Tray Ceiling

A tray ceiling is a recessed or an inverted part of a ceiling that adds architectural interest and depth to the space. It may be left as is and completed to match the surrounding ceiling for a simple, clean look; for much more dramatic interest, contrasting paint colors, paneling, trim pieces, recessed and pendant lighting and other decorative touches may be integrated into the tray.

Natalie Fuglestveit Interior Design

A contrasting paint color highlights the tray ceiling in this modern bedroom.

AIA, Mark English Architects

An area rug offers one way to anchor a dining room in an open space, but a tray ceiling like this also defines the distance, leaving the floor plane clear.

Pepe Calderin Design- Modern Interior Design

An oval tray ceiling makes a dramatic statement when paired with an oval kitchen island.

John Termeer

Tray ceilings do not always need to be square, as may be seen in the elaborate tray layout in this bedroom. The tray ceiling provides space for both recessed lights and a chandelier.

Peter Rose Architecture + Interiors Inc..

Even a small tray ceiling can make a large difference when you include cove lighting, like this smart home office.

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Hillside Sanctuary in Vermont

Homeowners David Hart and Demaris Wehr wanted to make a sanctuary overlooking scenic views of a valley and farm in Vermont. Getting that prized view meant working with a north-facing slope. They requested Milford Cushman of this Cushman Design Group to operate around the challenging landscape and make a small home incorporating the natural space around it.

“David, a psychologist, spent his life researching fairy tales, and that played a key role in the design of the house,” Cushman says. “It is a particular place, and even with the site’s challenges, it’s hard not to feel the spiritual and sociological aspects of the house. David and Demaris were quite thoughtful about all of the things they desired in their property.”

at a Glance
Who lives here: Demaris Wehr and David Hart
Location: Calais, Vermont
Size: 1,850 square feet; 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms
That’s intriguing: all of the natural timber surfaces interior are custom constructed with locally harvested Eastern white pine.

Susan Teare, Professional Photographer

Three narrow amounts are stacked on a fundamental 16-foot by 38-foot footprint to create use of the sloping site and to join all of habitable rooms into the views and natural daylight in each direction. Simple roof forms with broad overhangs provide summer shading and long-term protection of this timber siding whilst serving to floor the construction as a broad cap.

Susan Teare, Professional Photographer

Wehr and Hart’s goals were to make a rich and peaceful residence where guests could be exposed. The religious connection to the property was significant. The designer stuffed the house with light and environmentally friendly finishes, thoughtfully designing each detail.

Susan Teare, Professional Photographer

All the natural wood surfaces are treated using polymerized tung oil (PTO) and without any oil-based urethanes, making it an exceptionally sustainable living space. PTO is more environmentally secure than other penetrating oils.

Susan Teare, Professional Photographer

The built-ins, thoughtful stuff and massive windows that allow plenty of light into the open-room space were all lifestyle choices to the homeowners. They desired to feel like being in meditation.

Susan Teare, Professional Photographer

The ceiling is shiplap design using local white pine. The European-style freestanding wood stove by Scan 60 is energy efficient, with direct air link to the exterior.

Susan Teare, Professional Photographer

All the natural wood surfaces — such as floors, windows, door casings, running trim and stair treads — are custom constructed with locally harvested Eastern white pine. The countertops are made of heart pine in standing dead trees.

Susan Teare, Professional Photographer

The natural-form theme runs throughout the home. Wehr and Hart desired the substances in the house to be attached to something living at one time, especially local timber, a renewable source. The dining room table is one of Wehr’s preferred places to write.

Susan Teare, Professional Photographer

Wehr enjoys the intimate connection of this central place of the kitchen into the dining space and the living room. All the windows fill the kitchen with direct and indirect lighting. She also appreciates that along with the white pine cabinets and the center pine counters, all of the wood surfaces in the kitchen are finished with various sheens of tung oil rather than polyurethane, varnish or lacquer.

