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How to Get the Best from your Dishwasher


Published by General Electric in 1983-- Full owners manual and operating instructions to GE dishwasher models GSD2200D and GSD2400D. This is an early electronic/touchpad model.

Number of Pages: 20
File Size: 19mb
Download Fee: $11.99

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Thumbnail Image of Download 1961-1973 General Electric Perforated Tub Automatic Washer Technical and Service Manual
Here is the comprehensive 407 page Technical and Service manual to all GE automatic washers with the Perforated Tub and Filter-Flo made from 1961 through 1973. A great reference and a must for any GE washer collector.


Automatic Washers
Published by:
General Electric
1973 407 146mb $14.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1965-1977 GE Automatic Washer Parts Catalog
An important document to have for any GE washer collector is this full catalog showing parts diagrams and part numbers of almost all GE washers produced from 1965-1977.

Having the manufacturers original part number for the part you need is essential for doing internet/eBay searches to locate these rare, no longer available parts. In many circumstances they can be found once you know the part number.
Automatic Washers
Published by:
General Electric
1977 422 142mb $12.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1953 Bendix Duomatic Washer-Dryer Service Manual
Here is the comprehensive service manual to the very first combination washer-dryer ever produced. Full features, troubleshooting and service information included. Model: CCR


Combination Washer/Dryers
Published by:
Bendix
1953 102 35mb $12.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1950-1951 Frigidaire Range Sales Literature Brochure
Here is an absolutely beautifully illustrated Frigidaire range book highlighting the 1950/1951 O-Line models of Frigidaire ranges. Full feature descriptions and images of all ranges Frigidaire ranges available in the early 1950's.

58 pages scanned at high resolution for a beautiful document.

Models include: RO-70, RO-60, RO-50, RO-40, RO-20, RO-10, RO-35, RO-30, RM-3 and RM-4.
Ranges/Stoves
Published by:
Frigidaire
1951 58 164mb $14.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1968-1972 Hotpoint Automatic Washer Technical and Service Manual
Here is the complete technical and service information binder for all solid-tub Hotpoint automatic washers from the late 1960s thru the end of this design in 1973.

A in-depth look at the Hotpoint Duo-Tub system is included.

Models highlighted:
WLW1020L
WLW11OOL
WLW11OOL
WLW1600L
WLW1600L
WLW1600U
WLW1600U
WLW1630L
WLW1630L
WLW1630U
WLW2020L
WLW2020L
WLW2100L
WLW2400L
WLW2400U
WLW2600L
WLW2600U
WLW2600U
WLW2600U
WLW2620L
WLW2620L
WLW2620L
WLW2620U
WLW2620U
WLW2625U
WLW2630L
WLW2630L
WLW2630L
WLW2630U
WLW2630U
WLW4800L
WLW4800L
WLW480SL
WLW4820L
WLW4820L
WLW4830L
WLW4830L
WLW4900L
WLW4900L
WLW4950L
WLW5000L
WLW5000L
Automatic Washers
Published by:
Hotpoint
1973 163 56mb $14.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1985 General Electric Built-In Dishwasher Brochures
Here are some brochures by GE for their mid 1980s dishwashers. Images and specifications included.

Models include:
GSD2800D
GSD2600D
GSD2200D
GSD900D
GSD600D
GSD400D
Dishwashers
Published by:
General Electric
1985 10 8mb $9.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download GM Engineering Journal - The Frigidaire Rollermatic Washer
Here is a fascinating look at the design and implementation of the Frigidaire Rollermatic washer. 13 pages of this issue are dedicated to the design, testing and development of one of Frigidaire's longest lasting washer transmission.

Other articles include:
How the Loudness of Sound is Determined When Evaluating Electric

Absorption Spectroscopic Analyses of Rubber Materials

Short Range Telemetry System Provides Test Data on Rotating Parts

Patent Searching
Trade Publications
Published by:
Frigidaire
1965 44 44mb $12.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Use and Care Guide for Westinghouse Top Loading Washer LAJ450
Here is the complete Use and Care guide to Westinghouse Automatic Washer LAJ450.


