Sunday, June 03, 2007

Before and After

Today I finally have a shower/tub that I can plug up and take a bath in. I'm not the hugest fan of baths, but I like having the option. When I moved into the house I live in now, the plumbing was the worste thing about it. I had no water pressure and the tub had to be the original 1953 fixture. The drain was almost rusted out and had a basket wedged in so tight it couldn't come out (that also kept me from putting the plug in so that the water wouldn't drain). There had also been a shower door at one time that was removed to leave three rusty pock marks on the edge of the tub. I'm sure you can imagine how beautiful it was.

Thursday night, the DH spent over three hours breaking up the tub and ripping out drywall and insulation to prep for the plumber Friday. (He's beautiful in his safety glasses!) It was a really messy job with all kinds of nasty things flying through the air. I think the cleanup took longer than the demolition -- though that may almost always be the case. I think the DH may have actually enjoyed breaking up the tub with a sledge hammer, but it was downhill from there. Removing the fawcet included turning off the water main and going without water over night. Good thing the DH could shower at our dear Penny's house, so he didn't have to go to bed covered in sweat, dust, and other things that flew onto him in the process.

On Friday, the plumber installed the shower/tub combo and left us (or should I say, left the DH) with the finishing work. That means he has to put in the drywall, tape and mud it, texturize, and paint. No problem! Today, the DH had his friend The Duke come over to help and they got all the drywall put up. It will take a few days to get the rest of it done, but we're making great progress!


Duchess said...

Looks great! Don't you just love construction going on in your home? I think the Duke might, as it seems perpetual here, I keep hoping one day it will end. The end results are always worth it though, so can't complain much.

My Ice Cream Diary said...

My DSSH is also a big fan of the demolition side of home improvement. We haven't enjoyed stripped walls, no water, and perpetual sweat and dirt for quite awhile now.

An Ordinary Mom said...

One of these days I am sure I will get to experience the great art of home improvement :) !!

Scribbit said...

We're ripping out our fireplace right now and like so many of those projects they're more and more involved the deeper you get into them. I'm so sick of the remodeling thing I just want it to be over.