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Kitchen Updates: How Often to Replace Appliances and Cooking Supplies

Nothing good lasts forever, and that includes the appliances and equipment that you may have already replaced during recent kitchen updates. While your kitchen will look gorgeous when everything is brand new and state-of-the-art, that shiny new look doesn't last forever. Sooner or later, you'll need to invest in replacements or repairs to keep everything up to par. When contemplating kitchen updates, it's important to understand that even if you think functionality is still intact, there may be issues lurking under the surface. Here's what you need to know about maintaining the state of your kitchen.

When Do You Need a New Dishwasher?- Replace As Needed - Every 10 Years at the Latest For many households, dishwashers are indispensable, providing a valuable way to reduce post-meal tasks and improve overall cleanliness. However, dishwashers get old, break, and need replacements during kitchen updates, just like any other appliance. Modern dishwashers are designed to last around 10 years, but if you start seeing these signs of wear and tear issues before that point, it may be time to invest in a repairman or a new dishwasher:

In some cases, a repair or parts replacement can fix these issues, but most of the time, a full replacement is the best option. Replacing a dishwasher will increase energy efficiency and improve the quality of your kitchen cleaning endeavors.

How Long Do Refrigerators Last?- Replace As Needed - Every 10 Years at the Latest It's hard to imagine living in a modern home without a refrigerator, which is why prompt repairs or replacements are so important. When refrigerator parts are on the fritz, it can cause plenty of issues, including ruined food, wasted money, and the risk of bacteria development, which can cause food poisoning such as salmonella. The average lifespan of a refrigerator is about 10 years, but these signs can be indicative of a need for a timely replacement:

It's not uncommon for attachments such as ice machines or water filters to break after three to five years. If you live somewhere with a hot climate, it's crucial to stay up to date with these smaller repairs. However, if your refrigerator has broken parts and kitchen updates are a priority, a full replacement may be the best option.

When Is a New Stove Essential?- Replace Every 10 Years at the Latest Cooking is virtually impossible without a functional stove or oven, but this stable kitchen appliance doesn't last forever. If you are in need of a new range, these tips can guide your decision between replacing and repairing. Like most kitchen appliances, a lifespan of 10 years or more isn't uncommon. However, if you're seeing signs of trouble and your stove is more than a decade old, replacement is most likely the right choice, especially if:

Even if a repair is possible, it may not be worth the investment. If the cost of the repair is 50 percent or more of the cost of the unit, it's time to take on something new.

Timelines for Countertops and Cabinet Installation- Update Every 10-15 Years Despite common perception, counters and cabinets aren't meant to last forever. After excessive use, counters wear down. Eventually, cupboard doors don't close properly and shelves begin to buckle and bend. Every 10 to 15 years is generally the recommended time frame for a full kitchen remodel. Whether the functionality of your kitchen isn't meeting your needs, or you simply want an updated look, it may be worth considering a kitchen remodel.

Countertop Replacement- While the functionality of cabinets can actively disturb storage and the protection of your cooking utensils, countertops rarely interfere with function, no matter how old they are. However, the look and feel can decrease the value of your cooking space, and it's possible for cracks to hold bacteria before any kitchen updates. If your counter is cracked, stained beyond repair, has any signs of structural problems, or simply looks outdated, it's time for a countertop replacement.

Cabinet Installation Unless your cabinets are significantly newer than your countertops, it's recommended to replace both at the same time, with cabinet installation taking priority. When cabinets are installed first, you can be sure new countertops will fit around or on your new cupboards and will not be damaged during the process.

Replacing Microwaves and Small Appliances- Replace As Needed - Every 5 Years at the Latest Unlike large appliances like refrigerators, stoves, ovens, and dishwashers, most smaller appliances won't make it to a decade of life. As such, you may need to replace things like microwaves on a more accelerated basis. Microwave Your microwave should hold up for at least five years, but inexpensive models may only give you a year or two. Signs like smoke, sparks, burning smells, improperly cooked food, suspicious sounds, and trouble with controls often mean it's time for a replacement. Microwaves can be repaired, but the cost is often not worth it. When in doubt, a new microwave is generally a better deal, with prices averaging around $100 or less-a steal compared to larger appliances.

Toasters- Toasters and toaster ovens can be important for convenience and easy cooking, particularly for meals that don't necessitate the time commitment preheating the oven requires. However, like microwaves, these items aren't meant to last longer than around five years of regular use, either. If you see sparks or smoke, experience uneven cooking, or smell strong metallic scents, it's time for kitchen updates and potentially a replacement.

Stand Mixers- Stand mixers can make baking fast and simple, but they're big investments. As such, most people are hesitant to drop cash on a replacement. Little things, like worn gears, may require simple parts repairs that you can do yourself, but bigger problems, like cracked stands, power troubles, or strange smells, usually entail a new unit. Before jumping the gun, be sure to check the warranty. Some units may come with long-term protection that you can use to minimize or eliminate the cost or a replacement.

How Long Do Spices Last?- Between 1-5 Years Spices are a staple in any kitchen, but contrary to the habits of standard home cooks, spices don't last forever. Even though spices are generally dried and intended to be preserved, they do come with an expiration date. Here are a few guidelines for how long spices last:

Spices don't actually spoil and are unlikely to make you sick, but they do lose flavor and effectiveness, compromising the food you cook. Common cooking oils, like olive oil or canola oil, should be replaced every one to two years. In theory, white kosher and sea salt will last indefinitely, but table salt should be replaced every five years.