Automatic Washers
Published by:
Westinghouse
1969 20 16mb $11.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1959 Whirlpool Automatic Dishwasher Service Manual
Here is the service manual that includes Whirlpool's very first own dishwasher design. The original Whirlpool dishwashers were D&M models, but Whirlpool introduced their own design of dishwasher in '59 that was of the spray-arm design.

Models included in this service manual include:

Whirlpool First Spray-Arm Dishwashers:
FU60, FU60-1, FU60-2, FU70, FU70-R, FU70-1.

Portable Top-Loading D&M Impeller Models:
FP20, FP20-1, FP50, FP50-1



Dishwashers
Published by:
Whirlpool
1959 44 21mb $14.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1966 Westinghouse Builders Catalog
Here is the complete builders catalog showing off Westinghouse products for 1966.

Items shown:
Refrigerators
Space King Twins & Freezers
Built-in Ovens
Continental Ranges & Platforms
Free Standing & Slide-in Ranges
Built-in Dishwashers
Water Heaters
Compact Kitchens
Food Waste Disposers
Heavy Duty Automatic Washers, Electric and Gas Dryers
Coin-Operated Washer and Dryer
Cabinets for Kitchen and Laundry
Commercial Institutional Host Products
Type Y Year Round Air Conditioning System
Room Air Conditioners
Total Comfort System Cooling
Heat Pump & Electric Heating
Filtering & Dehumidifying
Commercial & Residential Lighting
Distribution Transformers
Elevators
Micarta® Countertops
Full Catalog
Published by:
Westinghouse
1966 32 26mb $14.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1959 Hotpoint Automatic Washer Service Manual
Here is the complete service manual to all 1959 Hotpoint Automatic Washers.

Models include: W910, LW930, LW950, LW9506, LW970, LW990.
Automatic Washers
Published by:
Hotpoint
1959 36 67mb $12.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1963-1964 Frigidaire Commercial Washer Service Manual
Here is the service manual to the very last Frigidaire washer with the Unimatic transmission. This was a unique machine as it still utilized the Unimatic with the new larger 12lb tub. The 1964 version was also produced with the new Deep-Action agitator.

Models include: WCOF and WCOF-LP (LP = "less pump" for the gravity drain model).
Automatic Washers
Published by:
Frigidaire
1963 80 108mb $12.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1949 ABC-O-Matic Automatic Washer Service Manual
Here is the service manual produced by the Altofer Brothers Company for their very first automatic washer, the model 50.


Automatic Washers
Published by:
ABC-O-Matic
1949 45 39mb $12.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1953 General Electric Automatic Washer Service Manual
Here is the service manual for GE's K line of automatic washers. Models include: WA650K1 and WA450K1.


Automatic Washers
Published by:
General Electric
1953 35 16mb $12.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1958 Maytag Commercial Washer and Dryer Service and Parts Manual
Here is the comprehensive service manual to the very first Maytag coin-operated commercial washers and dryers. Models covered: 123CM, 66CM and 76CM.


Automatic Washers & Dryers
Published by:
Maytag
1958 136 175mb $14.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1961 Philco Duomatic Owners Manual
Full owners manual packed with every 1961 Philco Duomatic electric combination washer/dryer. Models include: CE-716 and CE-714.


Combination Washer/Dryers
Published by:
Philco
1961 56 45mb $11.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1971 Frigidaire Commercial Washer Service Manual
Here is the first and comprehensive service manual introducing the completely redesigned Frigidaire coin-operated washers. Two models include WCS-M which is the first larger capacity, perforated tub Frigidaire commercial washer rated at 16lb as the fill level was set only to bottom of the last agitator cone. The other model WCDS-M which is the last of the Frigidaire solid tub washers, which is a solid-tub set in the 1/18 outer tub with the 1/18 transmission and suspension system.


Automatic Washers
Published by:
Frigidaire
1971 92 145mb $14.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1995 Frigidaire Laundry Appliances Brochure
Here is a full brochure showing off the WCI made Frigidaire line of automatic washers and dryers from the mid 1990's.


