What kind of fool fixes up a house for the sole purpose of selling at a better price, and then buys a “new” 77-year-old house which needs pretty much all of the same updates? A fool called “Cordelia’s Mom” – of course.
Poor Teddy Rosalie remembers sitting in the empty hole for the medicine chest when the last house was under renovation (check the old story, here), and now I made her do it all over again.
(For those of you too lazy to click through to the prior post, here’s the photo from our 2015 bathroom renovation. Poor Teddy Rosalie – but she’s such a good sport!)
The plumber came right on time this morning to install the shutoff valve in the downstairs bathroom. While he was here, I had him do the prep work for the rest of the plumbing that will be required in connection with replacement of the sink, vanity and toilet. His only comment when he pulled out the old vanity was, “Boy, this really was a custom vanity!” It didn’t sound like a compliment.
It was quite interesting the way the heating ductwork had been run under that old vanity, instead of stopping at the wall like most ductwork does. The general contractor is going to have to deal with that.
Thanks heavens for home improvement financing. Rather than tapping out a good portion of my remaining cash, I was able to set up a low-interest payment plan for only $37 a month, which will allow me to have all the lead pipes in the house replaced, a new laundry tub faucet installed, an outside faucet installed, a new toilet supplied (and warranted) by the plumber, and installation of the vanity I purchased. It may be a bit extravagant to have all this work done now, considering I’m currently unemployed, but at least I’ll have a liveable house and no plumbing issues. And the new fence guy will have water to mix his concrete when the time comes.
As soon as the plumber left, I ran upstairs to use the half-bath. Upon flushing the toilet, there was a horrendous BOOM! Then I turned on the sink faucet – dark brown sludge poured out, and then the water stopped completely, both hot and cold. Fortunately, the plumber was still sitting in his truck in our driveway, so I ran out in my sneakers and skated (literally!) to his vehicle to ask him to come back in. Turned out the aerator on the faucet had become plugged. Most likely, the booming toilet was simply due to air in the lines. Scared the hell out of me in any event!
Now that the water in the rest of the house is back to normal, the general contractor has started on the bathroom renovations. As I write this post, he is busy installing new subflooring – apparently, the old floor was uneven and warped due to water damage at some point.
Lots of sawing, banging, and scraping. Poor Puppy Cody is again barricaded upstairs. But the contractor says today will be a short day.
Tomorrow, he says, is going to be a very busy day. Can’t wait.
Hopefully, this is all going to be worth it in the end.
May your day be more peaceful than mine.
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Images by Cordelia’s Mom