Jan. 9th, 2013

Houses

Jan. 9th, 2013 10:42 am
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I love my house but sometimes it feels like so much work.

The bathroom has been a bit of a naggy worry because there were tiles, especially around the window in the bathtub/shower that were loose and moved in and out when you applied pressure to them. I was imagining how frightening and rotten the wall behind it must be. So I thought surely I was going to have to gut the entire bathroom including walls. So my dad came in and had a look and mostly laid my fears to rest. He removed all those loose tiles and the wall behind them was just fine. What a relief! He reglued/grouted them all and left doing the caulking around tub to me. So for the last few days, I have been scraping out the grout and caulking along the edges of the tub and tiles. Removing things is just frightful in an old house because you are under constant threat of finding something terrible lurking behind things. Last night I finished getting all the crap off and on one tile, pieces of it crumbled off due to a screw having been passed through it at some point. I was all "oh maaan" because my dad already brought home the grout. I just want to finish this stupid thing so I can use the shower all normal again.
So I said fuck it! for the night and just cleaned all the debris out of the tub and decided to run myself a bubble bath. First one that I've had since I moved into the place. It was kinda glorious! Black raspberry ice bubble bath foam, and a book called Paper Valentine. Even managed to wash my hair. Though that was kind of funny because as soon as I slid down further into the tub to wet my hair, all the water around me turned valentine fuchsia.
So tonight I need to get the courage together to caulk to tub. It looks like it's simple, just squeeze the bottle and move it along the edge of the tub/tile interface. Then put your finger in dishsoapy water and run it along the caulking to smooth it down. I'm just worried that it's going to come out all shakey and stuff and look like shit and that I'll have to redo it, especially around the lip of the tub and to the floor. If I can just get this all done, I can take showers without having to worry about getting water in bad places! That would be nice!!!

Then there's the washer/dryer. Earlier in the year, the dryer stopped emitting hot air to dry the clothes. It looks like an old combo machine, and I found a invoice taped to the side of the thing that indicates that it is a refurbished machine so I decided to just ditch it and get a new one. It's in a poorly thought out closet. Used to be stairs to the basement but those got ripped out so they could make them separate units to rent out. They threw down some sub flooring and run plumbing up behind there and tada! instance laundry closet. Since they didn't bother to put anything more than the sub flooring, there's about an 1 inch drop into the closet, which makes moving the friggin machine a real challenge. New one has been installed and a friend graciously helped make sure it level. Now I need to run a wash to make sure that I tightened the hoses enough! Been putting that off a few days, mostly out of laziness and focusing on the bathroom. I'm going to have to do it tonight.

Once I've got that and the washer/dryer in order, things will be grand! Then it will be onto getting a repair man to fix the oven of stove or buying a new one if the costs to repair end up being too much.

Aaand I'm just gonna put on blinders and pretend the basement does not exist. la la la!

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