[This is part of a series of posts on the home buying process I'm going thru. To see the full set, visit the house category archives.]

As noted yesterday, I've been shopping a bit for something to keep my food cold. I took my lunch break today and headed over to Sears to look around. They have a way, way, way better selection than Fry's. I've narrowed down the choices a bit but am not sure about dimensions. Is the open space in my kitchen wide enough for a 32.5 inch wide unit? Or maybe only a 29.5 inch wide unit?

I don't know. I forgot to measure last time I was there. I can either guess or do it for real on Tuesday when the carpet people come to measure.

But I'm impatient. So I went looking thru the pictures I took on inspection day and found a useful one on page four.

However, I didn't know how big that space is. If I knew how large the floor pattern was, I could use that. But I don't. Then it dawned on me: the power outlet. Those are the same size nearly everywhere. So I loaded the picture up in The Gimp and began playing. Before long, I had a cropped version with outlets side-by-side so that I could count them up.

My measuring here tells me that they are 2.75 inches wide. Since I can fit 13 of them across the back wall with a bit of room to spare, it's at least 36 inches wide. However, there's a bit of curving where the floor meets the wall, so I'll subtract 1.5 inches on each side for that. I'm then left with 33 inches. That means a 32.5 inch unit may fit, but a 29.5 inch unit certainly will.

Excellent. I don't have my heart set on anything that wide, so there's probably no need to go measuring in person. I can probably order up something soon and then double-check the measurements on Tuesday just in case I'm way off.

Posted by jzawodn at February 20, 2004 05:58 PM

Reader Comments
# david said:

Is the copper cable coming out of the right side for water?

You know..your cats might not have color preference when it comes to carpet, but maybe they're like somebody else's cats and like doors..maybe fridge doors?

on February 20, 2004 06:09 PM
# Jeremy Zawodny said:

It is for water, yes. The hot water tank is on the other side of that wall, in fact. Not that you'd run hot H2O into the fridge. :-)

Are you suggesting that I put my cats in the fridge?

on February 20, 2004 06:18 PM
# david said:

Just don't open the fridge for them and let them get inside. Scratching the exterior of the door should be enough.. :)

on February 20, 2004 06:34 PM
# Bryan L. Fordham said:

I used to draw house plans. Most openings for a fridge are 36 inches.

Best bet is to just measure it when you're there again 8)

on February 20, 2004 07:21 PM
# Courtney said:

ROFLMAO!! Honey, you're priceless. Outlets indeed!! BTW, a lighter carpet will make the room seem larger, and a darker one will hide dirt better. The longer the shag on the carpet, the more feet marks will show.

BTW, IMHO, carpet is unhygenic. You can never truly clean it. Ever looked underneath when old carpet is removed? Hardwood, linoleum, Pergo, tile - anything scrubbable is infinitely preferable. Want something soft under your feet? Lots of washable area rubs. Just my two cents.

on February 20, 2004 08:40 PM
# jayseae said:

I'd agree that you may want to measure just to be sure. While the outlets (where you plug stuff) and the outlet boxes are generally the same, the outlet covers come in (at least) three sizes. Not a huge difference, to be sure, but since you've got 13 of them, it would probably be good to verify.

on February 21, 2004 04:01 AM
# Charles said:

It took me hours of searching through stores to get a fridge with the right dimensions for my kitchen's prebuilt niche. Definitely do NOT eyeball this, use an accurate measure. Don't forget that the doors swing out on their hinges and will need more clearance if they're up against a wall.

on February 21, 2004 02:19 PM
# Dominik said:

That is really a innovative way of space measuring.

And by the way a very nice house.
I like the garage most. It's bigger than my former student apartment (22 squared meter) :)

on February 22, 2004 08:28 AM
# jtinsky said:

This kind of goes without saying but spend the extra money and go for the most energy efficient refrigerator you can afford. We bought our house 2.5 years ago in San Diego and bought everything as energy efficient as possible. The most EE fridge that was comparable to what we bought was $400 more for the same size and features.

We knew that energy costs were high and thought they couldn't go up more. We were wrong.

on February 23, 2004 08:54 AM
# Al said:

Will the Refrigerator Fit?

In this case, Enquiring Minds dont want to know.

on February 24, 2004 09:19 AM
# said:

Jeremy ner The moove Brandin.

on February 24, 2004 04:39 PM
# said:

Jeremy ner The moove Brandin.

on February 24, 2004 04:39 PM
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on April 25, 2007 06:50 PM
# Alan said:

I don't know but I've got the same question. Does anyone know?

on May 26, 2007 08:18 AM
# google nemesis said:

It really doesn't matter, the problem is to have some space in the back because it generates heat.

on July 11, 2008 05:47 AM
# Methadone said:

I think that that fry would really go for any kitchen. So, if I were you I would definitely pick that one.

on July 29, 2008 11:19 AM
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