Susan Teare, Professional Photographer

Thoughtful details are located throughout the house, to allow spaces to leak into one another. The easy kitchen cabinetry layout has glass doors and local artisan components.

Susan Teare, Professional Photographer

All the built-in cabinetry from the bedroom, including the dresser, shelves and bath vanity, is made from locally harvestedEastern white pine.

Susan Teare, Professional Photographer

Wehr and Hart revealed Cushman an image of a fairy home in Wales for design inspiration. They also showed an image of a natural home tucked into a hillside in gnarls and corners of roots. In every season, this house feels just like a fairy tale.

Susan Teare, Professional Photographer

A screened-in porch off the dining area and a deck off the living room extend the house’s connection to the website.

Susan Teare, Professional Photographer

Wehr and Hart shared time here together as a couple and with friends, and it was really a sanctuary for them. Hart passed away at the house in November 2011.

The hillside house now serves as a personal grounding for Wehr’s sojourns from her house on Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts. As a fitting tribute, Wehr has commissioned a different small fairy home using a meadow and a grove of trees that match off the west end of the home. The fairy home will be about 36 inches tall, 18 inches wide and 22 inches long. Wehr has committed the small structure for a party of Hart’s life study of the significance of fairy tales in storytelling and in Jungian psychology.

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Guest Picks: Stylish Toy Storage

Christmas is a time for giving, and children tend to get given a lot! If you’re looking for some suggestions to keep the masses of toys in a stylish manner this holiday season, here are 20 to get you started. — Maddie from Li’l Magoolie

Modern Kids Toy Boxes & Benches – GBP 229

What kid wouldn’t go crazy for an oversize LEGO block toy box?

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Grande Blanche – EUR 185

Following is a toy box that is anything but square. This work of art would be as stylish in a grownup’s area as in a kid’s.

POMPOM

Safari Drum – AUD 60

The Pomdrum is entertaining toy storage in a drum!

Tulp Kids

Dutch House Shaped Storage – AUD 2,099

Turn your kid’s toy storage into a vibrant street in Amsterdam.

The Maude Toy Box with Book Cubby by Mod Mother Furniture – AUD 425

This handmade toy box by Mod Mother Furniture also has a novel corner included.

DwellStudio

Owls Sky Cylinder Storage Bin – $120

DwellStudio’s Owls Sky bin is light enough to lift and tall enough to keep a lot of toys.

Etsy

Wolli Snow Mountain Toy Box by Babies Breath – $180

This handmade Wooli Snow Mountain box is a part toy storage and part play background.

ViaBoxes

Big Play Table – $399

Viaboxes are modular systems that could go from table to bookshelf formation depending upon your area’s dimensions and shape.

Fox Storage Bin – $39.99

This 3 Sprouts storage bin is completely foxy.

The Land of Nod

Children Flea Market Wire Ball Bins – $35

These wire baskets would include an industrial sense to your kid’s room whilst still letting you see what’s inside.

Modernseed

P’kolino Chalkboard Storage Bench – $69

This P’kolino toy box could be wheeled from room to room, and it doubles as a chalkboard dining table.

Artisanti

3 Luggage Storage Cases – GBP 254

Vintage suitcases include a retro feel to any room and are excellent as sturdy storage for kids’ toys.

Clever Tomato

Oeuf Toy Store – $498

Set up shop whilst keeping your toys with this classic market shelf system.

P’kolino

P’kolino Ottoman – $229

It is an ottoman and it is storage. Win-win!

Clever Tomato

Kalon Studios Changing Trunk – $520

This toy box doubles as a changing table. It is a convenient addition to any nursery.

Bebe Online

Magis El Baul Toy Box – AUD 849.95

Possibly too beautiful for a kid’s room, this golf-ball-like storage would also double nicely as a bench seat.

Metro Mum

Trunki Ride On Traveling Toy Box, Blue – AUD 34.95

The Trunki toy box shown this is easy to maneuver about and doubles as a ride-on toy.

