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WHOO HOO!!!
Today we got an 18 inch portable dishwasher! And we have a 24 inch portable dishwasher coming next week!! I'm running a load of dairy dishes AS I TYPE! How cool is that??? Ohmigosh I'm SO EXCITED!

Of course, it cleaned out my sheitel fund, but I think it may have been worth it.

Yipppeeeeeee!

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debsters1101 From: debsters1101 Date: June 27th, 2005 04:08 am (UTC) (Link)
portable? dishwasher? huh?
malkin From: malkin Date: June 27th, 2005 05:48 am (UTC) (Link)
Portable dishwashers are intended for use in places that don't have one built-in. They usually have a hose that attaches to a faucet, to feed hot water into the washer. They often have wheels on the bottom, so they can be rolled out when needed, and then stashed away when you're done. Some small ones are even designed for sitting on countertops. My parents had one, years ago, which they gave to my grandmother. I had a countertop one in the exec suite I lived in when I first arrived in Sydney. I've thought about getting one for my current place, but right now, I need to replace the clothes washer, first!

As much as estherchaya entertains, and prepares real meals, a dishwasher will be a great boon to her. And it means more time with the big and little misters!
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: June 27th, 2005 01:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
yeah, what you said!

We're replacing the clothes washer, too, as it died a couple weeks ago. Ugh.

We almost got a countertop one for dairy, but decided it wasn't big enough for all the cooking we (read: I) do. There are just SO MANY dishes to do all the time. I never feel like I catch up!

And it means more time with the big and little misters!

I had been waivering about the money until Seth pointed out that we weren't just buying dishwashers; we were buying time. And I'm all about having more time!
debsters1101 From: debsters1101 Date: June 27th, 2005 01:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
cooooool!!! thats the coolest thing i ever heard of. sounds inexpensive too. does it work as well as a real dishwasher?
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: June 27th, 2005 01:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
it IS a real dishwasher! :)

Inexpensive is relative. The one we got for meat can be later installed as a built-in, so it's exactly the same thing. They weren't thousands of dollars, but they weren't $10 either. The disadvantage to regular portable dishwashers is that they tend to use a lot more energy than necessary. It's not such a problem with the bigger one, because it's built to be more energy efficient.

I'm SO excited!!!
debsters1101 From: debsters1101 Date: June 27th, 2005 01:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
hahaha u know ur the ultimate balabusta when things like dishwashers knock your socks off
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: June 27th, 2005 02:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
yeah, it's sorta sad. But I'm so giddy!
glenbarnett From: glenbarnett Date: June 27th, 2005 06:07 am (UTC) (Link)

We have a portable. It's a bit slow and if you have too large a load it makes a bit of a low-pitched whining noise. Other than that, it's not too bad. Even though it's getting a bit old, it is fairly economical on power and water. It's one of those 71 inch models.
sethcohen From: sethcohen Date: June 27th, 2005 09:07 am (UTC) (Link)

71 inch?

71 inches is about your height. That's pretty damn big for a dishwasher. 71cm is about 28 inches...is that what you meant?
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: June 27th, 2005 01:39 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: 71 inch?

beat me to it.
ginamariewade From: ginamariewade Date: June 27th, 2005 08:28 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: 71 inch?

71" is 5'11". If she's 5'11", and that's a photo of the two of you, then how tall are you?

estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: June 27th, 2005 08:51 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: 71 inch?

He was referring to 5'11" being approximately glenbarnett's height.

I'm 5 nothin'. Seth is 6'2.
glenbarnett From: glenbarnett Date: June 28th, 2005 01:48 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: 71 inch?


Correct, I'm just a tad under 5' 11". A bit over 5' 11" in my shoes.

ginamariewade From: ginamariewade Date: June 28th, 2005 02:20 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: 71 inch?

Oh. Well, that explains it. I misread. Otherwise, Seth would have been close to 7 feet tall, by that pic.
sethcohen From: sethcohen Date: June 29th, 2005 01:27 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: 71 inch?

I'm huge!

Okay, I'm not actually Sweetums. In one of the Muppet Shows (John Cleese), Kermit claims that Sweetums is 8 feet tall. Of course, Sweetums later sings opera with Cleese (who is 6'5"), and isn't significantly taller than him.

Of course, I never had my teenage growth spurt. If I ever get it, I could still grow up to be Sweetums.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: June 27th, 2005 01:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm positively giddy about it. I'm just so darned thrilled! I was disappointed that we didn't have more dairy dishes laying around to wash!
hopeness From: hopeness Date: June 27th, 2005 12:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
*faints with envy*
I can't even imagine how great that is for you. Right now my goal is to someday have a double sink so I can bid all my dishpans farewell.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: June 27th, 2005 03:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
we have a double sink and we are replacing it with a single sink, because a double sink is just two miniature sinks, rather than two real-sized sinks. With the double sink, we still have to treat our sink as treif and use only meat or dairy at one time and use dishpans and sink racks.
hopeness From: hopeness Date: June 27th, 2005 05:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, I see your point about double sinks. I always feel so spoiled at B's dad's house; the kitchen is a circle and so almost one half of the circle is countertop, with a sink at either end. We hardly ever eat meat at home (in fact the only meat we've eaten since moving was during Pesach) so I sorta wish we could just be dairy and be done with it.
ichur72 From: ichur72 Date: June 27th, 2005 01:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wow -- that is so cool. Seems like it's been a zillion years since I've used a dishwasher!
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: June 27th, 2005 01:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's been many moons since I've had a dishwasher. And I'm just absolutely thrilled. And we'll have TWO! (Okay, the dairy one is tiny, but that's okay)
leahmiriam From: leahmiriam Date: June 27th, 2005 01:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
Cool! This will help you out so much! I especially love my dishwasher during shabbos when I can "hide" the dirty fleishig dishes until after shabbos when I add soap and presto, dishes done! I still have to wash the dairy dishes by hand, but that's ok!

