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Refrigerator options
Leslie's getting rid of the less-than-three-years-old refrigerator at the Queen of Tarts in favour of one that'll give them more cold storage space, but a) I'm not sure I'd be happy with no freezer in the kitchen, and b) its right-side-hinge door isn't reversible. I think a door that opens the wrong way would get annoying pretty fast.

Robert and Ralph have a side-by-side refrigerator that's about four years old, and they're not using because it was too big to get into their new place. Robert's going to measure it for me when he gets home. If it fits, that's a tempting option, since I'd get a great deal on it. Wondering if a half-as-wide door that opens the wrong way would be as annoying. Probably not. This one also has the ice and water dispenser, but I'd be on my own (or would have to separately hire someone) for installing the water line. I suppose it's possible there's one behind my refrigerator, but if that one's been there for 20+ years, it seems unlikely the one before it was plumbed.
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kaitl From: kaitl Date: July 28th, 2008 06:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'd say don't give up the freezer.

Also-- I bet you'd get used to a door opening "the wrong way" pretty quickly (unless it would cause some sort of problem in the kitchen (ie would be hitting a counter or something)-- I can't remember your kitchen layout well enough to know...

good luck!
mhaithaca From: mhaithaca Date: July 28th, 2008 06:43 pm (UTC) (Link)

Well, the refrigerator's in the corner by the doorway, so I'd have to stand in the doorway to get stuff out of it if the whole door opened the other way. Not an ideal option. :-)

Come to think of it, a side-by-side might be problematic for big items like leftover pizza and deli trays.

Edited at 2008-07-28 06:44 pm (UTC)
jccohen From: jccohen Date: July 28th, 2008 07:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
Side by sides are annoying for that, yes. For a while, Maytag was producing a Wide-by-side which was a side by side but with a "jag" giving you wide spaces in both the freezer and fridge, but they don't seem to do that anymore.
gibbie69 From: gibbie69 Date: July 28th, 2008 08:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
Most side by sides are wide enough in the refrigerator part to accommodate things like pizza boxes and deli trays. Whirlpool makes a 25' model that you can fit frozen pizzas in the freezer but it may be too wide for the space.

If you buy new I'd suggest Sears and purchasing the maintenance plan. Current manufacturer warranties on appliances are crap and I've found that the Sears five year plan easily pays for itself. Especially if you're moving up to an ice maker and water dispenser. Those parts wear out quickly and are expensive to replace.
terpsichord From: terpsichord Date: July 28th, 2008 06:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
The water line installation is really no big deal at all, especially if you have a basement and have easy access overhead to your water pipes and a drill. Materials would run you probably around $20.00 (maybe just a little bit more if you use copper tubing, which I'd really recommend over the plastic--I had problems with the plastic breaking in another house, and know many others who've experienced problems with it breaking as well). If you have a crawlspace, it becomes much more of a chore...I was lucky when I re-configured my kitchen to be able to just punch through a wall into the utility room and cabbage onto the water pipes out there. Seriously, if you've got a drill you're over halfway there.
mhaithaca From: mhaithaca Date: July 28th, 2008 06:50 pm (UTC) (Link)

Hm, it wouldn't have occurred to me not to run the water over from under the sink! Should be able to go through cabinets and behind stove, no?
terpsichord From: terpsichord Date: July 28th, 2008 07:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, yeah. They've got fittings that will literally punch a hole into the pipe you hook into as you tighten it; takes seconds. (I have galvanized pipes, so had to turn the water off and drill a hole into the pipe before putting the fitting on). I'd go to the absolute closest pipe you can reach...what are the possibilities that there would be a bathroom vanity on the other side of the wall behind the fridge? And yeah, you can sure run it through the back of cabinets and behind the stove (but that makes the copper piping all the more desirable than it is already). Good luck; nothing more satisfying than a home improvement project!
kukla_red From: kukla_red Date: July 28th, 2008 08:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
Side by sides are lousy if you want to put anything in there larger than a pint of water. You can't fit anything in the freezer and the refrigerator side isn't much better. I have one now - not by choice - and I hate it.

The best one I ever had was a freezer drawer on the bottom - that was awesome. Tons of room, easy to get things in and out and it just made so much more sense.
chesther From: chesther Date: July 28th, 2008 08:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
We've got a bottom-freezer now, and are pretty happy with it. It has the advantage of putting the food you need most (i.e. not frozen stuff) at eye level.
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