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It has bugged me for a while that I've had the fridge at Castle Fox positioned in almost the worst place possible, from an energy efficiency point of view: vis, next to the radiator and immediately beneath the boiler.

So I've shifted it to the other end of the kitchen. However, this meant that the door now opened the wrong way - from being a right-hinged door that ensured that the fridge was accessible from within the kitchen as it were, shifting it to the other end meant that the door opened to create a barrier, and you had to practically exit the kitchen (at the opposite end) to be able to reach the milk.

Now, when I bought said domestic appliance, I remember flicking through the instructions (admit it, we all read the instruction manuals for white goods when they arrive) those 9 years past and seeing a subsection headed 'reversing the door hinge' or some such. Despite all the resources available to me courtesy of the highly structured filing environment that is Castle Fox's archives, I was unable to locate the fridge's Book of Words to seek further guidance, but in the end the rough hint proved enough.

First off, you need to lay the beast (carefully) on its back, remove the front feet, unscrew the lower bolt holding the door on and slide the whole door assembly downwards, so it disengages the upper pin.

It then lifts off, and you can extricate the upper bolt from the door casing and transfer it to the opposite (top left) corner of the body. Likewise, the lower hinge bolt and its dummy partner can dosey-do and swap positions, whereupon everything gets reassembled in reverse order (you just swear in different places).

All this would be so much easier if I actually possessed a non-stripped posidrive screwdriver, or a 6mm spanner. Lacking both, I had to use the needlenose pliers from my Leatherman, and also its cross-head driver. But believe me, trying to torque up fixings with that device was not easy on the hands. Ouch.

Anyway, with luck, the upshot of this transformation will be that the fridge will no longer be fighting a cooling battle against the wall of heat roiling off the kitchen radiator, and instead will be able to chug merrily along, sipping far less elctrickery than in the past. Will I notice the difference? Probably not, but at least that's one less thing to keep me awake at night.

Date: 2009-12-05 04:05 am (UTC)
aome: (Default)
From: [personal profile] aome
Heck, I'm just impressed that you can move your fridge around. American kitchens (and cabinets) are generally built with a specific location for the fridge in mind. There is nowhere else it can go, unless you do an entire kitchen makeover.

Date: 2009-12-05 09:17 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] linaelyn
1) You are amazing.
2) You are an absolute nutcase.
3) It's likely the .pdf for your fridge manual is available online - we managed to find one online for the 1999 hot tub, extant at our recent vacation rental house.

4) Estel says a cursory examination of our refrigerator door shows a very similar mechanism vis which one could also swap the door. Good to know! Thankfully, ours is nowhere near the heating system nor the cooking surfaces, even; no readjustments are planned.

Date: 2009-12-05 11:22 am (UTC)
sophie8: (Umbrella)
From: [personal profile] sophie8
What did the Mali dog think of your adventures? Did he try to help?

Date: 2009-12-06 09:16 pm (UTC)
sophie8: (Default)
From: [personal profile] sophie8
Does he lie in the spot the fridge used to be in? I seem to remember he liked to lie next to the radiator anyways.

Date: 2009-12-07 11:38 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sophie8
Does he often get crated anymore?

Date: 2009-12-05 08:35 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] cynthia_black
Y'know, you could have borrowed whatever tools you needed from Grimmauld Place - glad you managed it, anyhow. Hope your hands didn't get too lacerated in the process

Date: 2009-12-07 08:10 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] schnurble
I haven't seen a fridge yet that couldn't swap hinges, but I'm impressed that you managed to find out HOW to do it without a manual *applauds*

Anyway, if it's 9 years old, it's most likely cheaper to buy a new fridge - nowadays they need so little energy that the price for a new, not too extraordinary fridge pays off in power cost savings after only one year. Especially when the old one was troubled by a radiator next to it, a fridge should have good enough insulation that it wouldn't make a difference as long as the doors are shut...

Date: 2009-12-08 12:07 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] schnurble
Sorry, mixed up the numbers, but I looked it up again and the recommendations say an old fridge eats up about 400 kWh per year, a new once needs only about 150 kWh, with German electricity prizes this saves about 40-50 Euro per year. This is certainly not enough for a new fridge, but after a few years it would finally pay off...

Anyway, I'm highly impressed with your small power usage. We need ~7 kWh per day for TehHouse (heating excluded), and this seems to be average for a 2 person household. What's your secret? Makes having no TV really such a big difference?

Date: 2009-12-10 04:31 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] schnurble
This is amazing!
Will see if we can adapt some of these things to save energy.
We've already aquired a few socket-adapters that basically add a switch to the socket. This enables us to switch off things that don't have switches themselves instead of unplugging them. But I haven't measured how much this really saves us, and we haven't applied them everywhere possible yet either...

Now I wonder how you'd still need 2.5 earths according to the footprint calculator, since you use almost no energy and walk whenever possible.

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