Saturday, July 11, 2009

Family Visit Part 2 - Range Project

During my family visit this past week, we also worked on some projects. The first was an installation improvement for my new range. The gas connection I had before stuck out from the wall. On my old range, the connection fit into the space in the back of the range, but my new range has a back panel that was in the way of the connection, causing the range to sit three inches out from the wall. I was so pleased with my new appliance, but not how it stuck farther out into the room than it should have or had a space between it and the backsplash. So, my dad and mom and James! worked on reworking the fitting so that it exited the wall at a lower point and the stove could be pushed back.
It was supposed to be a fairly easy project, but is anything ever easy? There was an electric box on the other side of the wall that was in the way of moving the gas line. We thought about replacing more of the gas line, but the tricky thing about natural gas is needing to be able to brace the fitting that is not supposed to move with a wrench when you move the one you want to change. The result is that we would have had to tear through a lot more of the wall to get to the previous piece. So, instead we changed the electrical box for the opposite outlet to a slimmer profile box, out of which we still had to cut a corner.
Then my mom patched both walls and painted. So, it took longer than we expected, but I'm really pleased with the results!


  1. Where's the after picture? I want to see mom's nice patch work!

  2. Well, I didn't take one... and we got really tired of moving the stove in and out, so I don't think I'll be going back and getting one. Perhaps you'd like to come take a look in person?? ;)