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There is much to learn to become an informed kitchen cabinet buyer.
Here's some food for thought:
A cabinet with a door is less expensive than a cabinet with a door and a drawer. By the same token, a cabinet with drawers is more expensive than both the door type and the drawer-and-door type.
The simplest door can be made from one piece of material - and the simplest drawer is made from five pieces. Additionally, drawers require more elaborate operating hardware - slides instead of hinges.
The cabinet seller who wants to keep the price down will show you cabinets with fewer drawers. The seller who wants the price to go up will suggest more drawers.
Oh, and pullouts - drawers behind doors - they can be more expensive than the whole lot.
Put tile over laminate for new countertop
A new tile countertop might sound like a budget-buster, but there is an affordable alternative. Simply install tile right over the existing laminate top.
Start by removing the sink and protecting the front of the cabinets with a layer of heavy paper or cardboard. Next, use a circular saw to cut off the front edge and the splash at the rear. Any uneven spots can be smoothed out with a hand saw, or a belt sander and some coarse paper.
The entire top should be lightly sanded to help create a better bond for the tile adhesive.
Install the tile in the adhesive, which is applied with a grooved trowel. After the tile has set overnight, it can be grouted using a rubber grout float and a damp sponge. Buff out the remaining haze with a soft, dry cloth and reinstall the sink.
Replace gasket to silence screech
Does every faucet in your home make a screeching noise when it's turned on? It's probably a worn-out rubber gasket in a plumbing valve (the place from which water enters your home).
This sub-par gasket results in a reedy, screechy sound when water passes over it, which is then transferred to whatever fixture is in use. The good news is the solution is a simple one; the gasket can be replaced simply and inexpensively.
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