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The end of the cooktop nightmare… I hope!

For those of you who are jumping in right now… here is a quick recap, just for you.

A week ago, I managed to ruin my glass induction cooktop by starting to many large pots (making broth) at the same time.

Well that was not the worst of it. A couple of day after I got a new cooktop into the house, I manage to drop a heavy glass jar on it and and yep… it breaks into “a thousand” pieces (well not really a thousand.. but you get the drift). Now luckily as part of the deal, when I bought the new one, I got and extra coverage insurance with it.. that should cover this type of accidents….

Part 3 of the cooktop/broth cooking saga: 

So I’ve got good news, great news and maybe some slightly less good news!  

Lets do the good news first:

The day after my accident (yes, it was an accident.. I did not thrown that glass jar on my brand spanking new cooktop) I called the insurance company, and “Yes, off course. We will cover this. This happens more than you know. No problem. Just take it back to where you bought it, and they will either fix it or get you a new”.

Whoa, it that isn’t good news I don’t know what good news are. I felt so relieved (wouldn’t that have been a nightmare if the answer was no… after all, it was an expensive cooktop).

So B and I took off with the broken one, back to where we bought it in the first place.

Some info you need to know: 

When I bought the cooktop, we were alternating between two models. We picked the one that was the most powerful of the two. When picking it, I had discussed with the seller that me keeping it, was contingent of us being able to use all my pots and pans on it (and yes.. every one of them works on inductions cooktop, as this was what I had before). If I couldn’t make them work I would probably be back to swap it for the other model (which was no problem as they have a 30 day return policy).

Now… it turns out that some of my pots did not work, especially my espresso brewing pot and my butter warmer/melting pot which had bottoms to small for the induction plate to detect them 😦

As a result.. B and I had concluded that choice number two would probably be a better solution… and we had just concluded this, when the accident happened. Oh noooo, now the big question was, would we still be able to swap the cooktop for our second choice?

And here comes the great news:

The answer was yes.. whoohoo!!! The seller graciously decided to let us swap… even though the other one was broken. So home we came with another brand spanking new cooktop. And this one works perfectly for all my pots. What a relief 🙂

Now.. the less than stellar news (and this is something I can live with, IF all goes according to plan)

Since the “old one” has to be sent in for repair as it’s an insurance issue, the shop could not mark it in their systems as a returned piece, yet. Which means that we have to wait for it to be repaired, returned to the shop and then they can do an official product swap (old in, new out)

Since this might take weeks.. they have given me the new one, as a “new sale”, by creating an invoice with a 30 day due date.

What does this mean for me? If all goes according to plan.. I have no problem, as they will just do a swap and the invoice goes away.

If all goes belly up.. it means I have an invoice that is due in 30 days that need to be paid… as I’m registered in the shop as having bought two cooktops.

Now… the seller did tell me he would postpone the due date, if it takes a long time for the repair to go through, so in theory there should be no problem…

From the sellers mouth, to Gods ears.. I hope that is true! 

I will know in a few weeks time, and hopefully, this will be the last you guys hear about this 😉

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My broth cooking nightmare!

I mentioned the other day I was cooking broth for future use. And as a result.. my cooktop blew up!

Part 2 of the cooktop/broth cooking saga: 

So, we got this cooktop safely into the house. As usual (as happens when I get new stuff) I got a slightly more expensive cooktop that what the original repair would have been.

When I bought my last one, I got one that had gotten very good reviews and was somewhat expensive. It fitted nicely into the house, and worked brilliantly (until I just had to push the limit).

So this time around, I figured I would get a decent one, more or less in the same price bracket as what I paid for my old one (as I had been really happy with it).

When you buy new electric items these days, it’s quite common that they will try to sell you/offer you an extra coverage insurance to go with the product.

I never buy these extra coverage insurances (as we are really well protected with regular warranties here in Norway).. but this time around they offered it for free. The offer was, either 45 dollars off the purchase price, or a 5 year user insurance worth 90 dollars.

As the insurance will give you a new product if you for example drop something on the cooktop, and the glass break, I figured, why not! That might be a good idea, even though I have never had that happen to me before. So I said yes thank you, I’ll take the insurance, thinking, I would never ever need this…

Little did I know… it was an omen of things to come!

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Yesterday… while moving a coconut oil jar across the cooktop… the jar and the top (which I was holding) decided to divorce each other and BANG the glass jar hit the cooktop and shards flew everywhere!

Oh, noooooo.. that sinking feeling looking down at a brand spanking new broken cooktop…

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I think I give up…

This batch of broth is becoming awfully expensive (note to self.. next time just buy the darn thing in the shop).

A couple of you mentioned in your comments on my last post, that you would take the top breaking to be a sign to never cook again… well.. I’m inclined to agree with you…

So now what? 

Well now, I have to wait until tomorrow, to call the insurance company and see what they have to say about it. In the meantime… I’m glad I haven’t tossed my old half working one, as it looks like I might just need it 😦

The saga continues…

Banging my head against the wall!

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I have about half a dozen unfinished blog post that I can’t seem to get out. I write… have a brain fart…. and that ends that endeavor!

And it happens over and over…

And then there are all the little projects I want to do (and tell you all about) where I get all the stuff out.. take a picture for the blog post… have another brain fart, and here we go… again 😦

So you might say things are not going according to plan…

Take yesterday!

