This week, I take a break from my normal posts to show you the bathroom I’m remodeling. I’m going to try to finish the entire thing in 5 days*. Today, I tell you about day 2.
So, we got the tub out today and quickly realized that we’ll have to replace most of the plumbing. Didn’t account for that. Oops! I also figured out that I need to sweat the copper connection for the tub spout. I’ve been spoiled with PEX and PVC for a while, so I haven’t touched copper in years. Hopefully, it’s like riding a bike. In any case, I didn’t account for that either. Ooops again.
But plumbing isn’t hard. The actual plumbing work takes about 5 minutes. Proper planning to prevent 58 trips to Home Depot takes 5 hours. I spent at least 2 hours this morning just thinking the job. Down to the crawlspace, back up to the main floor. Repeat, repeat, repeat. Then, on to Home Depot where I stare at the parts bins, eyes glazed over for another hour.
So now, I’m more behind than ever. At least by a day now. Doh! I have another trick up my tool bag though that may help me catch up. More on that when the time comes.
I don’t have much hope for day 3 either. There are a lot of little things that are going to take a lot of time.
Critical statistics for day 2
- Puncture wounds: 2 (shout out to tetanus shots!)
- Trips to Home Depot: 2
- Curse words: infinite and loud
- Money spent at Home Depot: $202 (I buy way more plumbing parts than I think I need. Despite this, I never seem to pick up the correct ones. In any case, most of this will be returned.)
- Wake up time: 5am (I’m as tired as ever. No matter what time I go to bed, I’m up at 5. If I go to bed at 4:45am, I’m wide awake 15 minutes later. Some day, I’ll learn to get my butt in bed at a decent hour.) (Mrs. 1500 note: No, he won’t.)
Remove all fixtures including light, tub, toilet and vanity. Remove all plaster from the walls and ceiling, gutting it down to the studs. Remove all floor tile.
- Frame new wall.
- Fix rotted floor. The shower doors were not installed correctly which resulted in a leak which rotted lots of stuff.
- Reframe wall to accommodate a bigger door. The current door is very narrow.
Fix the plumbing: There is a clog somewhere in the sink’s pipes… (Mrs. 1500 note: Ask Mr. 1500 how that clog happened. Go ahead, ask him. **Someone** cleaned tiling tools out in the sink… Not naming names but it rhymes with Trister Bifteen Lundred…)
- Hang and finish drywall.
- Install new tub/shower enclosure.
- Tile and grout floor.
- Install toilet.
- Install new vanity and cabinet.
- Tile backsplash and install light fixture.
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