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Old 08-29-2008, 03:14 PM   #61
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A dishwasher was on my "need to get" list when I bought my new place in '01. I might pick up a spare in case this one goes kaput on a weekend.
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Old 08-29-2008, 03:18 PM   #62
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A dishwasher was on my "need to get" list when I bought my new place in '01. I might pick up a spare in case this one goes kaput on a weekend.
I won't even put in an application for a home or apartment if it doesn't have a dishwasher. I work 11 hours a day, including commute, I have a teenager who dirties the dishes but thinks a magic fairy comes and cleans them, and the last thing I need to do is stand for 4 hours on a Saturday washing a week's worth of dishes. No way. No dishwasher, not living there.
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Old 08-29-2008, 04:53 PM   #63
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my parents built our house when i was 4 yrs old and the developer insisted he put in a dishwasher..which was used only a few times. no idea why, i love ours, once we got one !!!! i'm sure 40 yrs later it's no good....
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Old 08-29-2008, 05:07 PM   #64
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OK, how about this twist then?
It's a gadget when it first comes out, but by the time most everyone has one, it's a needed item.
I'm sure there was time where TVs, phones, radios, and dishwashers.... all that stuff was considered gadgets.
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Old 08-29-2008, 05:18 PM   #65
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I have an easy solution.

Everybody just ask me if something is a gadget or a tool and I'll tell you.

Simple and avoids all the controversy,
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Old 08-29-2008, 06:15 PM   #66
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Ok here is my take

A gadget is something you bought or were given to attempt to make something, help or what ever that just sits there and you never use.

Tool: something that aides in prep, cooking or plating, usualyl a multitasker and is used more often then not.

A tool to one person is a gadget to another and vice versa.

A banana slicer to me is a gadget but someone who makes sundaes all day long is a tool.


someone had mentioned a manoline. it brings up a good point. this is where the grey area is. becuase there are some tool that people dont need but use once in a while but are able to store and keep handy for when needed. a gadget will usualyl get lost, thrown away with out any disreguard or packed away in a corner somewhere never to be seen agian or missed.

What about everyone lsiting what there gadgets are and tools are?
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Old 08-29-2008, 06:19 PM   #67
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... but someone who makes sundaes all day long is a tool...
Now, now, no need to be hard on the kids working at the DQ

sorry, couldn't resist
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Old 09-02-2008, 03:40 PM   #68
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I used to work in an ice cream place, making sundaes and splits all day long, and have never heard of a "banana slicer". We always just used cheap, dull paring knives.
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Old 09-02-2008, 03:56 PM   #69
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I used to work in an ice cream place, making sundaes and splits all day long, and have never heard of a "banana slicer". We always just used cheap, dull paring knives.
I used to OWN an ice cream parlor. We made banana splits maybe 10 - 12 times a day. We used a knife to split an banana in half. Miles Kimball (www.mileskimball.com) the gadget catalog people feature this item in their catalogs. I can't think of a more useless thing than a banana slicer . It's a joke to me. By the way, if you're into gadgets take a look at this site. It's loaded with them.
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Old 09-02-2008, 04:23 PM   #70
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I have an easy solution.

Everybody just ask me if something is a gadget or a tool and I'll tell you.

Simple and avoids all the controversy,
Ok. Gadget or tool?
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