Hello, board! Task #1 in my new house (my first, woo hoo!) is replacing a broken drop-in stove with a slide in.
Eventually I'm planning on re-doing all the cabinets in the kitchen, but not immediately. Is the best thing to do to get the old stove out of the cabinet, knock out and clean up the platform, then just move in the new one?
Is it really that simple? Is there anything stupidly obvious that I should be aware of that I'm overlooking?
And how long would knocking out the platform take, if I wanted to get it done in a perfunctory manner? Would it be plausible to have the stove delivery/installation guys remove the old one, then wait fiftten minutes while I go to work with my hammer & saw so I can clear out the platform & make room for the slide-in?
Or in general is this not even worth the trouble and should I find a slide-in gas stove?
Thanks for the advice! This is project 1 of 1,000,000, it seems!
** And how long would knocking out the platform take **
That would likely depend on how it was built.
** Would it be plausible to have the stove delivery/installation guys remove the old one, then wait fiftten minutes while I go to work with my hammer & saw so I can clear out the platform & make room for the slide-in? **
In most cases that would be wishful thinking. Of course if you're willing to pay their time... (some companies charge in the area of $60+ an hour BTW)
** delivery/installation guys remove the old one **
PS. You had better check with them in advance as many times delivery people will NOT usually disconnect or reconnect a *gas* appliance. If they provide that service at all, a licensed gas fitter will likely have to be sent.
** should I find a slide-in gas stove? **
You mean a gas *drop-in* model? If so, I do not believe they are made any longer.
If your original plan was to install an *electric* range in place of the gas, you'll likely need to have a new wiring service installed for it. That's a job for an electrician and not the delivery guys either.
Thanks for the advice! I did some browsing on your website, and have bookmarked it for many future returns; great stuff there.
One more question, would it be difficult to find an appliance installer to at least come out and take my old stove away?
I've only got one pair of hands, so I need some help getting rid of the old stove. If I can get someone to remove & cart off the old one, I can saw apart and patch up my cabinet work to make a slide-in stove fit.
How would I find someone to remove the old stove? Is that difficult?
Thanks for the answer; I'm a brand-new homeowner and will be throwing a million dumb questions out there.
** would it be difficult to find an appliance installer to at least come out and take my old stove away? **
It depends if it is gas or electric.
If gas, he'll likely need to be a licensed gas installer and need to cap off the gas line after the disconnect. I suggest you contact local appliance dealers, if they're not interested in doing it them self (hoping to get a future sale) they can likely recommend someone else to try.
You could also try contacting some used appliance dealers in the area or an appliance service depot might also be willing if it's a slow time for them (this is typically a slow time of the year for service - don't put it off too long though).
If electric, maybe you could find a local handyman or student which would give you a hand for less than what others in the trade would likely charge?
Hope you're still on this forum at this late date?
I'm wondering how you made out as I am facing the same job, removing a drop-in electric with a free standing electric stove. Did the platform removal present big or little problems? Any other tips appreciated.
12:31PM | 03/01/15
I want to replace my slide-in range with a freestanding range. Is there anything special I have to look for? The opening for the stove is 30"- would I be able to replace with a 30" freestanding range or do I need to allow space between the stove sides and the cabinet walls??
Any help with this would very much be appreciated.