Automatic Washers & Dryers
Published by:
Frigidaire
1995 0 41mb $8.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1972 Hotpoint Dishwasher Use and Care Guide
Here is the use and care guide to the 1972 line of Hotpoint Dishwashers.


Dishwashers
Published by:
Hotpoint
1972 16 17mb $11.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1958 Hotpoint Automatic Washer Service Manual
Here is the comprehensive service manual to all 1958 Hotpoint automatic washers. 1958 was the first year Hotpoint introduced their new Co-Axial transmission.

Models include:
10LW40, 10LW43, 10LW44, 10LWS44, 10LW45, 10LWW45
Automatic Washers
Published by:
Hotpoint
1958 40 91mb $12.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1987 Gibson Washers and Dryers Brochure
Sales literature brochure for the 1987 line of Gibson washers and dryers.

Models include:
WASHER: WA28F2WT WA28M2WT WA28M4WT WA28M6WT
DRYER: DE/DG28T3WT DE/DG28ASWT DE/DG28A7WT
Automatic Washers & Dryers
Published by:
Gibson
1987 8 19mb $8.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1935-1955 Easy Spin-Dryer Washer Parts Catalog
Here is a fascinating look at the early history of the Easy Spin-Dryer washers from what appears to be the very first model all the way through the mid 1950's. Different wash methods and agitators were designed as well as solid tub and perforated tub spinners.


Twin Tub Washers
Published by:
Easy
1955 107 78mb $14.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1954-1955 Norge Automatic Washer Owners Manual
Here is the complete owners manual and operating instructions to the '54 and '55 line of Norge automatic washers.

Models include: AW-450, AW-452, AW-420, AW-410, AW-405 and AW-423.
Automatic Washers
Published by:
Norge
1954 33 23mb $11.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1969 Norge Automatic Washer Owners Manual
Here is the complete Use and Care guide along with the Washing Guide for Norge automatic washer model AWK1820.


Automatic Washers
Published by:
Norge
1969 48 57mb $11.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1949-1950 General Electric Heating Appliances Catalog
Here is a beautifully illistrated catalog showing many of General Electric's small appliances including Triple Beat Mixers, Coffee Makers, Toasters, Irons, Automatic Roasters, Waffle Makers and Sandwich Grills.


Small Appliances
Published by:
General Electric
1949 25 90mb $8.99

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Thumbnail Image of Download 1969 Maytag Top Loading Portable Dishwasher Service Manual
Here is the service manual to Maytag's very first portable dishwasher model WP600.

Sections include:
Loading and Operating Instructions,
How it Works,
Wiring Diagrams and Circuits,
Complete servicing procedures.
Dishwashers
Published by:
Maytag
1969 49 53mb $12.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Owners Manual to the Very First Frigidaire Range
Dated October 1937 here is a rare find, it's the Owners Manual Book to Frigidaire's very first electric range introduced for the 1938 model year.


Ranges/Stoves
Published by:
Frigidaire
1938 68 36mb $12.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Philco-Bendix Commercial Double-Load Washers and Dry Cleaner Brochures
Many of us remember these coin operated washers in the laundromats from years ago. Here are some sales brochures showing the dial control and coin op version of these commercial automatic washers. Also included is a brochure for the Philco-Bendix coin-operated Deluxe Dry Cleaner.


Automatic Washers
Published by:
Philco
1971 8 8mb $8.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1950 Kenmore Homart Dishwasher Service Manual
Here is the complete service and parts manual to Sears' very first automatic dishwasher.


Dishwashers
Published by:
Kenmore
1950 23 23mn $12.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Model 31 Instruction Book - The New Hoover Convertible Special Cleaner
Full owners manual and operating instructions for Hoover Upright Vacuum Cleaner model 31.


Vacuum Cleaners
Published by:
Hoover
1957 16 12b $11.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Instructions for the Use and Care of the Hoover Electric Cleaner Model 450
Full owners manual for the Hoover model 450 upright vacuum cleaner. Includes instructions for the Hoover Dustette as well.


