Upcoming Small Bathroom Project

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  1. Von Jones

    Von Jones Very Well-Known Member
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    Our house was built in 1923. There have been some updates but probably done when indoor heating was introduced. Anyway, we have a double sink which are now beginning to show their age nothing really major just rust around the drain.

    I was trying to decide which would be best to replace both sinks or visit YouTube for a less expensive DIY venture. I'm more leaning to DIY because I believe I can do a good job.

    Does anyone have any tips to pass along?
     
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  2. Ken Anderson

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    We have a very small bathroom, so we just replaced the standard sink in a cabinet that was there when we bought the house with a pedestal sink, and bought ourselves a lot more room in the bathroom. The cabinet beneath the sink was just a place to store stuff that we'd forget that we had anyhow, so we didn't need that space.
     
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    Our small 1/2 bath in the lower level had a cabinet sink which was replaced with a pedestal sink also, it does give the room the look and feel of more space. At first I was concerned with losing the storage that the cabinet provided but we don't really miss it as it is not a bathroom that is used alot.
     
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    You're right. It is more the appearance of additional space than it is actual space, or at least usable space. I do like it a lot more though.
     
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    Pedestal sinks aren't even that expensive at places like Lowes or Home Depot. I think I'd probably replace the sinks eventually if they're rusting at the drain. But maybe there's a way to fix it, I'm not sure...
     
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    We bought ours four years ago, when it was on sale for next to nothing, but we just got around to installing it.
     
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    Reading through the replies, the words, "Home Depot, Lowes, and less expensive" were used so I decided to pass on a little info that might help the pocket a little.
    If you, a friend, or spouse is a registered Veteran, Lowes always gives a 10% discount on all purchases.
    By registered, (many vets do not know this information) I mean registered with the local VA clinic or hospital. You can also get a registration through Veterans affairs but the hospital move is quicker and your photo ID comes back quicker. You do not have to be disabled, with Lowes, just a card carrying registered veteran.
    (Home depot does give a 10% discount but only on federal celebrations like July 4th and vets day.and only for disabled vets)
    When you go to Lowes or Home Depot simply show your card and they punch the discount button.

    We go to Lowes at least once a month since we started our own "home improvement" projects and twenty or thirty bucks off on each visit adds up quick. Oh yes, when you buy plants and such that have been marked down, you will get 10% off of the marked down price also.
     
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    I see... I'll have to persuade my husband to come along with me on my next trip to Lowe's. :rolleyes:
     
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    Excuse me? Did I just read that you had to "persuade" your husband to go to Lowe's?? Most guys would like to pitch a tent in the middle of the store and stay there for life! The smell of wood, tools, ......tools and wood....and stuff.....and more stuff!! And even......some more STUFF. Engines, motors, BBQ pits, electrical mechanisms to impress anyone at any IQ level!! Give me a saw, a hammer (or a compressor and nail gun) and I'll build a log cabin in back of the store just so I could be close to that wonderful table saw I ran across the other day.

    It's a guys paradise beyond the "Harbor Freight" sign. An oasis in the middle of the desert of life! The only thing missing is a hair salon next door to the garden section for my wife.

    I think your husband needs the "total makeover" routine! Get him a nail belt, 25' ruler, and a circular saw. He'll do the rest. It;s tough love time, Von. You just have to bite your lip and do it. He will thank you for it someday.
    I just had a bad thought though. I do not know the condition of your husband. Perhaps, he might be in a wheel chair. Hmmmm.............get him a chain saw sans the bar and cutter chain. He can use a bicycle chain and the engine to give the chair a little "zoom" while he's on his next conquest at Lowe's. There's always a way!
     
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    Persuade is correct. He pouts when I call for him to help with something. It tickles me though and I start joking with him.:) He was born and raised in Arkansas and hard work was all he had ever known until he joined the Navy and became a cook. He went to culinary school too. After we got married I gained 40 pounds:oops:. I told him this has got to stop:D. I lost it eventually but he didn't limit his cooking skills so I limited my intake:rolleyes:. I guess you could say that I kind of remind him of a superior in the Navy or a drill sergeant when I'm engaged in one of my DIY projects and need his help. We're a match made in heaven:rolleyes:.
     
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    @Bobby Cole , I can't talk for Von's husband, but my Dad was totally disinterested in anything DIY. When I was growing up my parents had to pay a plumber to do something as simple as changing the washer in a faucet.

    One day, as a young adult, I was watching the plumber do this simple job and he happened to mention that in his house it was his wife who changed the washers. I decided that if she could do it, so could I, and I've been doing the simple plumbing jobs ever since. My Dad would stand and watch me, afraid that I'd flood the house, but I never did. He watched me so many times that I'm sure he could easily have done it himself, but he never dared to try.
     
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    It is interesting as to how many guys do not like to "tinker" with home projects but the ladies get so well involved.
    I do however, sympathize with Von's husband. 53 years of Food and Beverage and I am retired.
    It is slightly off topic but staying within the spirit of things I have a short story.
    I was the Chef at a place just outside of Vero Beach, Fla. One particular Saturday afternoon found us missing the bartender, two busboys, a cook and the dishwasher. All went out the night before and were still partying when they were supposed to come to work. I found myself tending bar, cooking, busing and waiting on tables and washing dishes on a packed night. My dad, a hardened construction worker and craftsman of wood, walked in and asked (after having a beer) if he could help. I directed him the the dishroom and left him alone for the night except with sending him a beer every half hour or so.
    At the end of the night he came out and sat at the bar, at which time he slugged down a shot and drank part of his beer. He told me that all of this time he thought me a little limp in the backbone because I chose the restaurant business over construction. Then, after another shot, he told me that what I did was the hardest work he had ever experienced! He then made a suggestion about the dishroom and how we could renovate it to make it better. He told me that if we moved the big silver box in between the two metal counters next to the pot and pan sink things would work better. I was a little confused so I asked him to show me what he was talking about. When we got to the dishroom I realized what he meant by the "silver box." When I initially showed him the dishroom I didn't open the doors to the dish washer so it appeared to be a somewhat complicated box with a couple of lights on it. He had done what is always shown in the movies and on TV. He hand washed every piece of silver ware, pot, pan, plate and glass in the house for the entire night. I gave him another beer before I showed him how to operate the dish machine.

    A chef's job is probably the toughest job in the world because of all of the variables and long hours with no breaks.
    So, that being said, I also used to hesitate a little when the "honey do's" became part of life right after the "guest do's" at the restaurants. Someday, I am sure Von, when hubby retires he will look for something to carve when there are no more blocks of ice, top butts, steamships or top rounds for parties of 100 or more.

    Oh yeah, Michelle! Didn't mean to "dis" the plumbing stuff. I too hate plumbing but somebody has got to do it. So, with that in mind, I've had to do my share especially when I put in the new flooring in the bathroom. Keep up the good work!!
     
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