DIY Nightmares

Hi everyone and welcome to my new blog. I wanted to kick things off in a positive way, but the only ideas that come to mind are the problems that we have had over the last few months with our old and draughty house. Don’t get me wrong, I am not disheartened, and it is all starting to come together nicely. So if I get the negative stuff out of the way, the rest can only get better. ( I hope! )

The Flooded Bathroom

So Derek and I decided to renovate the bathroom. We stripped and dismantled, hammered and cursed. Getting the old cast iron bath out of the upstairs bathroom was an experience I never want to go through again, but that was just the start.

We did get the old bath etc out, repaired the floor, had the walls plastered, and the new modern suite plumbed in and working. There was just the hand basin that wasnt working. We wanted to put it in place to check the location, then remove it to fit the new laminate flooring. Then put it back in it’s rightful place, however, we installed the floor and put the basin back, pushing the plastic fittings together. All good, but…

We forgot to glue the water pipe connections to the sink, just pushed them together. Amazingly, everything worked fine. We used the taps and washed in the sink, no problem. That is until we went out for the day, during which time those unglued connections blew apart, allowing water to burst into the room, down the stairs, and even running down the inside of the front door.

We came home probably minutes after the event, to find my designer shoes washing down the stairs. Panic! We turned off the water and cried. So we glued the pipes, dried everything out, including my shoes, re fitted the bathroom floor, hallway ceiling, and stairs carpet.

So that was a lesson learned. We will call a professional plumber next time! There are other instances of madness, which I will recall later, but to be honest there have been more triumphs than defeats.

With my next blog I hope to be more upbeat, and we will be discussing various topics in the hope that they will advise and inspire you in your home renovation journey.

Cynthia xx

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