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appliance doom 
29th-Aug-2005 08:39 pm
My fridge is leaking (and damaging the wood floor). The compressor is probably busted again, even though it was replaced just 2 years ago. At any rate, all my stuff in the freezer is thawed. Tarnation!

As long as I have to get a new fridge, I might just do all the appliances. They are all 12 years old and in lousy shape. I know I'm going to have to do it when I sell the place, so I might as well get some use out of them myself too. And I wonder how long my bloody repair of the oven is going to last. Let's see... new fridge, dishwasher, microwave, oven, cook-top, trash compactor... kuteluvr says I can do it for under $5K. I guess it depends on how crazy I go.

If I'm going to do this, I'd like to do it right. Anyone just redone their kitchen and know all the good stuff to get?
30th-Aug-2005 04:32 am (UTC)
I have a leak in my car--- it started today and is annoying as HELL!
30th-Aug-2005 08:01 am (UTC)
We're just starting to look at new appliances and cabinets. Floorcraft had a few nice models but they were a bit pricey. Our vision is to go all stainless steel. I want a dishwasher where the controls are on the top of the door where you can't see them when it's closed.
30th-Aug-2005 04:04 pm (UTC)
I was pricing out mid-level stuff, like Fridgidaire, and coming up with about $4-5k for the appliances. Of course, you could easily spend twice that on the fridge alone if you all out for Sub-Zero. hehehe
30th-Aug-2005 04:12 pm (UTC)
I've been seeing the same thing. The real PITA is that my fridge nook is 36" wide but only 68" high, so I can't fit a unit in there that is short and wide enough to fit well. My old unit is side-by-side, but I want to get a freezer-bottom unit and I just can't find one that will fit that isn't totally tiny. Sigh.
30th-Aug-2005 05:25 pm (UTC)
Yeah, 36" x 68" is the standard size for the side-by-side design. You're probably going to have to look at the more high-end models to find a freezer-bottom design in that size. Someone has got to make them, but the low to mid-grade typical manufacturers probably don't. Check the manufacturer's websites, don't just go to appliance stores like best buy, because they don't stock or list all the ones sold. We had decent luck with Cherin's Appliances, in the Mission for our Bosch laundry, but they are always crowded and you'll wait forever for someone to help. Floorcraft and Expo also carry a wide range of high-end stuff, though the service at both of those places can be somewhat lacking.

Fortunately, we are redoing the cabinets and counters at the same time, allowing us to upgrade from the smaller 32" freezer-top to a 36" wide side-by-side. When in doubt, rip it all out!
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