The New House... #4: Ripping out the kitchen

Blog entry by ryno101 posted 10-31-2008 03:57 PM 2450 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’m posting as I have a free 20 minutes to compile these, so my timeline is a bit scattered… I’m well into other stuff, but I’m trying to make sure I get the big stuff documented here, so I’m really like a week or so ahead in the project, this was last weekend’s adventure.

My two biggest “projects” inside this giant project…. are the painting/wall prep and re-doing the kitchen.

The kitchen was by far the nastiest room in the house…

I started pulling stuff out… cabinets went into the basement for a good power washing and possible use in other parts of the house…

As I was pulling more and more out, I was discovering some underlying issues that were going to have to be dealt with:

And under the fridge…

Under the self-adhesive tile was a layer of 1/4” plywood and under that, the original linoleum.

It looks to me as if the water feed to the fridge has had a slow leak for a LONG time… Managed to get all the tile and plywood off, but the ply was still damp in a large section of the kitchen, so the ply was ripping through the nail heads on the 2” nails (EVERY EIGHT INCHES… there were so many freakin’ nails!) and then trying to get under the nail heads to get enough purchase to pull ‘em out, well… it was a pain.

Stay tuned… next time: What did I find under the linoleum?

-- Ryno

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posted 10-31-2008 07:20 PM

Dang! Your project looks like fun! Looks like you are doing things the very best way, rip everything out and start over. Been there, done that and it works the best. (Have found that cooking a Thanksgiving turkey on a Coleman stove isn’t fun though.) : )

-- What do you mean I can't use a coat hanger for 12 ga wire?

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posted 11-01-2008 04:21 AM

Kindlingmaker, I’m actually cooking all my meals on a Coleman stove in the basement, although it’s primarily been Beef-a-Roni, not turkey!

-- Ryno

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posted 11-01-2008 05:50 AM

Ryno, your doing a great job, keep up the good work. I definitely agree about ripping it all out and starting over with the old houses, that’s what I have to do with mine, in the long run, it is just easier.

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posted 11-01-2008 02:43 PM

I had to do that in my first house and when I was done we moved about 2years later, but it was worth it. That’s the best way in the long run.
You are doing a fine job!! Keep up the good work and keep posting.

-- Bob K. East Northport, NY

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posted 11-17-2008 05:24 PM

Wow that sure is a lot of work.I am looking forward to seeing the finished job. :-)

-- Dustygirl Hastings,Ont. Life is too short to sit around doing nothing

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