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 Since it's outdated and in a poor state of repair, I'm going to have a new one installed.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.
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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 eddelgrande.com or write firstname.lastname@example.org.
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