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People’s Choice: Vote for Main Living Area Features

People's Choice Blog Cabin 2013 Main Living Area

Today begins your opportunity to vote for appliances, door hardware, the fire element style and even porch decking. Vote now and invite friends to participate in the fun!

  • Posted at 11:01 am on February 2, 2013
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  1. Morning all! Love the choices!! Can't wait to see what you all think. Love the fireplace choice. And the stove with the baking drawer. Gonna have to see if I can get one of those on our next stove. ;) There is lots more I can say but don't want to spoil. :D Judy

    JudyInMich on February 28, 2013 at 11:23 am
    • Love those choices too! HOPE the house's ORIGINAL Antique Fireplace surround fits the fireplace and that the fireplace WINS! :) I'm also thrilled to see the front load washer and dryer WINNING–Folks, by stacking, it's an opportunity to squeeze some more desperately needed storage in this house!!!:p The FRONT LOAD set has a conversion kit to make the clothes washer and dryer STACKABLE, so one can convert the area next to it into pantry or other much needed storage!!!B)xD Looking great! <3 Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on February 28, 2013 at 9:52 pm
    • Hi Kitty, I know the front loaders are stackable which is one of the reasons I voted for them , aside from being extremely energy efficient. :D Judy

      JudyInMich on March 1, 2013 at 4:06 pm
  2. Morning Judy, I just voted but it was still for the family room. ???:S

    chris50555 on February 28, 2013 at 11:26 am
    • Chris, I had to close my browser back and go back in before it would let me get in to the new vote. It's worth it……
      And welcome back by the way ;-)

      karenlin91 on February 28, 2013 at 11:52 am
    • I had to come to the blog to be able to enter to vote. Can't get in to vote any other way..Have a nice day everyone. Windee :)

      Windee :) on February 28, 2013 at 12:02 pm
    • Thanks Karen, I started working a full time job two weeks ago and I work from 4:00pm – Midnight so that doesn't give me as much time on the blog. I am still pinning photos on Pintrest of the Blog Cabin,

      chris50555 on March 1, 2013 at 3:37 am
    • Wow, Chris, for me that would be killer hours! Thank you for continuing to pin photos…….I along with a lot of others really appreciate it. ;-)

      karenlin91 on March 1, 2013 at 8:32 am
    • Morning Chris! Good to see you back. :D Wait till you see the new vote options!

      JudyInMich on February 28, 2013 at 12:48 pm
    • Hi Judy, Glad to be dropping by. Like I told Karen since I started this job two weeks ago I have been sleeping during the day because of working the night shift. I will of course be here as much as possible. You know I love all of my bloggie friends.
      Chris – IN

      chris50555 on March 1, 2013 at 3:39 am
    • I know how that is. I work full time outside the home. So when I get home is when I have to do everything. Don't get to see the cabin cam much on the days I work. I try to keep up with the blog and all my friends here. :D Judy

      JudyInMich on March 1, 2013 at 4:10 pm
  3. Good morning bloggers! I love all the choices for the Main L.R. vote.<3 I wish one would be for a wood burning fireplace, but I will happily accept the gas fireplace. I wonder if they will repurpose the mantel from the original cabin? I'm also happy to see this time a gas stove is in the plans. We have been told by locals that natural gas isn't available in this area so I guess propane will have to be used for both the fireplace and stove. :) I just love the glass door knobs, they would look perfect in this new "old" home.:D<3

    SID on February 28, 2013 at 11:27 am
    • I am SO hoping they will use the old mantel, I love it! And propane isn't so bad, I had it in Arkansas, just had to make sure to refill every once in a while ;-)

      karenlin91 on February 28, 2013 at 11:54 am
    • Hi Karen, surely if the Fireplace wins, they will use the old Mantel from the Cottage, especially after We have been pleading for a fireplace for so long and hope they use that Great Mantel!! The only thing I have heard negative about the Propane is, it is very expensive!!! Wood burning would be the cheapest and of course More Cozy, but not the safest I was told. I grew up in a home that had 4 wood burning fireplaces and we used them all and wasn't harmed, guess we was lucky…..
      I like our P/C's this round, but most are not for the Main Living area!!! That's Ok, just saying, I expected more things for the living room area! I'm Happy!!!! Smile!!
      We had a cold front to come through late last night and it is pretty chilly this morning. It will be in the low 40's tonight!!! Brrrr! My POOR plants in bloom will suffer Again!!! Crazy Weather!!
      Have a Good Day, Karen!!!

