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Kitchen update, microwave installed!

I almost ended up putting it off this evening, but I persevered and got it done...


The venting was a real confusing mess, but thejbear and his partner offered some sounds advice and I was able to get it all done this evening. Still need to seal the vent up outside and secure the power cord in the cabinet, but it's pretty much done and working perfectly. I'm impressed with how much air it moves too. The light that shines down on the range is disappointing. I'll look into checking the wattage of those bulbs and make sure they're maxed out. Otherwise I will need to look at some alternatives.

This is another major milestone done. Now I will be taking a break from major items for a bit and work on tweaking things over the next few weeks. Backsplash will hopefully start in January (samples on the way).



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Dec. 10th, 2008 04:19 am (UTC)
Oh on the backsplash, have you thought about putting outlet strips underneath the cabinets? That way the backsplash is mostly one clean strip?
Dec. 10th, 2008 04:28 am (UTC)
Hadn't thought about that, but don't think I will do it. Not enough space to set the outlet into the cabinet and the rerouting of the wiring would be a nightmare. A cool idea if I were starting from scratch, but from a remodeling standpoint I need to pass on that. Yep, there will be some extra cutting to get the job done. Fortunately a friend across the street has a tile saw too.
Dec. 10th, 2008 04:43 am (UTC)
It's cool. It didn't cross my mind until just now. My buddy up with the farm did it. He used the outlet strips so they fit nicely inside the under cabinet space.

In his case, it saved $ since he did a granite backsplash. The cutting and joints would have cost significantly more for him. With tile, the cost is cheap for those cuts.
Dec. 10th, 2008 04:41 am (UTC)
Joe - it looks great. Good choices on all the colors/finishes. I love the bottom-drawer freezer, too ... had one in Denver and it kept me from "forgetting" stuff in the fridge and letting it go bad.

Dec. 11th, 2008 03:24 am (UTC)
I've had a bottom-freezer for years and prefer them anytime. trying to get my parents to switch.
Dec. 10th, 2008 10:38 am (UTC)
Ooooh... I like the kitchen. You've inspired me to consider doing stuff to mine :)
Dec. 11th, 2008 03:25 am (UTC)
Thanks! I'll have to pay you a consulting visit soon. ;)
Dec. 10th, 2008 11:25 am (UTC)
I continue to be impressed by this - it's looking terrific!
Dec. 11th, 2008 03:25 am (UTC)
Why, thank you! I'm pretty happy about it all.
Dec. 10th, 2008 12:30 pm (UTC)
You may want to look at a low or line voltage monorail fixture for light. The have the advantage of simple wiring (use the existing box) and they'll get a lot of light wherever you need it.
Dec. 11th, 2008 03:26 am (UTC)
That's sort of what I'm looking for. Puck lights and similar lights do not impress me. Need to focus on how to light up the range now too.
Dec. 10th, 2008 01:37 pm (UTC)
Wow, it's really come ogether, and it looks amazing!
Dec. 11th, 2008 03:27 am (UTC)
Amazing? Noted. :)
Dec. 10th, 2008 07:43 pm (UTC)
Looks great bud! Counters are beautiful ...
Dec. 11th, 2008 03:27 am (UTC)
Thanks and great to hear from you! I'm very happy about the countertops. They say the color is Black Forest, but I think they're on crack.
Dec. 10th, 2008 11:29 pm (UTC)
Very nice...so the siding was not all that hard to cut afterall.
Cool how nice a kitchen cleans up isn't it?!

I took the hint from your dishwasher installation and fixed a long nagging problem with B's dishwasher. Go figure - the brackets mount on the sides too!

Dec. 11th, 2008 03:30 am (UTC)
I was able to slice the vinyl with the razor once a good hole was started. That made for a clean cut and trimming easier. I got some stuff to seal it up before the rains come, but ran into issues there. It seems I can't get into the little crevices. However, the installation is very tight and it angles away from the siding, so I think it will be just fine as is. I could not get the tube in the crevice--too deep.

Good for you on the dishwasher! 'Bout time you fixed that. :)
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Dec. 11th, 2008 03:31 am (UTC)
Honey, I don't make pie. Cakes, cookies? Yes. Pie? No.
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