This weekend involved hours and hours of labor, plenty of sound and fury, and the purchase of a saving grace.
My new oven and cooktop arrived for the House of Rock. I was both excited and nervous about doing the installation because the cooktop is a gas cooktop and working with natural gas piping, and thus accepting the general though perhaps minimal risks of exploding the house of rock, rightly makes me nervous.
Interestingly, it was not the gas piping that brought on the anguish, it was the appliance dimensions. The oven was 5 inches shorter than the previous one and the range was 5/8″ too long and half an inch too wide. That means I had to build a table for the oven and cut open my tile counter top for the range.
I got through the tile with a diamond rotary cutting wheel for my skill saw. If that trial wasn’t enough, I found the wood underneath to be laced with screws. I’m not talking a screw here or there, I mean they were everywhere. Imagine cinnamon raisin bread where the bread is wood and the raisins are metal nails. Some of the nails and screws were positioned in such a way that they could not be removed.
The heads were under tile, or coming in from weird bewildering angles. I chiseled away the first of the three sides I had to cut. It was arduous to say the least. Instead of continuing with the chiseling, I decided to go out and buy a Saws-All. And thank heavens for that. It was expensive but it was wholly worth it. Anyway, the appliances are in and I’m pleased with the result. Shaun L. and I made some epic ribs, green bean casserole, and peach-a-berry cobbler to celebrate the new cooking tools.
With this done, the only remaining tasks for the kitchen are some crown molding, painting, and general clean-uppery.