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8 PCB007 MAGAZINE I JULY 2019 My grandmother, Frances, was something. Some thought she was brilliant, and others were convinced she was full-blown crazy. She certainly was creative, though; nobody could argue that point. She spent almost 50 years designing and building a prototype self-clean- ing house. She did not have an engineering degree; she was entirely self-taught. Over the years, she worked out all sorts of mechanical solutions and developed water-repellent mate- rials and fabrics of her own formulation so that her home could simply shower itself clean. She lived in that prototype for 40+ years. However, I have to say that when one detail started to go wrong, everything cascaded out of control very quickly. At one point, Frances made the dish cupboard do double-duty as the dishwasher; just put the dirty dishes back with the clean ones and wash them all, every time. If the cupboard malfunctioned, then a couple of dirty dishes would end up making a mess of everything. Later on, she just kept the dishes on a rack on the wall. To wash the dishes, you had to spray down the whole kitchen. Need- Nolan's Notes by Nolan Johnson, I-CONNECT007 Reliability... It All Comes Down to the Landing Detail of self-cleaning cupboard, a patented design held by Frances Gabe. Grandma Frances in her self-cleaning kitchen in 2002.

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