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Bathroom floor and wall tiles

This bathroom received a total make-over.¬† New floor and wall tiles and everything else.¬† The new lights required an electrician to move some wires and add another switch, and the new deluxe base cabinets required me to move the supply and drain lines to the sink.¬† A bifold closet door was replaced with a 6 panel door to match the bathroom door.¬† We had an issue with the sink in that the material around the drain hole wasn’t formed correctly.¬† Thankfully, the manufacturer came out and was able to make it right.¬† Not shown in the photo is a new propane tankless water heater installed in the closet by a plumber, and a new walk-in tub installed by that manufacturer.¬† The homeowner did an excellent job with the painting.

 

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Bathroom remodel due to a leak in the concrete wall

This bathroom had a crack in the concrete wall behind the shower that water poured through during heavy rains.¬† I removed the drywall around the shower, detached it from the 2×4 studs, and moved it forward so that the foundation people could make the repairs to the concrete.¬† When that was done, I put the shower back in position and a bathroom remodel began.¬† ¬†My job was to install a new shower faucet, repair the drywall, and to tile the floor.¬† Also shown is the orange colored product called Ditra.¬† The product uncouples the tiles from the concrete thus preventing any cracks in the concrete transferring into the tiles.¬† The homeowner then completed the job by doing the painting and installing the fixtures.

 

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1918 Bathroom

Bathroom remodel on the 1918 house.  It was torn down to the wall studs and built back up from there.  It needed a little bit of everything from floor & wall repair, to final paint and much between.  It received a new electric circuit, water supply lines & shutoffs, exhaust fan with metal duct to outside, faucets, tub and contemporary sliding door, vanity and mirror.  The fixtures were Delta from a matching collection including a grab bar in the shower.  Wood blocking in the walls allows for secure attachment of more grab bars if necessary.

 

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Bathroom remodel tile job

Bathroom remodel
Bathroom remodel

Like a lot of bathroom remodels, this guest bathroom was a complete tear-out to the studs and build back up from there.¬† A furnace duct ran along side the tub and that became a nice shelf or place to sit.¬† The Schluter System was used to form a completely waterproof backing behind the tiles.¬† A 32×60 Delta 400 deep soak tub from Home Depot was surrounded by 12×12 ceramic tiles.¬† The customer kept the lavatory base and got a new top and faucet.¬† Two coats of satin paint finished off this guest bathroom remodel.

 

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Basement garage remodel

Soffit boxes enclosing duct work.

This is a basement garage in a new house being framed for drywall.¬† (The house was built by someone else.) Today I’m working on the soffit boxes on the ceiling to enclose the duct work.¬† Tomorrow will begin the soffits near the overhead garage doors which when open will come uncomfortably close to the finished product.¬† Since the garage is in the basement and the living area is above the garage, building code requires this area to be finished.

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Custom shower and bathroom

Black tiles installed using Schluter Sytem in a basement shower

The customers had a vision and I helped it come true.  They did the lay-out for the walls and helped me with the framing and the drywall finishing, plus they had friends do the electric and plumbing.  They also picked out all the tiles and delivered them to the job site.

The tiles were installed using the Schluter System.¬† The wall tiles are 12×24 installed on Schluter Kerdi, and the shower floor tiles are six sided 2″ mosaics on Kerdi on a drypack mortar base on a concrete slab.¬† The floor tiles outside of the shower are the same 12×24 tiles installed on Schluter Ditra on a concrete slab.

A tempered glass panel will be installed on the 135 degree curb opening.  The rest of the curb will remain without a door though framing behind the tiles is there should a door be wanted.  Also behind the tiles is wood blocking for hand rails should they ever be needed.

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Bathroom remodel

This bathroom remodel job was gutted out down to the wall studs. ¬†The job called for a new tub, wall tiles, light fixtures, shutoff valves, and paint. ¬†The floor tiles, toilet, faucets, and lavatory were all somewhat new and were re-used. ¬†During the gutting stage an unknown difficulty presented itself right away. ¬†The walls were two layers; 1/4″ painted masonite panels over 1/2″ drywall. ¬†Not a huge problem but did result in some spacing issues with the floor tiles. ¬†The existing window was 100% plastic and glass and the trim I used was a plastic composite sealed in with 60 year latex caulk. ¬†The wall tiles are set on Schulter Kerdi, and the tiled up shower nook is on a Nobel base. ¬†We were able to take out the walls without hurting either the ceiling or the floor tiles and that was a relief. ¬†Wrapping it up with a nice paint job including the closet

New bathtub and tiles on this bathroom remodel.
New bathtub and tiles on this bathroom remodel.

this job looked great.  Total cost to the customer less than $4500

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Fallen tree results in basement remodel

Water damaged basement wall
Water damaged basement wall
Basement with water damage
Basement with water damage

A tree went down on the electric line knocking out the power to the main sump sump and the battery on the backup sump pump failed during the night. ¬† By morning there was 6 inches of water in the basement. ¬†We removed the wet carpet, bottom 12″ of drywall, soggy insulation and began the repair. ¬†The ceramic floor tiles were installed on Schluter Systems Ditra. ¬†The old battery powered backup pump was replaced with a water powered backup pump. ¬†Finally, a very loud alarm was placed in the sump well should the water level rise above the backup pump float switch.

Water powered backup sump pump
Water powered backup sump pump
Battery powered backup sump sump
Battery powered backup sump sump
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Leaky toilet results in bathroom repair and remodel.

Old vanity and toilet
Old vanity and toilet
New vanity and low flush toilet
New vanity and low flush toilet

A circle of discolored vinyl flooring growing outward from the toilet signaled a leaky wax ring.  Left alone, the floor would eventually rot away, but fortunately it was caught in time.  The old toilet, vanity, and vinyl were removed.   The problem with the old toilet flange was found and remedied.  A couple shut-off valves were replaced, and a problem with the sink drain where it entered the wall was fixed.  Then new vinyl, vanity and low flush toilet were installed to complete this bathroom repair and remodel.

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Table saw repair

Arbor bearings
Arbor bearings

I bought my Sears Craftsman table saw in 1979 and the bearings are going out. I checked with Sears for a new set and there were $52 plus shipping. That’s too much for bearings. So I checked with Ebay and they were $10 with free shipping. Not only that, the seller has sold 334 sets of these bearings. I wonder if Sears knows how overpriced they are.