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Remodeling project

Looking back I realized that my last post I talked about how I was looking for new books to read and I was actually really excited about reading books instead of just listening to book tapes.  In fact, I received a copy of “Sleep your way to the Top” by Jane Miller from FGPress not long after publishing that post (perfect timing right).   Also, I had some other plans of spending time on some projects that were still very rough ideas in my mind.

No sooner did all of that happen that I found myself trying to figure out why there was water dripping in our basement from the ceiling.  What caused the leak you asked.. Well of course a leaky toilet seal.  So I did what every do-it-yourself handyman would do…. I decided to redo the entire bathroom instead of just fixing the leaky Toilet ring.  If you are going to do something do it right from the beginning.

Upstairs Bathroom – Finished Product

Before and After
Before and After

This bathroom remodeling project only too me 2 weeks until it was usable where as the first one I did took me just about 3 years (Read more here).  Here are my words of advice from my first two bathroom remodels.

  • Over buy at your home improvement store.  You will be more frustrated driving back and forth than to have to go there once in when you are done to return everything.
  • Check the tile pieces that you buy before you install them. Otherwise you will end up installing one that wasn’t the same color (Yes this happened to me see below).
  • Buy the right trowel for the size of tile you are using and then make sure you don’t use too much mortar.  Especially, be careful on the small tiles as I spent a lot of time in the back end trying to scrape it out of the joints so my grout would fill it later.
  • You will run into more problems than you anticipated and are going to start replacing a lot more things (e.g., Pipes, Sub-floor, Walls).
  • Did I mention that you should overbuy things at your Home Improvement Store
  • Realize that as you are going to get side tracked by your significant other to complete “Fluff” projects some of which are unrelated to the task at hand.

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Piles of Books

Books, Books, and more Books

I have been spending a lot of my spare time lately reading listening to books.   So far this year I have completed 24 books (listened to 22, read 2).  I won’t list out all of the books as it probably wouldn’t be all that interesting but if you are curious you can check it out here.  I have found that listening to books is a good way to pass the time while working on various house projects (e.g., Painting the House).

Also, I stumbled upon the author David Baldacci who has some really good books out there.  The topics of his books topics are around espinoge, war zones, traitors and good guys on a mission to contain/eliminate the problems of the people who don’t have the United States interests at heart.  If you are interested in those types Spy/Dectective books I would really encourage you checking out the many books he has written (http://davidbaldacci.com/).  My favorite series so far is The Camel Club.

So what is next for my book reading?  I might take a little break from listening to books and go back to actually reading a couple books that have been in the queue (partially because there isn’t an audio book for them).   What books are you reading  or any suggestions you have of good books I should check out?  Leave it in the comments section.

Another reason, I might slow my reading/listening to books down is I have been thinking of picking up a couple new projects in the near future.  I have a couple of ideas but need to put some more thoughts around what I hope to accomplish and then reach out for some advice.

 

 

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