Chris Smash!

I knew my condo was going to be a serious work in progress. Sure, there were walls. Plumbing worked…for the most part. Electricity flowed through the outlets. The front door locks. The new bird feeder is money. But still, a lot needed to happen to turn this place into a real home.

Thanks Management!

Thanks Management!

The downstairs bathroom has been a sore spot with me since I moved in over a year ago. The toilet works…and that’s about all I can say without being negative. I wish I had a picture of the busted wallpaper that Dayle and I found BEHIND the toilet. Because it was too much of a hassle actualy doing some work to put up a solid color in room barely able to contain my wingspan.

Immediately upon my arrivial I installed a toilet paper holder and a towel bar, picked up a hand towel and a floor mat and simply resigned to fixing this room later. Function over appearance was the name of the game early on. If I had a month to solely dedicate to this place, things would be different but I’ve bills to pay.

The faucet in the bathroom had a perpetual, albeit miniscule drip. It wasn’t enough to tortue someone, but it was significant enough to attract my focus every time I looked at the faucet. Something had to be done. Of course life is never that simple.

As mentioned, this room is tiny. If I held my arms up like I was signaling a touchdown, you might not bump your elbows against the door (on one side) and the opposite wall (on the other side). The vanity fits snugly in this space below the medicine cabinet. Snug as a bug in a rug made out of some old, busted water supply lines. Speaking of those supply lines, I think the only way to completely remove the supply lines to the underside of the faucet is to remove the entire vanity top. There was almost no room to maneuver behind the bowl, even with all the torque and the most awesomest basin wrench in the world, this thing is not moving.

I summon the power of the crowbar...

I summon the power of the crowbar...

So I resorted to taking a utility knife to the adhesive/caulking and a crowbar to the front and sides of the vanity top. With a little elbow grease, some well placed leverage and a little balance I was able to remove the vanity top.

Oh, and I had to take a hacksaw to the PVC connecting the vanity top to the main drain. and I had to saw off part of the wood blocking the vanity from a clean removal. Piece of cake.

Crowbar and Me. Tuesdays at 9 on the CW.

Crowbar and Me. Tuesdays at 9 on the CW.

Removing the rest of the vanity was an exercise in self control simply because the more damage I did meant more clean up and repair after the fact.

Now that all of this nonsense has been removed, the bathroom remodelling can move forward. As of this post, here is the order of operations:

  1. 1. Remove the base moulding along the floor.
  2. Repair holes/dents/divots in the walls. Sand everything.
  3. Repaint – likely with a new color.
  4. Tile floor. (Question, do you remove the toilet or tile around the toilet?
  5. Install new vanity, top, faucet (and figure out what to do about the sawed-off PVC).
  6. ?
  7. Profit.
That was easy.

That was easy.

Remember folks, all of this started with a simple desire to change a faucet.

You wouldn't like me when I'm angry...

You wouldn't like me when I'm angry...


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