Monday, January 26, 2009

...go figure...it's Monday

how do you know it's Monday ?

there are a number of pithy answers to that question...

here's mine...

Monday started with the final visit of R, Tile Wizard...
& even though I'm anxious to be "done"...
I'll miss watching him work...
he is a true artist & craftsman...
besides a good guy...


[click picture to enlarge...]

a snafu in communications had caused the saved[80+ year old]...
ceramic TP holder, worth at least $100.00 to replace...
to be placed too low...[I'm not THAT short...]
it needs to be over 1 tile & up 1 tile...

G & I had measured it with the sink...
and I marked the correct location with a big green "X"...

so R popped out the TP holder & the surrounding tiles...



cleaned the old "thinset" off...



used a drill to drill holes all around the board to be removed...
[he wanted to put in where the TP holder had been...]

then...



used a keyhole saw to cut out the piece of board...
measuring & trimming...

so...



he ended up with a hole where the TP holder had been...
and one where it was going...



using a slick,"Norm" trick ["This Old House"]...
he created a couple of fake "lath" boards...
to attach the "board" piece to...
filling in where the TP holder had been...

then, quick as a flash...



up went replacement tiles and the TP holder...
as well as grout, there & in all the other "touch-up" places...



a little tape for setting up straight...
and the Wizard, was gone...

in the meantime...



G had come to do the finish work...
parking his trailer in my driveway...
and took the cans of paint...
which I bought 6 months ago back to the store ...
to be shaken-up again...

Molly was really making a pest of herself...
so I took her into the back yard...
played ball for a while...
then left her in the sunshine...



G took apart the exhaust fan/light to clean it up...



he's also cleaning all the woodwork...



there's a lot of painting prep here...



the ceiling...with it's cracks to fill...



and the OLD light "cover" that is discolored & cracked...
[I managed, after a long, online search, to find what I think...
will be a replacement cover...]

then there are the plaster "repairs"...



battle scars from the demo of the old shower...



some cracks from settling...



some scars from tile demo...



and some scars from tile installation...



as well as rough spots to fill...



there is also a new valve going here today...

and...that means...



that the old toilets time is short...
when it comes out for the valve replacement...
the new one will be installed in it's place...

nice...

stay tuned for : "Monday, part, le doux..."