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Old 01-02-2019, 02:39 PM
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Default 2019's big project #1: DIY bathroom renovation

I want to get moving on renovating the hallway bathroom. We're going to do tile on the floor, not vinyl as I'd originally thought to do to save money as well as a tile surround. I have to measure again and make lots of notes. I'm going to have the tub installed by a professional; it's not a one man job.
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Old 01-03-2019, 05:07 PM
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It looks like I need to get some screws to secure the flooring every 8" and then cover it up with 1/4" cement board - which will in turn need to be screwed down every 8" as well. I'm not sure if the same cement board is called for for the tub surround. I know that there's nothing behind the current fiberglass unit.

First things first, I need to call the plumber and see if he's available to put in a new tub so that I can start doing demolition come next Monday. That means pulling the toilet and vanity and temporarily sealing up the plumbing. I took a look at tiles and confirmed the color with my wife.
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Old 01-04-2019, 11:38 AM
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Make sure to use modified thin-set between the backerboard and the subfloor as well as when you set the tile. It has a little more give than standard thin-set and should not be quite as brittle.
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Sorry for the zombie bump but I wanted to give this thread some closure. I'm still proud of how both bathrooms came out. I gotta hang my hat on something other than I can plunge a toilet with the best of them.

Small full upstairs bath before:



Small full upstairs bath after:



Master (wife's) bathroom before-ish (just painted and hung new lighting) :



Master (wife's) bathroom after-ish (I was still building the medicine cabinet insert at the time) :




We paid a contractor to come in to both tubs and surrounds. They had them done in a day. We financed the job for a year and they've been paid off for about that long now.

We bought the tile for about $500 a couple of years before and I bought a tile saw and an electric mixer for doing the thin set instead of renting them because it was actually cheaper. I must have spent as much on plywood, backer board and thinset mix than on the tiles but in the end would have cost less more than twice as much if I'd had people come in and do it. Now, over a year later there are no apparent issues with the flooring or new plumbing so it's time and money well spent IMHO.
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Nice.

I always felt pretty great about finishing a good renovation knowing that the work and structure were both solid and well done.

Like doing an engine rebuild and knowing that every nut and bolt was torqued to spec and placed with care.
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You pick out the purple curtain and rugs? :p
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You pick out the purple curtain and rugs? :p
Lavender Don. I think the color is Lavender
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Lavender Don. I think the color is Lavender
Tut tut. I beg to differ. That looks to be lilac.
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You pick out the purple curtain and rugs? :p
LOL. It wasn't my choice, but then again this wasn't my bathroom. I'm more of an interloper who sometimes squats in the soaker bathtub and lights a candle.

You and Mark can have your fun with that. I've got a thick skin and it just rolls off my feathers like the odd duck that I am!

And FWIW it is indeed "lavender." The house reeks of it when I'm not stinking the place up with my farts.
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