|Larry in CO ||
Posted 04-14-2004 at 19:28:03
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I posted this over on Tales but thought some of you might get a kick out of it. Larry
Talk about "mission creep". The wife needed (wanted?) a new vanity put in the bathroom 'cause the old one was about trashed from many years of grandkids (and me) use. So, I thinks, this won't be too bad of a job. The old vanity is a 24"W x 19"D and I think that I can just remove the (fake) marble top, pull out the old vanity, put the new one in and drop the (fake) marble top back on. Done in a couple of hours, right? Wrong!! We were up to the local Homer Despot and they had a vanity that someone had ordered and decided they didn't want so, good ole Homer D had it marked down by about 40%. Sounded good and it was exactly 24" wide so I get it and bring it home. That was the last thing that went right. Couple of days pass and I decided to get this "honey-do" out of the way. I unhook all the plumbing and take the (fake) marble top off and carefully place it where it won't get broke. Now, this vanity sets in a corner of the bathroom, so to get the old vanity outside, I have to take the baseboard off of the one wall just to move the vanity out. I should have know at this time, things weren't going to go the way I wanted them to. Anyway, I drag the new vanity in and dry fit it into the hole. Woops, the new vanity has drawers in it and the back support for the drawer rails just happen to hit the wall exactly where the cold water shutoff comes out of the wall. OK, out of the bathroom with the vanity, cut holes in the drywall, shut the water off to the house and move the cold supply lines. Now, I get to patch the holes in the drywall. The next day, after letting the joint compound dry, I smooth out all my joints and prime the new drywall. Things are going pretty good now, so I set the (fake) marble top on the new vanity and another woops. Remember that I said the old vanity was 24" wide and 19" deep?? Welp, the new one is 24" wide alright but it's 21" deep, so off to good ole Homer for a new (fake) marble top. Found one that was just right and brought it home. Fit pretty good too. Alright, now we're cookin'. I proceed to take the drain out of the old (fake) marble top and install it in the new one. So far, so good. I then take the faucets off the old top and they proceed to basically fall apart in my hands. OK, 'nother trip to good ole Homer. Get new faucets and get them intalled with no further ado. Now, I need to find my can of paint that was left after painting the bathroom several years ago and touch up the spots where the old vanity set. Found it and opened it only to find that it has turned to some sort of gel. Guess you know what that meant? More money to Homer. Got a new gallon of paint and painted the whole bathroom. Let it dry for a day and finally got the NEW vanity with the NEW (fake) marble top and the NEW faucets installed this morning. On one of the many trips to Homer, I was smart enough to get new supply lines and drain P-trap so no more trips to the store, right? Wrong again!! Went to turn the water back on at the shutoffs under the vanity and the hot water valve, not the one I had to move, came apart and started spraying water everywhere. RUN TO THE BASEMENT REAL FAST and shut the water off in the house. One more trip to Homer for a shutoff valve and FINALLY the bathroom from he!! is finished. Only about a week during my spare time.
I forgot to add that the 3 year old grandson we watch 5 days a week had to "help' with the muddin' and paintin'. I think that added a little bit to the amount of time spent. 'Course I wouldn't of had had it any other way. His daddy don't come around too often and he needs somebody to teach him the finer things in life, like getting grease and paint and stuff like that on his clothes and hands. Couple of weeks ago, he had to help me pack the wheel bearings on the 5th wheel. Had to have his own grease rag and wrenches and get right in there with Papa. Sure hope I can keep him interested in this kind of stuff till he's grown.
Anyway, sorry for the long post and does anybody else have this kind of luck when you're trying to get a "simple" job done?? Larry
Posted 04-15-2004 at 02:56:43
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I find kids helping,most jobs take twice as long, but generally four times as much fun.
With my own kids made them respouncable foe everything i did: how did I take it apart?, Where did I put the Wrench?, anybody know what I'm trying to do?
That was years ago. Now with kids of their own, during familyget together's they'll ask each other, "Is Dad still losing his hammer?" or one of them their own complaint, "While I was putting it together this side the kid was taking it a part on the other. Guess this project is going to take a little longer."
Loved it, like yesterday.