DIY – slow progress

February 11, 2009

I’ve not mentioned much about my current DIY project – the Bathroom, other than when most of a wall come down.  I’ve never liked the bathroom as it was, but I’ve also never been too confident with plumbing so the bathroom always appeared to be a major project, not just a bit of patching and painting.

In the end I’ve decided to get a plumber to do the difficult work which means the room doesn’t need to be out of action and I know it will be done right.  He also pointed me to some Plumbers Merchants where I could get better quality stuff than B&Q had for about the same price as their basic suites. So I think it will be nice when finished, just I’m not sure when it will be finished.

I have run into a couple of problems, have had to patch and plaster, sand, strip and prep more than I expected.  Friday, the floor goes down, suite goes in, plumbing is finished and I can start putting things back in, up, down, on, etc.  However I’ve just found out that the tiles I wanted aren’t going to be in stock for at least three weeks :-<  this is doubly disappointing as I bought myself something which I thought “I’m not going to open this till the bathroom is finished” and I don’t do deferred gratification.

Here, to keep track of progress, is a photo of how the bath looks today…

bath-progress… it can only get better!


More ‘things I’ve never done’

February 7, 2009

I’m currently in the middle of a DIY project (actually I fear I’ve not reached the middle yet, but it sounds more encouraging that way).  I’m putting in a new bathroom.  Well, not actually building an extension and putting in a totally new bathroom where there was nothing before – that would be ridiculous as I live on the first floor of a tenement.   But, I am ripping out the current bathroom and putting in a new one.

I’ve wanted to do this since first moving into this place nearly 9 years ago but it is a large project for my limited but enthusiastic DIY skills and scares me a little.  I’m also very poor at planning DIY projects.  I tend to start them, then get carried along by their momentum till the project declares itself finished and lets me get back to my own life.

The plan for today was fairly ambitious, but potentially achievable if everything went well.  Everything, however, had other plans which didn’t include ‘going well’ as far as I have grown to recognise the concept of well going.

The aforementioned ‘plan’ was to start as early as possible (today being Saturday that meant about 9:30ish) by getting all the tiles off the wall.  I knew this task would involve a lot of noisy hammering which may disturb some of my neighbours, but I still didn’t feel like getting up any earlier, so 9:30 it was!

This then is the first thing today that I’ve never done before – take tiles off a wall.  The first section was fine, it was hard work and lots of plaster came off with the tiles but it can be patched and new tiles will be going in the same place so not too bad.  The second, larger area, of tiles wasn’t so convinced that they wanted a change of outlook.  Here the tiles were so attached to the wall that the wall has come with the tiles…


The wall on the left (above the taps) is plaster over brickwork and will be OK after some patching,  the other wall is (or was) plasterboard which now needs replaced.  Which brings me to the second of today’s ‘things I’ve never done’ I’ve never removed a plasterboard wall.  Being a person who doesn’t remove plasterboard walls has generally been OK with me and is a condition would like to have continued in, mainly because I have no idea how to put one back up.

The other side of this wall is my kitchen.  I was wondering for a bit if I could put in some kind of hatch or window so that I could reach the toaster from the bath or I could chat to guests using ‘the facilities’ while I was making them a coffee, for example.  But I think, all things considered, I will simply have to try to reinstate the wall as it was, somehow.