Vacuum Cleaners
Published by:
Hoover
1933 16 13mb $11.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1980 Frigidaire Air Conditioners Brochure
Here is a sales brochure highlighting the entire line of 1980 Frigidaire Air Conditioners. Full detailed specifications included for each model.

Appliances highlighted:

Window Air-Conditioners
Casement Window Air-Conditioners
AC Thru-Wall Heat Pumps
Air Conditioners
Published by:
Frigidaire
1980 4 4mb $8.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download The Maytag Dependables vs the Others
Here is a fascinating look at Maytag Washers and Dryers compared to the other leading brands:

Maytag vs...
Whirlpool/Kenmore
GE/Hotpoint/JC Penny
Frigidaire/White Westinghouse
Speed Queen

Topics include:
Basic Maytag Automatic Washer Features
Comparison of Capacity & Water Usage
Washing Action Comparison
Cabinet Finish Comparison
Hinge Comparison
Service Access Comparison
Low Post Drive
Drive System Comparison
Hose Comparison
Drum Finish Comparison
Air Seal Comparison
Rear Drum Support Comparison
Front Drum Support Comparison
Idler Pulley Comparison
Belt Drive Comparison
Door Insulation Comparison
Heating Element
Air Flow Comparison

Also includes complete information on current models of the time with full specifications and control panel views.
Automatic Washers & Dryers
Published by:
Maytag
1983 34 42mb $8.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Maytag Jet-Clean Dishwashers
Brochure for the entire line of 1988 Maytag Jet-Clean dishwashers and food waste disposers. Full images and specifications for each model.


Dishwashers
Published by:
Maytag
1988 8 7mb $8.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Magic Chef Washers and Dryers
This brochure is particularly interesting because it shows off Magic Chef washers and dryers that were made by Norge. In 1988 they were still using the orignal 20lb perforated tub design that was first introduced in 1964. This is one of the last years of this design before some major design changes happened at Norge.

Brochure has complete images, specifications and control panel views for each model.
Automatic Washers & Dryers
Published by:
Magic Chef
1988 12 12mb $8.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1967 Sears Kenmore Automatic Roto-Rack Dishwasher Owners Manual
Here is the complete owners manual to all 1967 Front Loading Portable Kenmore Roto-rack dishwashers.

Models included: 587.71091, 587.71111 and 587.71131
Dishwashers
Published by:
Kenmore
1967 21 19mb $11.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1967 Philco-Ford Automatic Dishwasher Brochures
Here are brochures for the entire 1967/1968 line of Philco undercounter and portable dishwashers. Full images and specifications.

Models include: KC16H6, KC14H2, KP18H6, KP14H4, KP12H2, KU16H6, KU14H2, KP18G6, KP14G4, KP12G2.
Dishwashers
Published by:
Philco
1967 10 7mb $8.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Apex Fold-a-Matic Brochure
Here is the brochure for Apex's Mangle Ironer the "Fold-a-Matic. Full images and specifications included.


Ironers
Published by:
Apex
1953 2 3mb $8.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Ronson Small Appliance Brochures
Here is a wonderful set of brochures highlighting some of their appliance line from the mid 1970's.

Products include: Ronson Can-Do, Quintisserie Rotisserie, Hair Dryers, Electric Toothbrushes.
Small Appliances
Published by:
Ronson
1974 8 12mb $8.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Service Manual to GE's Very First Automatic Washer
When General Electric first introduced their automatic washer they produced this service manual for the machine. Model AW6. Full service information along with cycle chart and wiring diagram.


Automatic Washers
Published by:
General Electric
1947 41 23mb $12.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Appliance Manufacturer Magazine - February 1960
Appliance Manufacturer is a fun magazine to read for any collector or enthusiast of vintage appliances, electronics and other vintage home products. This highly entertaining magazine covered the design and manufacturing areas of Major Appliances, Small Appliances, Small Electrics, Radios, Televisions and other electric home products from the mid-20th century.