The Land of Nod

Kids Metal Locker Storage Baskets | Land of Nod – $16.95

Go for an industrial look for this metallic locker basket .

Childs & Co

Children’s Contemporary Toybox – GBP 128

The Childs & Co toy box opens out and comes in vibrant colour options.

UrbanBaby

SkipHop Bin-Go Big Storage Bin – AUD 59.95

With the SkipHop Bin-Go, you’ve got storage you can carry and then fold away if vacant.

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Mood Makers: 5 Simple Ways to Place Your House On Trend

Occasionally it’s great to look at your house with new eyes and think about a tiny tactical updating. It’s easy to be blinded to the area you reside in day after day, so it can be helpful to have a professional point out a few things that can make your house feel dated and suggest some ways to change those items for the better. Ready for your eyes to be opened? Here we go!

Kristie Barnett, The Decorologist

1. Paint those cupboards. If your wood kitchen or bathroom cupboards are stained in colors of orange, yellow or crimson, they may look dated. It’s time for a painting intervention? Light-colored cabinets make a kitchen look bigger and fresher. Just have a look at any significant design magazine — all you’ll see is painted wood kitchen chimney.

The kitchen was formerly a dated, 1970s wooden cave. We painted all in this area — the cupboards, the wood paneling and the walnut hutch in the left. Forty years were shaved this kitchen off with a few gallons of paint. Just be sure to hire a professional or do your homework when handling this kind of labor-intensive project.

2. Add some new pillows. New cushions in on-trend patterns immediately update a space. Right now, the most popular trends in fabrics are geometric patterns in a neutral with a single vivid color. You are able to choose a pair of colorful geometric pillows and add them to some pillows that are solid, as in the photo above.

For Folks design

Rather than drained florals and stripes, look for motifs like chevron, imperial trellis, link, herringbone, Greek key, ikat, flamestitch and updated paisley.

Niche Interiors

3. Mix your furniture. Another way to make your room sense present would be to mix up your furnishings. Nothing says staid and dated more than complete fitting bedroom, dining area and living room sets. Try painting the tables that match your bedroom suite a colour or substitute them with a set entirely.

Anna Lattimore Interior Design

Mixing it up does not mean throwing disparate furnishings together randomly. There ought to be some creative preparation and purposeful placement. Use fitting lamps, a pair of matching chairs or end tables along with some other symmetrical touches to keep things under control.

LORRAINE G VALE, Allied ASID

If all of your pieces in a room match, try painting one of the pieces in a vivid color. Engineered wood and painted finishes is a modern tendency, as is mismatched dining room seats.

4. Update your trimming. Whether you have box trim, beadboard or plain old drywall beneath a chair rail, the most updated method to paint is in the exact same colour and complete as the trimming. If you decide to paint a real colour beneath the chair rail, make sure you paint the wall above the chair rail a neutral color. Two contrasting real colors on the exact same wall seems dated.

Lowery Design Group

5. Freshen up your ceiling. Tray and coffered ceilings using an banding painted in an accent colour are no longer in fashion. When tray ceilings became popular for dining rooms and rooms, multiple colors and contrasting banding were used to make people take note of their trayed effect. This picture illustrates an updated method to draw focus on the tray: Paint the uppermost, horizontal portion of the ceiling in a color but leave the lower part trim impartial.

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Create a Scene With Vignettes and Tablescapes

Vignettes, those small, lovely scenes we create surfaces around our homes, are what take our homes from merely well put together to private, artistic, and unique. Also called tablescapes, they are where we get to show off family heirlooms, weird collections and attractive things we have collected. They are more or less what artwork books were created for.

However there are rules. A good vignette has balance and forethought. We must consider colour, height, subject, mood and texture. That is not to say a perfect vignette can’t be created with a mishmash of unrelated items. Those are a few of the best. Nonetheless, it isn’t cluttered. In fact, developing a vignette is a good way to avoid clutter. No one wants to mess up a pretty little scene by simply piling the email in addition to it.

