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Mold, mildew and many types of insects and bacteria thrive in homes with too much humidity. Too much moisture in a home can lead to a number of health problems, including asthma attacks and allergic reactions. Dehumidifiers draw moisture from household air, producing disposable water. Some dehumidifiers must be emptied manually while others provide an additional option for attaching a hose to the unit to drain the water. The best dehumidifier for your home will be one that fits your budget, that delivers reliable results and that doesn’t demand excessive upkeep. Here are three top-rated dehumidifiers to consider.
Frigidaire FAD704DUD Dehumidifier
The top-pick of several major product review sites, the Frigidaire FAD704DUD is a 50 or 70 pint dehumidifier praised for its efficiency, quiet operation and user-friendly interface. Consumer reviewers liked the unit for much the same reasons, saying that the model runs so quietly that it’s hard to tell when it’s on, that the controls are easy to set and that the components are easy to handle. Consumers and experts alike lauded the Frigidaire dehumidifier for reliably and effectively lowering the humidity of the air.
Capable of dehumidifying areas as large as 1,000 square feet, the FAD704DUD features both a 17-pint bucket and the option to drain the collected water out the back with a hose. On request, Frigidaire supplies a free adapter and drain plug that can make hose installations easier. The Frigidaire dehumidifier has a front-loaded, washable antibacterial filter with a light that signals users to clean the filter when needed. The model features two-speed operation with the option to set the unit to any degree of humidity between 35 and 85 percent. The current humidity level is digitally displayed.
GE ADEH50LP Dehumidifier
Reviewers give the 50 pint GE ADEH50LP dehumidifier high marks for efficiency. Users liked its light weight, the unit’s touch control panel and the model’s attractive design. The GE ADEH50LP allows user to set the desired level of humidity, and users report that the unit consistently meets those levels. The unit comes with a washable filter, an automatic shut-off feature and a front-loaded 17.5-pint bucket. The GE ADEH50LP comes with an option to drain water out through a hose as well.
The GE Dehumidifier has three fan speeds. A number of consumer reviews complained that the unit is excessively loud when operating at the two highest fan settings. Users who manually empty the unit’s bucket appreciated the auto-shutoff feature and “water full” indicator lamp, but some complained that the bucket was awkward to handle.
Overall, a good choice in the 50 pint range for smaller areas.
Danby Premiere DDR6009REE
The 60 pint Danby Premiere DDR6009REE can reduce the humidity of areas as large as 3,600 square feet. The model includes an automatic shut-off when the room temperature reaches 44°F, a feature that many reviewers liked. While Danby promotes the model as energy-efficient, the unit’s two-speed fan is designed to run continuously. The DDR6009REE features quiet operation and programmable humidity settings.
Consumer reviewers who prefer to drain water from the unit liked that the Danby humidifier comes with a 7-foot drain hose. Some users who preferred to empty the bucket manually, however, encountered problems with water bypassing the bucket. As with the FAD704DUS model, on request, Danby offers a plug that appears to fix this problem.
While all three of these dehumidifiers received excellent reviews when it comes to effectiveness and efficiency, the Frigidaire 70 pint dehumidifier has the highest share of top ratings, particularly when it comes to long-lasting reliability. All three dehumidifiers are available within the same general price range.
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Commercial meat slicers are one of the reasons that delicatessens remain so popular. Sandwiches simply taste better with thinly sliced meats and cheeses. Once considered a luxury kitchen appliance, many models are now affordable for consumer use, making it possible for people to build deli-quality sandwiches, as well as a host of other dishes, within the comfort of their own home. Most models claim to cut meats, cheeses, breads, fruits and vegetables with ease.
1. Chef’s Choice
Chef’s Choice 615 Premium Electric Food Slicer
The 615 Premium meat slicer has a 7-inch stainless steel blade that can cut slices up to ¾-inch thick. A safety button secures the food carriage in a locked position when not in use. Almost all of the components are detachable for easy cleaning. The 615 Premium meat slicer gets mostly favorable consumer reviews with one caveat: meat must be well-chilled before slicing. Users found it difficult to slice room-temperature meats. Prices range from around $150 to $200.
Chef’s Choice 632 International Gourmet VariTilt Electric Food Slicer
Chef’s Choice’s 632 model offers two modes of operation. Upright, it can hold large slices of meat. Tilted to a 30-degree incline, it works as a gravity-feed slicer. A 7-inch stainless steel blade cuts slices up to 5/8 inches thick. The 632 slicer includes a switch that turns the unit off when pressure on the food is released and can be set to continuous operation too. Components come apart for easy cleaning. Available from around $250 to $400, this model garnered favorable reviews from consumers, with only a few minor complaints about plastic parts.
