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 5.
Way back in September of 2013 near the start of our home remodel, we had torrential flooding. Epic, once every thousand years flooding. Houses and bridges were washed away. People died. The National Guard showed up in Humvees. I wrote about it here and here and here.
Now, as our project nears completion, the rains have come again. It has rained every day for the past week and it is storming as I type this. All of our neighbor’s basements have water (I’m thankful we don’t have one). The scene isn’t pretty and the rain isn’t predicted to stop until Sunday.
The little creek that runs near us is supposed to be a couple feet deep and 10′ wide. If the rain keeps up, it will overflow its banks again. We are in no danger, but others are. It’s a bad scene. Hopefully the rain lets up.
Drywall shortage puts the kabosh on the job
The rain brought our project to a screeching halt today. We ran out of drywall. Because it sticks out the back of the Element, I wasn’t confident that I could get it back dry. It was time to throw in the towel. And then find a new one to dry off with.
So, I wasn’t able to finish. Even if I was able to get the drywall, we still would have come up short. We had too many problems that we didn’t account for. Just preparing to put the drywall on took hours of shimming because the old studs didn’t line up. Mickey Mouse built our house.
Despite this, we’re at least 80% done. The drywall will take a couple more hours of time to finish. Tile will take about 4 hours. After that, it’s just painting, installing the vanity and trimming out the window. I’ll post a complete wrap up of the project in a week or so when I get it done.
Cursed (Writing this 10:53 Friday evening. Dead tired, delirious and defeated.)
I’m convinced that evil forces are working against me. Who did I piss off?
A shower fixture I installed a couple weeks ago was defective right out of the box. Thanks for that Moen.
Last week, a faucet that I installed in our master bath not more than a year ago started leaking. Thanks for that overstock.com.
This week, in the middle of the project, our garage door opener bit the dust.
Today, in the middle of the rain, I went down to the crawlspace to make sure the sump pump was working right. Yes, I’m paranoid. It wasn’t. The hose it pumps out to has a huge leak that refills the sump pit. So, I’m off to go fix that before our home floats away.
I’ll see you again when life settles down.
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