Recall: GE Dishwashers Due to Fire Hazard

Name of Product: GE Profileā„¢ and GE MonogramĀ® Dishwashers

Units: About 174,000

Manufacturer: GE Appliances & Lighting, of Louisville, Ky.

Hazard: Water condensation can drip onto the electronic control board, causing a short circuit and resulting in an overheated connector. This poses a fire hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: GE has received five reports of fires, four of which caused minor damage to the kitchen countertops where the dishwashers were installed and one caused minor damage to adjacent cabinets and smoke damage to the home. No injuries have been reported.

Description: This recall involves the GE … (read more)

Quartz splashbacks from CaesarStone

You can have the most beautiful and environmentally-friendly quartz splashbacks from the kitchen to the bathroom and everywhere in-between. All thanks to the CaesarStone, the original quartz surface manufacturing company which introduced pioneering innovation in the field of quartz surfaces years ago. CaesarStone quartz surfaces are perfectly suited for kitchen countertops, bathroom vanities and stairs, wall paneling and interior furniture. You can choose from the widest range of colours and structures, though not all are available in every country, to match your own taste or meet the demands of the most demanding clientele.

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July 2010 Monthly Round-Up for Kitchen Contraptions

July was another hot and amazing month of Kitchen Contraptions – filled with kitchen gadgets, grilling, and other kitchen wonders plus. Thanks again to all of our loyal readers for visiting us each day, and you can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

General News

Bicycle Doubles as a Folding Shopping Cart

Grilling

Magnetic Flexible Mini Grill Light Grill Daddy Pro Grill Brush – Steam Clean Your Grill Oregon Scientific Grill Right Wireless Talking Oven/Barbeque Thermometer

Kitchen Gadgets

Peach Pitter Microplane Herb Mill Apron Cooking … (read more)

Turn You Kitchen Countertops into Touchscreens

Photo: A counter top acts as a touchscreen display.
Priya Ganapati/Wired.com

All you need is a counter, projector, and a little math – and bam – touchscreen countertops in your kitchen according to new work and research at Intel.

“There’s nothing absolutely special about the surface, and it doesn’t matter if your hands are dirty,” says Beverly Harrison, a senior research scientist at Intel. “Our algorithm and a camera set-up can create virtual islands everywhere”

The project uses real-time 3-D object recognition to build a model of almost anything that’s placed on … (read more)

Kitchen Countertops

The cabinets may be the face of the kitchen but the countertops are where all the action happens. A countertop will have to cope with hot pots and pans, knives, dirt and therefore needs to be durable.

So it is usually best to make your choice based on the performance of the material and ease of maintenance, as well as the sink mounting option.

Notes on edge styles and backsplash options are given at the end of this page (click here).

The countertop choices are listed below very roughly by price (least … (read more)