The opposite day, I had somebody ask me how the adjustments within the hallway toilet are going. Nicely, to date, I’ve managed to vary my thoughts about 15 occasions, get about half of the fixtures swapped out, and flood the toilet.
Oh, yeah. I could have buried the lede there. I flooded the toilet. 😀 It was such a silly, rookie mistake, and once I give it some thought, I’m so embarrassed at myself for making that silly mistake. Luckily, I don’t suppose I did any everlasting harm. However earlier than I get to that, let me again up a bit and go over another particulars.
A couple of week in the past, I had a kind of days the place I used to be busy with different issues and didn’t actually have time (or somewhat, I didn’t need to take my restricted time) to work on the studio. So I made a decision to spend what time I did have swapping out the fixtures within the hallway toilet. That they had been sitting there of their packing containers for a few weeks, and I used to be anxious to swap out all the silver fixtures for the brand new Delta Champagne Bronze fixtures.
I figured the issues just like the gown hook, hand towel ring, and bathroom paper holder can be quick and simple since I purchased the identical model, related kinds, and similar kinds of merchandise, so I made a decision to start out with these. I anticipated them to make use of the identical kinds of brackets, so I believed it will simply be a matter of unscrewing the previous one from the bracket and screwing the brand new one to the identical bracket.
Nicely, none of them have been quick, nor have been they straightforward. Although the fixtures have been the identical model and appeared related, they’d utterly totally different brackets. WHY, DELTA? WHYYYYY???? However, no drawback, proper? I’ve put in a lot of these issues 100 occasions earlier than. It will nonetheless be fast and simple…or so I believed.
I used to be having a kind of days the place the whole lot was an issue. After I tried to place the brand new wall anchor within the wall for the screws for the hand towel holder (I exploit these kinds of wall anchors that screw in, somewhat than having to drill a gap after which hammer them in), the anchor actually screwed throughout the drywall, leaving a giant gap behind. I’ve by no means had that occur earlier than! So I needed to set up the brand new towel ring decrease than earlier than, and now I’ve this mess that I’ve to restore…
And let’s not even speak about the truth that I took off a part of the trim and tile as a result of I simply can’t assist myself. After I get a thought in my head (like utterly eradicating the accent tile and never changing it with one thing new), I’m like a canine with a bone, and all self-control goes out the window. So, lengthy earlier than I’m able to do any of the large tasks in right here, I’ve already torn up the tile. Now I’ve to dwell with it till I’m able to sort out the partitions in right here, which can be some time on the price my studio goes. Like I mentioned, my self-control disappears once I get an thought in my head.
Anyway, the remainder of the fixtures (those I believed can be quick and simple) went about the identical. I stripped a number of screws making an attempt to get the brand new bracket on the wall for the brand new gown hook. I couldn’t get the previous wall anchors out of the wall in order that I might set up the brand new rest room paper holder, and on and on.
My fast and simple undertaking was rapidly turning into one frustration after one other. So for now, I’ve this case — no rest room paper holder, and the roll of bathroom paper sitting on the countertop. I’m positive our friends love strolling in to this. 😀
For the reason that “straightforward” tasks have been going sideways, I made a decision to only dive proper in and swap out the bathe/tub fixtures. I anticipated these to be harder, and positive sufficient, they have been. However after spending about half-hour making an attempt to get the previous tub faucet off, I lastly wrestled it off and was in a position to get the brand new one on. Swapping out the overflow drain was quite simple.
And sure, the bathtub is filthy as a result of I stored stepping in it with my sneakers on after being exterior. However that story is developing.
So I received the tap and the overflow drain swapped, after which swapped out the trim on the opposite factor. What’s that even referred to as? I’m speaking in regards to the deal with that really turns the water on and off.
I used to be simply going to swap out the trim package deal and depart the previous valve in place as a result of it gave the impression to be similar to the brand new one.
Because it seems, they weren’t fairly similar. They have been barely totally different, making it troublesome to tighten the screw for the gorgeous new deal with onto the previous valve. I imply, it was on there, and I don’t suppose it will have come off, however it wasn’t as tight as I believed it needs to be.
I wished to depart it and name it good, however y’all understand how my thoughts works. I simply couldn’t let it go. About half-hour after putting in that deal with, I made a decision that I actually ought to go forward and swap out the valve.
Are you able to guess what occurred? Sure, that’s proper. With out going exterior and turning the water off first, I began eradicating the deal with and the trim, after which I proceeded to tug and pull on that valve to take away it. WITHOUT TURNING THE WATER OFF FIRST!!!