      Jennie/Florida on February 28, 2013 at 1:18 pm
    • Hi Jennie, maybe they are using a lot of the original stuff for the living area, fingers crossed. I don't remember how much the propane was, but I think a whole tank lasted at least most of the winter…….of course, we had a wood stove for main heat, so there you go. I know what you mean about crazy weather……Sacramento maybe has 2 or 3 days freezing……this year it's gone crazy, freezing or 30s almost every night for several weeks now……luckily, most of my stuff that froze will come back with a little love. ;-) I really don't envy those in places that get snow and major cold, brrrrrrrr

      karenlin91 on February 28, 2013 at 2:02 pm
    • SID: If they use propane, there will need to be an adjustment on the stove. It is now set for natural gas. It's a small adjustment, but one that is absolutely necessary for the gas to flow correctly.

      ncsheepfarmer on February 28, 2013 at 2:35 pm
  4. This cycle of choices will be fun! By the way….I was viewing on the BC Cam last night after dark and was able to see the light from the Lookout Lighthouse 20 miles to the South Southeast. I thought that the Sea Level peninsula would be in the way, but checked on the NOAA chart and the direct line from the property to the lighthouse easily clears the end of the peninsula. The light house is 156' tall and is rated to be visible from 25 miles away. I hate to admit that that excites me…but the simple minded are easily amused!

    RLD on February 28, 2013 at 11:31 am
    • RLD, that is so exciting! I'd wondered if it would be possible to see the lighthouse from the cabin! Can you just imagine on a clear day or night standing out on that upper deck with a telescope to view the sound, the outer banks and even a distant lighthouse? Did we mention paradise? <3<3<3

      SID on February 28, 2013 at 11:54 am
    • I'm with you! Coffee in the morning up on the second floor deck, at the telescope…. Next will be out on our 16' boat, motoring the 2.5 miles across Core Sound to New Drum Inlet at the N. end of Core Banks. Already check the charts….there is a submerged wreck adjacent to the inside of inlet for some interesting snorkeling. One can dream….

      RLD on February 28, 2013 at 12:13 pm
    • Whoops, have to get myself oriented here….the lighthouse is SSW….have to remember that we are looking S in the Dock View.

      RLD on February 28, 2013 at 12:59 pm
    • Glad you were able to confirm visibility from the BC, RLD! :D Windee asked about it in another blog post and I gave the info on the lighthouse and said it appeared to be in direct line of view over the water, so should be easily seen at least on a clear night! But the info I found in several sources on Cape Lookout is that she is actually 163ft tall (169ft above ground, 156ft above water), with 80,000 candela power rated at 12-19 miles out – not sure of the exact direct distance from the BC to Cape Lookout via the Sound, but the drive is a slight windy path 28 miles long (40 min drive) via US-70W. The address for Cape Lookout is 1800 Island Rd, Harkers Island, NC 28531. It is very exciting! I love beacons (I used to work in Airfield Management when I was in the Air Force)…I would have no problem sitting on the balcony for hours watching Cape Lookout flash every 15 seconds! ^_^:D:)<3

      Shelly313 on March 1, 2013 at 7:37 pm
    • Wow! How exciting to see the lights. Great that you have the knowledge to all those things to find the area and lights.The CAM is a great tool for us! Just get excited with all of this. Thanks to everyone for making it possible. Enjoying all of this.

      Nan on March 1, 2013 at 7:45 pm
  5. Looks like they have a problem to fix with the new People's Choice Page….I originally got the "Family Room" page, voted once and then started getting error message 404. Now I'm getting Error Message 404 for the entire People's Choice section. I suspect they will have it fixed quickly.

    RLD on February 28, 2013 at 11:40 am
    • Fixed

      RLD on February 28, 2013 at 12:14 pm
  6. It's a beautiful morning at the cabin today. I've been watching the crew work on siding and on the roof. I had a thought while looking up at the cupola. To be perfect it should be topped off with a weather vane! Wouldn't that be an ideal subject for the next round of blogger voting? Perhaps a copper whale, or a boat? What about a flying heron or maybe a duck? If not a Peoples Choice selection maybe one of the show hosts will want to custom make a weather vane?:p<3B)

    SID on February 28, 2013 at 11:41 am
    • I bet there is some iconic weather vane that is in use in the area, does that make sense? In one of the outer bank towns with all the shops, etc. I think it's a fantastic idea….the cherry on top of the sundae.

      karenlin91 on February 28, 2013 at 12:24 pm
    • Or a shark…

      zulumom on February 28, 2013 at 6:06 pm
    • How about a pelican?

