Problems With The Bathroom Project


Sorry, no bathroom photos. We hit some snags. 


First problem: When Kenny tore apart the old vanity, he discovered that they had put the vanity in first, then built the floor around it. And the floor is higher than the hall floor that leads to it. I've always wondered why that is.

So this left us with several inches of nothing before the solid surface. What we saw for the surface looked like dirt to me, but surely not.

The vanity I bought has an arched front at the bottom, so it showed. Plus the vanity didn't have anything solid to sit on.

So Kenny put 2 x 4's down, then spray-painted the ones toward the front white so at least you wouldn't see a dark space.

But then the walls were not level. So when he eased the vanity back in, there was a big space where it was supposed to meet the wall at the front. Then the space became smaller as it went toward the back. 

So he had to mud the whole wall to try to fill in the space. I don't know if this will work, so he may have to come up with another solution.

Which means the mud has to dry overnight before he can continue.

So this will be at least a 2 day project. That is the progress so far.


On Friday I got out my new leaf blower and started in on the many layers of leaves on my patio. I have a gate, so I was planning to blow it into the alley.

However, like last year, I found a lot more than just leaves on the other side. There are only two gates on this whole side, and those two gates go to my patio and that of the guy behind me. 

Where the gate is, the fence juts out, which leaves a nice little area for people to gather and drink and whatever else it is they do. Maybe they sleep there. I don't know.

So I had probably two feet of leaves to blow on the other side of the gate once I was able to finally get the gate open. And just like last year, many whiskey and vodka and beer bottles to deal with. Plus towels, food packaging, etc. What a mess.

Once I got most of that cleared out, and I was blowing my patio, I managed to knock over and break my green buddha. No surprise there. Things happen.

I am not nearly finished, but my ankle and back is telling me that it will be awhile before I can get back out there to take up where I left off.
 

I am now reading Almost Sisters by Joshilyn Jackson.

Jackson also wrote Gods In Alabama some time ago.

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  1. Sorry for all the trouble with the bathroom, drat! Hope one more day will see it finished and looking fine.
    Mary

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    1. Kenny came. Had to mud the wall again. That's all he can do now. So I don't when I'll get a functioning bathroom sink again...

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  2. Hope you get the bathroom project problems worked out. Marty

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    1. It never ceases to amaze me how many shortcuts builders use to slap things up. Ugh!

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  3. It sounds just like what's happened to us with projects in an old house. You just never know what you're going to uncover when you remove something! I'm planning to remove the wallpaper in our bathroom this winter, and I know it's not going to be pretty underneath. I hope it all works out in your bathroom, Brenda.

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    1. We were just shocked when we saw that there was nothing but concrete under the vanity!

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  4. Oh projects never seem to go as simply as we hope. At least the maintenance man is helpful. I'm organizing the spare room, a never ending job it seems.

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    1. Day 2: More mudding. I'm starting to see $$$ signs in my head as the days pass with one thing after another!

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  5. Oh those darn home improvement projects, more time, more money... I can't wait to see what you do with it though. I love your dinnerware at the top of your post, is that from the PW Mercantile in Pawhuska? Since we live north of Joplin, MO we have been planning a day trip to her store but want to wait for a sunny day.

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    1. I got those dishes and coffee cups at Marshalls years ago.

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  6. When you get all your bathroom leveled-out you will really be happy! When we moved into our 2 yr. old house 10 years ago my hubby (retired engineer) noticed that the granite island was not level. I told him I could live with it, but he said he could not. We had to tear out all the granite in the kitchen! Mess, mess, but I was able to pick out a granite I liked much better, so it was worth the trouble.

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    1. At this point, I would just be happy to figure out what to do with such an unlevel area putting a level vanity in! He still doesn't know how he's going to fix it! Such a mess.

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  7. It sounds like Kenny is willing to look for solutions to the problems that are coming up. That is a plus. Some people don't want to do one bit extra. In a few days it will be so nice in your bathroom! I had to chuckle when you said Things Happen in response to breaking the Buddha. That's seems to be the appropriate lesson to learn from breaking a Buddha! I hope you enjoy some reading as you rest up from your outdoor work.

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    1. Well, I'm getting to know Kenny. I think I'd like his wife. We have many of the same beliefs, it seems as I talk to him while he's working. He's very practical and down-to-earth. I can tell he will be fair. We just don't know how long this project is going to take.

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  8. Seems like walls and floors are never level and always cause more work and aggravation! Spending time in the garden is a good way to get your mind off it for awhile!

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    1. The way things have been here, nothing would surprise me now. Kenny tells me they give them a ridiculously low budget to work with at this complex. Why is everyone so money hungry??? I'm paying for this myself because I know nothing would ever get improved if I didn't do the improving.

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  9. Oh Brenda! I'm sorry about the reno problems. It seems one never hears of any renovations being done without hitting some sort of snafu. Have you? One thing always seems to lead to another. Perhaps the extra mudding on the wall will help. Fingers crossed for you!

    As for the mess outside your fence? It never fails to amaze me how some people can be such pigs. Oh, I don't even like saying that! But it's true. Growing up, my family would drive out into the middle of nowhere to have a picnic (not hard in Canada) and Mum would make us comb the area we'd been in to ensure we left not one tiny speck of garbage behind. She always said the area should look like just like we had never been there. I guess I still follow that teaching even though some people probably laugh at me for being this way.

