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DIY Kitchen Renovation: Day Four – Electrical Re-Wiring and Ikea Delivery

The badly needed kitchen renovation of my New York City apartment continues. Today was electrician day and they came to replace the fuse panel and completely rewire the kitchen space. We also got our new cabinets, counters, refrigerator and a sink from Ikea delivered in the  afternoon. The new stove, microwave range hood, and a dishwasher from Sears are scheduled for delivery on Friday.

Yesterday I opened up the walls and pulled the copper tubing for the water supply line to the new fridge. I didn’t have the right kind of gloves to give the grip and flexibility I needed while pulling the tubing and this is the result:


Day four was focused on getting the electrical work done. The electricians were extremely efficient and got the entire kitchen rewired in less than 1 day. The new breaker box is installed and all the outlets are in place. Once I finish repairing the walls, they’ll come back and hookup the outlets and put on the covers.

Here’s a quick shot of the guys hard at work pulling the new wire in the kitchen:


Ikea also delivered the cabinets and sink today. It’s very important to do a complete inventory when you get your order to ensure that you have all of the parts and don’t find yourself in the middle of an installation and missing something important. Our order checked out 100% – very happy about that.


Finally, I also went to the building supply company around the corner and ordered the materials for closing up the walls. It gets delivered tomorrow. While I was there, I picked up the parts to hook-up the ice maker’s water supply line.

When the electricians left I hooked up the water supply line to the main water connection and tested for leaks by running some water into a bucket. No leaks! Everything looks good.

Here’s the recap of the whole day and a look at what was accomplished:


Tomorrow, I start patching up all the holes in the walls and putting together some of the base cabinets.

Stay Tuned,

The Go-To Guy!

Andrew Seltz

Andrew was born in Michigan, raised there and in Tennessee, and has since lived outside Orlando, in Chicago, New York City, and now Birmingham, Alabama. He produces videos and websites for a living and is married to a beautiful, generous, loving woman who also happens to be a talented actress and writer - www.ellenseltz.com. They have two daughters.

3 thoughts on “DIY Kitchen Renovation: Day Four – Electrical Re-Wiring and Ikea Delivery

  • Hi, Go-To Guy.

    Looking forward to see this finished. Next time, when you are renovating your bathroom I can recommend you tips and tricks from http://www.renovationboys.com.au.

    Good luck with your kitchen!

  • Kevin,

    I’ve made a lot of progress, but my stamina has steadily drained (and now my vacation time is over and I’m back in the office – so work continues nights and mornings.)

    It’s going to be a while before I have the will to start another project, so the bathroom will have to wait a little while.

    The Go-To Guy!

  • Hi guys

    I signed up for the newsletter (kevin) and didn’t expect that it would give me so many great ideas and tips. In one of the newsletter I read about a bathroom solution that made me rethink the entire project. Just thinking about the money I saved, and also showed me that that I could utilize the space so much better. Thank you guys!

    Good luck with your project Go-To Guy 🙂

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