Saturday, September 09, 2006

I Am Woman, Hear Me Roar....

This is my theme song for the day, I didn't select it, my memory did as I was 'slaving away' at a very Home Depotish project. Oh the horror.....I do so hate home repairs, but I hate paying 10 plus times the cost for someone else to do something I can do.....So....a few months ago my tiles started popping off, to give you the short version of the story, I'll skip past the whys and go to the solution. I had called to see how much it would cost to have someone else do this little home improvement for me because I realized the dry wall was going to have to be replaced as well (absolute TORTURE). The guy quoted me for four rows of tile at 600+ dollars (I want to say it was more like 8, but I'm trying not to exagerate this, so I'm low balling my memory). He went into this long explanation about how he would be using this really great material called Du Rock....if you really want to know what that is, I can tell you in person, I'm skipping that too, but just let me say I was able to buy the same 'special' board for 8 bucks and I have over half of it left! In the end I would say the projects ended up costing me a whole day (sorry for all the missed calls) and about 50 bucks. So last night I gutted the area that was falling apart, sawed away at the old sheet rock. Then this morning I started cutting this DuRock (total pain the butt) and hammered it up (I hate hammering).....then came the 'stuff' that sticks the tiles up, tiles, grout, caulk....wa la, it's almost finished. All I have to do now is go and clean up the old tiles blah blah blah......and I have to repaint some areas that were ruined by a bathroom fiasco awhile back....but the bulk of the hard stuff is done.....BUT as I was nailing that Du Rock up, that old 70's song "I Am Woman" started going through my head. I'm pretty proud of myself, if I do say so myself. My Mom kept saying, "Ask Jason to help....I'm going to see if Jason will come over and.....Why don't you get Jason to....." I appreciate Jason's help, but I also think we are all more capable of doing things than we realize, I wanted to know I could do it. Ha, but I might ask him to help with the next project, especially if it involves wood.....I don't like saws and he keeps collecting them in my garage. Oh, or anything dead.....that's a Jason job. So, the bottom line is, did I do a 'great' job? Not so much. Could I go into business? Not unless I want to get sued. Will it hold? As long as nobody takes a bath in it...but really, who's counting, the point is, I did it alllll by myself! ;o)....I'm hoping to someday replace the tub, but I put something in I hope will hold for another five years until I can pay cash to do that, I have other more 'pressing' things to take care of now! Tomorrow I don't have anything quite as dramatic planned, but a lot of cleaning I had on my to do list three months ago......

3 comments:

Nicole said...

That's awesome!

Do you have any before-during-after pictures to share?

Maurine said...

I was going to ask the same thing as Nicole where are the photos of all your hard work. I mean you are a scrapbooker and that's what all those tool stickers are for RIGHT??!!

Christy said...

If you can believe it (and what I'm about to say isn't very believable) I DIDN'T take ANY pictures.....but don't send a doctor over yet, I was planning to.....but.....just never got around to it. I might stick an after picture up here sometime, but it's not completed yet, the other grout needs to be scrubbed now and because these tiles are so 'new' it's obviously a repair at this point. I was planning on using the old tiles, but my Mom, who had agreed she would help out of the goodness of her heart had the job of cleaning off the old times, gave up and went and bought them instead b/c she thought it was taking too long. I'll get my camera out soon, and hopefully by the time anyone sees it in person enough soap scum will have built up it won't be so obvious.....kidding! I'm currently working on cleaning up my mess, and cleaning up where there is some water damage.....my goal is by the end of the weekend, but I have just a few hours left!