Truth is, I no longer have the energy to go back and recount details. It’s actually unfathomable to me that this adventure is still a work-in-progress.
I just wanted to hire someone who would do what they said, when they said they would do it, finish when promised, and for the amount agreed upon. So far, only one has come through – ProTect Painters. They’re awesome; I’d recommend them. There’s still potential for others, but I find I’m adjusting my shoulders a lot, signaling defeatism. Shrugging up and down is hard on the neck muscles. As is toting purchases to and from Lowe’s, Home Depot, World Market, Sherwin Williams and The Tile Shop. In and out of carts, car trunks, up flights of stairs and ramps, down flights of stairs and ramps with the only upside of having downsized. At this point, I’m willing to magnify every tiny plus, and this exercise in returns has helped lower me down few pounds.
The unhappy prospect of reliving the past two month, coupled with face-to-face requests announcing others simply don’t want to hear any more about my trials, and the suggestion I stop talking about it. The first was just selfish forthcoming of a regularly single-minded person. The second may have had a bit of validity. The internet’s been abuzz with reasons, data and charts exclaiming, vent as an anger dilution-solvent does not dissipate the strength of bad feeling; rather it perpetuates them.
Temporarily subscribing to this theory, rather than torture myself or you, I’ve decided a pictorial might be the best way to track the ups and down, the good, the bad, and the unfortunately permanently ugly. I say “permanently” mostly for the drama effect. Of course I can correct these things, as soon as I win the lottery, or perhaps get an amazing tax return for having established ownership.
So here goes: Part One – a bit of a re-cap, just to remind myself that things were actually worse. Closed October 29th. Interviewed contractors November 5th. Projected move-in date: December 17th.
First Up: Bathroom Demo.
Buying into self-demolition wasn’t hard. The estimated savings was a $3,000.00 chunk of labor, and the excitement of an easy DIY. After a while, (about two weekends) of painfully slow progress, I determined I was being a little too careful with my destruction, and I wasn’t all the comfortable working with plumbing. A few You-tube sessions later, I called in reinforcement. Two days, and a good deal of laughter later, the bath was as bare bones as possible, except for the tub. The original cause of concern was what may or may not lie beneath the old chipped steel behemoth. I figured the contractor was going to have it easy: take out the tub, inspect the floor, install a shower. Boom, done. This would be preceded by flooring, followed by flooring, followed by painting, followed by fixture replacing, and moving.
starting point concern
tile # 1 a few more
um, that’s my putty knife what’s left of putty knife
um, there goes my mallet shower shark
piles of tiles down to studs
sink less sink
no sink 5 layers of floor
less layers un-finished floor
what was found new shower
plumber: all done and tested!
wait, what’s with the bump-out? me: really? how’d ya do that w/o hardware?
what bath floor was supposed to look like left side = hall / right = supposed bath match
ordered new floor of solid-ish grey… delivered with a “slight dye-lot issue.”
sink, I think still trying to choose paint to replace
the seafoamingatthemouth color
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Enjoy This Week’s Discovery Links:
ProTect Painters: www.protectpainters.com/
Shower install $ : http://www.homeadvisor.com/cost/plumbing/install-a-shower/
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