Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Maytag Dishwasher MDB7749SBM

The dishwasher does it's job.   Nothing fancy about it.  The plastic stops on the top rack would not stay on.  I called and got a delightful woman who sent me two different types and one stayed on.   The plastic stops keep the top rack rails from scraping on the door and scratching it.   The top rack on some models can be lowered.  This model the racks do not appear to be moveable.   This is unfortunate as the top rack does not allow enough space to put tall wine glasses.   Looking at the rail supports for the rack, it appears that the only reason this rack doesn't adjust is to give the next model up something to differentiate it.   The roller assembly which holds the rack is very similar on both the adjustable and single position racks.  Looks as if an expenditure of mere cents would have allowed the rack to be repositioned.
This is the part
that kept falling off.
Arrow points at the part that kept falling off. 

Overall the dishwasher is fine.  It cleans the dishes and it is much, much quieter than our previous Maytag dishwasher.  It is not as quiet as my son's Miele dishwasher but it was also about half the cost of his dishwasher so their are always going to be trade offs.

 If reviewing a product, it may have been received free of charge. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Support SSgt Clymer Jessica, USMC

SSgt Clymer signed up for the Marine Corps at 17 for the Delayed Entry Program between 11th and 12th grade  Days after she graduated in 2005 from CB East, still 17 she left for Marine Corps Boot Camp. She went through Boot, Combat Training, Job School, then in 2008 volunteered to go to Iraq and was there from 2008 to 2009.

She volunteered to go to Afghanistan in 2010 and went over in 2011. She was injured a few times but was cleared to go back out to the fight.  She did not lose any limbs but was diagnosed with PTSD. She ended up at Wounded Warrior, Bethesda, Md for a little over a year getting care.  She is currently at home waiting for the Marine Corp to decide whether they will retain her or Fully Medically Retire her.

SSgt Clymer grew up in Buckingham Township.   She purchased a small house in Plumstead Township.  She has been a firefighter for 11 years at Midway Volunteer Fire Company and Plumsteadville Volunteer Fire Company.  She is not currently able to run calls.

This young woman has served our community and our nation.  She does not have the financial resources to renovate her kitchen. She is one of ours!
SSgt Clymer's Kitchen

There are four ways to support SSgt Clymer.

Write a check to Doylestown Post 175 VFW and marked "for Jessica Clymer" on the memo line. They can be mailed to: PO Box 1533, Doylestown PA 18901. The post is a 501(c)(19) organization so your donations are tax deductible.

or donate new appliances, labor or building supplies.  Email me at wbentrim@gmail.com if you have a donation of this type.
How can we not help one of our own after she has helped our community and our nation?

Do your best to help this deserving Marine!

Monday, July 14, 2014

ERGObaby Four Position 360 Baby Carrier, Grey

I'll preface this with the admonishment that I do not have an infant to try it on.   With that caveat, I am an experienced parent and grandparent.   We made extensive use of the back pack type of baby carrier 37 years ago.   I have used carriers since when baby sitting grandkids.   This carrier seems very high quality.  The materials are top notch.   I particularly like the versatility of the product.   It has the front forward position that I have found is favored by infants after the first month or so of development.   The versatility and the quality of construction insure I will be using this with the next grandkid due in several months.  Keep in mind, it is expensive.  

Item Weight    2 pounds
Product Dimensions    12.2 x 10.1 x 4.6 inches
UPC    845197043870
Item model number     BC360GRYTAU1NL
Minimum weight recommendation     7 Pounds
Maximum weight recommendation    33 Pounds
Material Type  Cotton
material_composition  100% Cotton Canvas shell and 100% Cotton Poplin lining
Care instructions         Machine washable

If reviewing a product, it may have been received free of charge. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

