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Why did I tidy up the garage? We’re getting a new refrigerator

Posted by joeabbott on March 9, 2013

Refrigerator 001For a while we’ve been living with a refrigerator that was leaking. Not coolant or a puddle that required mopping up, but a slow drip on the inside in the back that would cause a mess on the shelves or pool in the crisper drawers. We’d gotten used to positioning Tupperware trays below the freezer vent to catch the drips but when we graduated to putting a collapsible vase to catch all the water, we knew it’d be time to look for a replacement.

We’d already attempted to defrost the unit, but the problem returned, and we’d somewhat recently upgraded our stove, cooktop microwave, and dishwasher, so we had some motivation to replace our fridge. But, the old unit wasn’t so bad that we were willing to toss it out.

The drip was annoying in day-to-day use, but having a second fridge in the garage for storing beverages, holding extra Costco-sized food items, and for use as an emergency “overflow” unit (think “Thanksgiving dinner for 25”) made it worth hanging onto. And, I was willing to give the defrost one more shot … this time, leaving the unit unplugged and open for a week or so.

The problem of where to put it in the garage arose and the best answer we could come up with was between the wall and shelving unit. The secondary problem of “where do I store my plywood lumber” and “how do I move the massive storage unit” arose from that solution, which is why I needed to tidy up the garage.

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A few years back I built a shelving unit in our garage and it’s amazing for holding LOTS of stuff. Unfortunately, it was full and I needed to move it about a foot to the right. Also, I had come to storing all of my left over plywood scraps on end between the wall and storage … it worked perfectly and also provided a home for a couple of folding tables we own.

WP_20130217_005WP_20130217_006By earmarking this spot for the fridge meant we had to empty everything from the shelves, remove the plywood and tables from the storage spot between the wall and shelves, squeeze into the tiny spot, and push the shelves over. It took a bit of back-and-forth, but after a short afternoon of work, we got the shelves situated and loaded back up, and it looks great with the old refrigerator slotted right into the spot.

I now have two projects: first, find a place for all my wood scraps, and, second, find a place for our folding tables. I’ll be writing a post here about what I’m doing with the wood scraps but I’m still not sure where we find a home for the tables. I’m eyeing the loft in the garage (it’s plenty out of the way) but I’ll just have to work out how to get them up and down without killing myself!

But, those are projects for later. Thanks for stopping in and catching up!


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