Friday, October 26, 2007

Drip, Drip, Drip.

I did have plans to share homeschool/preschool things this week. I thought I would have time to read friends blogs and reply to the comments on my blog. I see now that isn't going to happen in the next few days. We are in the middle of remodeling our bathroom. This is an unplanned remodel! It all started when we got home from NJ (1:00 am on Monday). We walked in the house and saw water dripping on our living room floor. Monday Rob fixed the leak and we got all new fixtures in our tub/shower. This project left us with part of our tub surround missing, but we could still use the shower and tub. We could have put the old one back on but this is something we wanted to replace anyway so Rob decided now was the time to do it. He took out the plastic shower walls so we could put up new pieces. He then noticed that the boards behind are cedar boards and not drywall. The boards needed to be replaced so we decided to take them out. When he started that he noticed that the drop ceiling had been put up after the wall boards so we needed to take that down to get the boards out. After doing that and gutting out all of the shower Rob decided that it would be silly to leave in our ugly old tan tub. We quickly found that our tub was cast iron. How does one get a 300 pound tub out of a tiny upstairs bathroom? He covered up part of the tub with a wet towel and then smashed it with a huge hammer. Rob asked me what towel did I want him to use (destroy) for this project. I responded any towel you want at this point I had already decided if we needed new fixtures, tub walls, tub, ceiling, and such I am getting all new towels to go with it!! BTW Rob is going to replace our sink, toilet, and floor but I asked that he wait until the tub is in and working before taking out the next thing. He has smashed up our old tub so we can't change our minds now! OH! Did I tell you all that this is the ONLY bathroom in our house? Rob is on his way home with drywall, shower walls, a tub, and other supplies right now. I pray to have a tub in and working by the end of the day. I figure the shower part I could live without for a few days as long as we get the tub in and working we will be able to bathe. T. and D. are dirt magnets! They NEED baths/showers daily. The baby likes to spit up mouthfuls of sour milk on me several times a day (making me feel very gross by the end of a day). We NEED this tub working by tonight! If it isn't working we might have to cram ourselves in the baby tub. This project will keep going until we have a new bathroom so if you don't hear from me you will know why. I am adding in some UGLY pictures of the bathroom below. WARNING it looks disgusting!

This is the large hole we now have in the corner of our living room ceiling. We already have supplies to fix this. It looks bad but it is not my big worry right now.
This is the shower wall removed.

This is the source of the leak. This was fixed Monday night and we covered it with plastic so we could still use the tub and shower.

Rob was off work yesterday (Thursday) and we thought we only wanted to replace the shower wall early in the day. Picture below shows shower walls out, ceiling blocks out, and boards removed on the one side of the shower.Below is a picture of what use to be our shower.

Couldn't stop at that, this is what was once our tub.
Picture of Rob tub smashing (fun thing to do late at night).

Smashed tub.

This is the place we once had a tub.He got a lot of demolition done last night. I hope putting it all back together goes as quick as taking it apart! I hope today he gets the tub back in and working! I don't like the thought of not having a tub. Driving down the road for a shower does not sound like fun.

I guess life in an old farmhouse built in the 1800's is not always nice. It is very gross right now.


Lelani said...

Wow, what a project. Good luck with it.

How did you get that subscription thing on your site? I signed on to Feedburner, but can't figure out how to do it. I must say all this RSS feed stuff is baffling to me!

Heather said...

I do hope that gets fixed up quickly for you. It is amazing what happens when you have a little drip. :)

Amber said...

Lelani, Thanks! It is going much better than I thought it would! I am adding a post on how I did the subscribe thing. It was very simple. It took me a long time to figure out what places to click but once I clicked on everything I figured it out.

Heather,Thanks! Our remodel will have to go slow. Rob works LONG days and isn't home a lot so we will take our time and get done sometime down the road. I think the torn out wall was the worst part of it. It looks much better now even not being done yet. I know when he tears out the other 2 walls in the room and our sinks it will be very ugly scary looking again but he is quick with hanging drywall so I don't think it will look that scary for long (I hope).