      Bev on February 28, 2013 at 7:07 pm
  7. Re porch ceiling style: I like the look of the vaulted porch ceiling best, but I'm wondering if the exposed porch rafters will attract wasp nests. Also, I recall several people in the previous thread saying that they'd like the porch ceiling to be painted the "traditional" low-country light blue. My brother lives in Beaufort, SC….also low-country style architecture…all the porch ceilings are light blue….and flat, not vaulted. Just a thought…..your thoughts, fellow bloggers?

    RLD on February 28, 2013 at 11:55 am
    • I like the vaulted ceiling best too, I figure it could be painted "haint blue" , that is just too good to not have. You're probably right about wasp nests, unless the blue would keep them away. We have that problem on our porch and some wooden wind chimes…..a squirt with the garden hose chases them away for a while, just do it before they get big!

      karenlin91 on February 28, 2013 at 12:05 pm
    • Thanks RLD, that is a good point about the Vaulted porch ceiling, But couldn't they paint the V/ceiling and then add the rafters????

      Jennie/Florida on February 28, 2013 at 12:12 pm
    • The rafters are already there. That would give us the light blue color, but wouldn't take care of all the great nesting corners that the rafters would provide. The blue color really doesn't keep the wasps away….now that the paints is no longer "milk" based. Just thinking about where wasps like to nest around our house in Michigan. The flat ceiling eliminates most of those prime nesting spots. The vaulted ceiling looks so great that it is getting the vast majority of the votes….I think that is a trend that will continue….it looks so much more interesting than the flat.

      RLD on February 28, 2013 at 12:21 pm
    • The flat ceiling would eliminate all those hiding/nesting places and would be a lot easier to keep clean if only because you can reach it more easily. And it would serve to protect the wood rafters too.

      Windsmurf on February 28, 2013 at 1:34 pm
    • Reality, folks~~ wasps and nest builders don't REALLY care. Think about it. There are still plenty of running feet and corners, plus any hanging items such as swing or hammock hooks, lights or fans on which to try to build mud nests. Believe me. My own house front and back porches, decking, handicap ramp/deck/sitting area and the eaves all attract such nests, especially since I have flowering and aromatic plantings for color, bird and butterfly attraction year-round. Always fighting those buzzing stinging critters, except the honey bees, which I welcome, since so many have been threatened recent years and they're needed for pollination. I suggest, enjoy the character of the vaulted ceiling~~and paint the blue we and tradition love so dearly.B) WASPS beware! It's me or you, and it's not going to be me! Where's the hose? :D :*;)<3 Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on February 28, 2013 at 10:13 pm
    • Yea!!! Kitty! I'll pass you the hose!

      karenlin91 on March 1, 2013 at 8:35 am
    • Hi Kitty, I really enjoy your posts! You have a knack for bringing us back to reality. And your sense of humor is fantastic. What you add to this blog is priceless.

      RLD on March 1, 2013 at 11:37 am
    • If it is screened in it shouldn't be too much a problem. So I hope they think about that. :D Judy

      JudyInMich on February 28, 2013 at 1:02 pm
    • Keep reminding them, Judy!:D

      Boo on February 28, 2013 at 1:35 pm
    • My idea exactly! Sure hope they listen to us.

      peachdoctor on February 28, 2013 at 2:13 pm
    • So do I.

      JudyInMich on February 28, 2013 at 3:40 pm
    • Good points all….if the porch is screened, my concern re insect nests in the exposed rafters becomes moot. Exposed rafters would also make hanging a porch swing easy, assuming the rafters would support that. Wiring for any ceiling lights or a ceiling fan would be exposed, though. Without an indication that they are planning to screen in the porch, I'll still be voting for the flat ceiling.

      RLD on February 28, 2013 at 6:06 pm
    • RLD, I don't mean to rain on your screened-in porch parade, and everyone elses, but bugs do get into screened-in porches. Wasps, moths, and we had a hefty girl spider who built a web above our swing. OMG, how beautiful she was, and OMG- the evidence of her prowess was dropped on our porch swing. A screened-in porch does wonders for the normal insects – flies, skeeters, etc. And most others. But a screened porch doesn't mean that your porch will be bug-free. Wasps & moths have a singular talent for squeezing in through the cracks. And the bugs I've mentioned don't even account for the multitudes that are breeding u'neath the porch and come up thru the cracks. The bugs will find their way in, trust me on this.

