Hurry Up And Wait Bathroom Project


Yesterday morning my daughter and Andrew came to see me. 


He didn't seem interested in the paper and colored pencils I had for him at the kitchen table. So I took the top off of my red ottoman for him to put stuff in, hoping it might keep him occupied. 

But he got in and curled up in it himself. That lasted maybe half a minute.
 
I sure don't remember my girls being so rambunctious. Maybe it's just different with boys.

He will be three years old in March. They're still working on the potty training. I'm sure that's all different with boys too, though I wouldn't know. Seems forever that I had to think about things like that.

Andrew is afraid of Abi and Charlie. But not nearly as much as they are afraid of him. They sat close to me the whole time. And would shiver when he came close.


They left and later Kenny came over. He worked a good part of the day. 

He finally got the vanity in, after cutting away most of my big drawer to fit the plumbing into it.

He got the light up, and the sink and faucet in. He said he couldn't put in the sink stopper that you pull in the sink because he didn't have the tool to cut it down. And it was all the way against the wall. 

So that still needs to be done.

As soon as he left, I turned on the water and there wasn't any. So I looked around underneath and saw a lever to turn and turned it on.

So then I had cold water, but I didn't have hot water and there wasn't another lever.

Then later I figured out that there was water pooled up in the vanity. Now you realize this is that pressed wood material, because I can't afford real wood for this project. So the last thing I need is water leaking on it.

So I got paper towels and soaked up the water, and turned it off down below again. However, it still seems to be leaking. I've got a bowl underneath it to catch the water.

I don't have his phone number. But I will have to call the guy who is on call through the answering service and see if I can get this looked at. 

He told me a new guy was working this weekend, and that he didn't think he had enough experience to be on call. Great.


He couldn't come up with a way to level it against the wall after putting mud on it twice last weekend. So I went to Lowes for wood. 

Darned if their wood isn't all the way to the back of the store and my ankle was giving me fits.

The wood pieces come out a few inches from the vanity to fill up the space that was so unlevel. The tile below was missing a piece and we had to fill that up as well.

When the caulking is dried and I get the leak figured out, I'll have to paint the wood pieces that fill up the space between the vanity and the wall.  

I just couldn't come up with a better solution and apparently he couldn't either. 

So that was my day. This kind of tedious stuff wears me down more than if I'd physically worked outside. Because it is just frustrating to hurry up and wait.

Woke up at 5 a.m. this morning and was more tired than when I went to sleep. It sure never occurred to me that this would turn into such a pain in the butt.

I thought after I paid him and he left that my frustration with this bathroom was over. But I was wrong.

I won't be coming up with any projects that I can't do myself for some time, I can assure you. 


32 comments

  1. Oh my word, this sounds like a nightmare.

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    1. It has sure turned into one. I just had the weekend on-call guy out. I didn't want to bother them last night. So he was just out and he said Kenny didn't even hook up the pipe to the pea drain! So it was leaking everywhere. I paid him good money and I'm so upset. The whole thing doesn't look like it supposed to. He cut a lot of corners.

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  2. It's a shame that the apartments aren't updated once in awhile. I don't know how old your place is but I bet all the built ins are original.
    Those big stores are always a physical workout.
    For your grandson, have mini marshmallows and pretzel sticks on hand. Let him build something with them. It might keep him busy. Or some kind of cool toy that he doesn't have at home. Boys don't sit and color or at least mine didn't.
    Hope you get that bathroom fixed soon.

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    1. The weekend guy told me all these ways this could have gotten done so it doesn't look like it does now. I still have so much work to do. I'm beyond frustrated. And I don't have a leg to stand on because I had this done on my own.

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  3. Lots of frustration for you...too bad Israel wasn't around...

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    1. Why can't people just do things right? Israel is still in Mexico.

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  4. So hard to have to rely on others for work. Just hope you get it all fixed and working. And yes little kids have more energy then I remember also, I think I'm older and they are sooooo young!

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    1. I was mentally worn out from watching my daughter try to placate him with entertainment. I don't recall entertaining my girls all the time. Seems like they did much of that themselves.

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  5. marty @a stroll thru life said it for me. wow.
    I'm betting Israel would know how to do it all ... very well... and in half the time. I wish he hadn't left there.

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    1. I will be calling this young guy who just came out. At least he gave me his phone number!

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    1. Yeah, me too. I spent $300 on the vanity and top alone. And he couldn't even get it set right. You look at it and see a bit of the wood, and the lip of the counter top should have been over that completely. But too late now. All glued down.

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  7. How awful. I suppose the money you gave Kenny is long gone- spent already. It sounds like he didn't know what he was doing and didn't want the on-weekend call guy to see the job (and outshine him). Just too bad all the way around. I hope they can get it fixed for you, Brenda. xo Diana

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    1. Don't think anyone can fix this. Already glued in place. I always told myself I should have learned how to do these things. But heavens, I can't lift heavy things like that any more.

