August 1, 2011

Out of the frying pan...

Big day in the House. Range Reveal Day. We spent the weekend doing bits and pieces, but mainly drywalling huge gaps in the kitchen walls that we ended up needing to strip to get at the plumbing. If I ever have to reno a kitchen again, it's going down to the studs first thing. Never mind trying to piece back chunks of drywall - it's all coming out. Anyway after all that, today we (that means Norm and Keelan) brought the stove into the house. We bought the gas stove before we had even moved in to the house almost two years ago. Since then it has been waiting in the garage, unopened. The warranty has of course expired, so here's hoping it's more than just a pretty face.

This isn't where it's actually going to go in the end - there is still some sanding and painting to be done after last week's plumbing and this weekend's gas fitting and drywalling - but we did need to get it out of the garage to make some more work space for cabinet materials. Priorities, you know.

We also moved the fridge. This behemoth has been in a few places, but here`s where it was supposed to end up. When we first bought it we put it in a temporary location on the far side of the kitchen. When renos were seriously underway, we moved it to the dining room. Moving this thing is not a trivial job - it's front heavy and needs to be bolted into the floor via anti-tip brackets. There are 'danger' signs plastered to the sides and the back - moving this thing freaks me out. Today we leveled and plumbed it and bolted it one last time and it's not going anywhere if we can help it. Horking this thing and the stove around also served to test the floor. No matter how many times I install tile, I still worry when it comes to actually living on it. So far so good.

And where's our hero? Doing what he does best. Supervising. Though if pressed to choose, I'd have to say that last week, Nick the plumber was our hero (he's the one on the ball cap, don't let Rory fool you into thinking he's a plumber). Somebody at work gave me Nick's name as a good, reliable plumber. This guy showed up four times, when he said he would and did the work he said he'd do - all in good time with a terrific attitude and a fair bill. Here's his website, which is still under construction (he's a plumber folks, not a website developer) but the phone number is there.

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