Here are 15 lovely little vignettes to inspire and a couple of tips for creating your own ideal arrangements.

Emily Ruddo

Here are the basics:

• Use books as pedestals.
• Fresh flowers or foliage constantly, always seems good.
• Include at least one glowing, weird or unexpected piece (such as the glowing orange box pictured).
• Set things at various heights (such as books as pedestals).

Lauren Liess Interiors

Houseplants are wonderful at a dozen different ways (keeping the atmosphere being a huge one), but there’s no need to have them in a jungly mess. Use sculptural plants like mosses or succulents to make a leafy vignette. Note the book as base.

Ninainvorm

A high shelf in a kid’s room is the best place to make a vignette outside of all the lovely things that are too delicate or unique for Junior to actually play. This one is all about colour and symmetry. Note that it utilizes the multiheight principle.

Dabito

This spectacle benefits from makeup and juxtaposition. The midcentury media things (cameras and phone) and the dreamy, broad, nature-inspired mood are complementary opposites.

This one is modern with a 1940s vibe. Note the books as base and also the repeated cage design on the enthusiast and at the frames behind it.

P.S.. That succulent is going to die unless someone plants it ASAP.

It’s The Little Things…

Candles are like flowers; they work almost anywhere. A good rule: Odd-numbered groups work better than even-numbered ones.

Munger Interiors

Another example of the basics: Publications as pedestals. 1 bright shade. Multiple heights. Along with a loose theme: classic beach.

Integrated

A vignette can be spare, especially when it involves a bit of artwork or sculpture that needs our attention. This scene is all about this float and the branches. Both other bits are there for balance.

To properly show off a collection, allow it to stand. This white-on-white setup (with 2 spots of yellow) highlights the plates and makes everything appear clean and deliberate.

Cary Bernstein Architect

This modern vignette is well balanced by the horizontal books, the perpendicular vases and the natural form of the bamboo. Note the odd number of vases clustered together.

The coordinated jumble. The mood is very feminine. The colours are pink, yellow and turquoise. The remainder of it is just a lovely assemblage of vaguely related matters. Artsy, vintagey and worldly.

Bell jars and cake racks elevate regular items such as shells and plants into the degree of things worthy of screen. To put it differently, they make things seem fancy.

Cecile Lozano Interiors

Balanced. Minimalist. Playful.

Dreamy Whites

A tray keeps things looking neat and brings together apparently unrelated things, similar to this bowl of cubes and the classic seltzer bottle.

Vintage Renewal

This whole corner acts as a vignette since everything is in relation to everything else. Oh, and as it’s really pretty.

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Ikat Patterns: Forgiving and Unforgettable

The term “ikat” refers to a conventional weaving method that involves a laborious process of resist-dying tiny bundles of yarn that are then stitched narrow looms. These days, the expression can refer to this weaving method or to published patterns inspired by the designs of traditional ikat fabrics. You’ll find the exotic theme everywhere from the runway to the house.

Ikat patterns are a particularly practical choice for upholstery because they’re frequently multihued and irregular — two qualities that make them good at hiding spills and stains. Ikats are also versatile since they fit into both traditional and contemporary decorating schemes. Whatever your design, ikat designs add an elegant look to any item they pay.

Burnham Design

This daybed is dressed with a custom cover sewn from Lee Jofa’s Ikat De Lin 24 cloth. The coral hue is repeated in the trim on the curtains.

A pair of wing seats by Thomasville Furniture understands a daring update when covered in a large ikat cloth.

Emily Ruddo

Ikat gets pretty in pink in this charming room by Emily Ruddo. While the colour is like that of bubble gum, it is not overly sweet thanks to the complex print.

Brian Dittmar Design, Inc..

This San Francisco space by Brian Dittmar Design is designed around a foundation of basic beige. The lively ikat upholstery on the stools adds welcome interest and colour.

