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Gratitude Photo Day 22: Home

22 Nov

showerHaving a home means there will always be projects. Home ownership is a great privilege, but it comes with great responsibility. This weekend’s project is the master bathroom shower. It is looking kinda rough after five years of tenants’ questionable cleaning routines and haphazard caulking attempts. I am grateful that I have some mad DIY skills and Google in my corner, because it looks like the original plan of attacking the hard water stains with heavy duty grout cleaner and replacing the mildew-stained caulk are not going to suffice. Four hours of cutting and scraping today revealed that the sloppy caulk job was covering up great huge cracks and gaps in the grout. Since I could buy a car for less than it would cost to cover the existing tile with low-maintenance composite Sentrel panels, I’m off to Home Depot to purchase a reciprocating saw with a grout blade and some unsanded grout. By Tuesday, barring some disaster, it’ll be like standing in a whole new shower.

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Posted by on November 22, 2013 in Challenges, Photography

 

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4 responses to “Gratitude Photo Day 22: Home

  1. helenrj

    November 23, 2013 at 10:00 AM

    what do you do with the tool and grout? are you cutting away the grout and re-grouting? one second…I am bowing in awe of your skills….

     
    • dreaminofobx

      November 25, 2013 at 9:29 PM

      Yes, that was the plan. Except I ended up with a Dremel instead of a reciprocating saw because it was much lighter. But the bit was too big, so had to go back the next day for a smaller one. But routing around each tile was too slow, so I went back for a manual grout saw the next day. And today I had to go back for a grout float because I couldn’t find mine. Hopefully I can caulk tomorrow without another trip to Lowe’s. I am so over this project!

       
      • helenrj

        November 25, 2013 at 10:34 PM

        I have a Dremel…love it, but what the heck is a grout float? You are inspiring me to Google and maybe do some home repair myself!

         
      • dreaminofobx

        November 29, 2013 at 6:44 PM

        I wouldn’t recommend regrouting to anyone as a DIY project. It’s a complete pain in the neck. And the mess…oh, my goodness, the mess!!

         

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