So we hired a contractor, right? Wrong!! Why? We could so do this ourselves!! Oh yes, we started this project with much excitement and high hopes. But then the neighbor who has some construction background and was going to help us had a change of plans. And the second person with construction background who was going to take his place got hired for a new job.... we were alone in this. No problem, right?
My folks who are "older" (I don't dare call them old or get whacked) came on the appointed Saturday to help us. My mother had some knowledge and well my dad is a great supervisor. *wink* I watched the country kids and feed the troops while they and my hubby tore out the old floor, right down to the studs. I'll admit, it was scary but I still had hope this was going to be a piece of cake......
So we went back to the big box home improvement store to return and replace stuff. Good thing we took the whole load because not one thing he sold us would have worked, not even the screws!! Ugh, we were now behind schedule and this simple project was going to heck fast. By the end of the first day we only had one piece of 3/4 inch plywood in. So much for getting a small bathroom floor done in a day.
Our bathroom is small.... about 35 square feet is all we were replacing. How could this get so out of hand? My mother commented how she had seen way too much of my hubby's rear, you know, the old plumber's crack. My hubby complained that my mother had passed gas in close quarters! My father was sitting on the edge of the tub and fell in, having to be extracted at one point. My bathroom was a three ring circus!!!
I will say that by some amazing miracle, when my folks left late Sunday night, we at least had all the wood down. We had covered the 3/4 inch plywood with 1/4 inch plywood to help bring the floor level back up, as there where SEVERAL floor coverings on the old floor. We could walk into the bathroom now without fear of falling into the basement! We could finally get the country kids in the tub!!! And trust me, they needed it! They were taking dirty to a whole new level.
On Monday, hubby and I set to work.... we got the toilet flange at the proper height, laid out the new flooring material and reset the toilet and the sink. It was done.... well done enough for now. I no longer had to worry about falling through, but the beautiful new floor makes the rest of the bathroom look awful! I see a wall redo in the near future..... Will we hire someone? Heck no! If we can do the floor, how bad could the walls be!?!?! (and yes, that is a rhetorical question..... don't tell me we are nuts, I already know we are!)