When we remodeled this house (tore it down to the studs and started rebuilding from there) and moved in, we purchased a new refrigerator and gas cooking stove. That was in 1995, twenty-two years ago this next month.
Knock on wood, but we have had absolutely no problem with the refrigerator (it just keeps hummin' along) and no problem with the stove. Well except for one little thing.
This was the scene in my kitchen today as my dear husband replaced the oven door hinges on the stove. Again. For the fourth time.
Something happens to the hinges having to do with wear and tear on them each time the oven door is opened and closed. The door gets progressively harder and harder to open making an awful creaking sound that gets really loud. Once, one of the deteriorating hinges snapped and the oven door wouldn't stay closed. The only way we could get the door to stay closed was by wedging it shut with a 2 x 4. You can read about that incident and see a picture here. (This was before we remodeled the kitchen in 2011.)
So to summarize, we purchased the stove in 1995, we had to replace the hinges in 1999, again in 2002, a third time in 2008 and a fourth time today.
My optimistic husband commented that at least the manufacturer of the hinges is making them better as they're lasting progressively longer. "Ha," I said. "They may last longer, but obviously they're still defective!"
On top of everything else, it's a tricky job to replace the hinges. One has to be careful because the hinges are very strong and if one is not careful during the process, they can snap shut at just the wrong time and . . .
. . . bite one. The hinge took a piece out of his finger (his protective gloves were on the floor when this happened -- ahem), but it could have been a lot worse. A LOT worse.
Any bets on how long this newly installed set will last? Oy.
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