During Day 2 of the bathroom floor refurb, I was actually elsewhere, amidst the wind, rain and snow of the Cotswolds! My dad had a little bit of work left to do in fitting the last panel for the floor, before adding the vinyl tiles and sorting out the plumbing.
Going back in time around 16 hours; you can see one of the old joists running out from under the floor supporting the bath…
Work on my mum’s bathroom floor began late on Saturday morning. I was waiting longer than expected for my dad to arrive with the necessary materials that would never fit inside my own van. Plus, he has all the plumbing tools that I do not. I think the best way to start this one of would be to show you the state of the floor, once we’d removed, boxed and binned the majority of the tiles and timber…
…Now that you’re eyes have returned to their sockets; I hope you’re able to see that each of the joists was rotten; far worse than I’d expected! The guy who did the boiler took a quick peak and told us as much a day earlier. I was sceptical and didn’t honestly look closely enough during my own inspection. That joist one in from the external wall (with the soil pipe) disintegrated under the weight of my father’s feet as he wrestled to free the toilet from its holding.
I’ve post-dated the time for this post to appear live on my blog, just in case any of you fellow Brits were concerned about my sleeping patterns! Not long ago, I posted a couple of photos to Twitter, which should give you some idea of what I’m going to share with you now… These were also taken with my smart phone.
I’d just finished my shower, I was dressed and, as I gathered my things ready to leave the bathroom, I suddenly found my right foot down and amongst the foundations of our house!!
To start off with then, here’s a photo of the ‘gap’ behind the bathroom sink, where any previous sealant has crumbed and broken away. At a guess, I might question whether the correct grade of sealant or caulk was used. In front of the splashback, it is subject to a high volume of water at times. It seems to be fine in other places.
If you were to look more carefully from the right angle though, you’d see that the sink unit runs at a different level to the window sill behind. This suggests that’s something’s out, if the base of the unit hasn’t deteriorated… Maybe I can level it, once I get inside and underneath.
First, I hope that you all had a lovely day yesterday and that you also have plans for the rest of the week.
Somehow, in my last post, I managed to bypass the topic of DIY and home repairs. Mum is looking to sell her house in 2013 but, there is a lot of work that needs to be done before she could confidently place it on the market. It’s certainly a subject that could find a space on this blog so, I’m going to start by focusing on what needs doing in the bathroom. All comments, thoughts and suggestions will be welcomed.
Don’t worry – I haven’t come over all “Nu Yoik“!! Tuesday afternoon saw the arrival of a bundle of pressure-treated, stress-graded softwood from my local BuildBase. All these long lengths were conveniently unloaded directly off the lorry with one of those grab-things on the back – a real godsend in saving both time and energy! This wood was purchased to allow me to fit a suspended, overhead, storage floor in my compact workshop – something for which I actually began planning for three-years ago! Most of the narrower stuff will be used to frame the inside of the roof, ready for insulation boards. It was cheaper for me to buy (and store!) this lot at the same time, as BuildBase offer free delivery on all orders of £200 or more (excluding VAT). Not pictured are the seven sheets of 2400 x 600 x 18mm MR chipboard flooring, which will be laid directly on top of the joists.
After placing the order seven-days in advanced, I was surprised to receive a phone call with only a few minutes, confirming my order and offering next-day delivery!! Are all builder’s merchants this efficient?! If not for other arrangements I’d already made, I’d have happily taken all this wood on board to make an early start on this project.