Over Our Heads

Chad and I have done some minor work on our house, mostly painting and flooring. (See here for photos.) We have managed to do most of the work ourselves without too many arguments. We started a new project last weekend – one that may be too big for us.

A couple of years ago we had a minor flood in the bathroom. Easily fixable, we replaced the sticky toilet valve that caused the flood, washed everything that had gotten soaked on the floor, sucked up and disposed of all of the water and pulled up the vinyl flooring to allow the sub-floor to dry properly. Once the floor had dried out good (about 6 months), we replaced the sheet vinyl flooring and, while we were at it, the old toilet (which has found a new home as a planter in our backyard) and crusty looking faucet on the sink. No big deal, right?

Sure, we all know how that goes. Replace one thing and then the rest of it looks dingy and old so it has to be replaced too. Chad and I decided to hold off on replacing the bathtub and shower surround as long as possible. Well, it’s time has come. I discovered a couple of places where water was getting into the shower walls, causing the surround to bubble away from the wall. So last Sunday we went to the local home improvement store and picked out a new tub and shower surround. Since we were ripping everything apart anyway, we decided to change out the tub/shower faucet too. Upon our arrival home, Chad and I set to work ripping out the old stuff. (At this point I need to mention that we are having dinner with another couple at our house on Saturday. As in 6 days from beginning this project. 2 days from now.)

We started tearing off the old tub surround and discovered it was glued to plywood which has been screwed to who-knows-what underneath. Unfortunately, the paneling in the rest of the room is also glued to plywood, which is screwed to who-knows-what (we haven’t ripped off that many layers yet). The problem? The tub is attached to the studs beneath all of these layers – meaning they all have to come off to get it out.

So what should have been a few days, quick swap has now turned into a several week (let’s hope it doesn’t get into months!) dust-filled, expensive, hard work ordeal that should leave us with a brand new bathroom. And did I mention that this is the only bathroom in our house? Yep, that’s right. The. Only. One.

Help in any form would be greatly appreciated – especially if anyone can hang drywall!


About mrsleise

I am a thirty-something woman trying to create a new life after the death of my husband. I am employed at a postsecondary educational institution. I also create quilts and shoot photographs. I just happen to be lucky enough to get paid for doing both.
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One Response to Over Our Heads

  1. Christie says:

    Great pictures! It looks like you have a cute older home with lots of character. I’d love to come and help hang drywall – I helped my hubby in our last house. To bad I don’t live anywhere near you.

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