When to Throw Away Non-Stick Pans- Replace Every 5 Years Pots and pans, particularly non-stick varieties, do need to be a part of your regularly scheduled kitchen updates. Based on the chemicals used to manufacture the non-stick surface, non-stick pots and pans shouldn't be used for more than five years. If there are any scratches or the surface begins to peel, replacement should be expedited. A great kitchen has a lot to offer your quality of life and your diet, but maintaining functionality means proper replacements. From broken appliances to outdated countertops, it's up to you to keep your kitchen in perfect working order.

Angie Bersin- Angie is part of the content marketing team and enjoys writing about home decor and real estate trends. As a long-term Seattleite, Angie enjoys traveling the globe to find content inspiration. Her dream home would be an urban loft filled with natural light, high ceilings, and an open floor plan.

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6/04/2013

10 Tips To Get You Through Your Kitchen Remodel
By: Lee Dobbins

Most everyone wants a new kitchen but few people realize the work and inconvenience that goes into a kitchen remodel. A big remodel can take months and you won't have access to the room while the work is going on. While this can be a trying time, once you have your beautiful new kitchen in place it will be well worth it!

Here's some tips to get you through the remodel and on to your new kitchen:

1. You will need to set up a temporary kitchen in another part of the house. Make sure it is a convenient location with have access to water and a space to keep food cold as well as a place to heat up meals. Sometimes portable appliances like a crock pot or electric frying pan and a small dorm fridge and microwave work good for a temporary arrangement if you will be replacing your old appliances.

2. Make sure you really think about how long the job will take. Most jobs run take longer than expected. This can be frustrating for everyone, so it's in your best interest to set a realistic date and that way you won't be disappointed.

3. Make sure you know what you are going to reuse. Whether you do some of the work yourself or hire it out make sure that it is very clear what things are going to be reused. The cabinets, counter tops and flooring can become damaged during a remodel and if you are planning on reusing them this can be a huge problem and expense. Remember to be careful around these reusable items.

4. Make sure you seal off the room properly so you don't get dust and debris all over the house. If you have hired someone to do the job, they will probably know just what to do but if you are doing it yourself, invest in some plastic sheeting and make sure you secure it around the doorways as good as possible.

5. Get everything out of the kitchen. Box up everything that will not be used in your temporary kitchen. Label the boxes and store them out of the way.

6. Remove anything that isn't nailed or screwed down. This includes drawers, lazy susans, spice racks, wall clocks, ornaments, etc. Place a protective cover over anything that must remain in place while you work.

7. Make arrangements for the removal of any refuse that may accumulate during the remodeling. if you must rent a dumpster, do so in plenty of time or have a pick up truck on hand for hauling the rubbish to the dump. if you plan to salvage the old cabinetry for a workshop or donation to a charitable cause, have a place ready for them to go as you take them out of your work area.

8. Think safety and remember to turn off all utilities before removing any major appliances, turn off all utilities. This can be done at the individual shut off valves for gas and water. If there are no shut off valves, you will have to turn off the main valve. The main gas valve is usually located near the gas meter. Remember that, once you turn off the gas to the whole house, ALL pilot lights will have to be relit before they will work again. Without careful planning you may find yourself without hot water when you're ready to clean up after a hard day's work.

9. In older homes, the wiring may have been modified over the years and it may not be clear which circuits or fuses control specific areas. If you are unsure, turn off the main power or get professional assistance. Never take a chance with electricity! In addition, tape over the breakers so they won't be turned on inadvertently. If you plan on upgrading your electrical system and adding new outlets and fixtures, it will be necessary to dismantle all existing outlets and fixtures.

10. Remove all light bulbs. Then, dismantle each fixture by using a screwdriver to unscrew the plate and the receptacle and pull the receptacle out of the box. Put wire nuts on any exposed wires for the interim. The bare copper wire is the ground and does not need to be capped.

Author Bio
Lee Dobbins writes for A Kitchen Decorating Idea where you can find more tips on kitchen remodeling and decorating on a budget.

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Saint Paul Award Program Honors the Achievement

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Daryl’s Custom Woodshop Receives 2013 Best of Saint Paul Award

Saint Paul Award Program Honors the Achievement

SAINT PAUL April 24, 2013 -- Daryl's Custom Woodshop has been selected for the 2013 Best of Saint Paul Award in the Custom Furniture category by the Saint Paul Award Program.

Each year, the Saint Paul Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Saint Paul area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2013 Saint Paul Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Saint Paul Award Program and data provided by third parties.

About Saint Paul Award Program

The Saint Paul Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Saint Paul area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value. The Saint Paul Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community's contributions to the U.S. economy.

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CONTACT: Saint Paul Award Program

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Saint Paul Award Program Honors the Achievement

Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Daryl’s Custom Woodshop Receives 2012 Best of Saint Paul Award

Saint Paul Award Program Honors the Achievement

SAINT PAUL October 2, 2012 -- Daryl’s Custom Woodshop has been selected for the 2012 Best of Saint Paul Award in the Custom Furniture category by the Saint Paul Award Program.

Each year, the Saint Paul Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Saint Paul area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2012 Saint Paul Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Saint Paul Award Program and data provided by third parties.

About Saint Paul Award Program

The Saint Paul Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Saint Paul area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value. The Saint Paul Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.

SOURCE: Saint Paul Award Program

CONTACT: Saint Paul Award Program

Email: PublicRelations@awardprogram.org

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