Friday, September 20, 2013

It's The Little Things

In the past couple of weeks, I have opted to do posts on the larger changes to the bathroom because, well, they tend to be a bit more exciting.  But, that is not to say that we have not done our fair share of tedious little projects lately too.  Case in point- light fixture moves, towel bar moves and toilet install.

Light Fixtures:
Just like our old counter tops, our light fixtures were really low.  In fact, they partly obstructed Eric's view when he looked in the mirror.

With our new counter being eight inches higher, everything had to move up.  Luckily, our mirrors were not glued to the wall and we had studs in place to mount the moved lights to.  To patch up the holes from the old light fixtures, we screwed a small piece of wood in behind the hole and then used the drywall cut out from the new hole to fill it in.

 Although this would all eventually be covered by new mirrors, we did take the time to mud over the holes and make them look like they were never there.  The new lights are about a foot higher than they used to be.

Toilet Install:
I don't know what it is about us, but we always purchase the hardest toilets to install.  I love skirted toilets for the ease of cleaning, but they are REALLY hard to get in properly.  We typically go through six toilet rings per toilet install because we average having to rip out and re-install each toilet three times.

Install started with using diamond drill bits to drill the holes for the mounting brackets.  We always buy a couple of extra drill bits when doing this because you have to keep it wet while drilling which can be hard.  The second the bit dries out, it is ruined.  Needless to say, we went through a couple in the process of installing the toilet.

Step two was installing a new quarter turn valve and hose for the toilet.

Then, it was time for install.  We typically like to put down some boards at first so that we can confirm the placement of the toilet.  Once we know that we have it in the perfect spot, we lift the toilet a bit, pull out the boards and drop it down.

We pretty much always use two stacked toilet rings (extra insurance).  If you install a toilet, find that it isn't sealed properly and go to pull it back out, DO NOT be tempted to re-use the toilet rings.  It is time to run to the store and get brand new ones.  Hence the reason that we have a supply of toilet rings in our garage.

After three tries installing, I am fairly sure that the toilet is now sealed and ready for action.  It looks so fancy and pretty and I love how narrow it is considering that the room is tiny.  Maybe one of these days, I will work up the courage to actually use it!

Have a great weekend all!

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