Z Gallerie

Teddy Headboard – $449

An ikat is a surprisingly versatile option that would work in either a traditional or a contemporary bedroom. This classic arch-style headboard is upholstered in a cotton ikat cloth.

Su Casa Designs

Office upholstery shouldn’t be restricted to black leather. In this elegant house office by Su Casa Designs, a sofa is covered in a chic dusty blue ikat.

CWB Architects

A pair of remarkably shaped armchairs are showstoppers when covered in Duralee’s ikatlike Seaglass design.

Urban Outfitters

Indigo Ikat Slipper Chair – $329

A low-to-the-ground slipper chair is at home in the bedroom or the living area. Covered in an indigo ikat print, it can be a focus of any room.

Niche Interiors

Patterns play well together in this area by Niche Interiors. A soft-hued ikat on the seat is complemented by a zebralike print underfoot, a damask curtain behind and a fairly print-covered armchair to its own right.

Abbe Fenimore Studio Ten 25

Designer Abbe Fenimore has added ikat-covered cushions to such Langley Contemporary Stackable Arm Chairs, making them both more comfortable and more attractive.

Rebekah Zaveloff | KitchenLab

In this delicate living-dining space, designer Rebekah Zaveloff paired a white and gray ikat with other gray bits, including a pair of Tolix dining seats.

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Does one Landlord Have the Right to the Alarm Code?

California laws try to balance a landlord’s right to enter a rental property and a tenant’s right to privacy. When the rental home includes an active alarm system, a tenant might wonder whether the landlord has a right to the alert code. Since there are different situations surrounding alarm systems on rental properties, so it is a good idea to explore landlord and tenant rights prior to signing the rental arrangement.

Landlord Right to Enter

California laws limit when a landlord can enter an occupied rental property to only four reasons, as summarized in Civil Code 1954. First of all, a landlord can enter the unit when a tenant gives consent. He also can enter at any given time in the event of an emergency, such as a broken water heater. He can input the unit during regular business hours after giving reasonable notice so as to make repairs or to give access to care professionals. Finally, the landlord can enter to show the property to prospective renters after giving reasonable notice and putting the appointment during regular business hours. Twenty-four hours written or verbal notice is deemed reasonable in California.

Applicable Rules for Entry

If the landlord follows the proper notification procedure, the tenant cannot refuse entry or order the terms of entrance, according to Project Sentinel, a housing counseling agency in California. The landlord legally is permitted to safeguard the right to enter the unit by either keeping a copy of the keys or asking the tenant to supply keys. If a tenant fails to allow the landlord access to the rental property, then the landlord may enter lawfully anyhow. If the tenant fails to make reasonable accommodations to permit the landlord to enter, the tenant is responsible for any costs incurred.

False Alarm Fines

A alarm system won’t limit a landlord’s entry to a rental unit because he already has keys to access the property. But a triggered alarm can lead to a disruption to neighbors and could violate noise nuisance ordinances for town. Also, unless the tenant leaves off the alert or provides the landlord with the code, the alarm will activate a response from emergency responders. Certain cities in California impose penalties for excessive false alarms, and the tenant could face a variety of effects from warnings to fines.

Lease Agreement

If the alarm system already is installed prior to the tenant moves in, the neighbor already will have the alert code. The rental agreement might specify that the tenant isn’t permitted to change the code or that the tenant should provide the code if changed. Lease agreements typically prohibit tenants from making any changes, additions or improvements to the rental property, including adding alert systems. Tenants who want to install an alarm system should get written permission from the landlord first. At that moment, tenants can discuss alarm code accessibility together with the neighbors and come to some mutual arrangement.

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What Branches Grow in pH 7.5 Alkaline Soil?

Soil which has a pH level of 7.5 is considered mildly alkaline soil. Soil pH is important since it impacts the form that nutrients from the land will take, in addition to their availability to plants. Most vegetables have a pH tolerance range from mildly acidic to neutral to mildly alkaline. For vegetables which may tolerate light alkalinity, a pH of 7.5 might function as their top limit. Vegetables which thrive in an mildly alkaline environment include vining plants, cruciferous vegetables and a few root vegetables.

