If you never did so, you should watch the movie, The Money Pit. The first time I saw it, I laughed so hard my sides hurt and I couldn’t breathe.
But I’m not laughing now.
The first 4 days of the household renovations went well, except for the discovery of the leaky corner of the roof. Read that story here.
Day 5: Long, long construction day (8:30 am to 6:30 pm). No access to the bathroom or the kitchen, so lots and lots of trips to the local grocery store (hmm, need donuts) and to Bon-Ton (hmm, maybe some new furniture? Not). In between, I spent the time in an 8 x 10 room with non-cable TV and Puppy Cody. Ok, those old 1940s and 1950s shows bring back memories, but after numerous days of watching them, I was ready to move on.
Later in the evening, we noticed Cody had fresh plaster on her paws. *sigh* The contractor tried to be neat, but alas, he wasn’t perfect (I thought).
Day 6 (Saturday, the 4th of July): We told the contractor that he must finish the project by Wednesday of next week, or work would have to be suspended until Fall because hubby and I were both running out of paid time off. We had lost a day due to the roof leak. The contractor agreed to come in a few hours on both Saturday and Sunday to catch up.
The contractor started the day in the bathroom.
CONTRACTOR: Hey, do you know you have a leaky toilet?
Say what? There was water under the tile around the base of the toilet. A quick check downstairs showed that, sure enough, the toilet was leaking into the coat closet. And it wasn’t just a trickle. Had the weather not been so nice that we didn’t need coats, maybe we would have noticed the leak sooner.
Hubby ran out to the nearest hardware store and purchased a new wax ring. The contractor installed it, reseated the toilet, and flushed. The water came out of the toilet in the area between the tank and the bowl. Never did that before! In the contractor’s own words: “Well, that’s not good.”
For the next hour or so, the contractor fiddled with the toilet. Calling a plumber in on the 4th of July would require mucho bucks. We discussed moving into a hotel for the weekend – but would they take Cody? The contactor did something or other with the angle of the toilet, and hubby ran out to get a second wax ring. For the time being, the leaking stopped, but we knew we would have to get a new toilet NOW.
Once the toilet issue was under control, the contractor went downstairs to do some more plastering (personally, I felt like getting plastered, too, but it was only 10:00 am).
CONTRACTOR: Say, was your dog scratching at the wall?
(Damn, now I know how Cody got that fresh plaster on her paws. And why she has loose stools this morning. You’d think plaster would be binding – guess we know better now, don’t we? *sigh*)
After the contractor left to join his family for their 4th of July festivities, hubby and I decided to hit Home Depot and Lowes for those items we needed to complete our renovations.
First on list – new toilet. Single flush or dual flush? Regular or high efficiency? Round or elongated? Forget it – I just chose the one that claimed you could flush an entire bucket of golf balls. ‘Cause, you know, I do that a lot. [Sounds silly, right? But the plumber told me that people have actually tried it – and then had to pay to have their entire sewer line replaced.]
We needed a vanity base, but not the sink – the sink we have is in very good condition. Try to find a vanity without a top at Home Depot or Lowes! Maybe on-line, but not in either of the stores we looked at, and we needed it now. We finally just bought a vanity combo – we’ll decide later which sink we’ll actually use.
New bathroom light fixture needed. Each store had a whole aisle of bathroom lights. New medicine chest – at least that choice was easy.
So many decisions on a Saturday afternoon were giving me a serious headache. Dragged all that crap home and spent the rest of the evening trying to figure out ways to keep Cody from reacting to the boom-boom-BOOM of fireworks.
Day 7: Sunday – even contractors on a deadline need a break, and we sure as hell needed one.
And at this point, we all need a reading break. Come back tomorrow for the grand finale!
Images by Cordelia’s Mom