Yuck. The pipe was worn paper thin.
A friend came to help hubby lift off the long countertop/sink. As we had hoped, by keeping the sink attached to the countertop it all came out smoothly and didn't break that small section in front of the sink. That was a major relief!
Today's job is to fill the holes in the wall, both inside and outside, and clean up the floor where the cabinets and appliances came out.
As for the cabinets, there are a few problems.
The Claims Manager called back yesterday to say it would be next week before they made their final assessment. WTH?
The second is that once we order the new cabinets it will take up to 5 weeks to be delivered! It's just not possible to be without a working kitchen until then.
The third problem is that the sink base cabinet was totally destroyed between the wet and needing to remove the back to get at the wall to find the leak. So we can't put the countertop/sink back on until we build a new cabinet box to fill in that gap.
Our original idea was to just put the yucky cabinets back in now that they've been completely dried out and use them until we can order the new cabinets. But with that sink base destroyed that's no longer gonna fly.
So we're going to Plan B. Hubby was able to remove the cherry wood facing from the sink base without any trouble. He'll be building a new sink base today and will reinstall the cherry facing and doors. If it all goes well, and is acceptable to our eye, we'll go ahead and do the other two and call