Waring FS150 Food Slicer
Waring’s FS150 model features a 7 1/2-inch stainless steel blade that cuts slices up to 1/2 inches thick. At about 17 inches wide by 10 inches deep, the FS150 has a larger footprint than other slicers designed for home use. The FS150 uses suction cups on its feet to keep it secure. Some reviewers complained that the suction cups aren’t effective. Only the blade can be removed for cleaning, a restriction that garnered complaints as well. Overall, reviews of Waring slicers are mixed, with about as many positive reviews as negative. The FS150 sells for about $100 to $200.
Waring FS800 Pro Electric Food Slicer
At 14 inches wide and 8 1/2 inches deep, the Waring FS800 meat slicer is more compact than the FS150, but also features suction cup feet. The FS800 has a 7 1/4-inch blade with a dial knob that cuts slices from 1/32 inches to 1/2 inches thick. While the blade can be removed, other parts cannot be. The FS800 is priced from $100 to $300. Some reviewers complained that the slicer is impossible to clean thoroughly. Others praised the unit’s performance.
3. Berkel 823E 9″ Gravity Feed Commercial Meat Slicer
This entry-level commercial is priced at around $585. The Berkel slicer features a 9-inch chromium-plated carbon steel blade on a gravity feed slicer. The blade is permanently lubricated and cut slices as thin a 9/16 inches. All parts disassemble quickly for easy cleaning. For safety, a built-in guard covers non-slicing portions of the blade. Reviewers say the Berkel slicer produces uniform slices reliably, a better option for professional home cooks and small business.
Meat slicers use exceptionally sharp blades, making smooth operation not only a convenience but a safety factor. Ease of cleaning is also a safety concern. For occasional use, home slicers generally pleased most consumer reviewers. For frequent use, the Berkel slicer may be a better option.
Mixing food by hand or with a hand mixer works for simple mixing tasks, but both require a lot of muscle power. A stand mixer is not only better suited to heavier chores, like mixing bread dough, but leaves your hands free to add ingredients too. A good kitchen mixer will mix, mash and whip food evenly. A great one will work well as a dough mixer too.
While a commercial mixer like a Hobart mixer can cost thousands of dollars, cooks can enjoy professional results with far less expense. Here are three kitchen mixers from reputable brands that are worth checking out.
KitchenAid Artisan Mixers
Available is 25 colors, the KitchenAid Artisan mixer (seen in the picture above) comes with a 5-quart stainless steel bowl with a handle, a flat beater, wire whisk and a dough hook. The locking, tilt-head design provides easy access to both the beater and the bowl. The mixer operates with a 325-watt motor and a direct-drive transmission. Prices range from $250 to $350.
Both expert and consumer reviews give the KitchenAid Artisan mixer high marks for solid performance, versatility and convenience.
Users like the convenience of the 10-speed slide control and appreciate the well-designed splash guard. At Amazon.com, the Kitchen Aid mixer has received more positive consumer reviews than any other stand mixer, with over 2,000 positive reviews from Amazon alone. That’s an impressive number, especially when compared to brands like the Breville mixer, which has less than 50 Amazon reviews.
Many KitchenAid mixer owners report good performance from their mixers for decades, although some say the new models haven’t been the same since Whirlpool purchased the company from the Hobart Corporation in 1986. Most reviewers say the Artisan series mixers are powerful workhorses, able to handle egg whites, heavy cream, homemade pasta and bread with ease. Others complained that the mixer doesn’t stand up well as a dough mixer.
The Cuisinart SM-55 kitchen mixer includes a 5.5-quart polished stainless steel bowl, a whisk, flat mixing paddle, a dough hook and a recipe book.
It operates on an 800-watt motor and features 12 speeds, a 15-minute countdown timer, a fold function and an auto-shut-off option. The locking, tilt-back head design lifts high to allow easy access and removal.
The Cuisinart SM-55 is available in black, white or silver. Prices range from $250 to $300.
The Cuisinart gets positive consumer reviews for handling bread dough, and users like many of the operational features, such as the option to slowly blend ingredients on a low speed or to combine them quickly using the pulse option.
Some users complain about the plastic parts. Others found the machine noisy.
The slow-start feature, combined with the splash guard helps keep splatters at bay. The Cuisinart SM-55 motor is backed by a 5-year warranty.
Hamilton Beach CPM700
Offered by Hamilton Beach as a commercial mixer, the Hamilton Beach CPM700 mixer is available at a fraction of the price of conventional commercial models such as the Hobart mixer. The CPM700 model boasts a 7-quart stainless steel bowl, and comes with a flat beater, a spatula, a whisk and a dough hook. The 800-watt motor maintains constant speed regardless of the load. Prices begin at $550.
