Bani, left, and Chris are back, continuing to work through the punch list for the kitchen cabinets. Above, they clamp a new piece of trim under the oven and microwave — one long piece to replace two shorter pieces that failed after the glue gave out.
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.
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.
Aaron Pratt from Central Texas Custom Cabinets visited today. He walked the kitchen cabinets with Steven, taking inventory of all the punch list items flagged with blue tape. He also spotted a couple of doors and drawers that are misaligned. After this, he builds a plan and schedules a day or two of corrections.
Steven brought the Schlage Connect smart lock online for the first time, programming in new entry codes. Jadin tested hers — and then threatened to lock Dad out of the house …
Climbing a ladder, Steven twisted and locked the Engenius Wireless Access Points into position in the library ceiling downstairs and upstairs hallway. In the electronics closet upstairs, Steven unpacked the Power-over-Ethernet switch, pulled three Ethernet cables out of his bag of network cables, plugged everything up — and the WAPs lit up with power, looking for signal. There are several hours of configuration and testing ahead …
Today, Odell returned to the mudroom with several pipe fittings, working on proper installation of the T-trap for the mudroom sink. He got everything snugged up, with no leaks after wrapping the threads with tape. Then he took it all apart, putting up the parts for final installation after the drywall team patches the wall …
Odell also pulled out his metal detector and went in search of the control wire for the sprinkler system. Kevin dug this out before the garage slab was poured. Someone cut the wire that was coiled near the formwork. Odell did not find the wire today. More spelunking to come …
But … to date, there are two issues on this remodel where Jacquela has chosen to object — the tile floor in the master shower, where the grout lines do not align with the walls; and the aluminum drip pans under the tankless water heaters.
Today, she lodges complaint #3.
She messages Mark Rehberg and Odell at Ranserve, in part:
First, I would have thought that the person doing the tile work would have covered the cooktop before working on the tile. I am really upset. My cooktop is a mess. I don't know if there is damage, or if all of the residue can be removed without further damage.
I don't understand why the cooktop was not protected.
Now, the grout at the back/sides of the cooktop is messy and needs to me corrected.