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RE: GE Monogram Ranges? (Follow-Up #20)

posted by: appliancemonkey on 11.30.2010 at 09:53 am in Appliances Forum

@mswaim - NJ is the same deal as NY. Like I said in another thread, there are a bunch of dealers in the NJ-NY area that are on credit hold with Wolf b.c they can't pay the bills. That may be why they aren't mentioning it. But as of the last visit he pushed you to it? Strange.

As for the warranties, I think they are a good idea. My dealership never made a point of pushing them bc we thought that the consumer mindset (thanks in part to Consumer Reports' negative slant on warranties) was that they were a gimmick for the dealership to make $$. We've changed out mind about that due to 1 reason - the current cost of servicing appliances. I have had customers call me after being rocked for $250-$300 on 1 visit on a dishwasher. They would be begging me to sell one to them but we can't do it after the point of sale. If dishwashers can cost that much can you imagine what servicing a pro range or a SubZero can be? I have had customer's send me service bills on Subs and some have been over $1000.
So, the long answer is, I would buy them. $399 sounds high especially since you are overlapping the manufacturer warranty. In effect, you are buying a 4 year warranty and we sell 4-year warranties for $325. I would negotiate with them on the price of those. Also, question them as to who the insurer is...if it's the store's personal warranty that's basically garbage. What if they go under in 2 years? The most reputable warranties currently available are from Warrantech (good) and Assurant (better.
Good luck!

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clipped on: 12.02.2010 at 12:03 pm    last updated on: 12.02.2010 at 12:03 pm

New kitchen pics --- almost there!

posted by: newyorking on 06.25.2010 at 05:30 pm in Kitchens Forum

My kitchen cabinets are almost done! Yay! Cannot wait for it all to be completed. I will post more pics once my apartment is done. The cabinets are custom made from African Mahogany. The handles went on today, and honestly I don't like them much - they look too big and I preferred the cabinets without handles. The handles are Valli & Valli. Lighting is Bruck Mini Pira - love love all Bruck lighting, especially track. The pictures are a bit dark because they were taken from a phone. I will post more once everything is done.

Main Counter
Kitchen

Kitchen
Kitchen

Island
Island

GE microwave & appliance area
Microwave &amp; appliance area

Kitchen with Bruck lighting and Broan vent hood with recirculating kit
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clipped on: 07.19.2010 at 12:54 pm    last updated on: 07.19.2010 at 12:54 pm

RE: Bar pulls - lengths??? (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: scottdim on 07.14.2010 at 07:20 pm in Kitchens Forum

We picked up all of our bar pulls at AH Turf. They ranged anywhere from 2-6 dollars per bar for satin nickel bar pulls.

Here is a link that might be useful: AH Turf

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clipped on: 07.18.2010 at 11:31 am    last updated on: 07.18.2010 at 11:32 am

RE: Bar pulls - lengths??? (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: jabelone on 07.14.2010 at 07:08 pm in Kitchens Forum

"or where I can find a reasonably priced manufacturer with all sizes?" Not sure about the spacing question, but a good place to buy the long contemporary pulls is on Ebay, if you mean the SS euro style pulls. There are a couple of dealers on Ebay and most people have had good experience. We just bought a whole bunch of sizes ( from 3" to 24") from ebay seller "contempo_living". Did our whole kitchen for about $200 (would have cost $600+ at a bricks and mortar retail store).

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RE: what granite edge did you choose and why (Follow-Up #33)

posted by: kitchenaddict on 06.08.2010 at 07:19 pm in Kitchens Forum

Here's mine, sorry I don't have a close up shot...I went with the 1/4 round which is basically a rounded off squared edge... So happy with it, for 2 reasons. It really makes the granite look thick and chunky, AND it is super easy to clean. My old Corian counter had a waterfall type edge that collected a lot of grime and gunk.

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clipped on: 06.08.2010 at 07:35 pm    last updated on: 06.08.2010 at 07:35 pm

RE: Crown Molding and Uneven Ceilings (Follow-Up #12)

posted by: buehl on 02.22.2010 at 01:46 am in Kitchens Forum

We used 3-piece crown molding on our cabinets...but we have 6" of crown, not 3". The problem you may have is that the shorter the crown molding, the more noticeable height differences are.

Anyway, this is our crown molding design...

Notice the 3 pieces. The middle piece ("Stock-S") is a flat filler piece that goes b/w the two detailed pieces ("Crown" and "Soffit A"). The Stock/filler piece is what changes based on ceiling height...the other two pieces are exactly the same throughout the kitchen, regardless of ceiling evenness.


In your case, you could try eliminating the bottom piece ("Soffit A"), use a narrow piece for the top ("Crown"), and use a filler/stock piece in the middle to accommodate ceiling differences.

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clipped on: 05.03.2010 at 05:17 pm    last updated on: 05.03.2010 at 05:17 pm

RE: Crown Molding and Uneven Ceilings (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: circuspeanut on 02.14.2010 at 11:00 am in Kitchens Forum

Well, you'll have to scribe the crown itself no matter what. The technique you may be thinking of is to attach a piece of flat board that joins cabinet top and crown, and that's where the difference is taken up (rather than trimming down the crown which is a lot more noticeable).

Others will have better examples, but here's our shaker crown with the flat trim board, in our case the board is 5" high, but it can be as little as 1". There's a good 1/2" difference in the ceiling from front to back of the cabinet here:

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RE: Granite counter top support over a dishwasher (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: live_wire_oak on 05.01.2010 at 09:17 pm in Kitchens Forum

YOu need a ledger on the back wall and a minimum 3/4" side panel to either side of the DW.

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RE: Granite counter top support over a dishwasher (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: maria410 on 05.02.2010 at 07:01 am in Kitchens Forum

A ledger is a board that is secured just below the counter into the studs. It should be 2" deep by 1" high at a minimum. I have a dishwasher that has granite over it with cabinets on either side and my contractor installed a ledger. You will need to have the panels on either side because that is how the dishwasher gets secured. I learned this the hard way. We reused our dishwasher and it was not designed for securing below granite. They put screws into the sides of the cabinets but the dishwasher went out of square and leaked water all over my wood floor. Fortunately most of the water ran into the basement below and my 90 year old floors weren't ruined. We ended up purchasing a new dishwasher designed to be side mounted. But you definitely need something to attach it to.

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clipped on: 05.02.2010 at 05:59 pm    last updated on: 05.02.2010 at 05:59 pm

RE: Granite counter top support over a dishwasher (Follow-Up #6)

posted by: live_wire_oak on 05.02.2010 at 09:16 am in Kitchens Forum

A ledger is a horizontal supporting member attached to the wall. A 1" x 2" or other 1'x material screwed flat to the wall into the studs at the same height as the top of your cabinets. It acts as a bridge between the vertical 3/4" members and the granite rests on it at the rear. Some people use similar 1"x material at the front of the DW connecting the 3/4" side panels. It will depend on the overall design of the kitchen and the location of the DW within that design how much added support would be prudent. If you have a DW with 3/4" panels on both sides rather than a cabinet on one side, I'd support the front as well as the rear with added horizontal elements.

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