Kitchen remodel #3: One step forward, two steps back

Blog entry by 3fingerpat posted 08-22-2008 07:12 PM 2537 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: Getting the little things done Part 3 of Kitchen remodel series Part 4: More preps out of the way »

Okay, so I went to Sears to purchase their wet saw tile cutter, none in stock, it had to be ordered. Several days later we got the automated voicemail that the saw was ready for pick up. I got the saw home and opened it to find that one side of the metal table top was bent so badly that the hinge wouldn’t work. My wife takes it back the next day and they exchange it for a new one. When I opened the replacement, it also had a bent table top but on the other side now. Back to Sears we go for another exchange, which we open on the spot to find, yup you guessed it, another saw with another bent table top. Since there were no more in the store they had to reorder them again. Another 4 days go by and we get the automated call again that the saw is ready for pickup. Off to the store we go, however, this time the warehouse guy was taking waaaaay to long to come back with the saw. A different rep comes out and tells us that the saw has not arrived and that I shouldn’t have listened to that automated voice recording. Before he can finish giving me another BS excuse, I asked for the receipt back and went to the floor dept to get a refund. While they processed my refund, another floor salesman told my wife that they had the same model on sale for half price. Wait for it, when she asked him why, he told her it had a bent table top! All total was five trips to the store, a tank full of gas and no tile saw. This will be my last experience at Sears, they no longer qualify as a company worth receiving my money. I ended up ordering a different tile saw online and it should arrive by next week; so no progress has been made on tiling the backsplash in two weeks :0(
However, I was able to rework and finish the new framing and finsh woodwork for the doorway btwn the living room and the kitchen. I reused the two top pieces from the original moulding but I did cut them down to match the size of the side pieces which were MDF pieces from the big box store. I also had to make a new small bullnose piece that was missing from the kitchen side of the doorway.
I plan on removing the rest of the floor and doorway moulding in the kitchen and then start filling in the spaces btwn the existing doorways, in-wall-shelving before the contractor shows up next month to refloat the walls and ceiling.

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posted 08-22-2008 10:38 PM

You want to buy a tile saw, that’s good.
You make five trips to the store for the stinkin saw for nothing, that’s bad.
You order an other saw online, that’s good.
You got the casing done on the door, that’s good.

Pat, it is not all bad.

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posted 08-23-2008 04:37 PM

Pat, I’m at the stage in my house of laying down tile. That floor tile is tough stuff. Last time I did some tile work, it was with bathroom wall tile. They are a lot softer. I had one of those tile saw blades, that you put in your hack saw frame. Worked like a champ. I could cut out circles for pipes, cut out sections to go around corners.
Not so with floor tile. You can wear a couple of arms trying to cut that stuff with that blade. If you are familiar with glass cutting, I found out the same principle applies to tile. I had some tiles that I needed to make some cut outs for outside corners and around the toilet drain. I scribed them with a glass cutter, got out my little ball peen hammer and tapped along the line from the bottom, and much to my pleasure, they broke off right along the line. Give it a try. It’s better than fitting in a bunch of pieces to get around an obstruction.
Hang in there. Kitchen remodels are always very satisfying when you’re done.

-- Tim

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posted 08-24-2008 04:34 AM

Tim, thanks for the tips. Luckily we are having the contractor install the floor tiles, we are doing the small 2” tiles above the back splash.

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posted 09-20-2009 05:26 PM

project is looking good.

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