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Old 11-25-2014, 07:02 PM   #11
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I don't think they make dial-controlled ones anymore.

Go to Target and buy the cheapest one.

Post a list of instructions or write them on the side of the unit with magic marker.

Tape over all but the most essential buttons.

Repeat in 2 years.
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Old 11-25-2014, 07:06 PM   #12
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I don't think they make dial-controlled ones anymore.
Actually, they still do. I was just looking at a couple of them on Amazon. I searched "dial microwave".
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Old 11-25-2014, 07:13 PM   #13
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Cool!!

Go for it then. I looked for one in stores for a long time 2 years ago for our office "kitchen" and totally struck out and was smirkingly told they are not made anymore.

That was before I bought everything I buy via Amazon prime.

I'd just suggest to buy the cheapest one.
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Old 11-25-2014, 07:33 PM   #14
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Although these dials are very simple to set they can still dial up to 30 minutes. If I get one of these I need to install some kind of a mechanical stop on the dial so you can't go past 3 minutes.
Believe me, they will throw a tortilla in there, turn the dial without looking, and walk away from the break room. Five minutes later we will smell something burning coming from the break room.....
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Old 11-25-2014, 07:38 PM   #15
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So a big red line with text that says STOP won't do?

Again, bargain shop...
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Old 11-25-2014, 07:40 PM   #16
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Wish they made microwave ovens for dummies

Duct tape. A sharpie marker. Perhaps a brief inservice on how to use a microwave, along with a stern warning.
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Old 11-25-2014, 07:44 PM   #17
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There IS a microwave for dummies. It's a walk-in microwave with just one button, on the inside:

START: 30 MINUTES
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Old 11-25-2014, 07:51 PM   #18
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So a big red line with text that says STOP won't do?
Signs get ignored here. Giving simple instructions are absolutely useless. Mechanical stops are the way to go.
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Old 11-25-2014, 07:51 PM   #19
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I think jennyema has it right buy cheap and drag your feet each time you need to replace one.

Also raise the booth rent a couple of bucks or decrease future raises a few cents to cover the cost of your aggravation. Then you can sit back and smile each time you have to buy another microwave!

Like Cyndi Lauper said "Money changes everything!"
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Old 11-25-2014, 09:54 PM   #20
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Actually, they still do. I was just looking at a couple of them on Amazon. I searched "dial microwave".
I see two with a quick look at Amazon. One is $49, the other is $274. The more expensive one is a commercial grade Sharp and reviews say it takes a lot of abuse and still works like new.

This is the link for the Sharp

This is the cheap one
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