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Monday, July 28. 2008
This is a tale of minor woe, a "for the loss of a nail, the shoe was lost; for the loss of the shoe, the horse was lost..." story.
When a homeowner sees that ominous drip, drip, drip in the ceiling, coming out of some light fixture, his or her heart sinks. We all know that water and houses don't mix.
It turned out that the vibrations from the Jacuzzi tub had screwed up the drain. On further inspection, the dripping had rotted the subfloor. And, on further inspection, the underfloor in front of the shower was wet and crumbling too, partly because Mr. Shower Door installed the door opening out, not in. And the shower stall wasn't adequately vented. And, and, and...
This means plumbers, demolition guys, tile guys, new fixtures, dumpsters and carpenters. A new subfloor and a new floor for the bathroom, hopefully something less slippery than the shiny Italian tile we had. I think a marble floor is the idea.
And, since that is being done, let's take the vanity out and repaint it, and put a new marble top on it.
And since we have a great carpenter/contractor here anyway, why not have him move the non-supporting walls around in the master bedroom to expand the closets and expand the room the way we have always talked about? Yeah, why not? Not a big deal, right? You can move all your hunting gear to the basement.
And, since they're already doing that, let's finally put the fireplace in the bedroom. It can link right up to an existing chimney, after all. Cozy.
And since they're doing that, let's get rid of all the old carpet and replace it with good oak flooring upstairs. Let's do it everywhere upstairs. After all, it's not much more expensive than high-quality wool carpet.
And since the electricians will be around, let's replace all of that terrible hallway lighting, and then re-paint everything.
I guess one of the consolations of home-ownership is to know, as you watch your life savings evaporate, that you are helping to keep the economy going in your neck of the woods.
Were I single and childless, I could live in a shack in the woods, as long as I had a broadband connection. And a girlfriend or three for company.
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No, shack at the beach or very near one and of course a good connection.
BD, that's one Hell of a barn you live in. We all like to think we own our homes, but in reality they own us. Our homes will still be around ,long after we are gone. New owners will inhabit them, and give them the same problems they gave us. Hopefully the same joy, and memories as well.
PS: How is the child genius doing?
I do see you living in a shack in the woods. With 1 to 3 babes. Very doubtful, and unlikely.
Your daughter, the one in England, studying drama, or did you forget about her? Boy are you UMDAY. Which is exactly why I don't see you in a shack with any babes.
Jephnol, thanks for clearing up the evolution, faith ID situation for me. I loved the example you gave me "get your own dirt"
BD with his wife in a jacuzzi. Nope!
BD with 3 babes in a jacuzzi in a shack. Nope!
BD by himself in a jacuzzi. Most definitely!!!!
Oh, that child genius. She's still in England.
The Jacuzzi? It's a chick thing. I don't use it. That's my point.
You have a jacuzzi. You don't use it, but you envision yourself with multiple women in it, and I'm the one seeing a shrink. God and Baby Jesus please help me before you help BD.
"for the loss of a nail, the shoe was lost; for the loss of the shoe, the horse was lost..."
...For want of the horse, the carriage was lost, for the loss of the carriage, the wife was lost...Ah, the benefits of a lost nail.
you have just described my house.....i wan t to move back into an apartment so I can call the super and tell him to fix it. Owning a home with a yard was never the ultimate dream unless i am staring at a gondola in Vail from my living room window!
Honed travertine goes well in bathrooms...slightly warmer and less slip than marble.
I just replaced carpet with oak while I was on vacation. I had it finished natural with a satin finish. My wife and I debated wood vs carpet for a year. Wood was definitely the right choice for us. I am having all of the wood in the house redone in the satin finish to match the new floor next vacation (in August).
I wonder how many people know how big dust bunnies get if you leave them alone.
Where horizontal air currents converge and then go upwards, say up the stairs, dust is deposited. These collections can grow to a foot across unless a passing dog disturbs it.
They are nature's air filters.
I was living in a West Indian style house in St. Thomas years ago. It's basically one tiled room with a dividing wall or two. There were several dogs living there as well as several cats. I'd clean the place with a leaf blower, which was just much easier than a broom. Once I pushed the blower in behind an upright piano and blew out a dust bunny the size of a large cat.
Ron Hardin ... maybe they're dust bunnies where you live. Down here in Texas we call them tumbleweeds.
Just a note of caution on hardwood floors. Charming as they are, you can easily break a hip on them when you fall. You won't fall? Maybe you will when you get to be 80. When our house was flooded seven years ago, and we had to renovate. We replaced our hardwood floors with thick carpet wall to wall in all rooms except the bathrooms and kitchen. Since then, I've fallen twice and my husband once, with no broken bones in either case.
And I've learned to turn on the light when I get up at night.
Shower doors must open out by code.
In most showers, w/ an inward swinging
door, if someone collapsed the door may
not be able to be opened enough, to give
I believe there are now some double-acting
hinges that allow the door to swing both in
& out...If I remember correctly, you can't
install the vinyl edging to block leakage
through the gap. The vinyl isn't attractive-
so no loss there...except you might want
the edging if the shower head is aimed right
at the door/ gap.
You know what you are talking about! It's all about waterproofing a bathroom.
Remodeling math: Double the estimate, add a zero. If over five thousand dollars, add two zeros.