      Wind Chime Girl on February 28, 2013 at 8:32 pm
    • Trust me….I won't turn the BC down if it doesn't come with screens on the porch! I like the appearance w/o the screens and if practicality out-weighs aesthetics, I can always screen it in myself. I would like to see a rendering of the of the structure with screens for comparison….maybe time to print out the drawings and let a grandchild have at it with some crayolas!

      RLD on March 1, 2013 at 11:44 am
    • Screened in porch, pretty please!!! :)

      Lia_M on February 28, 2013 at 8:18 pm
    • Let's see…flat ceiling – traditional, neater, can be painted blue; vaulted, open rafters – cobwebs, wasp nests, spider webs, spiders, birds nests, stuff that falls from birds nests, dark, dreary.

      Ishmael on February 28, 2013 at 10:32 pm
    • I really like the look of the vaulted ceiling, but am not convinced yet to change my vote from the flat ceiling, for all the reasons in support of the flat ceiling! We have had problems in the past at our home with — not so much wasps — but birds building nests that become very messy, and we were literally dive-bombed by the birds when we tried to sit on the porch. We finally fabricated chicken-wire barriers over nesting areas, and that solved the problem. As said, if the porch is screened in, that helps keep birds out, but it is always difficult to keep out the insects!.
      I am surprised the porch flooring vote, so far, is going for the brownish (sandstone?); as I would think the cobblestone would coordinate better with the light mist (gray) siding. Just my thought. . . :-) .

      Karen_NEOH on February 28, 2013 at 11:31 pm
    • I'm still going for the vaulted ceiling, but birds almost got me! Still, with a screen, they hopefully couldn't get in to build nests….and you can still have the blue ceiling. I love porch fans, and sounds like they'll be a good idea at the cabin, but exposed wiring can run along the beam, and also be painted blue……no problem, and unless you fish the wire through the flat ceiling,which is a pain, it still is going to be exposed. as far as the cobblestone, I completely agree with you, it would look much better with the siding.

      karenlin91 on March 1, 2013 at 8:42 am
    • Definitely agree that porch should not be valuted, and the low-country traditional blue porch ceiling would be nice (and also help deflect pests!)

      Bev on March 1, 2013 at 11:43 am
  8. Don't like the vaulted porch ceiling. Was thinking the flat ceiling would be easier to maintain. Windee :)

    Windee :) on February 28, 2013 at 12:07 pm
    • Flat would be a lot easier to paint….though I really like the appearance of the vaulted ceiling. If I win it, I want to spend my time sitting out on the porch, not trying to stay ahead of wasp nests. For now, I'm voting for the flat and hoping that they paint it light blue. Looks like a lost cause, though. And actually, I really don't know if the nests would be that much of a problem….I'm certainly not an expert in this area.

      RLD on February 28, 2013 at 12:28 pm
    • I was wondering if it would be better to put a ceiling fan on the valted ceiling than the flat. That is why I had voted for the vaulted ceiling in the first place.

      peachdoctor on February 28, 2013 at 2:15 pm
    • Ceiling fans are common on NC and SC porch ceilings, though I wonder how often people use them. I don't know if there is any advantage to mounting one from the vaulted ceiling…all of the porch ceilings with fans in by brother's Beaufort, SC neighborhood are flat. I suppose the flat ceiling would hide the wiring. With the vaulted ceiling you'd have visible wire molding running to the fan.

      RLD on February 28, 2013 at 5:53 pm
    • I live in the south and have a ceiling fan on my front porch. It's the only way to make sitting on the porch bearable in the hotter weather. It might not be as needed with ocean breezes, but I know from experience that those breezes don't blow 24/7. :)

      Moving2theCoast on February 28, 2013 at 7:28 pm
    • Ditto!!!! Helps move the humidity around and helps with gnats and mosquitos!!

      Lia_M on February 28, 2013 at 8:20 pm
    • A ceiling fan is a must in the South and does very well on a flat ceiling to circulate the air. I thought the flat ceiling was more in keeping with the original cottage.

