So the summer came and went and not a lot got done around the house as Mr. J and I spent the time working, having fun, and jaunting off to Kentucky to my baby brother’s wedding. Now that my peeps are back, and the mad rush at work has slowed somewhat then picked up speed again, I have turned my attention back to my disassembled house and am getting busy.
*cracks knuckles* (but only virtually because eww)
Some pictures from Kentucky!
I had been waiting on Mr. J to do some fancy, super cool, metal work to my spout that I had bought for the tub, which he finished up a couple of weeks ago and I installed! Interesting fact, Mr. J went to school to be a machinist, and has a milling machine! So I got to watch him cut metal and be all sexy. All the stuff that man can do, and knows, is just… wow. *fans self and swoons*
The spout, before Mr. J worked his magic (along with help from his friend Paul the Pilot – thanks Paul!), just had a copper pipe sticking out of the back. Which was a disaster waiting to happen should I have just tried to put that in the wall. First, there was nothing for support. So if someone pushed on it, it was very likely that the copper pipe would be wiggled and pushed to the point of leaking… in my new wall, behind my new tiles… NOPE. I haven’t done all this work for something like that to happen. Also with the pipe just going 3 inches straight back into the wall, connecting it to a copper to pex elbow was going to be messy, and not possible without cutting down the copper pipe anyway. Sorry if I’m starting to sound like Charlie Brown’s teacher…
SO, this had to happen – below are pictures of the spout welded onto a plate that has a proper elbow in the back. Cool, huh?
And then Finally… VICTORY IS MINE!!
As well as a sweet ass spout.
But Wait there is MORE!
My Brother came to visit! I wish I had a picture of his face as he looked at the construction – he was not as excited as me about the progress. The look of “Uh, Bec…”, was pretty funny, even as he was being all supportive.
(My peeps did not want Uncle Trev to go – they miss all the Jr Macs like CRA-ZY)
As I type I have drywall in DA HOUUUUSE!!
Oh my god, could it be true? Could I really have walls again? *tears of joy*
Here is the progress to date. I could bore you with insulation pictures, but they aren’t very sexy – and I’ll save all my electrical adventures for another post (Shout out to Mike at MDT for being so amazeballs and helping me get my panel to code! You are the best!!) – but I have a sub-panel and stories of killer attic spiders to regale any one who wants to listen.
Also, Insulation is the worst. Completely.
Mike at MDT (General Contractor and all around bad ass) also hooked me up with a drywall guy, because I really, really, really want my bathroom to look great and I don’t want to have the drywall look terrible. No one cares about what my ABS gluing looks like or the twists on my wires under the marettes- but lumpy drywall is not cool. So I’m spending the money on a pro.
As a do-it-yourself’er I have just enough information to be dangerous. And I am anxious with my baby, this reno of mine. For example, I read that one should NOT mud/polyfil the densshield – you should use a cement mortor – type S and then a mesh tape. This is so the boards get glued/fused together and you don’t get tiles cracking, as the house shifts and does the things houses do. In 2 year, I do not want broken tiles. So how do I broach this with the guy?
“Hey, I know I am totally not a professional… but this seems wrong to me.” Do you feel as uncomfortable as I do? Ugh.
But I am hopeful! And look – pictures!
So here I am, with major progress in the bathroom and laundry room – soon the finishing, decorative, final vision fun start happening! The sexy stuff.
And I am aaalll about the sexy.