Well, the sub-floor is rebuilt, the joists have ‘Sister Boards’ over the water damaged spots, I’m done being “under the house” and today I did the final construction adhesive and nails on the last bit of subflooring carpentry.
Then I laid some temporary cheap linoleum and was able to use the existing “closet flange” (think “water closet”) to remount the old toilet.
Also the main kitchen / garage drain was roto-cleaned and is now working so washer and sink are again alive.
With all that, the spouse returned from her holiday week away.. (Seems she was unwilling to use the “portable potty” …)
So why “temporary linoleum?
Well, as in all projects, mission creep sneaks in. Spouse has decided she would like a newer “throne” in the throne room and a better more interesting floor… Not being willing to fund a month away from home, I figured I’d put in a temporary floor finish while we work out what the final finish will be.
So “some weekend to come” I get to remove the old toilet, lay a new finish floor over the subfloor, and reset a new toilet. Once we know what toilet and what finish flooring…
So I’m curled up with a nice pack of Grolsch as we enjoy a home with working plumbing from one end to the other and the spouse at home too.
It’s been fun finding out that I still am pretty good at carpentry, even structural, and my plumbing skills are intact (modulo not having a power roto-rooter in my kit… and the plug being beyond what I’ve got… But a man’s gotta know his limitations ;-)
I found using a 2 lb. hammer (or maybe it was 3 lb. for the mini-sledge) under the house, directly over my face, was a lot of physical exercise.
So was all the crawling in / out / and climbing up. Dragging 5 foot 2″ x 6″ joist sister boards (probably “over kill”, but IF I’ve decided to reinforce something, it’s going to hold up an elephant when I’m done ;-) and keeping track of a framing hammer, mini-sledge, crowbar, adhesive gun, box of nails, etc. etc. all in a 2 foot max height crawl space is, er, “challenging” in it’s own special dusty musty dirty oppressive way.
Let’s just say I’m glad to be done “under the house”. I’m much happier on the roof or in the garden ;-)
So hopefully the “watchful waiting” for any signs of water leakage will end tonight and we’ll just have “future enhancement requests” left on the Honey Do list ;-)
That was my “Holiday”. How was yours? Better, I’ll bet ;-)