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Last weekend of rehabbing

Well, that weekend went fast.  Q turned out to be a bust and gave us mostly rain and a lot of crappy snow/sleet mix, but not a lot of accumulation.  It almost makes you not want to worry when they say storms because it’s over-hyped a lot.

Anyhoo, John helped me finish up the last bits of the bathroom.  We figured out my miter problem. The sides of the miter box were too short for the molding and the molding was concave, so that affected my cuts.  John ended up taking the pieces out and using the table saw to cut the corners, which I was happy about.  I hate using the table saw.  I always envision my fingers flying off, even though I use it safely. It just makes me nervous.   We took a break on Saturday and went to buy a couple accessories like a towel bar and a TP holder.  I almost got this one:


Okay, I wasn’t even close to getting one of these. Too creepy. Can you imagine that in the bathroom with you?  8-O

Then we stopped for some coffee in Saratoga at a new place called Spot Coffee.  It’s a very small chain (12 stores?) and one will be opening in Glens Falls early this summer.  Anyway, they roast their coffee on the premises.  I always trial a new place with a latte as the benchmark.


Extra kudos for having “for here” cups when staying there.

It was quite good and way better than Starbucks.  Not quite as good as Coffee Planet, but I am excited to have them open up and hopefully be open late! That’s my biggest peeve around us is that Starbies is the only place open for coffee past 8 pm.

Sunday brought the ‘final’ fixing of the plumbing.

The plumbing issues I had earlier were mostly fixed.  It was just a lot of tightening over and over to get it right and stop the leaks. However, the old shut off valve just decided to break – after I got all the other leaks fixed.  Yay – not!!! Water was coming out just behind the knob, which meant a problem inside the fitting.


I will give you a brief plumbing lesson here.  As much as I whine about the plumbing, there are a ton of new products that make it very easy for a homeowner to fix.  There are things called Shark Bites or Quick Connect that use a pressure fit connection which just snaps on.  So easy and meets code in pretty much all states (except Vermont, for some reason).  So, this was what we had to do.  Water was shut off in the basement- do not forget to do this or you will be so sorry.

Then use a pipe cutting tool.


This just tightens onto the pipe and you turn it around and around. The wheel cuts into the pipe until the pipe snaps off.


Easy peasy and a nice clean cut.  Then you just use the wedge on it to get rid of any burrs on the pipe.


Next measure 3/4 inch on the pipe and press the new piece on until it snaps in place, making sure it goes to the mark. No glue, no soldering.

new connect

Voila!  $12 part and about 15 minutes.

Then connect and test.  It works perfectly – although now the old hose I connected sprung a very slow leak, so I have to get a new one of those.   :roll:  It just never ends!  That’s happens when you try to reuse as much as possible. Sometimes it doesn’t make it.

Then the door handles on the vanity.


I will do the full bathroom reveal on Wednesday, but here are a couple of sneak peaks.



It sure looks different! In a way, I will be sorry this project is done because it has really kept me active and also kept my mindless snacking to a minimum!  Bonus along with a new bathroom :D

Guess I am gong to have to find a new project to do.  Or take a vacation :D

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13 comments to Last weekend of rehabbing

  • Wow, very fancy bathroom!

    The idea of saving $100 on a plumber appeals to me, but I’m not sure I could deal with the frustration of the leaking. You do make it loos easy though!

  • Miz

    I LOVE the “for here” cups too…it makes me feel VIRTUOUS AND GREEN happy but also…more…taken care of.
    as if Im permanent in my coffee shop!

  • I so get that keeping busy & away from the snacking! happy I bet you are at least happy to have it all pretty though! happy

    YES on the cups at your coffee place – always fun to feel at home! happy

    Now the TP holders – WOW!!!! winking

  • Oooh I can’t wait for the full reveal. The pictures so far look fantastic!

    What do you think the next project might be?

    • Well, the next project is going to be me taking a break LOL! This rehab really tired me out.

      The only big project left is replacing the kitchen countertop and that won’t happen until next year, likely.

      Other than that, I need to paint the guest bedroom. That’s easy stuff, though, and I look forward to and cheap and easy project big grin

  • Look forward to the final result, you sure finished this project fast.

    I’d say go for the vacation. I know a nice place: my country, don’t forget your bike because you will love biking here.

  • Biz

    I bow down to your rehab skillz! It looks amazing and I am sure you are glad that the hard work paid off – can’t wait to see the whole reveal. And hooray for good coffee – although I had coffee at a Coffee Planet before and it was so bitter – I may need to try a latte there though!

  • When I saw your plumbing issue description, I thought, she could use one of those shark fin things. Fins, bites, a tiny difference. happy

    Your fixtures/paint choices look like they’re working out beautifully!

  • Why would they make the horse buck-toothed? I was on board for that one until I saw the teeth! winking

    Someone – maybe my uncle? – told me years ago that when you rehab/change anything in the house, it’s best to start with new guts…I guess he learned (like your experience) that there’s less chance of problems that way. Although years ago we were replacing a toilet and it kept leaking – Jeff searched the fittings, etc, for the leak for hours, until he finally realized the BRAND NEW tank had a hairline crack in it. So there’s that. Moral? Plumbing is a bitch.

  • The bathroom is looking great Lori. You should be on HGTV. OMG, I’m laughing out loud at the buck toothed horse toilet paper holder. Not to judge, ’cause everyone’s taste is different, but WHY?????? WHY?????????????? I’m all for whimsy, but WHY?????? Have a great day!

  • I love how handy you are! I work in a job that most people assume only men would know about so people tend to discredit me. Women can do all of this stuff too! Love the bathroom! Can’t wait to see the entire thing.

  • Can’t wait for the big reveal….you deserve a break. Take it!

  • Very nice and looking forward to seeing the finished product. You amaze me with your talent for home rehab!

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