8.05.2006

Eric to the rescue...

Now that the cabinets and tile are installed, it was time to run the water line for the refrigerator ice maker. This would entail going through the bottom of two cabinets, behind the stove, through another cabinet and a lazy suzan to the sink cabinet.

I thought I had it all figured out...drill a little hole in the side of each cabinet, low and near the back, and run the line. Fully aware that I was drilling holes in my brand new cabinets, I took care to measure each one and was quite pleased when it all worked....then reality set in.

For whatever reason, I have 1/8 of an inch of clearance for the stove....meaning the opening for the stove is only 1/8 inch wider than the stove. That means 1/16th of an inch on the side...and no room for a water line to snake along either side.

I called my buddy Eric. Eric can do anything. No, let me rephrase that. Eric will not tell you that he can't do something. Either way, he's handy to have around. He gives me confidence and lies to me about my abilities. Everyone should have an Eric. I reach him on the phone and tell him my delima. I was not impressed with his first suggestion.

"Forget it. Just don't have an ice maker."

It should be noted that for years, we have owned a fridge with an ice maker and were unable to connect it in any of the last 3 homes we lived in. The previous fridge would make this grinding sound, attempting to make ice, every 30 minutes or so. I came to view it as mocking me..."Hey goofball - you got no WATERLINE!!!"

I reply: "Eric, I have just completely remodeled my kitchen. I have torn it down to bare studs and pipe. If I can't figure out a water line, I am a major moron."

"Right."

Finally, he cooked up a suggestion - cut an inch channel out of the drywall behind the stove, run the water line out the back of the cabinet, down the chanel, and back into the next cabinet. It worked. They boy's pure genius, I tell you.

Now if I can just get him to quit singing along with my phone ring tone. Chuck, come home!

15 comments:

Ronni said...

Okay I need him here... I need to figure out how to fit my dishwasher in, add cabinets and find a place for the refrigerator without moving the gas lines!

And I too, own a refrigerator with a defunct ice maker... must be a trend. Either that or we are all lazy.

Randy Bohlender said...

I am now Eric's general contractor. 'We' bill you $42.50 an hour, of which Eric gets $2 and one ham sandwhich at noon. You can pick him up at Home Depot on Bannister.

Ronni said...

LOLOL.. quite a commute to Ohio ya know... Tell ya want... send him to Dayton Vineyard for an externship and we will provide him some of that gross stuff they pass for Chili in Cincy along with a nice room here with free wifi! :) LOLOL

42.50 an hour? How much are you paying him Randy? LOL

Randy Bohlender said...

It doesn't matter what I pay him. When I found him, he was UNEMPLOYED. In GREENLAND!

Eric said...

To the world of blog land Randy, is a sweat shop owner. Here is proof he did not run the A.C. or offer me a cold drink of water. When I asked him about labor laws he said they don't exist and since I am from Greenland I belived him. In Cincy is there labor laws, and running water?

chuck said...

what's your ring tone?

jes wunderin

Randy Bohlender said...

Sing it for him, Eric...

Eric said...

All these requests for my services. Don't tell everyone my secrets grasshopper. I want to be a man of mystery.

P.S. requests for my expertise must have payment up front

Sean The Red said...

Eric, I will represent you in the singing part. I pay UNION scale (which is likw 5 BUCKS an hour). YOu can now safely quit your day job as an immigrant day laborer for THE MAN, and sing to your hearts content. Please call me to discuss. I've got some contacts at the whiskey, and a few bar-mitzvahs in Beverly Hills.

Eric the SINGING Handyman from Greenland.

Randy Bohlender said...

Sean, I hope you like that ONE song...'cause, man, he wears it out.

Kelsey Bohlender said...

Is there anybody out there? Does anybody care? Are the people really there? Oh, oh, oh.

Eric said...

Sean, I will be contacting you very shorlty my contract is up with the MAN. Or I should say that I have escaped his tyranny.


The only reason the song got wore out is that you had your whole family,neighbors and ex-employees calling to get you out of work

Ronni said...

Eric, not only are there labor laws here but we are on a competition BBQ team and you can sample enough brisket and ribs to explode at times here...

Oh yeah and we have running water, allow cigars, and know the benefits of a cold beer at the end of the day.

Oh and um... we have REAL guns. *G*

So you sing while you work? Got any Keith Green memorized? LOL

Ronni said...

HA! Okay well my ringtone isn't much better... lifesong... casting crowns...

... I do need to change that... ;)

Ronni said...

*sings along*

Am I the only one in church today... feeling so small?