      Barbara/Virginia on February 28, 2013 at 10:26 pm
    • Do you know if it will have the vinyl panels for ease of maintenance? This would make a difference!

      trish on February 28, 2013 at 4:59 pm
    • Another advantage of the vaulted is that since heat rises the porch might remain cooler in hot summer day. Maybe not just a guess I just like the feeling of space it provides. The wasp nest should not be a problem after it is screened by the builder. ( or the new owners )

      zulumom on March 1, 2013 at 5:10 am
  9. Finally a fireplace!!!! Wish it was a regular fire place but will take this one since it is better than none at all. Windee :)

    Windee :) on February 28, 2013 at 12:09 pm
    • I chose the freestanding. I figured if there were ever storms, a freestanding would allow for cooking atop, if utilities were down for a few days.

      Trish on February 28, 2013 at 5:01 pm
    • At least if the gas fireplace wins they could use the ORIGINAL ANTIQUE FP SURROUND!!!xD<3 Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on February 28, 2013 at 10:33 pm
  10. People voting for the front load machines have never owned and operated them. Really??????

    Sandman on February 28, 2013 at 12:20 pm
    • Okay, I voted for them, although I bought top load last time because I didn't want to buy the pedestals too…..is there another reason? I bought heavy duty top load and it still gathers odors like I've heard the front loads do.

      karenlin91 on February 28, 2013 at 12:27 pm
    • I have front loads now and love them.

      Windsmurf on February 28, 2013 at 1:23 pm
    • Me too… The front loads CAN BE STACKED, so one can capture more storage space in the Laundry/mudroom area, where the dryer would have been. All that's needed is a converter hardware part. Front loads are "greener." use less water, less detergent and aren't as hard on the fabrics. I've had both, including having owned tops of the line for top-loading and front loading. Front loading=much better experience!:D:*<3 Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on February 28, 2013 at 10:39 pm
    • Talking of washing and drying, I just purchased a combo washer/dryer all in one. Pretty Cool, It is an LG ventless. I sure hope that it works as well as the reviews stated. http://www.compactappliance.com/LG-WM3987HW-Full-

      chris50555 on March 1, 2013 at 3:45 am
    • Those are great, Chris and such space savers too! Used all over Europe and South America! Keep us posted, please, on what you think. I'm thinking about getting one for my master bath laundry room–have stackable Maytag now but washer is dead. It's older kind, don't know if I can replace just the washer.xD<3 Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on March 1, 2013 at 6:07 pm
    • We have a combo washer/dryer in our London apartment. The biggest drawback is the turnaround time between loads. This nmay be an issue with big families or large numbers of guests. Using the same machine for washing and drying needs a little forward planning. It's best to use them overnight if possible. Good thing is they're super quiet compared to the top loading tubs.:)

      Clive on March 1, 2013 at 6:44 pm
    • I have used a HE front load washer & dryer for 5 years now. If you remember to leave the washer door ajar for a few hours to dry out after each use there are no mildew odor problems (just as you would leave a top loader door open to dry). They're super efficient and whisper quiet, now that I have them I wouldn't have anything else! One of the best things about front door models is that you can build a shelf over the top for folding clothes and hang storage cabinets on the wall above..

      SID on February 28, 2013 at 1:35 pm
    • We leave the door open on ours to let it air out, too. The door will stay open and close to the machine so that it doesn't get in the way. I purchased the Tide washer cleaner and it works pretty well, or, run a white wash with bleach every now and again. We ended up replacing the bellows (front gasket) and that helped immensely. We had a final repair before the 5 year warranty ran out and I purchased it separately so the repairmen installed it for us. I love the water and energy savings that the washer provides, but don't like that I only have a certain amount of time to add an extra item before the door will not open until the end of the cycles. It's so much better for washing large items, like comforters, though!

      elfie on March 1, 2013 at 7:35 pm
    • OK, Sandman, tell us, please, what the issues are with HE washers. I have never owned, but a lady I work with does. She did mention the "odor" problem, but, as SID states, you can leave the door open to air it out. I would prefer to not have to bend over to load as I have a bad back. Also, from time to time I will forget an item. With a top loader, I can just toss it in. Can't do this with a front-load once the wash cycle starts. Also, are the HE detergents more expensive? I'm all for saving water and electricity, but how do the numbers crunch between the two types of machines? Any info about this would be greatly appreciated. Boo;)

      Boo on February 28, 2013 at 1:56 pm
    • Yes the HE detergents are more expensive. We have had our front load washer and dryer for a couple of years now. We are doing better about keeping odors out. It does help my back to use them and I have the pedestals also. But my husband complains that there is too much movement in the machines (vibrations). May just be our basement floor.

      peachdoctor on February 28, 2013 at 2:19 pm
    • I'll bet it is the uneven floor. Perhaps they weren't properly installed. There should be little levelers underneath on each corner. It will probably take some time to get it all in balance, but if you can adjust those to get the machines perfectly level they shouldn't vibrate much, even on the high spin cycle.

