More cleaning, some maintenance, and letting the “Big Dog” out.

Joe has been helping me with the maintenance of our kitchen while I go about the tasks of cleaning.

Thursday I pulled the stove out to clean that nasty space, and the gross spill over messes.  The last time I did this was about 7 years ago.  If you will be attempting this nasty challenge…the first thing on your list is to get the power shut off to the stove.  Go to your breaker box and find the switch/fuse for the “Range” or stove and flip the switch to the OFF position.

Shut off the power to the range

Shut off the power to the range

If you have a “Self Cleaning Oven” move the latch to the closed position.  This will allow you to pull the range/stove away from the wall using the oven door handle.

Latch the door closed and pull away from the wall

Latch the door closed and pull away from the wall

This is not as nasty as I figured it would be….but it was plenty NASTY!  The side of the stove had quite a bit of dried up spills.

Nasty dried up spills

Nasty dried up spills

The floor where the stove had been was in dire need of a sweep and mop.  Unplug the range/stove before you go to sweeping and mopping in there.  You can push the stove further away for easier access to this area.

Unplug the stove, sweep and mop the floor

Unplug the stove, sweep and mop the floor

The counter strip next to the stove needed to be cleaned, as did the cabinet walls and the back wall behind the stove.

Counter edge next to the stove

Counter edge next to the stove

The builders of this home slapped stuff up in their efficient hurry to get on to the next house.  We live in a mobile home so the construction process is done with less than quality materials.  The Formica strips at the counter edges were coming off or had completely fallen off over the years we have lived in this house.

Formica strip had come off

Formica strip had come off

Formica strip coming off

Formica strip coming off

Joe prepped the areas where he would be working.  Protecting the cabinets from any spills of Contact Cement.

Protect the work area

Protect the work area

Contact Cement can be purchased at any home improvement center or hardware store.

Contact Cement

Contact Cement

One of the cans had dried up.  The other can was still good.

Dried up and unusable

Dried up and unusable

Product still good

Product still good

With a paint stir stick, give the product a slow stir.  You won’t need to whip this stuff into a bubbly frenzy.  Work the stir stick all around the bottom of the can and the sides to get all the chemicals mixed together.

Stir the contents well

Stir the contents well

This REALLY needs to be done in a well ventilated area.  With the single digit temperatures we are experiencing the cold air coming in the front door was welcome.  I had nearly every ventilation fan running in the house.  This stuff will make you dizzy and give you a headache from the fumes.

Strong fumes, use caution

Strong fumes, use caution

Joe painted the Contact Cement to both surfaces on the strip that was coming off.  Paint the stuff on the counter board and the Formica.  He stuffed the paint stir stick between the strip and counter to keep the two painted pieces from touching while the Contact Cement dried to a tacky state.

Apply Contact Cement to both the strip and the counter

Apply Contact Cement to both the strip and the counter

Don't let them touch during the drying process

Don’t let them touch during the drying process

Joe painted the Contact Cement on the counter edge where the pieces had fallen off.  He then painted the strips themselves and left them to dry to a tacky state on the table.

Strips that had come off

Strips that had come off

Applying Contct Cement

Applying Contact Cement

When the Contact Cement had dried to a tacky state the strips were put back on the counter.  Using a “Maul” and a piece of wood, Joe tapped the strips into place causing the cement to fully adhere to both surfaces.  While he was at it Joe fixed the strip at the other end of the counter as well.

Tap the strip well to adhere it

Tap the strip well to adhere it

Joe put a smear of Vaseline on the blades of the electric plug before I pushed it into the socket.  He says “The Vaseline will keep the plug from getting corroded”.

Vaseline

Vaseline

Smear it on the plug blades

Smear it on the plug blades

Plug the range/stove back in, push the appliance back into position, then restore power to the unit from the breaker box.

Joe had an opportunity to go to Fort Worth, Texas for a “Single” move coming back up to Oklahoma City.  I went with him yesterday to help him with the move.  I think the “Big Dog” deserves to be let out after all the work he has helped me do 😀

Single truck in Fort Worth, Texas

Single truck in Fort Worth, Texas

He is ready to go

He is ready to go

Look at that face :D

Look at that face 😀

Following the delivery

Following the delivery

Team work is what this is called 😀

Leslie

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About Message In A Fold

I am an over the road truck driver in Drive-Away Transport part of the year, and the sole bookkeeper of this operation the other part of the year. I do a lot of whining until I can get in my craft room and play with paper and glue. View all posts by Message In A Fold

4 responses to “More cleaning, some maintenance, and letting the “Big Dog” out.

  • Maureen Mathis

    I’m not surprised those strips came off, with all the steam around the stovetop! Looks like they are good now for another few years! Hope you enjoyed the trip to Fort Worth; but don’t go back to the “DARK SIDE!”

    • Message In A Fold

      The trip to Fort Worth was uneventful, Thank God! Other than being reminded how much my body doesn’t like being forced to stay in one place for hours, the trip was good. A chance to get out and see the many changes in the towns/cities and road construction.

      Nope! Won’t be going back to the “Dark Side” any time soon!

      Love you – Leslie

  • gardenpinks

    So you didn’t get high from the glue fumes then??I don’t know how the youngsters can sniff that stuff.
    Yes team work is what it is all about 🙂

    Love and hugs
    Lynn xx

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