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  8. It seems like home projects always have glitches one way or another.

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    1. This is why I wouldn't want to be someone building a whole house. I'd be driven stark raving mad.

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  9. Oh, boy. I'll bet you wish you'd left well-enough alone and still had the old bathroom! As for Andrew, he sounds just like my grandson. Though it's none of my business, I have a thought....would it be easier to put the dogs in a bedroom, with the door closed, when Andrew is over visiting? That way, the dogs aren't shaking and Andrew isn't afraid, either. And you can relax and enjoy the visit with your grandson.

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    1. In a way, yes. But I'll figure something out.

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  10. Oh...this does not sound fun. Hopefully the new guy can get it done right for you.
    One of those projects where nothing is going right!

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    1. Wish I'd met him earlier. He said it was too late now.

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  11. It's appalling that the apartment forced you to use this guy. You could have hired Home Depot installation and had a guarantee. He shouldn't have had to destroy the drawer to plumb it.

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    1. Well, it's my fault for doing something like this. They didn't stop me. But they're sure not going to help me.

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  12. It seems when it rains, for you, it really pours. Good grief, I feel so sorry for you, that you were taken advantage of. I know...my grown sons would not do something this shabby, for another person, or for themselves for that matter. I am happy that the weekend man can help you out. Giving you his phone # seems like he is willing do help anyway..I know when you want something nice so badly, it really hurts, when someone screws it up. I will be keeping my fingers crossed for you, and will tuck in a few little prayers too, that this all turns out, no water leaks, or such! 000XX

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  13. My son in law has been working on my bathroom and we've had one thing after another happen. It's been months and it's not finished but that's not his fault. There are 4 adults and a toddler in my house sharing one shower...I feel your pain. We had to cut the drawer out of the vanity to fit the plumbing in too! Who designs these things?
    Clara

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  14. What a mess. But sounds like the new guy may be able to fix things as best he can with what he was left to work with. Our youngest grandson is Andrew's age and I agree with Helen ... it's less stressful to gate the pups in another area. ... no chance of little ones accidentally doing something that results in being snapped at. And you can focus on quality time with your little guy while he's there. We keep a basket of assorted toys and the kiddos know exactly where to retrieve them. Age appropriate Lego are a big hit!

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  15. Boys are a whole 'nuther world - they are very active and often into mischief I must add. Mine was a climber, at 5 was climbing to the top of 20 foot trees, fell out of one and thank God a branch broke his fall and he only broke his ankle. At 17, he now sits in front of his computer and designs websites, so there is hope as they get older ;)
    Mary

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  16. If you post photos of your bathroom sink/vanity and state of your renovation, perhaps clever and creative readers may be able to offer tips for correcting the current issues you're struggling with. Just an idea!

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  17. I'm so sorry that you've had this big problem with the bathroom renovation. You did the best with the knowledge you had. Maybe some salvaging can be done. There are videos on youtube regarding removing sink tops from vanities. If the top is just held in place with caulk it could be removed fairly easily. But if he used a glue apparently it is a lot harder to remove the top. Working with old bathrooms and kitchens really is a pain, because there might not have been any building codes when things were installed, or codes were ignored, or someone came in later and made a repair that messed things up. If you aren't so sure about the new guy, maybe your daughter knows of a good handyman you could hire to come and take a look at things? Or maybe someone else could recommend a reputable handyman in town? It would be reassuring if you had someone you knew you could trust to do things right. My husband and I are getting to the age where we need to find such a handyman. It is more of a physical challenge for us to do some of the repair jobs we used to do on our own.

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  18. I live in an un-updated 1970 house in South Florida. We have an awful looking vanity in the bathroom, but I never had it replaced because nothing modern fits - everything they made back then is a different size. Luckily we are moving in a few months. Hopefully whoever buys it will have the skills necessary to upgrade it.

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  19. We have had numerous people over the years who were recommended or from Angie's list - and they all did horrible jobs. I think it is just the mentality in South Florida. If you don't pay a fortune (or maybe even if you do) for a job to be done, it is done in a shoddy fashion by people who really don't know what they are doing. We recently had our screened in porch rescreened. We requested heavy duty screening, but the guy who did it pleaded dumb ("that's what they sold me") and did the whole porch with screen that if you blow it hard, it comes out. Nice. And try to get your money back? Forget it. I know how you feel and am so sorry you live in a place like I do where there are tons of unqualified "handy" men who insist they know it all and then screw it all up.

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  20. I agree completely with Nanadiana. Karma will tend to him.
    I love the washboards, sewing drawer and quilt..... You are so talented.

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