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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Wednesday—Good4 You, Good4 the Home

Time to take out the trash compactor
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 exposed the inside screws.

An unexpected development...
i ❤ cordless tools

With help from my trusty cordless electric screwdriver, I removed the remaining screws and released the trash masher.  I must admit, it was satisfying to haul that piece of junk out of the house and finally get rid of 23-years worth of grunge.  I like grungy textures in Photoshop, but not in my kitchen.

Adios, stinky old trash compactor!
Part deux of this project is going to involve removing a small section of subfloor to even out the flooring.  I'll use my Dremel hand-held saw, a hammer and a chisel to remove the subfloor.  Then, I'll tack up a piece of white laminated particle board along the drywall in back for a consistent look.  To finish it all off, I'll lay a 3/4" piece of primed particle board on the floor to create a new base that will match the cabintry.  We still have some leftover Hartco quarter round that matches the floor panels, so I'll use that to hide the seam between the kitchen floor and the new space.  Some inexpensive primed quarter round around the inside edges, and it'll look as good as new.

VoilĂ !  Where there's a will, there's a way.  Take care of your house and DIY!

Happy Spring cleaning!  ;o)