Step 2 — today. Thomas begins by lifting the cooktop out of the counter, then uses a knife and razor blade to remove what remains of the gasket from the top of the counter and underside of the cooktop. Steven stepped in after with paper towels and Goof Off to remove traces of the gunk left behind.
Chris, left, above, and Richard arrived today to replace the glass top of the Wolf induction cooktop.
Why? The glass sometimes displays a fractalizing crack that travels from element to element. It appears. It disappears. We reported this 26 June to Ranserve and to Kristin at Harway. The cooktop is covered under warranty. Harway set up a factory repair.
To remove the cooktop, Chris and Richard used a knife to slice apart the rubber gasket that goes between the underside of the glass and the quartz countertop. This gasket apparently compresses over time and begins to resemble silicon sealant. In the process of slicing apart the seal, several sections of the original gasket were peeled and sliced away, leaving a ragged gasket behind.
Wolf supplied the replacement glass — but not a replacement gasket. “Sometimes they do, sometimes they don’t,” Chris said.
They will need to obtain a replacement gasket. Chris said he would order this and schedule a second service call when it comes in.
Steven is surprised that a replacement gasket was not shipped automatically with the replacement glass cooktop.
Steve flips breakers while Steven in the kitchen watches to see which one actually turns off the oven.
We find it quickly. The “dryer” breaker is mislabeled; it is the breaker that controls the oven.
And, oh by the way, the breaker labeled for the furnace is actually the breaker that switches off the induction cooktop.
Problem solved. Quality control.
With that, the Bosch oven is now, finally, powered off. Steven flips the breaker to the on position about 30 minutes later. The oven appears to have re-set, with the keypad now responding to commands and entries. Jacquela will have to test this to her satisfaction. Steven does not cancel the service call scheduled for 5 July.
Jacquela is standing at the Bosch Benchmark oven in the kitchen, angry, short-tempered, pushing buttons on the keypad. The oven responds with unhappy beeps and refuses to comply with commands.
Steven calls Bosch tech support. They instruct: “turn off power at the breaker for 30 minutes; that usually solves everything.”
Steven goes upstairs to the electrical panel and flips to the off position the breaker that the electricians labeled for the oven.
The oven still has power. The control panel is still lit up. The light inside the oven still switches on when you open the door.
Steven calls Kristin at Harway. She will contact her office in the morning to arrange for a service call.
Steven calls Mark at Ranserve to alert him there is an electrical problem — “the breaker to the oven is not functioning.” Mark contacts Capstone Electric. Scott Breen calls Steven to ask for details. Steven sends pix. Scott arranges to dispatch Steve the electrician.
Steven speaks with Karen at K&N, the service company authorized by Harway and Bosch. A tech is scheduled for 5 July.
Above, Luis from Landers Flooring is back to remove and replace one stair tread. The balusters for this tread were drilled in the wrong place. Today, Luis removed the balusters and existing hickory tread, then fitted the replacement. At the end of the day, he clearcoated it with polyurethane.
In this special Sunday edition of the remodel that is almost done, Jacquela and Steven discovered that the dishwasher is installed. We missed it, distracted by all the other bright shiny distractions.
For the first time, we are able to confirm that we will in fact be able to stand at the sink, alongside the dishwasher, pull open the drawer for plates or cutlery opposite the dishwasher, then easily unload the dishwasher straight to the drawers, just a short reach away — almost like we planned it.
The other big activity for this visit … Jacquela and Steven measured the interior of each drawer in the kitchen and all the bathrooms. As a result, we believe we need 230 linear feet of shelf liner to protect the drawer bottoms.
Steven turned over Emerald Hill to Ron Dahlke from Ranserve while traveling all week to Vegas for ShowStoppers @ CES. Jadin and Jacquela visited the house today. Jacquela said “wow.” She and Steven plan an early visit Saturday to catch Steven up on a whole week of progress without Steven sticking his foot and hand into everything. Can’t wait.
After 12 years of use and two major repairs, the Kenmore Elite washing machine at Sea Eagle blew out the pump. Steve — the repair tech from Sears — reports it can be replaced for about $300. But, it’s a 12-year-old machine, parts and repairs rolling forward are going to become more frequent and more expensive, and washing-machine technologies have advanced markedly. Steve recommends replacement.
Steven and Jacquela bite this unexpected bullet and go shopping at Lowe’s in Bee Cave after online research. Fortunately, ironically, amazingly, it’s November, it’s almost Black Friday, and major appliances are on sale.
We ordered an LG WM4270HVA, on sale at $799, marked down $400 from $1,199.
Install is scheduled for Saturday morning.
Steven has to pick up the pedestal at the Lowe’s in Northwest Hills — because they have it in stock there.
This is the Energy Star machine we will take with us when we move to Emerald Hills.
We must save the shipping bolts to ensure we can screw the drum tight to the frame before moving it from one house to the next.