Adventures in measurement
July 26 2002 by Tony W. Cartledge , BR Editor

Adventures in measurement | Friday, July 26, 2002

Friday, July 26, 2002

Adventures in measurement

By Tony W. Cartledge BR Editor

It all started with an expensive bottled-water contract utilizing a dispenser that was hard to keep clean. Our health-conscious staff of seven drinks so much water that I decided it would be cheaper to buy a decent refrigerator with a built-in filter and water dispenser.

Since the staff is also cost-conscious and most of them bring their lunch to work, we needed a larger refrigerator, anyway. The old one, designed for a dormitory room, just wasn't getting the job done.

So, I carefully measured the dimensions of the available niche in our little office kitchenette (32 inches), went down to the department store, and bought a sale-priced unit that was 29 1/2 inches wide.

The next day, while tearing out a shelf midway up the refrigerator alcove, I bumped my shoulder on the door to the kitchenette. That's when it struck me that the doorway was only 23 inches wide. Soon I was back in the construction business. Tearing out the doorframe and two jack studs widened the opening just enough for the refrigerator to pass through with the doors taken off.

It also left gaps in the well-worn linoleum, however, which needed replacing, anyway.

So now I've widened a door (a first), cut and laid a vinyl floor (another first), installed a valve for the water line to the refrigerator (a second and third, since the first one leaked), and replaced the cold water pipe under the sink (reference the aforementioned leak).

We also had to patch big holes in the drywall from where the old shelf had been glued in, cut the bottom off of an overhead cabinet, and repaint the room.

Two stories I intended to write will have to wait, but we have cold, clean water and lots of room for lunch bags.

First things first.

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