MAXCRAFT 7709 Quick Link Assortment, 20-Piece by MAXCRAFT

I don't recall having such a strong need for these when my kids were little but boy I use them frequently on projects for my grand kids.  I have used them for connecting safety chains on the zip line.  They are great for securing bars to trapezes or swings to ceiling joists.   They also make securing chests or doors while eliminating the need for a lock.  They are surprisingly expensive at the local hardware store or even the big box stores.   It isn't unusual to spend $2.50 for one.   Therefore the price on Amazon is a terrific bargain.   Take note these are not heavy duty type lock links.  I have used two in place of one if there is a need for safety.  However for general use, even if I use two instead of one, the price still makes it a bargain.
Price:   $14.88 & FREE Shipping on orders over $35 at Amazon
Details from Amazon
Weather-Resistant Nickel-Plated Finish
Lock Nut for Secure Connection
Quick Connection Point for Chain, Rope or Cable
Comes with a Plastic Organizer Box for Storage
Quality Guarantee
Purchased, not free to review. 
If reviewing a product, it may have been received free of charge. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

FIOS another Disappointment

FIOS internet does not provide a free antivirus and Comcast does.  FIOS wants you to pay an additional fee for their antivirus solution.   Frankly I never used the Comcast antivirus when I had Comcast but I don't like that FIOS is charging extra when they claim to exceed Comcast in all areas. 

Wednesday, July 2, 2014


This is a great storage cabinet.   Size and price impact how I feel about this but the ease of assembly was the shining star for this product.  It assembled easily with no, I repeat NO tools.   It could use one more shelf but I knew going in how many shelves it had.  So if you need some storage this will do the trick.  BTW I have had a Suncast cedar chest type cabinet for at least 10 years and it has held up just fine through some pretty severe Pennsylvania winters and summers.   I recommend this cabinet, $89.00 at Kmart and it was $119.00 at Home Depot.
·                29,484 cu. in storage capacity
·                3 adjustable shelves
·                Durable, maintenance-free resin construction
·                Each shelf holds up to 75 lbs.
·                Attractive styling
·    72-3/8" H x 30" W x 20-1/4" D
·    Weight: 61.2 lbs.
·    Color: Gray
·    Some assembly required

If reviewing a product, it may have been received free of charge. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.

Friday, June 27, 2014

FIOS A Mistake

Verizon's FIOS is mediocre at best.  It has good picture quality but frankly even in HD I don't see a lot of difference between FIOS and Comcast quality.   On-Demand on FIOS is a sad and not funny at all joke.   I browsed a wealth of shows on Syfy tonight and all were pay per view.   I am astounded that I could not use the mobile ap to find a free movie.  Even doing a search for free movies only gave me movies with Free in the title.

The number of networks available for OnDemand on the mobile AP is also pathetic particularly compared with Comcast.   Totally disappointing.

The number of  TV shows available OnDemand on the normal TV is equally pathetic.  Well not as pathetic but compared to Comcast it does not compare.  Defiance on SyFy had three episodes listed tonight.   Checking other shows, the number available on FIOS is dwarfed by Comcast.

I am not a fan of Comcast.   I switched to FIOS to lower my bills.  In spite of their promises I have yet to see a lower bill.  At this point I will be switching back to Comcast if I can get their latest promo price.   If they offered the promo price to people all the time, we would not switch.  Seems simple but the wonderful folks at Comcast don't see it.   They keep jacking up the price and then you switch in frustration to another provider.   The sad thing is that the other provider is not only just as bad, sometimes they are worse.

Netflix, ROKU, Apple TV, HULU Plus, Amazon, Google Chromecast are either services or hardware designed to get you your TV.   Review here.

I'm torn between just dropping TV from Fios and getting an HDTV indoor antenna or changing back to Comcast.   The indoor antenna gets all of the channels I normally watch except for the ones that have very limited on-demand from Fios anyway.   This would mean getting a Google Chromecast or ROKU and some service, probably Netflix.  

Arrgghh!  Remember when ALL TV was wireless, you moved the rabbit ears to get better reception or if you were really technically sophisticated you turned the dial on your motorized attic antenna.   What did it cost?  The price of the antenna and the TV.   Sometimes purported progress isn't progress at all.  

BTW I'm open to suggestions.If reviewing a product, it may have been received free of charge. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.
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