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January 29, 2019

Appliance Installation

It's been a bit messy here getting the new appliances installed.  It took a while longer than I thought it would but we had to make a modification with the countertop before the new range could go in place.  We had everything placed over here where the kitchen table usually is and that's how it was for about a week. 

I chose a "Induction" range this time.  It has the glass cook top area but the burners are induction so it's much faster than my previous radiant glass cook top unit.  It also offers a convection oven which is quite a bit larger than my old one along with a warming drawer.  Hoping that things will go much smoother in the future for larger dinner prep!

Though my dishwasher wasn't worn out we opted to put in a new one and sell the old one which I have done already as well as the microwave.  We had them take the old range to be recycled. 

Dan had to do a DIY to get the new slide in range to fit.  The old range had a wider front and then it narrowed towards the back.  The corian countertop had been customized to fit it but we had to cut the opening wider.  It took a router, dremel and a hand saw to get it all done.

 Because he couldn't get close enough to the back edge with the power tools he hand cut that last little part.

 The wide backsplash/wall piece had to be removed which we didn't expect to have to do because the new microwave was a little larger.  He used a series of small crow bars and screw drivers (to keep the gap) to pop it off.  Thankfully it came off nicely.  He cut it shorter and re-installed it after the new microwave was in place.  Measure twice, cut once!

 This was very heavy and turned into quite a job to get it mounted.   We had a guy set to come and help but due to the severe cold weather he had some plumbing that froze and couldn't make it.  This was not good since I'm not able to help lift a 75 lb. piece like this and hold it up while he installed it.  Through his ingenuity, a series of boards and blocks and a step ladder he got it in there!

The new microwave also offers the convection option so I'm hoping if I need additional baking space when we do larger dinners it will come in handy.

 Isn't my little galley kitchen lovely!  Everything from under the sink and tools spread all over.  ­čś▓  Thankfully Dan is capable of doing these things but I think there were a few moments he wished he had someone else doing it!  I am the official gopher...I go for this and go for that when he needs things!

 My other dishwasher was quiet but this one is amazingly quiet.  Now we have to figure out how to get the edge of the cabinet door refinished.  I never noticed how worn it was until we did this appliance swap.

The induction cooking part is really interesting.  I equate it to using gas because you have a very fast heating source and when you turn the burner off it quits immediately like gas.  The only noticeable heat where the burners are is from the pan so it cools off much more quickly than the conventional radiant burners did.  I'm really happy we were able to make this change.  

Thankfully my kitchen is back to normal now!

I clipped this from a newspaper back in 1980 and we've kept it ever since.  It represents us well!

20 comments:

  1. Liz, your new appliances are really nice. I'll be interested to see what you think of the induction after using it for a while. You and Dan remind me of us. I'm a gopher as well, but it's so nice to have a handy husband! Stay warm and cozy during your extreme cold, my friend. ♥

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    1. Thank you Martha Ellen. I've used it several times and so far I am very happy with it. The temperature is very easy to regulate and responds to change very quickly. I am thankful for having a handy husband!

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  2. Your new appliances are fabulous. I love that new range, it is a dream.

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  3. I wish you luck with your new appliances!! I would have to have them professionally installed because Joe is in no way handy!! I had to laugh at the Aquarius- Aries combo. I am an Aquarius but Joe is a Leo which is supposedly the worst match for an Aquarius!!! An Aquarius is for the good of all and a Leo is the king and for the good of himself and that describes us perfectly..... LOL!! I always say if you ever want to kill your spouse, do a home improvement project together!!! LOL!! Thanks so much for stopping by!!
    Hugs
    Deb

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  4. Liz, what wonderful new appliances! Oh my goodness, how great to have a handy husband! That is really amazing he can do all of that, really nice!
    Have a great week~
    Nancy

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    1. Thanks Nancy! With the different things we had to deal with it wouldn't have been a very good deal for us to pay someone to help though I don't think he's anxious to do this kind of work real soon again!

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  5. WOW Liz,
    The new range is so nice.
    and a quite dishwasher is just
    what we all hope for when purchasing new ones.
    We did a little remodel last month,
    https://theadventuresofastro.blogspot.com/2019/01/diy-my-dad-takes-on-project.html
    nothing as nice as yours.

    Linda Astro and Mitzie

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    1. Thank you Linda! I see from your blog post we both did similar things! Kudos to the hubbies!

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  6. The stove looks great and I love that it has a warming drawer!...what brand is it? I am currently researching appliances and getting major sticker shock!

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    1. It’s a GE. We researched a bunch before we made our choice.

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  7. Thank you to visit me and drop a comment. Glad you liked it. The cooking range looks good. Love Sujatha:)

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  8. A great new look for your kitchen. new appliances make everything pop. Dan is very handy and I am sure he saved you $$$$. Enjoy your new look!

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    1. Yes Dan saved us a lot of money. So glad he has the ability and desire to do these things!

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  9. Liz, as you know I've been doing a series of posts on my remodeled kitchen, so I was really interested on your new appliances feature. Dan is THE man! Very intrigued with your induction cooktop and how that changes how you cook. Also how the convection option works in the microwave.

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  10. Well, the end looks great. But there is nothing worse, is there, than having to clean out the under-the-sink cupboard. Mostly stuff you don't dare pitch but hardly ever use!

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    1. Thank you Jeanie. It was messy for too long but I survived. Yes the under the sink stuff is a mix of gotta haves and rarely use items!

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  11. Liz,
    WoW!
    That's a lot of measuring, cutting and installing!
    The cartoon is precious!
    Pat

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    1. It sure was Pat! Turned into a much larger job than initially anticipated!

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Welcome to Home and Gardening With Liz. I have combined my previous blogs “Infuse With Liz” and “Sit With Me In My Garden” into this new blog. I love interior decorating and gardening. I enjoy redefining interior spaces by moving things around and reusing decorative items already found in the home. I also enjoy creating tablescapes and an occasional crafting project. I'm so pleased you've stopped by. I invite you to follow me and I do hope you will keep coming back! Liz
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