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Old 11-17-2014, 12:20 AM   #51
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Ron, after my previous post I kept working so I finish cut (almost) the opening for the new fridge and if you look at the previous "Rough cut opening" picture, all of the the wood bracing on the right side wall all had to come off. I'll show a picture of that tomorrow. The refer is just too wide with that 1" wood in place. Thankfully the thin wall can stay where it is and the original closet that was converted to a pantry with pull out baskets a long time ago won't be affected by this work. It really helped to completely remove the front metal frame from the Nova Kool refer to use as a sizing template for cutting the opening. This installation is going really fast and I expect it to be completed by the end of the week. For those woodworkers out there one of my most versatile tools has been my Fein Oscillating Multitool with different blades. I can get in really tight places and make very precise cuts. The entire cutout was done with this tool. I work full time so my fun begins after I get home from work. Stay tuned!

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Old 11-17-2014, 12:29 AM   #52
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Can't wait to see how this turns out. I am so leery of the current propane/AC/DC fridge options.
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Old 11-19-2014, 12:43 AM   #54
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Tonight I was back at it and made great progress. I finished the cutouts for the new Nova Kool refrigerator and used the frame removed from the refer as a template to get the cutout exact. I have included pictures and will comment on them individually.

Here the the refer frame sitting in the cutout. Notice the refer will be on top and the freezer on the bottom. Also notice that the microwave cabinet has been cutout and the new refer frame fills the entire width across to the pantry door.




This is a picture of the bottom right edge. Notice that the refer frame sits behind the heater cover and directly against the pantry door. What a tight fit!




This is the bottom of the frame. I will have to trim it out and I have a nice piece of trim that greggo provided last week. Thanks Greg!



I have about 1/2 inch of the original microwave cabinet left on the top. Maybe a good place to store a pizza?



Here is a 2" thick polyiso board (R-15) that I will insulate the back area of the refrigerator cavity with. This area will vent the motor and condenser heat away and normally gets very hot with the sun shining directly on the fiberglass. I doubt if any heat will penetrate this stuff!



Stay tuned! Steve
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You could put a pizza peel up there but would probably have to cut off part of the handle.
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Old 11-19-2014, 01:56 AM   #56
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Tonight I was back at it and made great progress. I finished the cutouts for the new Nova Kool refrigerator
So you're saying that the Fein multi-tool does a fine job. Good to hear. It's probably one of the few tools that I don't have but maybe I should get one before I hack into the woodwork to install two new cabinets. I want to do the neatest job possible.

Great photos as usual and I'm guessing that the R15 insulation will be a lot better at keeping external heat out than the reflectix.

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Old 11-19-2014, 10:37 AM   #57
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Ditto what Ron said. Thought I was fearless but I am in awe watching this.
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Steve, I think it would have to be a Brooklyn style pizza.

Interesting that the fit is so tight given the dimensions supplied by NovaKool. I guess they're talking unit size and not frame size.
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Steve, I think it would have to be a Brooklyn style pizza.

Interesting that the fit is so tight given the dimensions supplied by NovaKool. I guess they're talking unit size and not frame size.
Yes, it is really, really tight! That is why I took the frame off the refer and used it as a cutting template. BTW, It occurred to me last night that I haven's shown any pics of the refer and the compressor system so I will post some of those this evening.
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When I bought my multi-tool it was the only tool I didn't have. first used it to cut into wall/cabinet under my kitchen sink to repair a leak. The acsess hole was so square, I made a hinged plumbing door out of it. Now I use it everywhere. You can cut with great precision in the most awkward of spots. Right out of the box my cuts were good.
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