Who needs a plumber?

December 21, 2008

The plumber wanted $700 to hook up our sink/dishwasher/stove.  $700!  You’ve got to be kidding me.  The pipes were already run to the proper places.  They just need to put the valves on them.  $700!  My Dad had done this sort of stuff before so he came over and we set to work…

This is the "Before" shot.  That black piece of fabric is a fireguard - keeps us from setting the cabinet on fire when soldering the pipes.
This is the “Before” shot. That black piece of fabric is a fireguard – keeps us from setting the cabinet on fire when soldering the pipes.

 

Getting started...
Getting started…

 

Tight fit!

Tight fit!

 

We had to use a car jack to get the garbage disposal into position.

We had to use a car jack to get the garbage disposal into position.

 

My first attempt at setting up the drain.  It leaked... a lot.  So I took it apart and started over.

My first attempt at setting up the drain. It leaked... a lot. So I took it apart and started over.

 

My second attempt at a drain worked much better.  This is the "After" shot.

My second attempt at a drain worked much better. This is the "After" shot.

 

Hooray!  We have running water in the kitchen for the first time in two months!

Hooray! We have running water in the kitchen for the first time in two months!

Counters!

December 20, 2008

Today our countertops were installed.  The whole process was complete in less than two hours.  Once the counters were in we had a plumber come by to hook up the sink, garbage disposal, dishwasher, and stove.  Unfortunately he wanted WAY too much money ($700!).  The whole job can’t be that difficult – the pipes and drain have already been run to the inside of the cabinet.  They just need to be hooked up!  So tomorrow I am going to try my hand at a little plumbing.  Hey, how hard can it be?

I built this breakfast bar.  If it is strong enough to hold me it should be strong enough to support the granite countertop.

I built this breakfast bar. If it is strong enough to hold me it should be strong enough to support the granite countertop.

One of our granite slabs in the warehouse

One of our granite slabs in the warehouse. This will eventually be our island.

It is a wondeful feeling to finally have counters and cabinets after two months without.

It is a wondeful feeling to finally have counters and cabinets after two months without.

Cabinets are Installed!

December 13, 2008

Today Timmy came over and installed our cabinets for us.  He used to do it professionally – we got a top dollar installation job for free.  Not a bad deal at all!  It was an incredible amount of work.  I’d never seen cabinets installed so I had no idea how the process would go.  Each unit was painstakingly leveled using shims underneath and around the edges.  Once the first unit was attached to the walls and floor all the others were made to be perfectly level with it.

On Monday the guys from Masterpiece Granite & Marble (“MGM”) are coming out to take the measurments for the countertops.  We are getting granite countertops.  About two months ago we went to their showroom and put a deposit on two pieces of granite that we liked.  Once MGM has the measurments they’ll make a template and cut our countertops.  They say they can have them installed on Friday!

Watching the master at work

Watching the master at work

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I Conquered the Fridge!

December 13, 2008

 

The refrigerator thought it had me beat but it underestimated my ingenuity.  I tore off the drywall on one side of the alcove.  The extra 1/2 inch of space this provided was juuuust enough to allow the fridge room to slide in easily.  It is now perfectly situated in the wall.  The fact that it is such a tight fit worked to our advantage – it gives it a professional “built in” look.

It wasn’t until today that I realized that magnets do not take to stainless steel refigerators.  Very unfortunate.

 

Lookin' pretty slick
Lookin’ pretty slick

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I made a bit of a mistake.  The alcove for the fridge is slightly too small.  It’s big enough at the front of the alcove – but it narrows as it goes back.  At the rear it is about 1/2 inch too small for the fridge.  This made for a very awkward attempt at stuffing a big fridge into a small space.  We’re going to have to figure out a way to make the alcove 1/2 inch wider at the rear.

This isn't working... it's wedged in there pretty tight!

This isn't working... it's wedged in there pretty tight!

"I don't understand.  I could have sworn it would fit."

"I don't understand. I could have sworn it would fit."

Miriam's nice paint job was ruined by the fridge

Miriam's nice paint job was ruined by the fridge

Light Switches

December 7, 2008

Light switches have been installed.  It’s the little details that make all the difference.

Main lights (with a dimmer!), accent lights, and hanging lights over the bar

Main lights (with a dimmer!), accent lights, and hanging lights over the bar

I took this mess of wires from 1945....

I took this mess of wires from 1945....

...and turned it into this slightly more modern mess of wires

...and turned it into this slightly more modern mess of wires

Injured Finger, Work Goes On

November 10, 2008

It’s been a week since I maimed my finger.  I was worried that we wouldn’t be able to get anything done this weekend but we had some surprise help – Michael came by on Sunday.  He and Brian were able to get a TON of work done.  They were able to put up almost all the drywall in the new kitchen/dining room.  My Mom and Dad also came by to help.  On Saturday Bob came by to continue working on the electric.  Dee Dee came with him and got a lot more work done outside.  Her and my Mom are slowly trimming every tree in the backyard.

My poor little finger is doing OK.  I was able to do some work here and there.  Due to popular demand I am putting up a picture of my injury.

Missing skin, deep cut.  There is some bone in there somewhere.

Missing skin, deep cut. There is some bone in there somewhere.

The Doctor is cutting off all the mangled skin.

The Doctor is cutting off all the mangled skin.

Michael, Brian, and I working hard!

Michael, Brian, and I working hard!

Michael is very detail oriented.

Michael is very detail oriented.

Foley family teamwork!

Foley family teamwork!