OK are you ready for this? Coffee Pot installation #3!
Black & Decker – Spacemaker – Model SDC740 – 12 cup.
Yes only on my rig would you see anyone go through 3 coffee machines but we love our morning coffee. Brief history, the original B&D unit started leaking and we couldn’t get any replacement parts for the water valves so we had to put it out of commission.
Last winter we obtained a brand new 10 cup B&D Thermos (type) Carafe Coffee Maker for “FREE” from our good friends Marty & Joan in Silver Springs, FL and we were pumped up to get that machine. I R&R’ed the old machine for the new one and it worked well up until recently. We sure don’t know what happened to that machine but one morning I found the display blinking – no big deal right? I unplugged and re-plugged the machine and the display stopped blinking however when I put water in the reservoir and pushed on the “ON” button nothing happened after about an hour. Panic stricken I tried everything I could and checked everything but it happened! Brand new coffee machine broke!
So the last few times that we went out we brought our GE counter top machine so we could at least make coffee. I was upset that we have an under counter machine that appeared to fix the problems we had with the old machine however now this one is broke and it hadn’t even been 8 months since we put it in commission.
A couple of days ago Col and I were walking through our local CW and we saw a new B&D Model SDC740 undercounter machine. Best part about it is that it was on clearance and was marked down to $59.00. (actually it is the actual retail price from B&D) The last time I saw a machine there it was priced at close to $100.00. The lady at the checkout counter offered to sell me a protection plan and I said how much sense does that make this unit is on clearance! “OH!” So we just packed it up and made our way out the store.
The serrations here actually held 10/32 nuts and were engaged by bolts coming in from the top. I cut out the serrations holding the nut and fitted a 10/32 bolt and washer into the hole and secured the bolt with a nut and washer from the top.
The new machine sat here for a couple of days until I became inspired to begin the install. Here I am on my birthday fussing with a new machine to install …. Too bad it wasn’t a B-Day present but it was a B-Day install.
I took down the old thermal carafe unit and put it aside and cleared the decks! The SDC740 came with it’s own template but I didn’t figure that I needed it but I did. Now I’m thinking that it’s looking like I’m not going to be able to get it done! I’m looking at the machine and I’m looking at the opening and I’m thinking that there isn’t any way the thing is going to fit in the opening. I was having bad feeling there for a minute but I measured the machine at 15 ¼” and I then measured the opening at a 15 11/32”. Man was it tight, I had to push the unit up into the opening and it just fit without any wiggle room hardly except for front to back.
I took the template, taped it in place, measured and marked it up and then measured again and drilled 4 holes. I took the machine and tried to match it up with the holes and I was so far off that I had to whack myself in the back of the head. Now there wasn’t any way that anyone else could have installed the machine in that space using the template either because when you put the machine in the enclosure the attachment point set themselves to the contour of the machine as it sat in the opening. I had to move the holes a bit with a rat tail file and re-drill one hole entirely. It was quickly turning into a disaster. One other problem as I got closer to the actual measurements that I needed was that when I put the bolts in from the top to engage those into the nuts on the machine the holes weren’t perfect and I was pushing out the nuts and was not able to make up a connections.
I’m looking at this thing and I’m saying this is too much like work. Now having done this once before I had a high degree of confidence that I was going to be able to bolt it up there and be done with it but wasn’t turning out that way. I was really trying to convince myself that I wasn’t gonna be able to do the install.
So I put the thing down and just tried to clear my mind from my current way of thinking and I reset my engineering processes and began thinking outside of the box. If the machine could be mounted using bolts being fitted from the top down … why wouldn’t it work if the bolts were going from the bottom up??? In the space where the machine is installed there’s a false bottom so a stud sticking up slightly isn’t going to bother anything. The back studs would be in a void so they wouldn’t be in the way either.
I removed the mounting nuts from the top of the machine holder, cut out the serrations in the sockets using a knife and pushed the bolts up from the bottom and screwed down the nuts that I removed to hold the studs in place. On my initial fittings using the new mounting strategy the holes were off by a bunch so I had to continue adjusting the hole openings with my rat tail file. Once I got the holes to line up with the studs, I found that the back 2 studs were too short so a trip to Lowe’s was accomplished this morning. I picked up a package of 3” – #10×32 bolts and I also picked up a package of 10/32 nuts and small fender washers.
The coffee maker takes up the entire space in the opening. The 12v light was previously surface mounted a few months ago. The previous unit needed to be held from flying out of he enclosure using “L” brackets. None needed in this install.
I fitted 2 – 3” 10/32 bolts on the rear 2 holes and slid the mounting plate onto the top of the coffee maker. Before putting the machine in the space, I had to plug it in first since there isn’t enough room for me to put my hand up there after the machine is installed. I placed 1 each of the ½” high plastic spacers over the bolts, aligned the studs to the holes and pushed the machine up to the bottom of the cabinet. I reached around and used the fender washers I bought on the studs for both front and rear and secured the nuts and then backed them up with a 2nd nut. Just at about the time when I had the machine mounted Col walked up stairs with Roxy and asked me how everything was going? I replied …. TA DA! “We have coffee machine!”
The new coffee maker has a 24 hour clock, timer and a green power LED that is always lit when the machine is plugged in. It also has bright status lamps for auto and power on. The machine also has a “Save A Plug” receptacle low on the back of unit for low power uses. The SDC740 has a 3 prong plug with a heavy enough gauge cord for the machine and the auxiliary low power load..
The glass carafe is a little wobbly as it sits there on the machine but I expect once it get coffee in it it’ll sit just fine. The machine used a conventional paper filter basket and it has a removable 12 cup tank. When we travel the carafe comes out and sits in the kitchen sink. I have to yet run an initial pot of water through it to prep the unit but I think it’ll do just fine.
November 1, 2009