Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Things they don't tell you on the DIY netork!

Renovating has been an eye opening experience so far. We've done remodeling before and that's basically what we were expecting to do this time. HOWEVER . . .

Here are some lessons I've learned over the past couple of weeks.
1. A one piece fiberglass tub/shower unit does NOT come out in one piece. I recommend at least six pieces so that they can be carried out the door without the danger of falling through the gaping 12 foot long hole in the kitchen floor. (see #2)
2. When a square Mason jar rolls across the kitchen floor, that is a very big indication that there is probably a project of massive proportions lurking beneath the layers of old vinyl and plywood.
3. Don't judge a book by its cover . . . or a box by its label. For instance - if hubby remembers buying a toilet and the box containing the toilet was loaded on to the truck and brought with us andwe found the box and it doesn't looks like it has ever been opened, then there is no need to purchase a new toilet. Right? Weeeeell . . . somebody forgot that they bought the toilet to put in for a customer before we left Eden - not to bring with us for the remodel - and somebody else forgot that they used the box to pack picture frames in and must have neglected to label the box or the label fell off. Sooooo an hour before 5 extra people were to arrive at the house and the only other facility is the tiny little bathroom in the travel trailer when hubby opened the box to set the new toilet . . . . let's just say it's a good thing I hadn't had a chance to take the sledge hammer to the old toilet. Which leads me to #4. . .
4. When removing an old toilet from the house, it is best to either empty the water from the bowl/tank with a shop vac or make sure the height of the people carrying it is somewhat equal. For instance, if a 6'2" man and a 5' almost 2" woman attempt to carry a toilet with water in it, gravity will inevitably cause the water to flow out of the toilet towards the lowest point (the feet of the 5'almost 2"woman).

Well, dear friends, I'm off to learn some more lessons.

Blessings from the creek!


Adrienne said...

I'm laughing as I read your lessons learned. Not because it's so funny but because I'm remembering a wonderful house from years ago that taught me so many lessons. Some of the same you are learning with your new home. Can't wait to see pictures. ~Adrienne~

StitchinByTheLake said...

I know it's not fumny....but it's so funny! I can just see 6'2" him and 5'2" you carrying that toilet! Blessings, marlene


DIY aint fer sissies!!!
Thanks for my morning chuckle.
We are settlin' in and the house huntin' begins.
Gas it about $3.45 a gallon so that is a relief and the temp was 108 on Monday!!! It does not feel nearly as hot as 88 in Florida however!!
Miss you two, give all big smoochies from me!!

Kim's Treasures said...

LOL!!! You crack me up! How do you make such stressful sounding lessons sound so darn funny!?! I'm so sorry to be laughing at your pain! I will take #4 to heart being that I am, also, height challenged! You need to write a book!
Hugs to you!

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

Absolutely hysterical! Green Acres here we come.


Pen Pen said...

LOL on the toilet water! YUK! Sounds like you are staying busy in Kentucky.

Leigh Douglas said...

That was hilarious! I was wondering where you had been. I figured you were having so much fun remodeling that you didn't have time to blog. I was right. LOL

Sharon said...

Oh my Lord...Thanks for the 5 foot 4 I understand...Blessings~Sharon