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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review

The right and wrong ways to use (or abuse) your garbage disposal

By Angie Hicks




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | (MCT) The garbage disposal is often one of the most-used appliances in the kitchen. It's also the most abused.

"Foreign objects in the disposal is the most common issue," says Kevin Harner of Kevin Harner Appliance Services Co. in Enola, Pa. "I've seen everything run the gamut from paper clips and bottle caps, to nails and screws in there. If you can't cut it on the countertop with a knife, you probably shouldn't put it in the disposal."

Improperly using your disposal, and not giving it some occasional TLC, can lead to premature failure and possibly secondary damage to your countertops, flooring and more, as a result of a leak.

For starters, avoid putting foods that expand when they're wet - like potatoes and rice - or fibrous foods, like celery stalks and corn husks.

"The garbage disposal will chop it up, but, when it gets down to the trap, it will expand," and just sit there, said Mark Mullen of A-1 Appliance Service in Fayette County, Ky. "Putting water through there just makes it worse. Corn husks and corn silk don't expand, but they don't chop up real fine. When corn-shucking season comes around, I clean a lot of corn silk out of a lot of drains."

It's also important to limit the amount of waste you put into the disposal at one time and to run warm water as you're feeding it.



"You want to feed the garbage in there slowly as the unit is running and not completely fill it up and turn it on," Harner says. "If you put too much in there at one time, it doesn't always drain away properly and can make a mess inside the disposal."

Garbage disposal problems typically present in one of two ways: the machine makes a humming or clicking noise instead of the typical grinding sound; or, seepage leaks from the sides or bottom of the machine.

The humming or clicking sounds are usually simple repairs. If the unit jams and hums, it might need to be reset. Most garbage disposals have a reset button located on the bottom of the unit that will click when pressed.

"That's one thing that can save people money and the first thing they should check if their garbage disposal doesn't make any noise at all," Mullen says.

Many units also come with a tool similar to an Allen wrench, which can free up jammed propeller blades from underneath the unit. Never put your hands or anything in the disposal in an attempt to repair it without first disconnecting the power or shutting off the circuit breaker.

Expect to pay about $65 to $85 for a service call if your disposal needs repair. A professionally installed replacement can usually be had for about $200. For the inexperienced homeowner, installing a garbage disposal is a job better left to an experienced appliance repair professional or a plumber. The units are heavy and require multiple plumbing connections and electrical wiring.

"If it's not leaking out of the hoses going to it, but it's leaking out of the side or the bottom, there's not a repair for that; it (needs) replacement," Mullen says. "One thing you can do to help (keep it clean) is occasionally put a handful of ice down the disposal and run it with cold water. If the blades are stuck, ice will help loosen anything in there food-wise"

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Since 1995, Angie Hicks has been dedicated to helping consumers get the real scoop on local service companies and health providers. Inspired by the frustrations her co-founder had trying to find reliable contractors in suburban Columbus, Ohio, she started Angie's List to help homeowners find who they should hire and who they should avoid.


Previously:


Lawn Mower Tune-Up Time
Carpet Cleaning
Hardscaping: Homeowners upgrading outdoor areas
Dryer vent cleaning
Home automation
Central Vacuums
Know signs of a qualified locksmith
Mold Testing and Remediation
Most water softeners are fully automatic
Property sealing your home's envelope
New thermostats can 'learn' home's routine

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