Your Place: Tricky replacing range door, panel

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Q: I own a Thermador 30-inch gas slide-in range (Model GSC30LV), which has an attached riser exhaust vent that lowers and rises with a control unit on the front of the oven.

Unfortunately it is white. I called Thermador, and they told me that unit is not available in stainless. I donít want to replace the unit, just the door and front panel for stainless.

Do you know if Thermador has a door and panel I can buy that will fit my unit? If not Thermador, then Bosch, which I understand owns Thermador.

I love the unit, but I just want a new stainless door and front panel.

I have looked into the stainless paper that adheres to the door, but this looks tricky, and wonít it ripple when the oven is on?

A: Iím not sure Iíd put paper on a white oven door just to make it look like stainless steel.

I have not been able to find what you are looking for, either for Thermador or Bosch ranges. I assume that doors are not interchangeable, but I donít know that for sure.

If Thermador says that, no, stainless is not available, then I assume it means no and you are stuck with white until you buy another range.

Iím publishing this question, however, to see if anyone else has an answer. "Your Place" community, let me know, and weíll pass the information along.

Q: We have owned a bilevel raised ranch since 1978, the same year we added six inches of batt insulation to the existing rock wool that was there.

Now, theyíre promoting putting silver foil on top of existing insulation. I did a lot of research online, and the product does seem to work. But I have read conflicting reports as to where the silver-foil product should be placed.

Most recommend right on top of existing insulation, but a few say it should be stapled to the rafters.

A: Iíve seen it done both ways, and what Iíve read says both ways work.

But there are caveats about laying it over existing insulation in cold climates and recommendations that you check the manufacturerís warning about installation.