Bathroom Project

Here’s an oldie but goodie.  This is one of the reasons I wanted to start this blog in the first place.  We moved into this house in 2003.  When I went over to check it out, I noticed the toilet would fill the take every minute or so.  This means there is a leak and that you are wasting money.  So I decided to go to Home Depot and get a new refill valve and get that fixed.  While doing that, I notice bot the tank and the bowl had cracks.  Might as well change the whole thing.  Since it was old, that meant sawing off the bolts holding it to the floor and when I got done, I realized I had to replace the toilet flange.  Uh oh.
Seeing that the project was getting bigger, I took a closer look at the whole project.  The shower head came up to my chest, the tub did not drain, the sink valves were rusted shut and there was no plug in the room.  I took a hammer to it and decided a fresh start was in order.
Keep in mind that I was working and going to school  full time and my wife and I had just had our second child.  I got to work on the bathroom about an hour a week on average.  So my 10 minute project took me almost a year and a half to complete.  I learned how to do tile floors and walls, set a toilet, sink and tub and rewire.  I got the tub for about $500 (huge whirlpool type) and the tile was about $1800 or so.  I spent more on this tiny little 5’X6′ room than I did on our kitchen remodel.  That is a whole other story.

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