Back near the beginning April of 2014 my husband and I decided that it was time to get a new kitchen faucet to replace the constantly leaking, and getting worse one we had. It was getting so bad that it had the mineral build up on the handle and almost looked like it was from the “Prehistoric” age. This decision lead to a few more decisions and before we knew it, we had decided on getting a new sink. The sink we had at that moment the previous owners to this house put in and I was NOT a fan of it I think it was fiberglass or something like that; it was all beige and cracked on the bottom which promoted mold which is just disgusting. We also decided to get a new garbage disposal seeing how the old one had given up working a few months after we moved in. (It might possibly have had something to do with me not noticing there was a small glass dish in it when I turned it on one time…Ooops!) Seeing how we were replacing all of this I also suggested a new dishwasher as the one we had was not working well at all. I was pretty much washing ALL dishes before they went in the darn thing, which kind of defeated the purpose of having a dishwasher and we needed to fix the hot water valve under the sink as it wouldn’t totally shut off and was starting to leak. So with all this in mind the planning and research began.
Now, as a bit of a back story…when I say research you have to understand, my husband is one of those people that EVERYTHING you buy has to be thoroughly researched before you even consider purchasing anything. I am one of those people that once you decide on something you buy it. I realize his is the SMARTER way of doing things. Don’t get me wrong I research, just not as extensively as he does. I am more of the opinion of..”Let’s get this DONE!” His researching took a couple of months, and some frustration on my part, before we had it all narrowed down. Then he had to make sure he could find a place with the best deal. I picked out which faucet and the stainless steel sink I liked, checking reviews online of course, I left it up to him where to purchase them. I let him do the heavy research on the garbage disposal and he also did most of the dishwasher research. I knew he would at least give me a few models to choose from.
So, by May we were almost ready to start. Now, my husband had to research who to get to do the work. My sink came shipped to my door, I believe from Amazon. (Weird having a sink ordered online I thought, but whatever works) The faucet was delivered as well, don’t remember from where. The garbage disposal was this “Top of the Line” brand my husband had researched and could chew up just about any darn thing. All that was left to get was the dishwasher. We had narrowed it down to a Bosch. I had read the reviews my husband had me check out, all sounded well. I picked the model that sounded best and we were ready to find a place locally to buy it.
Here is where the disaster started. First my husband had chosen the plumber we had him all lined up to install all of this stuff. We were in wanting the dishwasher to be delivered in a week, so we had to be sure they had it in stock. The first time we went shopping, we looked at a few different Bosch models while we were out. Of course my husband found a model that was a step up from the one I had chosen, asked several questions from different sales people and by that evening was handing me reviews to read on this BETTER model. It was a new one from Bosch so there weren’t too many reviews, thank goodness. But that made it difficult for my husband to make a decision on if this was a good idea or bad idea. I had read in a couple of the reviews that this Bosch would clean peanut butter off of a knife and leave it spotless….that was good enough for me. So I finally had to push my husband into going with this step-up model. We found a place locally that had it in stock; I won’t mention the name because it didn’t end well for them and us. We went and talked to a sales person asked if it could be delivered the following week. He assured us there was no problem.
We had the plumber lined up. I had scheduled the day off of work. (I was still working away from home at that time) The day before the plumber was supposed to work on our kitchen he called to cancel, as he had an emergency fix it job for someone else. This ended up working in our favor. The delivery people came to deliver the dishwasher on the day they were supposed to like we agreed upon. They had it off the truck and on a dolly before I even had a chance to stop and make sure it was the correct one. So, I look at it and checked it out…and realize this is NOT the model we ordered. I get them to take it back with them, after a couple phone calls back and forth with the store. The drivers of course don’t know HOW the wrong one was put on the truck. My husband gets home from work and reads the invoice which says right on it “Substitution”. The next day was a Saturday so my husband decided to call the store and get this all figured out. He asked the sales guy why they would substitute the model when it’s clearly not what we ordered. He made some vague statements about some of the drivers are a little free with substituting and apologized. But we come to find out they never even had the one we ordered in. Anyway, long story short when my husband asked this guy how often this happens and suggested, this is not a good way to keep our business, the salesman responded with, “Come get your money back” and hung up the phone. So NOW we have NO dishwasher, for no real reason, and plumber who is supposed to be coming the next week to install it and everything else.
The plumber ended up doing a GREAT job. Of course he had his opinion on the garbage disposal and said “This is more of an industrial type disposal” and thought we would be better off with a cheaper model. My husband wouldn’t budge on this idea, plus we already had THIS one. The plumber’s theory was that it might be hard to get parts for if we ever had a problem, which he may be correct we will see. But my husband had done his research and this was the best model, so we were sticking with it. Now, I say the plumber did a great job…and he did, but it took WAY too long in my opinion to get it done. His company was a one man operation so when we had problems with getting the dishwasher, we had problems getting him rescheduled to come back and finally put it in. I went over a month with only being able to use one side of my sink to wash dishes, with NO hot water in the kitchen. The plumber had come and taken out the old dishwasher and the old garbage disposal but then that was it. Then he finally came back to put the new sink in and there were problems getting it to fit, so we had to have a carpenter cut part of the counter to get the new sink in. It was a relief just to have the sink and hot water. Then we ran into other snags and scheduling problems along the way. Had to have the carpenter come back out and cut part of the edge of our counter top because the dishwasher wouldn’t fit. (The previous owners put in a wood floor AFTER the already had the old dishwasher installed there for the level of the floor was off JUST ENOUGH to keep the new dishwasher from fitting. All in all it took till the beginning of September to get this all done in my kitchen. UUUGH!!!
But I have to say, I LOVE my new disposal, sink, faucet and especially my dishwasher. The dishwasher is AMAZING. (The model # is SHP7PT55UC) It has 3 racks so you can fit a lot in it, it has a build in water softener so you ad “dishwasher salt” to that part, (which I had never heard of dishwasher salt before), and it is almost SILENT when it runs, the plumber even had a problem hearing it when he was testing to make sure it runs. But in all honesty this machine makes absolutely anything I’ve put in it come out sparkling clean. In fact if we move, I may just have to take it with me, I love it THAT much. The disposal takes up a LOT of room under the cabinet, but it does seem to work great. I just miss having that storage space.
Of course now that I have all this done, the kitchen itself needs to be upgraded. It looks very dated. So, there will be some more kitchen reno’s coming! HOPEFULLY they will go SMOOTHER!