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bathtub repair saga

December 15th, 2011 at 08:26 pm

I'm a snowball of doom rolling down the hill, picking up more craziness along the way!

Y'all know hubby broke the soap dish off the shower wall Sunday night, causing a huge chunk of the wall to collapse. Instead of going to be dearly I had to scour angie's list looking for someone to fix it. I was lucky enough to find a reputable tile company that had had a cancellation. That's about where the good luck stopped.

I spent all my babysitting hours on Monday at the tile store trying to find an in stock tile I could live with. ANd it took forever for the sales people to ring me up and get everything taken care of.

On Tuesday, they started work but discovered that my old plumbing fixtures were corroded to the pipes, and barring a plumber intervention, they'd break the pipes taking them off, and even then the new fixtures won't fit on the old stems. So, I had to scramble to find the one plumber in town who isn't booked, and beg him to squeeze me in.

Plumber shows up, takes off the old fixtures and installs the new stems. He discovers a plumbing leak in the wall, right above an ill-placed working electrical outlet. In the tub wall. Hurray.

Tile people come back Wednesday and do two of the three shower walls, then discover the fixture stems aren't long enough because the plumber did not check to see if they would actually stick out of the wall far enough to connect once the backerboard and tile was on.

Work stops, have to call the plumber again. He can't show up until this morning. He comes, fixes it right this time (presumably, at least as far as I can tell), but while he's here the tile guy calls to tell me he is passing a kidney stone and isn't coming today.

This is turning into a very expensive and drawn out nightmare. Two day job on day four, no end in site, and the in-laws are coming next week. The epoxy grout probably won't even be dry. Meaning I have to share a bathroom with the in-laws. Ugh.

My whole week has been derailed. Two weeks in a row-- first no babystitters, now this. I'm supposed to be getting ahead on all of my freelance work so I can make it through the holidays, but nothing is working out!!!!

10 Responses to “bathtub repair saga”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    I'm so sorry! I hope you can try to reframe things. Find a positive or consider it could be worse. Sharing a bathroom? I'm sure it won't be as bad as you might be expecting.

  2. CB in the City Says:

    Think how lucky you are that you found the leak in the wall before it did extensive damage! And I'll bet it will be beautiful when finished!

  3. ThriftoRama Says:

    I keep trying to tell myself that. But it could have waited until after Christmas!

  4. LuxLiving Says:

    We had similar troubles redoing our old bathtub preparing to sell our old house. The nightmare is the lack of quality workmen who actually show up and do their job w/o you having to tell them HOW-TO.

    My mantra for that time was "this too shall pass".

    After Christmas would've been nice, but what if it had decided to spring monstrous amounts of water out while your inlaws were there on a holiday morning? Pain in the patumpkus but better to have it done and hopefully over before then.

  5. Ima saver Says:

    Sorry my dh isn't there to help you. He does all his own plumbing and the tile work.

  6. patientsaver Says:

    Oh well. Like CB said, it's actually a godsend you found that leak inside the wall; that could have gone on for years undetected and done tremendous damage, causing walls to be ripped out and so on. Bad timing, I agree.

  7. wowitsawonderfullife Says:

    OMG - you can't make this stuff up!

  8. Looking Forward Says:

    It's always something isn't it?
    My DH wants to tile our bathroom on 12/23. We'll see...

  9. frugaltexan75 Says:

    Wow ... I hope this is the end of it and that you're able to get some quality work time in soon!

  10. ThriftoRama Says:

    Well, if the poor tile guy passes his kidney stone we are in business!

    And Looking Forward, you tell him HELL NO!!! House projects always take longer and cost more than you plan!

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