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Old 03-23-2013, 02:59 PM   #1
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Exclamation Safety Hazzard?

I decided to put this under the mod header, but if someone feels the need to move it, be my guest.

You know when you have an "oh crud" moment that turns into a "Thank God that happened" moment? Well, today I had one. I thought I'd go putz around in the camper, organizing and such, and I was having a great time until........I bumped my coffee cup which spilled behind the stove. No biggie, right? WRONG!!!!

Did you know that area isn't sealed? Did you know that it also sits directly above your electrical panel? Did you know that flimsy board is the only thing protecting the electronics? In other words, Who the heck designed that??? Serious design FAIL!

Here is where it turned into a Thank God it happened! Since I was putzing around in the cabinet below the stove I immediately realized what was going on and was able to sop it up and protect the wiring.

I removed all the panels and cleaned up the spill which had traveled down the wires into the next cabinet (Can anybody say sugar ants?) Once I did this, I called DH to confess my trick and to engage his brain cells in a fix

After cleaning the nooks and crannies around the stove we found that it is completely unsealed. We ended up removing the pins and removing the cover, then the knobs, then the screws holding the ccoktop in place, then we gently lifted it just enough to clean, dry, and silicone the cooktop around the edges. Once he accomplished that, we also noted the corners are not sealed so he did that as well. Then we re-installed everything. We were very careful with the gas fittings not to disturb them.

Now that everything is clean, it's time to come up with a genuine solution to the exposed wiring issue. I have my measurements and am thinking a trip to Lowes is in order, hoping to find some flashing that will work to protect that area. If not, may have to give my measurements to a sheet metal workshop to get the best solution.

In the first pic below, it uploaded showing the left wall as the floor so tilt your head left for a true orientation. Had that been a pot of pasta overflowing suddenly during a camp out it could have been a total catastrophe!
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Old 03-23-2013, 03:08 PM   #2
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Thanks.
I will look around the stove and sink in our unit. The furnace is under the sink...
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Old 03-23-2013, 03:14 PM   #3
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Pic #1 is right beside the cabinet under the kitchen sink which is next to where the heater is. Pic #2 is just below 1 and about a foot and a half from the heater. The big issue for me was a boil over while cooking or even a spill or water draining oops while doing dishes. The issue is how the stove is installed and the fact that the wiring is so exposed.
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Old 03-23-2013, 07:22 PM   #4
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Ok, so I went to Lowes and found L shaped sheet metal 3" x 10" and was able to cut it to fit nicely to enclose the electrical stuff. On the plus side, it bought me a lot more usable space so now I have my toaster oven, pots, 2 corell dishes for microwaving or to receive grilled items and container of dish cloths

After some consideration, I replaced the bottom panels as they were before.

I'm exhausted after getting into so much mischief today but, hey, all in all it was a good day!
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From the looks of it, there appears to be enough slack in the wires to move the whole thing to the outside wall and put a shield over it.
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That would be for someone who has a clue what they're doing I need to post a pic of my fix.....
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Old 03-24-2013, 11:01 AM   #7
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Ok, so this is def not a professional job, however, after completely sealing the stovetop and cabinet area, I think it should adequately protect the electronics. I was careful not to damage any wires and used a piece of plastic covering for any sharp edges that might come in contact with the wiring.

On a brighter note, I think I know why RV shops charge so much. It's a real pain in the @** to contort yourself into a position and work in such weird tight places. just sayin......
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