Who knew how many choices for things like kitchen faucets and toilets. and vinyl. and...
I decided it was finally time to do some home repairs. Not remodeling, only fixing things that were broken or on the way to being broken. Now I have a headache just from picking out fixtures.
For years I have been blaming people for peeing on the floor (poor aim) in the main bath. I guess I owe an apology because the commode had a hairline crack which didn't leak often but every once in a while would leave a small amount of water around the base. Of course I thought it was somebody, not something. So I found a piece of remnant vinyl at Grieners(after a year of searching for vinyl that I like and having not luck and being ready to put in tile) and have it installed by a contractor friend who is doing my projects. That night I go into the bathroom it looks like a small line of clear caulk around the base of the commode. I new it was water. I then new that their was a crack in the porcelain that had lifted the old vinyl. How I knew I knew that I have no idea, but I did.
So now I need a new commode. What a headache to just pick one out. There are many options but not the exact one I want, of course.
A few nights ago I decided to scrape the calcium from around the kitchen faucet. Bad idea. That began leaking. Slowly but constantly. After a few aggravated moments with DH at home depot and lowes I finally find the faucet I want. I get it home and we open it only to find out that it was plastic around the base. Now that might be okay for some people but not us. We are rough on things. Our water is full of calcium and that plastic would never have made it very long without being ugly and icky or I would have broke it somehow, probably trying to clean it. So back to the store I go and find a kitchen faucet with a metal base. Of course I did have to settle for a plastic sprayer. oh well.
Going back to before the final decision on fixing the bathroom floor I had been to every floor place in town(twice) over the last year trying to find the vinyl I wanted. The stuff that I put in my entry about 5 years ago. I finally found out it is discontinued and I could order it on line for $25/sq. yd plus shipping. To rich for my tastes.
So i brought home marble. I found some i loved. Then was told, not to use marble in a bathroom due to slipping issues. Okay back to square one. That leaves find vinyl or use tile. okay how about tile? Well, contractor friend says it will raise up floor to much from adjacent room and I can do it if i want but would probably not be happy with it. It would put nearly an inch step up into the bathroom. Okay that's out. And it would be cold. No vent for heat in the bath so no tile. no freezing winter floor.
Onward to a re-search for vinyl. Finally found a 6'8" x7'11" piece at Grieners. I needed a 6' by 7'6". whew, it fit. It wasn't my dream vinyl but it looked okay whe I brought the sample home. Yes. Finally, this will work.
Then the damn toilet needs replacing. So now I am on a hunt for the perfect toilet. Well, tomorrow i will have one, whether 'Perfect' or not. Who knew there were different seat heights and shapes and water usages. Thank god I just want white. LOL Of course the combo I want doesn't seem to exist. Well maybe I need to decide what options I want first. Round ? Elongated? 15" or 17 in seat height. Fancy water saver dual flush or 1.28 gpf or 1.60gpf. *headache*
How is it people put together these beautiful homes and find all the neato stuff in them with out first wanting to shoot themselves finding that 'perfect' everything.
Now how am I going to get the wall board out from around the tub where I Liquid Nails attached it some years ago so that I can fix where it is getting mucky around the bottom edge where the tub water has been repeatedly splashed on it( I did it myself, let just say I am way, way better off not trying to "do it myself"). And then how I am I going to find a replacement that won't get all mucky again. Should I try to tap in towards the bottom with an overlay and caulk the hell out of it? Maybe, I will leave that up to the repairer this time.
On the bright side I did have an easy time picking out a new screen/storm door for the front door. And a cheap wood one for the house to garage entry(they even had once with metal grate so the dogs won't shred it). yay!! The last one I put up ( a cheap wood one on the front entry, now being replaced with a quality item)I screwed some lattice work over and I didn't put it up high enough so this one may need some additional paw barrier added.
So although I know I will be happy when all this stuff is done (the list has about 25 things on it) I am really tired of the home improvement stores right now.
Well at least this isn't about politics. LOL I have bigger worries. Home Improvement!!