Vining Vegetables

Pole beans (Phaseolus vulgaris), English peas (Pisum sativum) and tomatoes (Solanum lycopersicum) are all vining plants which can tolerate slightly acidic soil. These vegetables may withstand a variety of soil pH, from mildly acidic to mildly alkaline. A soil pH of 7.5 might be the top limit for all these vegetables. These plants need a great deal of direct sunlight to thrive, in addition to loamy, well-draining dirt. If these other states are not satisfied, a soil pH of 7.5 might be too much for these plants to manage, leading to poor growth.

Cucumber Family

Also vining plants, members of this cucumber or gourd family, the Curcurbitaceae familyroom can grow successfully in somewhat alkaline soil. Vegetables within this family which endure a soil pH of 7.5 include pumpkins (Curcurbita maxima), cucumber (Cucumis sativus), summer squash (Curcurbita pepo) and crookneck squash (Curcurbita pepo). These vining plants may spread out on the ground or they can utilize supports to lift their vines and fruit from their ground. The thin, tender tendrils of this plant will wrap around any support they can find, including posts or a trellis.

Cabbage Family Pills

Cruciferous vegetables — members of the cabbage family — do well in soil that is slightly alkaline. Choices include Brussels sprouts (Brassica oleracea var gemmifera), cauliflower (Brassica oleracea) and kale (Brassica oleracea). Hardy and versatile, cabbage family plants may tolerate cool weather nicely and the vegetables might taste a little sweeter after a light frost. Due to this, you can grow many of them throughout winter in mild climates.

Below Ground and Other Vegetables

Other vegetables which may tolerate a soil pH of 7.5 include garlic (Allium sativum) and beets (Beta vulgaris). While garlic gains from being planted the season before, beets can be planted early in the growing season for an early autumn harvest. Asparagus (Asparagus officinalis), while not grown below ground, is among the few plants which can tolerate alkaline soil, with a tolerance to pH 8. A perennial cool-weather crop, it rises at U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 4 through 9.

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Are There Fruit Trees That Can Grow Flat Against a Wall

For smaller lawns, growing fruit trees against a wall, called espalier, is an alternative. A time-honored technique in Europe, it has been used for centuries to save space and also to present valuable microclimates for trees. It takes time to train a tree, usually three to five years. Apples (Malus domestica), pears (Pyrus spp.) and plums (Prunus spp.) Have supple wood and are easiest to work with. You can espalier many other fruit trees, however, the more brittle wood takes additional care in prep. Choose dwarf trees for espalier.

Apple Cultivars

When you develop fruit trees against a stone or brick wall, then they remain warmer due to this radiated heat. Especially in light winter areas, this heightens the requirement to choose an apple number with low chill hours. Chill hours are the number of hours below 45 degrees Fahrenheit that the tree has to be able to bloom and produce fruit. Examples include “Dorsett Golden” and “Anna,” both of which develop in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 5 through 9 and have chill hour requirements between 250 and 300 hours. They require cross-pollination thus plant a tree of each or get a tree with both kinds grafted onto the rootstock. It’s possible to crop 70 apples from an established espaliered tree.

European and Oriental Pears

Both European (Pyrus communis) and Asian pears (Pyrus pyrifolia) are acceptable for espalier. The Oriental pears “Shinseiki,” “Twentieth Century” and “Hosui,” which develop in USDA zones 5 through 9, have low chill requirements. European pears rise in USDA zones 5 through 8 and also have chill demands of 900 hours. For warm winter area espaliers, think about hybrid low-chill requirement connections involving Oriental and European pears like “Kieffer” (Pyrus communis x Pyrus pyrifolia “Kieffer”), which rises in USDA zones 4 through 9. In common with other fruit trees at the rose family, like apple and stone fruits, espaliered pear gives a showy display of spring flowers to brighten up a wall.