Oh my gosh, what a silly, rookie mistake!!! At that time, I used to be simply so pissed off with all the different issues at that time that my thoughts simply wasn’t targeted. I tugged and pulled on that valve, and for a couple of tugs, the whole lot was tremendous. After which it reached the purpose the place it wasn’t tremendous anymore.
Water began spraying at full drive out of that valve. It was spraying into the bathtub, onto the ground, up in direction of the ceiling. EVERYWHERE. I used to be utterly soaked in a matter of seconds. I panicked, and for what appeared like an eternity (however was most likely about two seconds), I simply froze and didn’t know what the heck to do. Then I snapped out of it and realized I wanted to get a towel to cowl the valve in order that the water would go into the bathtub as an alternative of spraying throughout the room.
However in fact, I wasn’t doing any of this quietly. I used to be yelling, “OH MY GOSH! OH MY GOSH!” And since I used to be being very loud and animated, Cooper (my very massive, goofy, 100-pound canine) received all excited pondering we have been taking part in, so he was all underneath foot and wouldn’t get out of my means. I lastly managed to get him sidelined for a couple of seconds, simply lengthy sufficient to get out of the toilet, my soaked garments dripping all around the ground, so I might seize a towel and drape it over the valve. That didn’t work fairly in addition to I had hoped as a result of the valve didn’t stick out very far, so the towel stored slipping off.
I received the towel on there in addition to I might, however it wasn’t good, and it wasn’t preserving all the water contained inside the bathtub space. However I didn’t have time to waste. I bumped into the sunroom to seize the device (no matter that factor known as) to show the water off on the curb exterior.
Nicely, we don’t have lights in our sunroom, and it was getting too darkish to see, so I couldn’t discover it. I began panicking once more, and yelling, “I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO!!” All of the whereas, Cooper is scorching on my heels, leaping and twirling and getting all excited at this new recreation we’re taking part in.
Now remember that all this time, I’m panicking, working via the home, yelling, making an attempt to get Cooper out of my means (as a result of he nonetheless thinks we’re taking part in), leaving a path of water from my dripping garments all over the place I’m going, and poor Matt is mendacity in mattress and has completely no clue what’s occurring. He’s simply listening to the commotion.
So after a couple of minutes of this chaos (what appeared like an eternity to me, however was most likely not lengthy in any respect), he lastly yells to me, “What’s going on?” To which I yelled again at him in my most panicked and frantic voice, “I’M FLOODING THE HOUSE!!!!! I’M FLOODING THE HOUSE, AND I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO!!!” 😀 There’s nothing so useful as panicking and yelling an excessive amount of hyperbole in the midst of a nerve-racking scenario to an individual who has no capability to assist, proper? 😀
Anyway, I couldn’t discover that device to show off the water, so I grabbed my massive pliers and ran out the door to the entrance yard to show the water off. Then I couldn’t get the quilt off of the water gauge exterior, so I needed to run again inside the home, seize a flathead screwdriver, run again out, pry that lid off, after which I might lastly flip the water off.
By the point I received the water turned off and headed again inside, there wasn’t a single sq. inch of that rest room ground that wasn’t coated in water. However thankfully, none of it discovered its means exterior of the toilet into the hallway aside from what had dripped off of my drenched garments. I used to be so relieved to see that. (I wasn’t so fortunate the final time we had the crap geyser.) However there was additionally water all around the vainness, the countertop, the partitions, the bathroom…nearly the whole lot.
So I received all the water cleaned up, swapped out the valve, put all the fairly trim again on, turned the water again on (with that device that I lastly did discover), and now the brand new bathtub faucet drips continually. It gained’t cease. Fixed. Dripping.
So for sure, that rest room and I’ve been on a break. I’m going in there when completely crucial, however aside from that, we’ve simply wanted to spend a while aside. I haven’t even cleaned up my shoeprints out of the bath. I haven’t put away the instruments or thrown away the previous fixtures (that are nonetheless lined up on the facet of the bath). I don’t need to give it some thought. I don’t need to take a look at it. I don’t need to even contemplate swapping that valve out once more. And when I’ve to go in there, I simply use my tunnel imaginative and prescient, do what I must do, and ignore the whole lot else in there. I simply need to spend time in my fairly studio for now.
In order that’s how the hallway toilet adjustments are going. How are your tasks going? 😀
Addicted 2 Adorning is the place I share my DIY and adorning journey as I rework and adorn the 1948 fixer higher that my husband, Matt, and I purchased in 2013. Matt has M.S. and is unable to do bodily work, so I do the vast majority of the work on the home on my own. You possibly can be taught extra about me right here.