Of particular interest:

Very cool article on Maytag's new all-pushbutton Automatic Washer.

How Westinghouse's Roast Guard feature works on their electric ranges.

New packaging design for GE Appliances.
Trade Publications
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Appliance Manufacturer
1960 98 40mb $12.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1966 Lady Kenmore Automatic Washer Owners Manual
Here is the beautiful owners manual packed with every 1966 top of the line Lady Kenmore automatic washer.

Also included in the manual is the sections for the 800 series automatic washer as well.
Automatic Washers
Published by:
Kenmore
1966 32 49mb $11.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1956 Philco Starflight Electric Ranges Brochures
Here are beautiful brochures for the entire 1956 of Philco Electric ranges.

Models include: 4610, 869, 469, 865, 465, 464, 461, 367, 365, 363, 265.
Ranges/Stoves
Published by:
Philco
1956 26 20mb $8.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download How to Repair Appliances
Here is a wonderful book full of pictures and information of vintage washing machines and other vintage 1950's major and small appliances.

This is the most complete book on appliance repair ever prepared for the home handyman. Automatic Washers, Dryers, Refrigerators, Vacuum Cleaners, Fans, Mixers, Toasters as well as special chapters are devoted to the proper use and repair of freezers, air conditioners, rotary ironers, waffle irons, grills and heating units.

Before plunging into the repair of specific items, the author introduces the reader to the sources of power—electricity-—then covers the manner in which this power is transported to the home in a chapter on House Wiring. Safety measures, too, are outlined and the reader is cautioned on how to protect himself and his family both in the repair and use of these handy—but sometimes dangerous—electric assistants.
Since the most used home appliance is the modern washing machine, a greater coverage is offered, with special field reports by a group of well known writers and photographers. Profusely illustrated with photos, diagrams and charts, the section covers trouble shooting for all makes of washers— with specific information on:
Bendix
Whirlpool-Kenmore
Westinghouse
General Electric
Maytag
Frigidaire
Speed Queen
Norge
ABC-O-Matic
Easy


Finally—The Ways and Means of Appliance Repair—and a complete coverage on Electric Motors used in Home Appliances— provides the harassed home handyman with the kind of money-saving information he needs to keep his push-button paradise in perfect (and economical) running order.

Miscellaneous
Published by:
Library
1957 144 154mb $12.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Thor Automatic Washer Service Manual
Here is the complete service manual to the automatic versions of the Thor washer. Models include 452, 451, 453 and 454. Completer service, installation and operating instructions are included.

This service manual is to be used in conjunction with the Thor washer/dishwasher transmission Service Manual.
Automatic Washers
Published by:
Thor
1951 84 60mb $12.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1989 Maytag Washers and Dryers
Dated January 1989 this brochure highlights the entire line of Maytag Automatic Washers and Dryers, full descriptions, specifications and images with full control panel views.


Automatic Washers & Dryers
Published by:
Maytag
1989 12 9mb $8.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Beautiful 1955 Hamilton Automatic Washer Brochures
Wonderful brochures highlighting the 1955 line of Hamilton Automatic Washers. Models include: 332, 232 and 212.


Automatic Washers
Published by:
Hamilton
1955 6 9mb $8.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1983 General Electric Dishwasher Product Information Manual
This 32 page book takes a fascinating look at features and benefits of GE dishwashers.

Sections include:
Benefits Customers are Looking For
Glossary
Systems Monitor of new Digital GE Dishwashers
Performance Flexibility
Energy Monitor Chart
Installation Information
Premium Dishwashers
Deluxe Value Dishwashers
Dishwasher Model Comparison Chart
Warranty Information

Models Highlighted: GSD2800D, GSD2600D, GSD2400D, GSD2200D, GSD1200T, GSD940D, GSD900, GSD640D, GSD600D, GSD50D.
Dishwashers
Published by:
General Electric
1983 48 24mb $8.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download 1955 Frigidaire Dryer Tech-Talk Service Manual
Here is the complete service manual to the 1955 models of Frigidaire clothes dryers. Models DV-35 and DV-65.