Stone Fruits

Fruits with a large, tough central pit, like plums and peaches (Prunus persica), are called stone fruits. Unlike apple and pear trees, which bear on fruiting spurs that last year following year and require less annual pruning, stone fruits create on year old growth and require more upkeep as espaliers. Pruning involves ensuring that a continuous supply of fresh lateral branches develop from the espaliered framework to maintain year-old growth accessible each year. Plum is an exclusion, fruiting on both perennial agendas and year-old growth. To get a plum, think about Japanese plum cultivar “Beauty” (Prunus salicina “Beauty”), which rises in USDA zones 4 through 10. It requires 250 chill hours and is self-fertile. Peaches rise in USDA zones 5 through 9.

Fig Varieties

A great choice for a south-facing wall, figs (Ficus carica) thrive on heat. Choose a smaller-growing cultivar to espalier, since most figs have vigorous growth to over 20 feet tall and are rooted from cuttings rather than grafted to dwarfing rootstock. Try a more informal, open espalier pattern rather than a formal, geometric structure for fig. 1 candidate is “Brown Turkey,” a smaller tree that accepts pruning well. The large, lobed green leaves and vibrant brownish-purple fruit display nicely against a wall. The smaller-growing “Black Jack ” includes a semi-dwarf addiction and sweet, dark-purple fruit. Both cultivars grow in USDA zones 7 through 9. Since fig is dangerous in some areas, check ahead of planting or be sure you choose a sterile cultivar.

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Troubleshooting a Kenmore Washing Machine Whose Spin Cycle Is Not Working

Kenmore makes washing machine in a variety of models, including top- and also front-loaders and high-efficiency units that save on energy costs and water consumption. But when your washer isn’t working correctly, the loads may quickly stack up. If your washing machine is experiencing a problem with its spin cycle, your laundry will still be soaking wet once you take it outside. Several problems can cause the spin cycle to fail to work, but it is possible to troubleshoot yourself without undermining expert aid.

Check Spin Speed

Your Kenmore washer automatically chooses a spin rate based on the cycle that you choose, but you can change the preset rates if needed. Heavy, bulky things can slow down the spin cycle if the chosen speed isn’t high enough. If you are washing a hefty load, then consult your owner’s manual to pick out a cycle using a medium to high spin rate to ensure that the cycle closes correctly. To change a preset rate setting, select a cycle and apply the Kenmore’s Spin Speed button to manually adjust the spin rate. Keep in mind that higher spin rates can cause more wrinkling in completed loads.

Assess for Jammed Basket

Your washer can neglect to spin if the clothing basket becomes jammed since small things are caught between the tub. If a clothing item, such as a sock, has gotten trapped in the gap, carefully untangle the article and remove it. For smaller things, you might have to use your fingers to achieve under the basket. To prevent the problem, empty the pockets of pants, shorts, jackets, shirts and other clothing before putting them in the washer. Utilize a garment bag to store smaller things from getting trapped beneath the basket.

Adjust Load

Your washer might not spin due to various common loading issues. An overloaded washer might become tightly packaged, which can stop the basket from spinning correctly. Eliminate a few things and restart the cycle. A washer might have trouble spinning if a load is too small, also. Insert a couple of similar things to the basket. In some cases, the load might be the right size but not correctly balanced. Rearrange the moist clothing so it’s spread out evenly throughout the basket to permit for proper spinning.

Utilize Proper Detergent

If there are too many suds on your washer, spinning can be slowed or stopped. In most cases, excessive sudsing occurs since you use a lot of detergent or you have a high-efficiency model and also utilize a non-HE detergent. Always read the detergent’s label to ascertain the proper amount for the load, and read your owner’s manual to make certain whether your version of washer necessitates HE detergent. To remove excessive suds from your washer, run an additional cycle and rinse without inserting any more detergent.

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