HOME & GARDEN
January 16, 2010 |
Jittery from too much coffee, I go to work on the clothes dryer, seeking the source of an acrid smell. I didn't really notice the bad smell, but my wife, Posh, did, as did the younger daughter, Mini-Posh. In my experience, women have far superior tracking powers. My buddy Rhymer insists his wife can smell wildfires as far away as Tulsa. So there you go. Anyway, I've got the dryer apart. It's a decent dryer, a Sputnik -- one of the finest appliances ever produced by a breakaway Soviet republic.
May 7, 2009 |
My 20s were so lacking in creature comforts, I could have been in a Dickens novel. What a bedraggled waif I was, living in a grimy New York City apartment with no dishwasher, no air conditioner and no on-site laundry facilities.
August 5, 2007
Among the design features of an environmentally friendly house depicted in "Living green, by design" (Your Money, July 29) was a clothes drying rack inside the house. You should have included as well the old-fashioned but extremely efficient outdoor clothesline. The sun is still our cheapest and healthiest form of power for drying laundry, a fact celebrated in Australia with cleverly designed clotheslines that take up much less space than conventional long lines.
HOME & GARDEN
December 9, 2004 |
As I may have mentioned, in public places he is fond of dropping his britches and pretending nothing is different. The toddler will walk along an outdoor mall admiring the birds and the out-of-work actresses, behaving as if nothing is wrong. It's very British, really, this type of comedy. And I think we know where that nation's headed. "Pull up your pants!" I used to order, but he'd just laugh and shrug and mug for the crowd. My new tactic is to say nothing at all.
January 20, 2002 |
Does your clothes dryer leave things damp, or overly dried and super-wrinkled? It's a common problem with older dryers. Not only are clothes wrinkled, tangled or damp, they also use far more energy than new ones do--whether gas or electric. One feature on newer models is auto-reversing drum rotation that changes back and forth every few minutes to minimize tangling and wrinkling. This also speeds up drying and saves energy.
November 12, 2000 |
Question: When I take clothes out of my old dryer, they are wrinkled and either damp or overly dry. I am thinking of getting a new efficient auto-reversing dryer. What other new features should I consider? Answer: Wrinkling and tangling problems are common with older dryers and with some new ones too. Not only are the clothes a mess and need ironing, but these older dryers use much more electricity or gas than a new one. Auto-reversing drum rotation is an excellent feature to minimize wrinkling.