The kitchen is the one room where
members of a family can be found eating, working on homework,
talking on the phone or just hanging out with friends. The kitchen
has always been the nerve center of the household, and never has the
kitchen's central role been more important than it is today. As the
centerpiece of the home, there are some interesting alternatives for
kitchen that go well beyond the norm. Our kitchen section contains a
variety of home improvement options available to homeowners as well
as advice on how to keep the busiest place in the house clean.
An Introduction to Dismantling
If your remodeling job
is at all extensive, you will need to set up a temporary kitchen in
another part of the house. The location should be convenient and
have access to water, allow you to keep foods cold and heat up
meals. Sometimes portable appliances like a crock pot, electric
frying pan and a microwave work best for this temporary arrangement
if you are replacing your old appliances.
Damaging the wall as you remove old cabinets,
Damaging counters, cabinets or floors you plan to reuse,
shutting off utilities before beginning work,
Getting dust and
debris in adjoining rooms, and
Not estimating or allowing for
enough time to remodel.
Before You Start
everything that will not be used in your temporary kitchen. Label
the boxes and store them out of the way.
Remove anything that
isn't nailed or screwed down. This includes drawers, lazy susan's,
spice racks, wall clocks, ornaments, etc. Place a protective cover
over anything that must remain in place while you work.
Make arrangements for the removal of any refuse that may
accumulate during the remodeling. if you must rent a dumpster, do so
in plenty of time or have a pick up truck on hand for hauling the
rubbish to the dump. if you plan to salvage the old cabinetry for a
workshop or donation to a charitable cause, have a place ready for
them to go as you take them out of your work area.
Before removing any major appliances, turn off all utilities.
This can be done at the individual shut off valves for gas and
water. If there are no shut off valves, you will have to turn off
the main valve*. The main gas valve is usually located near the gas
meter. Remember that, once you turn off the gas to the whole house,
ALL pilot lights will have to be relit before they will work again.
Without careful planning you may find yourself without hot water
when you're ready to clean up after a hard day's work.
Disconnect uses or turn off circuits to the area in which you
will be working. In older homes, the wiring may have been modified
over the years and it may not be clear which circuits or fuses
control specific areas. If you are unsure, turn off the main power
or get professional assistance. Never take a chance with
electricity! In addition, tape over the breakers so the won't be
turned on inadvertently. If you plan on upgrading your electrical
system and adding new outlets and fixtures, it will be necessary to
dismantle all existing outlets and fixtures.
Remove all light bulbs. Then, dismantle each fixture by using a
screwdriver to unscrew the plate and the receptacle and pull the
receptacle out of the box. Put wire nuts on any exposed wires for
the interim. The bare copper wire is the ground and does not need to