cord is securely inserted into the electrical junction box. Then check your home’s circuit breaker or fuse box; reset the breaker or replace the fuse as vital. When there’s absolutely no problem with your circuit breaker or fuse box, then your oven’s support wiring could be incomplete or there can be a short in the cord or plug. Call the number on your owner’s manual for support.

Screen Error Code

If your dual ovens’ control panel beeps and the screen shows an F or E error code, like F11 or E5, the digital control has felt a fault state. Press the Stop/Clear button to clean the code and try to reprogram the oven. If the error code looks again, switch off the power and wait approximately five minutes before turning back the oven on. Put the screen clock and try to program your oven again. If the error happens again, then write down the error number and call the number on your owner’s manual for assistance.

Poor Baking Results

If cooking results in your oven really are inferior, your ovens might not be level. Put a rack in the center of each oven; put a level on it over the width and in a diagonal to test for level. If the racks aren’t level, contact your installer for assistance. When cooking results are away in a level oven, the racks might be in improper place. Make sure food stays in the center of the oven; enable space between the pans so air can circulate freely. In addition, it will help to preheat before putting food from the oven.

Self-Clean Doesn’t Work

If your dual ovens’ self-clean function does not work, make sure the doors are fully closed. Then check to ensure that the controls are set properly. The screen clock has to be set before you are able to engage the cleaning feature. Press the Self-Clean button — “Cln” will flash on the screen and 3:00 HR will seem to indicate that the oven will self-clean for a short period. You can adjust it to two or four hours by hitting the “2” or “4” button on the key pad. Press Start. If the door is locked, the cycle will start.

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Benefits of a Cast-Iron Front Axle on a Riding Mower

When you shop for a new riding mower, you’re likely to encounter ample advice about which features must be on your “must-have” list. While it’s ultimately your responsibility to decide which kind of riding mower you purchase, a mower with a front axle is usually considered a better investment than one with a front axle made of welded steel.

Top excellent

When assessing a riding mower as a possible buy, one indication of quality is really a leading axle that is made from forged or cast iron. When the manufacturer has taken the opportunity to provide the machine using the cast-iron axle, it’s more probable that the remaining portion of the machine has exceptional parts too. As you’ll most likely pay more for the machine using the cast-iron axle, odds are it’ll last more than its cheaper competitors.

Superior Strength

The exceptional strength of the cast-iron front axle, when compared to a steel axle, is of special value when your yard contains rugged terrain or even numerous obstacles. Replacing the mower into a raised cement curb or hitting a ditch at an increased rate of speed is enough to bend an axle of lesser strength. While it’s still a good idea to mow attentively, the cast-iron front axle is far more likely to originate from injury unscathed. Axles made of cast-iron withstand higher loads, have better vibration damping than steel and a better wear, heat and corrosion resistance.

Avoiding Annoyances

When you have bent on a front-axle of lesser quality, then you’ll probably learn of it quickly in an annoying manner. The mower may have a tendency to rise upward and down slightly as the bent axle ends, which makes you feel as if you’re on a merry-go-round horse instead of a lawn mower. You may also experience excessive vibration when the device is operating. If you notice an uneven cut and you know that your mower deck is flat along with the blades and spindles are in proper working order, it’s possible that you get a bent front axle. Picking a machine using a cast-iron front axle can help you avoid those difficulties.

Additional Weight

Since among the most dangerous conditions that can arise if you’re using a riding mower is a turnover situation, it’s always comforting to know that your mower has added weight to allow it to avoid tipping. The added weight of the cast iron increases the mower’s traction too. When the manufacturer has gone to the trouble of adding a cast-iron front axle, odds are that the transmission case is probably made from forged iron too, adding even more weight to the machine.

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