Showing posts from May 2, 2012

Wednesday—Good4 You, Good4 the Home

How to take out the trash...

When I came back from my sister visit in Florida last week, I decided to tackle a home improvement project that we've been putting off since last Fall.  The 23-year old trash masher had to go!  It was grody, and the door no longer closed all the way.  It still worked, but it groaned and complained so much every time we tried to use it that it was no longer worth the trouble of turning it on.

I knew that it was in there tight because I had watched the contractor who installed it scratch the Hartco wood floor when he shoved it into place underneath the kitchen counter.  I managed to pull it  halfway out before it refused to budge another centimeter.

Long story short, it came out, but it took a 4-inch piece of laminated particle board along with it.  The contractor had secured the trash compactor into place by driving several screws into the particle board skirting on each side.  The screws were not visible from the outside, so when the piece broke, it …