Saturday, September 9, 2006

Saturday, in the park...

...yeah, I wish! Saturday morning, I got cleaned up, then went to get my hair cut. From there, went to get my oil changed in the Volvo and then headed to Lowes.

At Lowes, I bought a Crain Tall Elite white toilet and some other miscellaneous item. Part of the San Jose Master plan is to replace the old, brown toilet and sink in the downstairs bath with white new ones (as well as replace the shower surround down there). I also wanted to replace the toilet in the main bath with the higher, ADA toilet, too.

But, It dawned on me that I don't use the downstairs toilet much, and if I put the taller toilets in both baths, Carla's feet would probably dangle. So, new plan is tall toilet in my bathroom and current toilet in main bath moved to the downstairs bath.

Bolt snapped off trying to get old toilet out. Now I'm having a heck of a time getting the broken bolts out. Taking a frustration break and typing this. BTW, its pouring here at about 1:30 PM, but I got home before the rain started.

Gave up and called my friend B___. He explained what I should be seeing. Not sure if it was the old wax ring or 50 years of corrosion, but ended up chiseling out the two slots for the bolts (had to keep sucking up gunk with the vacuum), then taking FOREVER to get off the plumber's putty that had dried to the tile - used a hammer and chisel first, then both drills with two different wire brush attachments, then a scrub brush and cleanser, etc., etc., etc. And, while I don't want to belabour the point, it does bear repeating that everything I am doing is too low to sit on the stool and do, I can't kneel, so I ended up doing all this lying on my belly, with my arms over my head. Not as comfortable as you might think!

FINALLY, around 4:00 PM, I am ready to install the new toilet. Completed, leak tested and working at 5:15 PM. I still have to cut down the attaching bolts and put on the caps, but since I had the toilet out, took the opportunity to re-caulk the tile back there. Don't want to make metal dust until the caulk is absolutely dry. Took a break to write this and get something to eat before tackling toilet #2. *sigh*

Okay, so second toilet should go in easier, as I'd changed the wax ring in it two or three years ago. So, no three hour prep time (I hope). I was right, nuts came off easy, toilet picked right up, no gunky buildup, but... (there's always a "but" isn't there?)

In taking off the shelf just above the toilet tank (it was built in - I will be replacing it with a stand alone shelf and shelf brackets) found it had been attached woth a LOT of HUGE nails and, removing it ripped the drywall paper in places. Outcome - big spackling job...

AND, when removing the toilet, found it had been installed before they first painted. So, area directly behind the tank is unpainted drywall...

Upshot? It's 9:00 PM and I can't sand the spackling compound until tomorrow, then paint, then install the toilet. So, I think I'm gonna take a shower and get all this filth off me and go to bed.

Tomorrow is another day...

"If" is the center of "life"...

And all those other cliches that are really just "loser" talk...

Good night...

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