My intention was to spend the day making a large amount of broth for future use (first time ever doing a dedicated broth “run”), pay my bills, write on my blog and hang out with a friend watching the newest Star Trek movie 🙂

And guess what… another very sudden stop!

I had two large casseroles all decked out with broth bones, ox tails and vegetables. I was all ready to go. Two large casseroles was on the inductions cooktop with full heat for a quick boil (before I put them back on a simmer) and I had just put on a small casserole to make some tea.. and BANG!

My cooktop blew up!

What?????

OK, so it didn’t physically blow up, but the fuse blew, and it did say bang.. and when I threw the fuse breaker back, sparks flew and killed the mains at the same time.

Oh no… 

No worries… I pulled the plug on the cooktop, and activated the fuses again.. all back to normal… with one teeny weeny exception..

The cook-top no longer worked.

For real? 

Yep!

I left it alone for a about half an hour (to let it cool down) just in case it would spring back to action.

And guess what, it did. Yaay! 🙂

But only half of it. Noooo! 😦

Turned out, the half I use the most, was dead as a door nail. All it did was give me all sorts of funky error messages that was not mentioned in the manual (go figure).

I had no other option but to call a repair man to find out what was wrong with the darn thing. A few minutes into the conversation he concluded what was wrong, and gave me an estimated repair cost.

Well guess what! I could literally buy a brand spanking new induction cooktop, for what he said the repair most likely would be.

My cooktop is 10 years old, and no way I’m spending half it’s cost on repair when I can get a new one for same price as the repair.

So guess what… after sorting out the two broth casseroles that was already warmed up before everything went pear-shaped, by putting one in the oven and the other one on the remaining working burners, B and I took off to look for a new hob.

Hours later, after reviewing several, we came home for a rest and a cup of coffee.. to see if we could narrow it down to one or two.

Revived from the coffee, we took of for town late last night, to a shop we hadn’t visited already, as it looked like they might have something just up my alley.

Did we find something?

Yes we did, I think.. maybe.. if I can make all my pots work on it… which I haven’t quite succeeded at yet. So tomorrow will show, if it’s a keeper or not (yes, I’m hard to please).

Stay tuned.. and I’ll keep you posted on where I end up on this.

And the broth?

Well that task is going quite well, thank you. It’s simmering nicely, on the stove as we speak, slowly being reduced into an amount that hopefully will fit my freezer 😉

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Kitchen – Day 7

Cooktop and oven time.

As easy as the plumbing was, the harder this was…

What we needed to do was cut out the hole for the cooktop. First we measured everything out. We put the cooktop upside down on the counter, in exactly the spot where we wanted it, drew a line around it, removed the cooktop and measured about 6 mm in from the line we drew, and drew up the cutting lines. The cooktop “lip” was only 10 mm, and we needed a tiny bit of wiggle room, so we decided to go for approx 6 mm so that the “lip” still had some support.

I told you my countertop consist of a 10 mm thick laminate, right? Well let me tell you, 10 mm of pure laminate is hard, super hard to cut in. I remember when we installed the original countertop, how my dad swore more than once over how hard is was to cut the darn thing with a jigsaw. Not only was it hard (I believe my dad broke a sweat and a blade) but it also took forever. So this time around I thought maybe I could use something else.

First I tried my Bosch Oscillation multi tool – effective, but still very slow going, so I figured… nahhh.

OK, what’s next…. well there is the grinder… Which is a scary effective product, and it’s fast, almost too fast. “Boy do you need a steady hand if your going to try that, because if you are just a tiny bit off, you’ll ruin everything”. Hmmm, would I, would I even dare to?  Thankfully I still had the cut off from the original plate, so I could practise 🙂 It was fast… I decided to take a chance..

NOW, I would NEVER recommend anyone ever doing this, you would have to have a rock steady hand, and a sick amount of confident, and it can still go wrong, very wrong! So NO, do not ever use a grinder to cut out the hole for a cooker in a kitchen bench. Please use a jigsaw as the instillation guide will tell you to do.

Having said that, I used one! The only reason I even contemplated using one, was because I spent all summer last year cutting slate with a grinder (Summer project 2013 – putting down 56 square metres of slate at the front of my house). And I knew I could cut a straight line. Unless you use a grinder for a living, please do not be as insane as me 😉

I knew the grinder would produce an insane amount of laminate dust, so we covered up the area really well to try to keep the dust contained. Even so, it still seeped a little into my kitchen cabinets and onto the floor.  This was not really a big deal, as I had decided that part of the kitchen “renovation” would also include cleaning all my kitchen stuff, and all my kitchen cabinets (saves me from doing it for Christmas).

OK, here goes, I’m all decked out in protective gear, mask, glasses and ear protectors. The kitchen is all decked out in plastic, tape and I have this big “bag” behind me that will collect most of the dust. And, I’m nervous! What if I muck this up?

Well, I’m proud to say – I didn’t 🙂

The hole got cut, and fitted to perfection. The cooktop slotted nicely into it’s hole, exactly as planned. Phew…

Putting the oven in it’s place afterwards took all but two minutes.

A good vacuum, and a washing later and this concluded the work for the day.

Only one more day to go…

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