The Hamilton Beach CPM700 is designed with safe operation in a commercial setting in mind. The mixer features an auto-shut-off operation in case of overloading or overheating and the “on” button is recessed to prevent the mixer from being turned on accidentally. Some consumer reviews found that the separate “on” and “off” buttons made the mixer awkward to use. Other reviewers complained that the large bowl was too big for small tasks. The CPM700 is definitely built for larger loads. Its flat beater is angled to cover the entire bowl and the mixer can handle the heaviest bread dough.
As it stands, these are the best kitchen mixers worth checking out based on current consumer feedback.
Wicket Ewok LEGO Star Wars Minifigure
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Wicket Wystri Warrick is one of the most recognizable Ewok characters in Star Wars. As such, it is no surprise that LEGO manufactured a Wicket mini figure to include in its cast of mini figures under the Star Wars theme.
The Wicket mini figure was first introduced in the 7139 Ewok Attack set, which made its debut in 2002 under the Star Wars Classic Theme. The 7139 Ewok Attack set has a total of 119 LEGO pieces. In addition to the Wicket mini figure, this particular set also featured a Paploo mini figure, a Scout Trooper mini figure and a Storm Trooper mini figure.
The Wicket mini figure in the 7139 Ewok Attack set has brown legs, arms, hands, torso and head. This all brown look of the mini figure lacks detail in terms of other colors which could have made its design even more appealing to the eyes. However, the design is still quite fine because of the sculpted parts of its head and torso. These gave the mini figure more design detail.
It was not until in 2009 when the LEGO Wicket mini figure was once again included in a Star Wars set from LEGO.
Unlike the all brown design of the first Wicket mini figure in the 7139 Ewok Attack set, the 8038 The Battle Of Endor set featured a Wicket mini figure with an improved design.
The mini figure retained its brown legs, arms, torso and head but its head piece has been altered into a light brown color. To further improve its design details, the eyes of the mini figure are colored black.
The 8038 The Battle Of Endor was released in the United States on June 28, 2009, a little over 3 weeks after its released in the United Kingdom on June 4, 2009.
This particular set is composed of a total of 890 LEGO pieces. It features a number of mini figures in addition to the Wicket mini figure such as the Brown Pants variant of the Han Solo mini figure, the Endor version of the Princess Leia mini figure and the new design of the R2-D2 mini figure just to mention a few.
2 inch Faux Wood Blinds
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There are many advantages to buying faux wood blinds. For starters, they look exactly the same as real wood does. The only difference might be the smell, and even now we have manufacturers that make them feel and smell like real wood. Besides this, they are only half the price of natural wood blinds. This way you can creatively decorate your house without breaking the bank.
Faux wood blinds are popular for a number of reasons.
First of all, they look good no matter where you place them. They accentuate other wood elements in the room, like the furniture or parquet flooring.
They can be bought almost anywhere. Whether it’s at a warehouse or at a home improvement store, you can always find something that you like. You can also buy them on the Internet and have them delivered straight to your house, while saving time and money.
Some sellers even have promotions which will install them for free if you buy a certain amount.
Window blinds have slats which come in varying sizes, from 1 to 3 inches wide.
2 inch faux wood blinds are the perfect decorative window treatment.
They are made from a synthetic material, usually composite wood or high-quality PVC. People who have deeper window frames will sometimes choose 2.5 inch slats.
Remember that the broader the slats, the less slats are needed to protect an entire window.
Faux wood blinds are better than cheap wooden blinds.
Real wood has a tendency to warp, crack or fade. Wooden blinds require increased maintenance in comparison to faux wood blinds.
Also you should know that many trees are felled in manufacturing wooden blinds, so by purchasing a synthetic alternative you are supporting a more economical and environment friendly product. Faux wood blinds look great and will last you a long, long time. They are the perfect blinds.
Weber 3780001 Genesis S320 Gas Grill
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The first thing you should know about this Weber barbecue is that it comes with a high price tag. Most people aren’t going to be willing to spend $1000 on a home gas grill, and there are certainly less expensive models out there in the Weber line. But if you want something that combines large cooking space with ultimate power, then this Weber Genesis model is the choice for you. This is clearly a barbecue designed for people who absolutely love the art of grilling. It’s going to help you to make your traditional favorites come to life while allowing you enough variety to try new dishes as well. This is everything you’ve been looking for all in one grill, and it will serve you well for many summers to come.
