This past weekend’s shenanigans.
Drywall up and patching the electric strip.
Primed, textured (mostly), and painted (mostly). The important wall is ready anyway.
Hot water heater onto the wall, ready to go.
After several iterations with the water temp, we settled on 112°.
Sadly, right after this I noticed a splash on the floor, coming from under the drywall. Cut a patch out of the wall to find an elbow joint was leaking. It was in a crappy tight spot with studs, electric lines… I just couldn’t get to it very well, and around 10:30pm on Saturday I gave up the ghost.
Sunday morning I got up early because I had to have it fixed by 10, when the tile guy was coming to install tile in the room. Hit Lowe’s first… don’t open till 8. Next went to Home Depot… don’t open till 7:00. It was 6:30 at this point, so I hit up the arches and had some breakfast. Snagged a heat-shield cloth and headed over to the house. Got everything taken apart, and as I was about to start soldering 3 or so joints, decided I should replace the whole straight section of pipe. But I was out of clean pipe. Back to Home Depot. Met @martinell.jan there and picked up the supplies that the tile guy would need, as well as a 5’ section of pipe. Back to the house. Finalized the pipes around 10, switched on the water heater and NO LEAKS! YAY!!! Didn’t have time to button up the walls, but we can do that once the tile sets…
Time to go back to HD:
We have a little dog, and the yard is not fully enclosed. Even if it was, there are huge gaps under both the neighbor’s fence and the fence behind us (to a major street). Even if there were no gaps, there are also about 10,000 Foxglove plants that we learned just last week are poisonous to dogs… people too, but I can avoid them. Eventually the Foxgloves will probably come out… but for now… it’s time to build a dog run fence.
4’ high… though thinking on it, 3’ may be fine. I’ll have to discuss that with Jan, enclosing a roughly 14’x10’ area. We are putting a doggy door through the wall in the dining room, and that is elevated nearly 2’ from the ground outside so I’ll have to build Ashby (the dog) a little ramp.
First hole dug…
Yeesh that’s a lot of work! Anyone want to come dig 5 more for me?
So, meanwhile the tile guy has been in the laundry room from around 11am until he finished at around 5pm. 6 hours. We are laying down an “L” shape of tile covering two walls. On this tile will sit the washer/dryer and closets, but some will be visible. We wanted the “L” to meet in the corner with a 45°. Tile guy comes out to where I’m working on that post hole, and says “I’m out, I’ll be back tomorrow to grout.” Ok. At this point it’s good to note that we haven’t paid him anything, and he didn’t ask for any money up front, or even at the end of the day.
He leaves. I go inside to get a drink and check out the tile…
Jan has left at this point, so I immediately text her that photo. She instantly calls the guy and tells him it looks horrible. “But it’s 45°, exactly like you asked for”…
Really? Aren’t you a tile guy? Shouldn’t you know your angles?
He came back today to fix it and add the grout… I believe the quote, when shown the difference between 30° and 45° was “Yeah, I guess you could do it like that.”
Yeah, do it like that… instead he decided, with Jan’s permission, to make a square joint at the meeting point. This was a bit of a trial run and was only 49sqft. I don’t think he’ll be coming back to do the 250 sqft of the kitchen. As much as I don’t really want to do it, I’d rather jack it up myself than pay someone else to jack it up.