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25 February 2007 @ 09:18 pm
bathroom fun!  
Ok, whoever said it wasn't fun to break stuff, wasn't having any fun.  And yes, I do confuse myself sometimes.  But, I'm not confused by this - we started our bathroom renovations this weekend!  Yep, we are now officially home owners who *do* things.  So far,  however, all we've done is break stuff up and tear stuff apart.  It was totally a blast.

We ripped out the sink, tore apart the sink cabinet (and yes, Neil fell in love with the reciprocating saw, and even I was a little starry eyed after using it), emptied the toilet, and yanked up the tile.

Oh, a word of warning, don't ever use those 1000flushes (or any other) toilet inserts to keep your toilet clean.  It will block up the pipes by leaving deposits, and eventually you'll have to replace the toilet.

And then there was our little master bathroom.  Not only did we use one of those drop ins, but we forgot to take it out after the plumber came and we stopped using the toilet.  So the little tablet percolated in the tank of the toilet.  Percolated, foamed, and turned everything blue.  Including us.  But not just blue, no, we had the delight of being both blue and septic (or radioactive, or toxic, pick your own description there).  Luckily we were planning on replacing the toilet!

So, after getting done with most of the tear out, we discovered the reason why they tell you to shut your main water off if you're removing shower/tub fixtures!  Luckily we realized it before the fixture was pulled completely off.  And when we called a hault to our demolition (pending water shut-off) we also made a new executive decision.  We were getting terribly ambitious thinking we'd pull the fiberglass shower/tub and build a full shower with step for soaking in it's place.  We decided *not* to do that.  It cuts our costs in half, and better yet, it cuts our build time in about half.  Ok, yes, we still have to live with a bath/shower that we kind of hate, but there are worse things (those things being one student who totally forgets to do homework because she's building a shower, or two people going crazy because they have to put in this complicated piece of tile work including layers of backing so it doesn't leak).

BEFORE demolition:

AFTER demolition:

wanna see more?  look here... they're silly, but hey, so am I!
EB: Queen of the Social Lepers: *dork* willow by katekatelizabuffy on February 26th, 2007 12:32 am (UTC)
Eee! That looks fun and exciting. I'm glad you had fun with the demolishing, lol.

Also, thanks for the advice about the toilet cleaner thingies! Awk!

~e! (who is over her angst)
my monkied brain: xander - excitedkatekat1010 on February 26th, 2007 12:52 am (UTC)
wasn't it cool??? and no problem - we didn't know it was bad either, until ... we discovered it was bad! hee.

*snuggles you*
your royal pie-nessentrenous88 on February 26th, 2007 12:46 am (UTC)
Wow, you guys are all handy and stuff! I'm impressed!
my monkied brainkatekat1010 on February 26th, 2007 12:53 am (UTC)
lol! this is our first *real* project - and I dunno if I'm handy so much as I follow directions and like to break stuff up, but hey it works!
Ariel: Brush Your Teeth!kikucutie on February 26th, 2007 12:48 am (UTC)
ZOMG! I think I just broke my head.... Apparently, Daniel Radcliffe isn't circumcised, and I have the picture to prove it. Just thought I'd share.
my monkied brainkatekat1010 on February 26th, 2007 12:53 am (UTC)
breathe. breathe.

(also, you're still squicking me out with that. i mean, i know from a logical standpoint that he's cute, but ... ewww. glad it made you happy though!)
Muriellemurielle on February 26th, 2007 02:15 am (UTC)
Whoa! Bare naked bathroom!

Congrats, what a job!
my monkied brainkatekat1010 on February 26th, 2007 04:09 am (UTC)
heee - we should cover it immediately! (actually, we will, but not until next weekend, I think)

and thank you! although I'm told breaking things apart is the easy part, and the hard part is yet to come.
crayonbreakygalcrayonbreakygal on February 26th, 2007 03:29 am (UTC)
Isn't demo fun? Now comes the hard part! Picking fixtures. Oh the joy. At least your bathroom wasn't as ugly as ours was. I'm talking ugly. And tons of refuse/crap to get rid of.
my monkied brainkatekat1010 on February 26th, 2007 04:10 am (UTC)
you're right, demo's a BLAST! yeah, we have a trip to Lowe's planned for mid week to go pick the fixtures. luckily we did a bunch of pricing beforehand, so at least we're not going to suffer sticker shock.

sounds like you did a massive remodel on your bathroom! i think the problem with ours is that it just wasn't big enough to be too ugly. ;)
BJ: Monster Insidedara_starscream on February 26th, 2007 03:47 am (UTC)
(puts on Motorhead) Music to demolish buildings by. Rammstein is also good.

Thanks for the heads-up on magic toilet pills.
my monkied brain: giles - *indeed*katekat1010 on February 26th, 2007 04:12 am (UTC)
heeee - the only problem with either one is that if the song doesn't end before you're done with demo you start looking for other walls to smash in. Neil seriously had a glint in his eye with the saw... i almost took it away for fear that he was going to start cutting into random walls.

and my pleasure - gotta share the knowledge, right?
literate and stylish: hee!mishloran on February 26th, 2007 08:17 am (UTC)
Wow. Job and a half! You know, most people start with a few shelves, maybe paint a bedroom or do a floor or two... then move onto the slightly more ambitious mucking-about-with-the-water-pipes-and-tiling type jobs. Go you guys!
my monkied brainkatekat1010 on March 1st, 2007 02:37 am (UTC)
well, we did do the painting thing when we first moved in. and we've watched so many home shows we're both like PSHAW! we can do that!

although we did decide we're not going to pull the shower/tub out, because that would be too much for us, ambitious though we are!