      SID on February 28, 2013 at 2:42 pm
    • Sid and Peachdoctor~~ I think Sid may be onto something on the levelers on each corner. I don't buy the most costly HE detergent but I regularly do add the generic OXY2 stuff and I have never had any issues with any moldy aroma. An idea I'll share that helped me and cost very little; when we were moving to our present home, we build a large additional suite, more like an apartment for my mother, who lived with us then (she has since passed away a couple years ago) but we moved a laundry room to next to Mother's area and converted the downstairs laundry into a butler's pantry. The upstairs laundry also has a sewing nook built-in, deepsoak sink lots of built-in cabinets and I had my carpenter build a raised wooden stand, if memory serves me, it is 20 " high and measures whatever the depth of most standard washer/dryers. It is braced and extra heavy-cut wood due to the weight and water it must bear and the drip pan for the washer fits below the front load Maytag Neither washer nor dryer vibrates hardly at all, faintly, I'd say, if I'm washing/drying slippers or tennis shoes. Building such a wood stand elevates the front doors to an accessible reach, as I have a very damaged back, so those of you who suffer from back problems and have too low access issues may want to think of building one, let me know and i'll go back and measure for you. xD^_^ Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on February 28, 2013 at 11:16 pm
    • Sid and Peachdoctor~~ I think Sid may be onto something on the levelers on each corner. I don't buy the most costly HE detergent but I regularly do add the generic OXY2 stuff and I have never had any issues with any moldy aroma. An idea I'll share that helped me and cost very little; when we were moving to our present home, we built a large additional suite, more like an apartment for my mother, who lived with us then (she has since passed away a couple years ago) but we moved a laundry room to next to Mother's area and converted the downstairs laundry into a butler's pantry. The upstairs laundry also has a sewing nook built-in, deep sink, lots of built-in cabinets and, I had my carpenter build a raised wooden stand, if memory serves me, it is 20 " high and measures whatever the depth of most standard washer/dryers. It is braced and extra heavy-cut wood due to the weight and water it must bear and the drip pan for the washer fits below the front load Maytag. Neither washer nor dryer vibrates if at all, only faintly, I'd say, if I'm washing/drying slippers or tennis sho- es. Building such a wood stand elevates the front doors to an accessible reach, as I have a very damaged back, so those of you who suffer from back problems and have too low access issues may want to think of building one, let me know and i'll go back and measure for you.xD^_^ Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on February 28, 2013 at 11:25 pm
    • I was talked into a second set of front load machines;yes way more expensive; and I hate the second set as much as the first. If you was clean close no problem. If you was dirty clothes, mud, grease, etc, they will not get clean, they become slimey and gummy. There is not enough water to even wet the clothes, unless you only wash a couple of items. It does smell and grow mold and I have ALWAYS left the door open, which is in the way…… Have to use a 1/3 of HG detergent and still have to rinse everything at least twice and towels up to 5-6 times. They ate level;husband levels them at least once a month and they still viberate and move around, very noisey…..The washer shuts down when ever I wash towels or jeans, flashes a FH code which isn't in manual and the tech does not know what it means. I can only guess the load is too heavy, even though it is not a full load. I am frustrated every day when I do the laundry. They are too expensive to throw away and buy new…….
      I also hope they use the old mantal for the fireplace.

      Sandman on February 28, 2013 at 7:52 pm
    • That's absolutely bizarre! Wonder if you've got a lemon (s). I've certainly no reason to doubt your experience, but we've never had any of those problems. Maybe we are just lucky. The only times we've had to do additional rinses have been when we put in non-HE detergent by mistake. I wish I had an explanation for your opposite experience.

      RLD on March 1, 2013 at 11:53 am
    • I am so sorry to hear of the problems, that must be so frustrating! I've never had any of those difficulties, in fact my own HE front loaders do the best job of cleaning and lint removal that I've had from a machine. If you haven't already done so I would contact the manufacturer with your complaints. Perhaps there is a defect in yours?

