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posted: 10/13/2013 1:02 AM

New medicine cabinet can cure bathroom blues

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  • With all the new styles available, take your time in choosing the right medicine cabinet for your bathroom.

    With all the new styles available, take your time in choosing the right medicine cabinet for your bathroom.
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By Ed Del Grande

Q. I get depressed every time I shave in the morning because I don't like my present medicine cabinet. Unfortunately, it came with the house, so I've been stuck with it. Since it's outdated and in a poor state of repair, I'm going to have a new one installed. Can you please give me some of your great tips on choosing a new medicine cabinet?

A. Medicine cabinets have come a long way since the days of painted metal boxes with a mirror door. Today, they can be more like a piece of furniture than just a place to see your reflection and store accessories.

With all the new styles available, it can get a little confusing when trying to choose the right one. Here are some basic tips on buying a new medicine cabinet:

Size does matter. In most cases, you'll need to replace your old medicine cabinet with a one of the same size and type. So, know the exact measurements of your present cabinet and if it's a wall-mounted type or a recessed-installed unit. This will help narrow your choices.

Also, decide if you want to go ultramodern or old school. Old school is basically a cabinet only, while ultramodern may have electrical gadgets built in, things like lights, radio or even a TV.

Finally, make sure the door swings open from the correct side to fit your bathroom. Otherwise, your new medicine cabinet may cause a big headache!

• Master plumber Ed Del Grande is the author of "Ed Del Grande's House Call" and hosts TV and Internet shows. Visit or write

Scripps Howard News Service

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