The first thing you’ll notice about this Weber Genesis model is its immense size, and you’re definitely going to have to have enough room in your backyard. It looks exactly what you would expect a traditional barbecue to look like. It’s big and it’s a bold, and there will be no mistaking exactly how much power it has.
There are three separate butane burners placed comfortably under the main grill. You’ll enjoy the ability to individually control each burner which effectively turns the grill into an outdoor cooking station. You can have medium heat for veggies on one end while using the searing station to perfectly grill larger cuts of meat on the other.
You’ll also love the way the flavor wave system infuses natural barbecue flavor onto everything cooking on your grill.
And as with every Weber gas model, the one touch ignition system gets you into the action without having to wait as you would with a traditional charcoal grill.
It’s not just about power when it comes to this particular Genesis model and there will be plenty of opportunity to incorporate your own cooking style. You’ll love the ability to shut the heavy lid which will transform your grill into an oven.
Just wait until you taste a delectable rack of ribs or juicy pork roast that has been comfortably slow cooking in your barbecue for several hours. This is a barbecue that will revolutionize the way you approach backyard grilling for sure.
Despite its high price tag, pound for pound it’s one of the best gas grills on the market that will actually be very cost-effective in the long run. Considering it has a low rate of fuel consumption and it’s a durable construction will last you for years, it’s totally possible to justify its purchase – especially if you love barbecue.
Thailand : Eyewitness Travel Guide
Koh Phangan is Thailand’s fifth biggest island and without doubt one of the Kingdom’s most beautiful. It was the favorite island of Thailand’s most beloved former King, Rama V and remains hugely popular today with both Thais and foreign nationals. The reason for this popularity is in large part down to the beauty of the unspoiled nature on the island.
Koh Phangan was first permanently settled by monks 600 years ago who realized the spiritual significance of the island. Since then the island has flourished – first from fishing and coconut plantations and second from tourism. Although the island has a small permanent population of just 14,000 the numbers of people on the island swells to over 20,000 when there is a full moon and tourists flock to Haad Rin for the world’s biggest regular beach party.
The hedonism and crowds of the Full Moon Party is in contrast to the normal mellow and relaxed pace of Koh Phangan. The island has just the right amount of roads: enough for convenience but not so many as to carve up nature. All but a few of the beaches have road access and mains electricity. The notable exceptions are Than Sadet, Haad Khom and Haad Yuan. These remote white sand beaches are backed by lush tropical forest and have become places for holistic centers and hippy enclaves.
Over 90% of Koh Phangan retains it tree cover. Much of the forest is protected by National Park status. The Land Office on Koh Phangan has been more sensible than on Koh Samui and has limited residential development. As a result valuable bio-diversity has been maintained and the island escapes the floods that blight Koh Samui every rainy season.
There is over 10 km of coral reef to explore along the west coast of Koh Phangan. Beaches like Haad Salad and Haad Yao have excellent snorkeling. The best spot to see marine life, however, is at Koh Ma. It is a small islet joined to the mainland by a sand bar. The area is Koh Phangan’s only marine park and is host to a variety of corals and fish.
Recently luxury hotels have been built on Koh Phangan; most notably Rasananda and Santhiya Resort on Thong Nai Pan Noi. The hotels are a big success because people are happier to pay a premium for luxury accommodation if they are surrounded by natural beauty not traffic, concrete and noisy bars. The nature on Koh Phangan remains the island’s greatest asset, and maintaining the integrity of nature on the island is the key to the continual prosperity of the place.
Glycolic Acid Cleanser
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About Glycolic Acid Cleansers
For a skincare product to be considered a glycolic acid cleanser, it usually will contain around 3 to 8% of the acid in its formula. Glycolic acid, is a type of alpha hydroxy cleanser which is formulated to break down the bond between dead skin cells on your face and the fresh skin cells that are constantly being produced.
Alpha hydroxy cleansers are generally considered to be saved for home use. However, their more powerful alternative beta hydroxy cleansers can be too harsh for some skin types.
You may see all kinds of products in the pharmacy claiming to be a cleanser with glycolic acid.
However, you may be wondering what the difference is between an alpha and a beta hydroxy acid. Put simply, both acids do a great job of exfoliating your skin.
However, alpha hydroxies have the weakness of only being water soluble. Beta hydroxies on the other hand are oil based, meaning they can penetrate deep into pores to give you a much more effective cleaning.
On the other hand, the effectiveness of beta hydroxies makes it dangerous for people with sensitive skin, and can cause permanent damage. Still, either hydroxy formula is likely the best blackhead remover for your skin.
Alpha Hydroxy Cleanser Benefits
As a benefit of consistent exfoliation, you are likely to see several changes in your skin occur. First, you’ll notice you have fewer blackheads and whiteheads break out.
