mross_pitt wrote:Any safety concerns with an old fridge?
Assuming the wires are not rotted or weren't chewed/smashed etc.
I have a 1952 oven an would like an old fridge but not sure that I trust one that I don't know where it's been. At least with an oven you're typically nearby while it's operating.
Retro style fridges are way too expensive and "restored" versions look to be $10000 or more...why? other than because they can be/
I thought about it, but I really don't think so. There wasn't much to them, just a compressor and the light. I was m,ore confident in an old fridge than an old electric stove. But I really couldn't explain why...When we bought the stove, I specifically looked for one that was still in use/working. I am thinking I'll want to find a similar fridge, even if it's been hanging out in the garage or basement. I passed on a pretty cool Kelvinator because he was asking a little more than we wanted to spend ($400) but it was still in the garage. You could possibly find an electrician to look it over if you wanted to though.
As for the restored ones...mostly because they can, but also because of the work that goes into it-the tear down, replace work items, remove paint, repaint, etc. However there's not an ice cube's chance that I'd pay anywhere near that for a fridge. Nothing against those that will/can, but for that kind of money, I can get a LOT of work done on the Cottage!
That Norge is still calling me-and it's $50 or b/o. Probably could pick it up for @ $30. Not including gas, I could have a stove and fridge for less than $100! Now that's what I'm talkin' about. Totally within the parameters we set for the Cottage budget and theme wise (low budget reno).
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