Here is a perfect example of the stuff I do around here, the building that we live in has 10 rental apartos in it, on each floor there is one large (for Tokyo) aparto and one small one. Room #202 had this Korean gal living there, she was pleasant enough, but certainly was not the sharpest tool in the shed. She never did figure out the whole idea of having to separate your garbage into burn and non-burn days. She cooked all the time, and the place smelled like Korean cooking, not the worst smell, but certainly it was a strong smell. After she left we did a walk through and it was obvious she was not going to get her damage deposit back, or better stated her low-life boyfriend was not going to get it back, as it turns out, he rented the aparto for her, through his company, an bit of info I'm sure his wife as not privy to.
One thing that caught my eye was the gas range.....
Hmm, something seems wrong here....
What's that, a rust hole?
Well that is going to need replacing for sure, sigh.....
The real-estate guys get a quote for us to replace the gas range, a new one lists at $1200, and another $200 to install it. My wife and I investigate a replacement gas range and find we can order one through my favorite DIY shop, Super Viva Home, and the cost will be $740, I'll install it, but I'll have to have the gas company hook up the gas, I'm not licensed for that, the hook up will be $100, so $840 to change the gas range. While we were at it we replaced the kitchen faucet, it was 10 years old and was leaking a bit, and was looking well used. Trying to spruce the place up for a new tenant, all new wall paper everywhere and a bunch of other small fixes, might as well replace the faucet. The real-estate guys got a quote for that too, $400, that is $300 for the faucet and $100 to install it, yep, I'll to that myself too, thank you.
OK first up the gas range, this is where I started after removing the old rusted out one......
Now the big box on the floor....
Everything well packed, and easy to get at, all straight forward, this should not take long at all.
You can see the hole the range goes into.
Took only a couple of minutes.
With the top on and the spacers installed. This unit the top is screwed on the guts of the unit and there is a nice rubber seal that goes all the way around. I don't know if the old unit had this, but the new one certainly does!
On to the faucet
I was wondering how I'd get the old unit out
Turns out there is just one bolt holding it in place onto the collar that is attached to the counter top.
Just two quick connect connectors and it was away!
The new collar, nifty little piece of kit, the two wings are pushed in then they go through the hole in the counter top....
When you start to tighten the long bolts, the wings pop out and then grip the underside of the counter top, the collar it then secure and you just slide the faucet in, and reconnect the quick connect hoses.
Boom, that simple!
Now if the good old Monster-In-Law did not have me around to do this stuff she would have paid;
Item Full cost Stu Cost Gas Range $1200 $740 Install $200 $100 Faucet $300 $100 Install $100 $0 Totals $1800 $940
Savings of $860, but do you think she even said "Thank You", no she did not, but, my lovely wife really appreciates it, so that is what counts, to me
Just some of the stuff I get into around here.