      SID on March 1, 2013 at 4:20 pm
    • My front-load washer and dryer each have a pause button. If I forget something (happens all the time) I just pause the machine, toss it in, and hit the button again. No problemo. Also, as far as detergent, I use soapnuts (I get mine from Naturoli on Amazon, 2 pounds has lasted me over a year, and I have just under a pound left). They are FANTASTIC. If I have a super-dirty load (like cloth diapers or hubby's work clothes) I use a tablespoon of "booster" made of 2 parts washing soda, 2 parts borax, and 1 part oxy clean, along with the soapnuts. Works like a charm. For fabric softener, I use straight white vinegar. It's better than Downy, without all the chemicals. Laundry is only pennies per load for me. :) Hope this helps! I love our front loaders!

      MGYinSC on March 1, 2013 at 12:04 pm
    • Never heard of soapnuts. Will look in to it. I do use white vinegar, especially on my flannel sheets, keeps the nubbies off. Thanks!

      Sandman on March 1, 2013 at 5:13 pm
    • Off subject, but white vinegar is also excellent for detangling and leaving washed hair shiny! Just pour over washed hair, making sure it gets spread evenly, then rinse out. Sorry couldn't resist…^_^ Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on March 1, 2013 at 6:14 pm
    • LOL white vinegar is good for EVERYTHING!

      karenlin91 on March 1, 2013 at 7:14 pm
    • We have the front load machines. My husband is going to build the pedestal to lift them off the floor for me. Being short, it's not a problem. For a taller person ( my husband), it's a bit of a challenge for the laundry towards the back of the machine. My daughter had the top load and I tried it. Being a shorty, it was difficult for me to get to the laundry in the back. She's taller, and it wasn't a problem. It's easy to fix the problem for a tall person with the front load machines with the pedestal, but I don't think it's possible for a short person and the top load machines?

      Trish on February 28, 2013 at 5:06 pm
    • I have to keep a 1 foot step stool in front of my top load machine or I would never be able to reach the laundry at the bottom of the tub. Most things in a home are made for taller folks. I have step stools of different heights in nearly every room in my home….lol

      Moving2theCoast on February 28, 2013 at 7:17 pm
    • Stepping stools are handy, Like and old Dionne Warwick song i always loved (dates me) "…make it easy on yourse-e-e-e-elf!" LOL! ^_^ <3Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on March 1, 2013 at 6:20 pm
    • We've had front loaders for years and wouldn't have anything else. However, I'm a Brit and since the early 1980's in the UK front loaders have been the norm, the same goes for most of Europe too. They're so much more economical on water and electricity. Water conservation when on a well and septic -as with this cottage – is a big issue. Top loaders use about 3 times more water than front loaders. Also, front loaders can be stacked so saving a lot of space. They're much quieter and much less vibration than top loaders too. Front loaders use less detergent (better for septic tanks) and are more gentle on clothes so there may be hidden savings in clothes wear and tear too. We've found it a lot easier to wash comforters and pillows etc. because they don't get wound around the central agitator of top loaders. Thus the chances of the machine becoming unbalanced in a spin cycle are greatly reduced.:)

      Clive on February 28, 2013 at 5:50 pm
    • I have always been partial to top-loaders; have only used front-loaders (years agao) at the laundromat! We have owned an HE washer for a couple of years and I do love it. It is quiet, efficient, uses much less water (water level automatically adjusts to the size of the load); the clothes, etc. come out clean. I tend to use economical brands of detergent, but have not found the HE brands to be more expensive, and loads require less detergent. I do leave my washer lid open to let the washer dry & air out (but have always done this anyway). The HE washers do not have the conventional agitator, so have not had problems with items getting twisted around an agitator. :-)

      Karen_NEOH on February 28, 2013 at 11:57 pm
    • I have a top load whirpool cabrio which is also HE. My husband is an auto mechanic so the clothes are often very dirty with oil, grease etc. I love it, you can put huge amount of clothes in much much more capacity than the front loaders HE. The clothes come out clean and it is water and energy efficient. I have had no problems with smell even though I rarely leave the door open. The only negative I have is with HE machine you cannot soak the clothes in water in the machine before the wash cycle like you can in conventional top loaders and I miss that.

      zulumom on March 1, 2013 at 5:04 am
    • I've been using top quality front loaders 9 years. They are great.;)

      betty on March 2, 2013 at 3:39 pm

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