What made you decide to buy two?
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: June 27th, 2005 01:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm just thrilled to pieces. Why two? Well, we were originally just going to get one of the 18" dishwashers for meat. But then we discovered we had enough space for the 24" to get between the back and front of the kitchen. So we decided to go with that. The 24" one can be converted to a built in one when we move into a new house! (someday...) I'm not exactly sure how we ended up deciding on two, except that we realized we had space to store both of them (something I never figured on). The dairy one is really small and cute and wasn't a ridiculous amount of money. And one of the things that keeps me from cooking more dairy (which I prefer over meat) is that we never have any place to deal with the dairy dishes. Well now we do! Whoo hooo!!!!!

I absolutely can NOT wait until the meat one arrives on Sunday! The same day that our washer and dryer arrive!! Yippeee!!! Appliancepalooza!

I absolutely cannot believe how giddy I am about a dishwasher, of all things.
leahmiriam From: leahmiriam Date: June 27th, 2005 01:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
Dishwashers make cooking more fun. Our first place as a married couple did not have a dishwasher and while that was not the end of the world, it did cramp my style and I was less creative because anytime I cooked big I had to clean big. I also think have a kitchen that requires two sets of everything needs a dishwasher.
From: gittygiggles Date: June 27th, 2005 02:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
do you have to rinse off your dishes first? we might get a dishwasher in the new house
leahmiriam From: leahmiriam Date: June 27th, 2005 02:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
You should get a dishwasher in the new house, especially since you are building your "dream" kitchen. Some soaps and dishwashers say you do not have to rinse before loading, but I find it works better if you do rinse, just to remove the surface gunk.
From: gittygiggles Date: June 27th, 2005 03:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
what about the crusties? i've never used a dishwasher
leahmiriam From: leahmiriam Date: June 27th, 2005 03:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
Here's the key, rinse the dishes after you have used them and crusties won't form. You don't have to run the dishwasher right away, but once you are ready, the dishes will get pretty darn clean, much cleaner than when I hand wash.
From: gittygiggles Date: June 27th, 2005 03:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
awesome! i hope the contractor started today! weeee!

get on aim. i gots to talk to you1
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: June 27th, 2005 02:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
It depends on the dishwasher, really. I have a friend where you actually should *not* rinse the dishes first, because it's an energy-saving/water-saving dishwasher. Rinsing your dishes just wastes water. But older dishwasher dishes need a lot more pre-rinsing. My parents used to have a dishwasher that required that the dishes practically be handwashed before putting them in the dishwasher.'


Anyway, if you want a dishwasher in the new house, you should just get it built in. Far more energy efficient (usually) and a lot less inconvenience when it's running.
From: gittygiggles Date: June 27th, 2005 03:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
i'm thinking about it. we'll see. we might put it off for a bit.....

so the new dishwashers you dont need to rinse?
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: June 27th, 2005 03:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
It depends on the dishwasher, really.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: June 27th, 2005 03:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
and putting it off will make it harder in the long run.
From: gittygiggles Date: June 27th, 2005 03:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
why's that?
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: June 27th, 2005 03:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
well, first of all, because it's ALWAYS harder to do things piecemeal.

And second of all, if you're going to have a built-in (which is far superior), then you need it set up to hook into the water and electricity. Better to do that while you're already messing with those connections.
From: gittygiggles Date: June 27th, 2005 03:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
true. i didn't think of that...
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: June 27th, 2005 03:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
and third of all, you never want to have to retrofit things to fit a design. Better to just have your design accomodate it.

And fourth of all, the dishwasher built in takes up what could otherwise be cabinet space. If you get used to having that cabinet space, you'll be sad to give it up.
From: gittygiggles Date: June 27th, 2005 04:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
that is true....
From: have_inner_lady Date: June 27th, 2005 01:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh joy! I loved the 18-inch portable dishwasher that we put in our first home. When our friend helped us re-do the kitchen, we raised the counter a couple inches by putting the cabinets on 2x4s, and left a space near the wall where the dishwasher could slide under the counter. That made it easy to get out of the way, easy to hook up, and easy to create an extra block of counter space when needed.

It's amazing how much those little things can cost, though. I think we paid more for the 18-inch one than a built-in standard size would have cost.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: June 27th, 2005 02:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
I love it. I'm excited. The 18" one wasn't so bad. And we can't sacrifice any cabinet space to get a built in installed, so it is what it is. The bigger (24") can be converted to a built-in, so we'll take it with us when next we move and pop it into the kitchen. Hooray. :)

(I have to say, though, the idea of raising my counters anymore is horrifying. I want them lower!!!)
From: have_inner_lady Date: June 27th, 2005 03:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
so we'll take it with us when next we move

Um, you're moving?
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: June 27th, 2005 03:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
not immediately. But this is not a final house. This is an equity-building house.
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estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: June 27th, 2005 04:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
if it became wider, it would block the exterior door. More complicated than that is that it is a masonry wall because the house used to end at that wall. The back part of the kitchen used to be a back porch.
From: gittygiggles Date: June 27th, 2005 01:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
so you like it? which one did you get? tell me about it!
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: June 27th, 2005 02:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
I looooooove it!

The little one is this one.

The bigger one (which will be fleishig) is this one!!

I ran a load of dairy dishes last night!

From: gittygiggles Date: June 27th, 2005 02:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
how does it work???
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: June 27th, 2005 02:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
it hooks up to the sink and drains into the sink.
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