Complete servicing, troubleshooting and wiring diagrams.
Clothes Dryers
Published by:
Frigidaire
1955 16 14mb $12.99
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Thumbnail Image of Download Consumer Bulletin Magazine - July 1960
Consumer Bulletin was a highly respected consumer product information magazine from the 1930's onward. It was the main competitor to Consumer Reports from the 1930's through the 1960's.

Articles on Products and Ratings in this issue include:
  • Grape-Nuts improves its product — by leaving out a few very modern ingredients

  • Refrigerator-freezer combinations
    Nine frost-free and conventional models are included in this report. Brands tested: Amana Free-O-Frost, Frigidaire, General Electric, Kelvinator Foodarama, Leonard, Norge, Philco, Sears Coldspot.

    Both refrigerators and refrigerator-freezers have full-width freezer compartments, and on this account most people do not realize there is a vitally important difference between the two types of appliance. If you contemplate buying, be sure you have a clear idea of the difference between the refrigerator and the refrigerator-freezer, for if you buy a refrigerator when what you really need is a refrigerator-freezer, the results can be very disappointing.

    Some manufacturers have done little to eliminate this confusion or adopt clear standards of nomenclature. Indeed, some refer to both types of appliance as refrigerators; others designate some of their combination appliances as having “zero degree” freezers or “true freezers.” The following definitions should help to dispel some of the confusion which exists in consumers’ minds. continued...

  • The new Comet automobile
    Someone has suggested that the Comet may be the car for those who cannot decide between a full-size car and the compact models, as represented by Corvair, Falcon, Valiant, Rambler American, and Studebaker Lark. Actually the interior of the Comet is larger than the Falcon only in the trunk space, for both cars have the same passenger space dimensions and the same engines. Exteriorly, however, the Comet is bigger; it has a 4½-inch longer wheelbase, is 14 inches longer overall, and is about 115 pounds heavier than the Falcon. The Comet has dual headlamps while those on the Falcon are the older style single headlamps, which in CR’s opinion are preferable. continued...

  • Hedge trimmers
    Reports and ratings of 9 popular brands of hedge trimmers and 2 hedge trimming attachments. Brands tested: Black & Decker, Craftsman, Disston Dragon, Hedgemaster, Hedgshear, Little Wonder, Skil, Sunbeam, Trimmer Boy

    Trimming hedges and shrubbery with a pair of hand-operated hedge shears is a tiresome and time-consuming task. Electric-motor-operated trimmers make light work of the hedge-trimming chore. Even a novice, with a little practice, can turn out a well-trimmed hedge in a fraction of the time—and likewise a fraction of the muscle-weariness—required for hand trimming. There is a certain amount of hazard in using a hedge trimmer, as there is with nearly all power tools, but there is a greater hazard with hedge trimmers than some other tools, because there is no way in which the cutting blades can be guarded. continued...

  • Bargains from abroad
    It is not necessary to take a trip abroad in order to buy foreign bargains. This article tells how you can buy by mail. One of the joys of taking a trip is buying unusual items, or bargains, which can be brought back and displayed as souvenirs or mementos of the happy journey. Many people are not aware that it is also possible to get items from abroad by mail order, not quite so easily as they could buy something from Sears, perhaps, but with no great difficulty either. continued...

  • What pool owners should know
    Safety rules for homeowners with back yard pools

  • Portable electronic flash units
    A report on six of the new models - Brands tested: FR-150, Futuramic Strobonar, Metz Mecablitz, Multiblitz Color SL, Strobomite, Ultrablitz Monojet

    The development of the transistor and the new miniaturization techniques of the electronic industry have been put to good use in the design of the new portable electronic flash guns. Not too many years ago, the electronic flash or “strobe” unit was a bulky and heavy accessory and therefore unwieldy for the amateur photographer to carry and use. The “strobe” units were expensive to buy, and battery costs were high. By contrast, the six flash units discussed in the present article were all reasonably light, relatively inexpensive, and compact, and batteries were relatively low in price. continued...

