After spending last Sunday sanding and wire wheeling the rust off of old stove parts, I think I'm just about ready to start reassembly. I should be happy about this, but I'm actually dreading it. When I took it apart last spring, I put all the hardware into little labeled baggies and took photos of how things were put together. Yet somehow, about a year later, none of it looks familiar. I feel like I'm reading a map in a foreign language. I'm sure it will come together fine, especially since I have a very detailed service manual and great directions from someone who has done this before, but I'm still feeling very intimidated.
My only two remaining tasks for the stove are to disassemble, clean, and reassemble the broiler box and Thermowell. The Thermowell will be easy. The broiler box has lots of moving parts. Sigh.
If I can escape from work a little early tomorrow, I'm going to take the stovetop and handles to a plating shop to be rechromed. I'm really excited about this part, since it will provide the most visual impact to the finished stove. I'm a little nervouns about entrusting my precious stoveparts to a stranger, but it seems they're the only local plating shop that does a show-quality chrome finish. I'll definitely need to see some examples of their work before I turn over my stovetop.
I also plan on shipping out my stove burner heads, drip pans, and burner grates to IPE in Missouri tomorrow. Turnaround time is currently around 2 weeks, which gives me enough time to get the rest of the stove in order. Hopefully.
And, last but not least, John the handyman is coming over tomorrow to frame our "new" wall. We're closing off where the PPOs opened the hall closet into the office. So, no more dysfunctional closet after tomorrow! Yipee! By the time I get home from work tomorrow afternoon, he should be finished. How cool is that? I still feel like I'm cheating when other people work on my house, but I'm evem more excited that the stuff is getting done. Sometimes DIY is less important that just being finished with the stupid project already. I'm sure that those of you who have had projects drag on (and on... and on...) can relate.
Pictures to come!