We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
A witty friend once said that the most fashionable thing to have parked in your driveway is a green dumpster.
Well, I've had that for the last two weeks, but the mess and the cost and the dirt and the dust and the inconvenience of the demolition and slow reconstruction of the master bath isn't fun anymore. Carpenters, plumbers, electricians, painters, tile guys, new fixtures and vent fans... Turns out the leak had spread further than initially thought, so the entire bath had to be gutted. If you are interested, we did decide on a honed limestone floor instead of marble. Not just cost: it's a warmer, more homey look.
And now I see why we had that mysterious, very occasional leak in the downstairs coat closet: the shower stall had a leak too. Homeowner's insurance, I have learned, doesn't cover chronic leaks, just the acute ones. I had both.
Indeed, water and houses do not mix. Outhouses weren't such a bad idea, and outdoor showers are the best idea ever. I am inclined to cut back on a bit of my previous grand plans, not only because of the cost but because of the disruption of normal life routine. I can't find anything after having moved out of the master bath and halfway out of the bedroom.
My only question: Where's FEMA?
Bush obviously doesn't give a damn about my problems.
I have a great deal of empathy, and even more sympathy, for you, BD. We just finished one bath - two to go. I gutted one myself and then realized that I wasn't the right person to refit it. That sits, forlorn and gutted for the time being.
The "master bath" that I fully expected to have no end of problems such as you experienced was much better than I'd hoped. A mere three weeks or so. Complete now, very happy. The third is functional and hardly used but has to go - too old, far too ugly. But it can go at my discretion.
May I axe... why stone over ceramic or porcelain? We picked ceramics for floor and wall this time around. I'll look to go less expensive with the other two but stone. Was your choice functional or aesthetic or some of each?
Bird Dog ... it's not Bush's fault. Believe me, when our house was flooded in Tropical Storm Allison in 2001, FEMA was very unresponsive, even though we had bought flood insurance for many years, ever since it was first offered, long before Bush took office.
It's a government agency, with layers of bureaucrats -- what can I tell you. We simply went ahead and repaired the house with our own funds. Just as well, because at first the administering insurance company, [Mutual of Omaha] tried to invalidate our claim, then. when we lawyered up, they reluctantly paid us our dime ... four years later.
Government agencies routinely don't do what they're supposed to do. That's one of the reasons I'm a Republican and we take care of ourselves.
Hmmm... too slippery? I wouldn't put the ceramic we picked for the shower walls on the floor. It would be too slippery. But the ceramic we picked for the floor isn't slippery at all. While shopping for tiles I saw some stone ones I wouldn't want to walk on when wet.
Not trying to be argumentative, just wondering why people choose what they choose.