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Corak
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Corak   3/22/2011 5:35:25 PM
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Courtesy of Google, I just discovered that a friendly editor submitted this posting for me, along with some "embellishments" to the text. Regardless, I'm happy to report that I am the proud owner of a new "handedness neutral" gas stove with all of the controls positioned along the front edge. The other nice thing about the design of the new stove is that the grates make a continous surface so that pots can slide from burner to burner without tipping. Lastly, the stainless steel surface of the stove is recessed below the burners such that any boil overs are captured rather than spilling into the burner, the floor, or the counter. Great design makes all the difference in the world! -- and I'm sorry about being somebody's "pet peeve", but it is what it is! Once upon a time, my right-handed brother broke his right hand and he was shocked by all of the difficulties that he encountered with being limited to using only his left hand. In fact, it was my brother that pointed out many of the little things where I was working around a right handed design without even realizing it. Try using a screw driver with your left hand. I couldn't believe how much easier it worked with my right hand. It's simple biomechanics......

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427v8   8/12/2010 2:05:57 PM
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OK you've hit a pet peve of mine, helpless lefties. I actually new a guy that complained that doors suck since they are right handed when you go out them... Scissors? I can use a right handed scissors with my left hand just fine, you just have to push the blades apart rather than pull them together. I often used lefty scissors in grade school as we had a ton of left handed scissors and few lefties. I used them right handed. In the US all cars are left handed, English cars are right handed. Stove? My ancient GE stove is 'left handed' the controls are on the left. I use my left hand to press the buttons, not my right. no problem BTW, in my view, your stove IS left handed. It allows you to pick up the pan with your dominant hand while turning off the gas with your non dominant hand.

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David Ashton   7/30/2010 9:00:55 AM
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Solution - have the cooktop so you can install it with the controls on either side, and have two stick-on legends for both ways (or maybe just one to cover the default legends when the controls are on the left). Yes, you'd also have to be able to fit the knobs upside down as well, but all the above is hardly a challenge engineering-wise, or even cost-wise, considering you'd just have expanded your possible customer base by 5 or 10 %?? Not entirely my own idea I will confess. My tumble dryer came with a stick-on label you could use if you mounted it on the wall upside down with the controls at the bottom instead of on the floor with top controls. Great ides.

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ttt3   7/24/2010 4:34:35 AM
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@IHateScreenNames - I think it's much more constructive to suggest a solution to a problem than to simply complain about it. What, exactly, do you expect the designers to do here?

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Bob Virkus   7/17/2010 8:53:14 PM
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Let me count the ways that designers make all kinds of things more difficult than they should be. Don't you hate it when you go into a hotel bathroom and you have to send time figuring out how the shower works? If you have to put the word Push on a door, your design has already failed. We can all sympathize with the plight of lefties in some manner. All designers should be required to read "The Design of Everyday Things" by Donald Norman at least one a year.

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ttt3   7/16/2010 3:00:46 PM
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Perhaps you could suggest a better location for those knobs. Doesn't appear that there's room to put them at the front or back of the cooktop. I don't think it's unreasonable to expect someone who's left handed (the minority of the user population) to perhaps use their non-dominant hand to turn a simple knob. But that's just me.

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Duane Benson   7/15/2010 9:26:19 PM
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Lefty or not, I think a lot of designers could learn from this piece. Do you put the control where it fits best from a circuit standpoint? Or do you place it where it will be easiest to use by a customer? The finance folks who may force a control panel decision based on price rather than on use should also take notice of this article.

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