    My mum probably could have been a murderer and have never been caught because she wouldn't leave any evidence or traces of her crime behind. Think of your cleanup as being a good steward of your community. ��

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    1. It's a mess outside that gate every year when I start dealing with leaves. If I don't get the leaves out of the way, there is no way to bring in heavy bags of soil there. Then I'd have to trot them from the front parking lot through the apartment to the patio. No telling who is out there at night. Hopefully they will be too drunk to cause me trouble.

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  10. Oh, how frustrating. You never know what you're going to find once you start digging in the working side of things. I know the end result will be worth it, though.

    I love the dishes in the top photo, where did you get them?

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    1. The dishes were from Marshalls years ago.

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  11. Oh my goodness! I am so sorry to hear about the bathroom disaster, but I am sure it will turn out fine in the end. Too bad about your green Buddha, I hope you can find a nice replacement.

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    1. Oh, I just hate to lose that green buddha! But it broke into many pieces. Hope it doesn't somehow mean bad luck...

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  12. oh good grief.
    why does any kind of re-model have to be full of unforeseen glitches!!!
    your attitude toward it all is wonderful.
    and when it's finished it will be beautiful. xo

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    1. Well, I figure I can either laugh or cry. And I'm not crying over poor workmanship in the sixties. I was just naive and didn't even think of this being the case. Kenny is still trying to figure out why on earth they built it that way! And he's almost my age, so he's been around a lot of construction.

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  13. Brenda you are hitting some real road blocks. Sounds like Kenny is good at fixing problems so I hope his solutions will work out for the bathroom.
    Hugs,
    Kris

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    1. He thought he could at least give me running water in that bathroom today. But it was not to be.

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  14. Brenda, Won't the managers there do something about that 'corner'. That would be a big concern and safety issue for you, the dogs and your patio. And, don't they clean up the trash and leaves etc. Maybe you could take pics and show them the mess and drinking going on there. Good Luck!

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    1. The manager and I have become friends, but it's not her fault. It's the company that manages it for the owner in Dallas, who wants his money every month but doesn't want to do a darn thing. The fence has been falling over in that corner since the day I moved in, and nothing gets done. If my dogs get over it, there will be hell to pay!

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  15. Ugh, those are really a nuisance, the snags when remodeling. Some can't be forseen, as you discovered. May it all come together for you without further issues.

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    1. Kenny says he will work on it whenever he can this week. I'm looking at this project stretching out to maybe a week.

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  16. Brenda I have a small bathroom decorating idea pic I'd like to send you - is there an e-mail where I can send a photo?

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  17. Such is the life of the DIYer.😊

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  18. So sorry you have had this problem. We have lived in two old houses and it is amazing what you run into when you tackle a project. I hope Kenny will be able to finish the job for you. I know you will do a great job of decorating when it is finished. You always do a great job!

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  19. OH Brenda that phrase " Never a dull moment" arises to my mind here :)

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  20. How aggravating and discouraging to hit blocks like that. What should be a simple job turns into something much more complicated. Poor Kenny...and poor you, too. Well, just think--when it IS done it will be very nice...just hold onto that thought.
    Sorry your Buddah broke...and that you had such a big mess to clean up. take it easy on your ankle. xo Diana

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  21. Had sort of the same problem with a vanity that was installed in my mum's old house. We had to put wood behind the arches of her vanity to close them off because there was no tile under the old vanity.
    Maybe the reason the management won't support tenant upgrades is because they know of all the structural problems that will be faced. Also,
    If your apartment is built on a slab and they needed to break up the cement to get to your sink pipes to repair them, the brown you see may indeed be dirt. They might have cheaped out and just put back the vanity and not re-cemented. That would freak me out!

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  22. Seems like projects never go smoothly....I am sure with the beautiful results, the problems will be forgotten!! So funny, I am purging lots of things such as dishes and I had those very same dishes that you show in this post....I donated the set.

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  23. I think all projects end up hitting some snags, big or small, before you get finished with them. And those snags are always a pain!! I do hope the problems are able to get settled soon and am looking forward to seeing some photos!! Love ya!

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  24. Sometimes remodeling can have the domino effect. I hope it works out soon for you. Rest and take care of yourself. The leaves will wait. :)

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  25. What a pain! But I'm not surprised. We've run into snags like this in our house, too. Like you said, it's amazing what shortcuts builders will take sometimes. I hope that Kenny is able to make some headway this week.

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  26. Ugh. I cannot stand those unexpected renovation surprises and they're always there aren't they? I hope that it doesn't take you too much extra time or money to get it all straightened it. Fingers crossed for you!

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  27. Oh, dear, re-modeling can certainly be frustrating when you come upon some of the un-anticipated snags. I hope your bathroom issues get resolved soon.

    So sorry about your Bhudda. I hate it when I do something like that. Perhaps it can be repaired. I always think it is worth a try with something I am really attached to. But as I get older I have learned to take those losses more in stride, I think. Like you say, "things happen."

    Those leaves sound like a ton of work to get taken care of. And it's annoying to have to clean up other people's trash. Let it be and tackle it another day when you are feeling energetic and determined!

    Have been enjoying your posts and look forward to more. Take care!

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  28. Renovation is never as easy as we think it'll be before we begin, but I bet you'll be happy with the transformation in a few days.

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  29. Not Your Buddha!..I would be crying..I love mine so much! Also I don't like the idea of drunks hanging outside of your gate..scary..

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Author Bio

Brenda has been writing since grade school. She majored in professional writing/journalism in college, where she won awards for her feature writing. She loves to decorate, garden, enjoy nature, read and spend time with her Yorkies.
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