This is because your pores are cleared daily, the excess oil does not have a chance to clog your pores. Second, you see an improvement in your skin tone and texture. If you have problems with acne scarring or uneven pigmentation, things will even out overall.
Finally, you may even notice the reduction of fine lines and wrinkles as your skin is refreshed, nourished, and dead skin cells are removed.
Overall, glycolic acid cleansers are a great first step in controlling your skin.
Smart Lipo Melting Away Fat
Liposuction as a tool for achieving a toned and well-sculpted body has become popular among many and is no longer considered the realm of the super rich or celebrities. Everyone wants to look good and there are people willing to spend their savings or even save up to help achieve their youthful looks. Considered one of the most effective fat removal methods, lipo procedures are also regarded as a tool to help kick-start a healthy lifestyle. However, before you consider liposuction, you need to have a clear understanding of the various techniques used to be able to make an educated and logical decision.
1. Traditional Lipo Method
The traditional method is considered more of a fat removal surgery as it is an extensive surgical procedure. Although several new liposuction techniques have been evolved, this method continues to be used where other procedures cannot or will not serve the purpose. This method is quite invasive as it uses a cannula inserted into the body part to vacuum out the fatty tissues. Originally, the cannulas were quite big, almost 6 millimeters, requiring large incisions and leading to longer recovery. Since it is extensive and invasive, the procedure requires general anesthesia, involves more trauma, requires longer downtime, and costs quite a huge sum. This fat removal method also involves several risks such as swelling, redness, excessive bleeding, and such other complications. Little wonder then this is one of the least employed methods in recent times.
2. Laser Lipo Method
One of the newly evolved fat removal techniques, this procedure uses highly-controlled laser beams to dissolve the fatty tissues. Laser fat removal offers several benefits including reduction of blood loss, minimal scarring, well-toned body part, faster recovery, etc. The laser beams seal off the blood vessels in the surrounding region, ensuring little or no blood loss. Being minimally invasive, there is hardly any scars post procedure and for these very reasons, the hospital stay and recovery period are reduced drastically. The greatest benefit of this technique is that it promotes the growth of collagen, which tightens the tissues and guarantees a well-toned body part.
3. Water Lipo Method
This fat removal technique employs jets of water to dissolve and loosen up fatty tissues. The jets of water are channeled into the body part, and later expelled along with the dissolved fat, with the help of minute cannulas. Any residual liquid is also removed within a few days post procedure. This however, requires the use of special bandages and garments. These special accessories help to trap the residues as well as help the healing process by alleviating the pain and swelling. Although considered quite an effective method, experts are still divided on their opinion regarding the safety of this technique.
Thus, the best person who can advice you regarding the fat removal technique for your specific requirements is your cosmetic surgeon. Talking to your doctor will also help you understand if any of the fat removal without surgery techniques could be of help. All the same, the technique employed will depend on your requirements and your physical condition, so it’s best to follow your doctor’s recommendation.
Cure Constipation Now
Constipation can be a very uncomfortable and embarrassing thing to go through. You may have excessive gas that may be hard to hide. There are many home constipation remedies. One of the best home remedy for constipation is water. Make sure you are drinking at least eight 8 ounce glasses of water per day.
In the kitchen you will find a wide variety of sources of constipation remedies. Before you run off to your doctor for a prescription, try the following remedies you can make in the comfort of your home.
You can use apple and pear juice. This is a good constipation remedy for mild constipation. Use a juicer to make the apple or pear juice. You can also combine the pear with apple juice through the blender to retain the pear’s fiber. You can mix the two juices in equal amounts for best results. Drink the juice when waking and add a glass one hour before bedtime.
Add apple and prune juice to your diet. This constipation remedy works best for chronically constipated individuals. Prune juice can accelerate constipation relief significantly, while you should drink 3 to 4 cups of freshly squeezed apple and prune juice daily if you are constipated.
Drink 2 to 3 cups prune juice before breakfast. After a 1/2 hour drink a cup of apple juice and after another hour drink another cup of apple juice.
Drinking grapefruit and orange juice will help with constipation. This is a very effective and delicious constipation remedy that you can easily drink in the morning. Mix equal amounts of the two juices, if at all possible freshly squeezed, and drink up on an empty stomach. Always wait 1/2 hour before eating anything else. Also drinking plain grapefruit or lemon juice can be a good constipation remedy. For the lemon juice, squeeze it into warm water before drinking it. Remember to always drink on an empty stomach, preferably before breakfast. Wait at least ½ hour before eating other types of food.
You should always try home remedies for constipation before spending your hard earned money one prescription medication or over-the-counter medicines.