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Kitchen Angst


When we moved into this house in 2009, I had some requirements
like plenty of space and the dated kitchen bothered me not a
whit because I knew we could fix it. We painted the cabinets
white, had granite transformations put on for a hard surface
counter top and had the floor tiled. I put up with the old
appliances as long as I could. The burners on the cook top
click all the time they are on. The oven has no insulation
and turns the bricks above it brown. The broiler doesn't
work at all.

I finally got fed up and ordered a new cooktop and oven from
Sears. That sounds straight forward but it wasn't. When
I tried shopping for the cook top, I was told that the hole
it was supposed to fit in wasn't big enough. After my third
attempt at Sears, I found a young man who was diligent enough
to find one model and one model only that would fit. Cut a
bigger hole? Not if you have resurfaced with Granite Transformations. It will be delivered Feb. 26th but I am
still hoping against hope that it will fit nicely.

We have a wonderful handyman and he has agreed to install it. He is in great demand and has lots of tricks up his
sleeve. My only recourse on the cooktop if we can't make it
fit is to return it and pay a fifteen per cent restocking fee.

Why can't they make these big ticket items standard? The
salesman that finally helped me told me that the inside
dimensions were changed every year. Major Bummer!!

I realize that this is no tragedy but it is stressful. I
have just recovered from the technology stress of having the
blueray and a new home theater installed with Ted second
guessing the Geek Squad every step of the way. As a matter
of fact, he insisted on doing it all over after they finished. I can't see the difference but then I am not a
guy.


posted on Jan 24, 2013 5:51 AM ()

Comments:

My dear brother is going through a similar angst finding a new refrigerator that will fit in the built-in space. To date, every one of the models he likes doesn't fit. So the search goes on....
comment by marta on Jan 26, 2013 11:30 AM ()
I was told by several appliance dealers that they didn't make a cook top
that would fit. Tell your brother to persist. There might be one that
is suitable.
reply by elderjane on Jan 27, 2013 6:43 AM ()
I have a hard time telling the difference with HD/Blu Ray stuff as well.. I am glad you ordered a cooktop and I hope that it fits perfectly as well!!!!
comment by kristilyn3 on Jan 25, 2013 10:35 AM ()
Blue ray must be a guy thing. They all have to h ave it.
reply by elderjane on Jan 25, 2013 3:34 PM ()
Me and the ex liked all the old stuff in this house except for the electric range. I couldn't get used to it and it was old so we went to propane. That was easy since the one side of the space was open. When I finally got a new refrigerator a few years ago that didn't go so well. It was supposed to fit put when they guys delivered it on a Saturday afternoon it turned out to be a bit too tall. All the guy wanted was a signature so he could leave and I hesitated. I ended up removing the trim from the bottom of the cabinet above the space. Didn't affect the opening of the door, but it was an unexpected PIA. Good luck!
comment by jjoohhnn on Jan 25, 2013 8:19 AM ()
I know. They don't want to stick around for the finishing touches. I nearly
fainted when Sears told me it was 69.00 to deliver and a l47.00 for installing each appliance. I called our handyman and I am going to drive
the suburban up there and make them load it up. It can stay in the
suburban till Steve gets here. That is outrageous!!!
reply by elderjane on Jan 25, 2013 3:38 PM ()
Gotta laugh at Ted wanting to redo everything.So why pay the Geek Squad to come out at all?
comment by dragonflyby on Jan 24, 2013 6:03 PM ()
That is one of life's mysteries. I have hated every minute of it.
reply by elderjane on Jan 25, 2013 3:39 PM ()
The cooks castle is the kitchen and must be in top condition , other wise burnt offerings will be supplied.
Never heard of the-- granite transformation top--- looks like you'll have to keep your fingers crossed that the handyman can work it out
comment by kevinshere on Jan 24, 2013 6:02 PM ()
Well Kev, I called granite transformations and they said it could be cut
with a diamond saw. we have one and I suppose Steve does too.
reply by elderjane on Jan 25, 2013 3:40 PM ()
I keep thinking about the other side of the mountain, when you have your new appliances and never look back, but that doesn't make it any less stressful getting there.
comment by troutbend on Jan 24, 2013 10:05 AM ()
It would be sheer bliss to be through, really through with all this.
reply by elderjane on Jan 24, 2013 3:56 PM ()
We also searched high and low for a side-by-side refrigerator to fit in our small space and only Sears made one. But the one we bought turned out to b a lemon and we finally junked it and got a GE and we had Steve, our aces handyman, shorten the overhead cabinet so it would fit. Lucky it is not wider than the space because then it would stick into a doorway. GE Profile is a top-of-the line stove with ceramic cooktop.

We too did granite counters when we moved in and now we are stuck with the spacing when it is time to do the cabinets because they are rotting out. But no way are we trashing our beautiful and pricey granite. Live and loin.
comment by tealstar on Jan 24, 2013 8:17 AM ()
I will put up with a lot from appliances because they don't excite me but I
have reached my limit with the clicking sound. The only good thing about it
is that I never leave a burner on. My nerves won't stand it.
reply by elderjane on Jan 24, 2013 4:02 PM ()
OH, I can totally relate! We had to search high and low to find a wall oven that would fit our tiny opening. It's ridiculous for them to keep changing this way.
comment by maggiemae on Jan 24, 2013 8:02 AM ()
It sure is. I think a woman should do product design. Isn't it funny how
now they are telling us gray is the new appliance color? It is ugly!
reply by elderjane on Jan 24, 2013 4:06 PM ()

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