I finally started the actual rebuild phase. I enlisted the help of my homie the evening before to help me transport drywall from Lowes to my house. Damn that shit is heavy! Being more thorough than the contractors who previously did my bathroom, I am using green board. Opposed to regular drywall, this material has a special coating that makes it moisture and mold resistant. It is ideal for use in damp areas such as basements and bathrooms. It is a little bit more expensive than regular drywall, but it is a necessary expense in my opinion. With that being said, let the games begin!
Last summer I participated in a kayak fishing tournament and won a pretty cool prize during the raffle. I won a half day guided kayak fishing trip with 1st Landing Kayak Fishing Services, in Virginia Beach, VA. I was VERY excited about this prize, as I’ve come to learn that fishing with experienced kayak anglers is the best way to learn new tips, tricks, and good fishing locations. I finally redeemed my prize this past weekend. I wanted to target red drum, a species that I have never targeted or caught.
Today I gained a lot of first hand knowledge and experience with plumbing…valves in particular. I saved a TON of money today (just under $500) by doing the necessary plumbing work myself instead of hiring Roto Rooter to come out and do the work. I am so proud of myself for this. And more importantly, I am thankful for the people in my circle that have given me nothing but sound advice!
Another slow day with regards to progress, but I learned something new thanks to feedback from my video from Day 1. For a second, I thought I would be able to cancel my plumber appointment. But things are never THAT simple for me lol…
Well there isn’t much for me to report for day two. The video should pretty much sum it up…
For the longest, I’ve been wanting to remodel my master bathroom. It is old fashioned, with a color palette resembling that of a TV show from the mid 70s. Drab olive green is not whats hot these days. In addition to the aesthetics, the contractors responsible for this bathroom took a few shortcuts, which resulted in water seeping behind my shower tiles, rotting the drywall. Not only is it subpar for them to use drywall for a shower surround, it also has created an environment condusive to mold growth. Not Good.
After tons of research, I finally felt confident in undertaking this project by myself. YouTube videos, DIY websites, and talking with people with personal experience were all the resources I needed to broaden my knowledge base. With that being said, I finally got started on the project this week. Here is my first video that chronicles my experience.
Day 1 was relatively simple. It was really just nothing more that physical labor. Cleaning up all that drywall and tile was a pain in the ass. But I got it done much fast than I originally anticipated. Everything went well up until the end of the video. I discovered a leak in my water shut off valve. This valve will need to be replaced.
Stay tuned as I continue to share this DIY journey with you…
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