So there we were, moving along at a nice clip, my husband Lee was getting ready to put mortar to the tiles around the perimeter of the bathroom floor, when he noticed a crack on the flange that holds down the toilet, a fairly big crack that would likely cause us trouble down the line. It had to be replaced (sigh!).
In the "If You Give A Mouse A Cookie" remodeling tradition at our house, to replace the flange, he had to cut several of the PVC pipes that were glued to it, . . . and in order to do that, he had to open another hole in the kitchen ceiling!!!!!
Remember the hole he had to cut open in order to install the whirlpool tub?
Well, look how nicely it accessorizes with this new, BIGGER hole!
And here is where the story gets ever so much better: Tip to future bathroom remodelers . . . HIRE A PLUMBER!
Hah! So you think you can do this, eh? So you are going to ignore my sage advice, eh? All right, here's the next best piece of advice you will ever get . . . mind you, these are pearls I'm giving you: If you are so determined to do this yourself, be absolutely, positively certain, that before you open up any bathroom pipes you flush your toilet a minimum of 10,000 times, no, make that, 20,000 times!
I will let you use your imagination to figure out what happened when Lee cut into the pipes. I would just like to say two things: First, I love my husband with all my heart! Another man would have turned tail and run, but not Lee. He finished the gruesome job - and he cleaned my kitchen afterwards. If you asked him about it today, he'd say, with that calm demeanor of his, that it wasn't all that bad. Secondly, I can say, without hesitation, that I now have the cleanest kitchen in North America. You could perform open heart surgery on my kitchen table right now, it's that clean.
So we're back on track now. Of course, we have to wait until next weekend to continue the work, but that's O.K. We need a few days break from all the mayhem. It's nice to go to work and relax.