  • The problem of fallout from nuclear tests
    Consumers’ Research presents the informed opinion of a distinguished physicist in the field of nuclear energy on the vital question of fallout and its dangers. On the topic of nuclear fallout and its dangers, there is a welter of conflicting opinions, and it is most unfortunate that the views expressed often represent publicity-seeking attempts by zealots who have an ax to grind. When scientists seem to disagree on questions of such a fundamental nature, the lay public is not to be blamed for finding itself puzzled and confused, and ready to question, perhaps, the honesty and competence of the scientists concerned. continued...

  • Tight watch bands can impair function of nerves of the hand
    A recent item in The New England Journal of Medicine reports damage to the nerves of a part of one hand which caused numbness of the thumb and the area at its base. Increase in the area of numbness finally caused the patient to resort to medical advice. No cause for the trouble was found, and during the next two months the normal lack of sensation extended to involve the index finger. continued...

  • What’s in a name?
    The product may change and change and change again, but the old name goes on and on - The makers of Cafotan tablets, one of the patent medicines mentioned in our article on “ Painkillers and ‘cold remedies’ ” in the October 1959 Bulletin, have written to Consumers’ Research to say that the Cafotan made today differs in composition from the product which we discussed. As a matter of fact, says Premo Pharmaceutical Laboratories, Inc., the maker, there have been two changes in formulation since the tablets we examined were made.

    Originally Cafotan contained aspirin, phenacetin, caffeine, and quinine sulfate. Although the maker claims that this formulation was discontinued well over 10 years ago, during World War II, this 4-ingredient Cafotan is the kind that Consumers’ Research obtained when we recently acquired samples of various drugs from the current stock of a busy retail drug store. During World War II, according to the maker, quinine sulfate was eliminated from the formula, leaving Cafotan for the time being as a straight “APC” tablet—aspirin, phenacetin, caffeine—not essentially different from dozens of other APC preparations. Then in 1958, Premo made yet another change, substituting sali-cylamide for aspirin. continued...

  • Garden hose—plastic or rubber composition?
    Plastic garden hose is much lighter in weight and more convenient to handle than rubber hose, use of which is now limited mainly to industrial purposes. Consumers’ Research has had several different brands and types of plastic hose in use and allowed them to be exposed to the elements all the year round for some years. Our observation has been that plastic hose is on the whole very satisfactory and has great advantages, particularly for a woman, in its lightness. As there are many brands on the market that are guaranteed for periods up to 12 years, there seems to be no point in attempting to differentiate between the specific brands of makes that carry a guarantee. continued...

  • Devices sold for draining flooded basements
    Two electric-powered pumps and a gadget which uses water power to move waterWant to pump water up to a height of 6 feet at the rate of 300 gallons per hour—without an electric motor or gas engine? Advertisements for the Speedy Drainer seemed to promise such results, but actual performance in tests at Consumers’ Research was much less impressive. continued...

  • Concluding test findings on the new outboard motors



Regular Features Include:
  • The Consumers’ Observation Post

  • Editorial: Are home furnishings advertisers missing the boat?
    Dependability in a household appliance is what women want most. At least that is the view of B. A. Chapman, executive vice president of American Motors Corp., and general manager of the Kelvinator Division. If Mr. Chapman is correct in his analysis, there are a lot of home furnishings advertisers who are throwing away large sums on full pages in what are called the “home shelter” magazines. As a matter of fact, that is just what the foremost trade paper in the field thinks is happening. Reporting an analysis of the full-page advertisements in the April issues of House & Garden, Better Homes & Gardens, and Living, Louis Goodenough noted that something like one third of the ads showed people in formal or semi-formal evening clothes, and commented that in this country we don’t dress for dinner as the British often do. “It’s about time,” he said, that we “have a return to home furnishings that do something for today’s consumer.” continued...

  • Brief cumulative index

  • Listings of Current Phonograph Records

  • Ratings of Current Motion Pictures

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