Part 2 of this bathroom redo. Here’s the link to the first part with some before pictures:

The problem is not all the nails are rusty. This old style plank subfloor was nailed down without glue. The trouble is that you get nail pop which leads to squeaky floors. It’s unusual to see diagonal plank subfloors in a house built in 1971. However that’s the case here. Usually houses built from the 1970s on have sheet OSB subfloor. I’m finding a lot of outdated building methods in this duplex

Solution: check all planks with hammer slam. pull loose nails and screw down

checkpoint subfloor cleaning

I call this a checkpoint. Every project needs checkpoints. Some people do these without even thinking about it. ( See @johnataction for business coaching.) It’s usually when I pull out my vacuum cleaner. I check to see if there’s any items that have been missed; possibly additional costs. Measurements are taken at this point and plans for the new build, material options are considered – basically “Are we on track with this project? ” After I’ve done this it’s time to go shopping. If it’s a paying job I enjoy it since I’m spending someone else’s money. In this case it’s my own bathroom. In either case I’m very conscious of value and price of materials.

The Medicine of House Repair

After the second or third drug fueled carpentry remodels, this little house confused most people simply wanting to use the bathroom.

Who Did This?

In a hamlet small enough to find out who-does-what by hanging out at the local café, locals know the story. It was told to me thus:

A man worked in Ft. McMurray and made too much money, started doing drugs and renovations. The end

The renovations reflect the madness within.  There are over 21 steel support posts in the basement.  “Someone was trying to level the floor” was the explanation I got.  Why not use 6 and some 4×4 post and save yourself hundreds of cocaine-snorting bills?

Not sure.

It’s Not Monopoly Money

Maybe it was all bought locally – panel board, panel board,and more panel board. Not to mention the 21 teleposts used to create a maze in the basement – they are not cheap.

Well I’m not from around here. An out-of-town fella. I am Not using bead board, panel board or whatever you call it.

Why I Was Called In

No, I did not do the above mentioned things.  No! I don’t snort baking powder!

I was asked by a family member to make sense of the bathroom / laundry bedroom configuration.  I only took pictures of the drywall stage.  Boring.

Drywall is the finished wall for me.

Drywall out sells all other building materials. If you got the right tools and a little know-how you can put drywall up in a single room 15 minutes or less. The best tool for cutting around electrical boxes is a Rotozip. RotoZip is a brand name but basically I’m talking about a rotary tool with high RPM and a spiral cut bit that is used to plunge and cut around electrical boxes door frames and window frames. The tip of the bit usually has a smooth end and acts as a bearing guide.

The other essential tool is a t-square. Get one that’s 4 feet long. With this you can make almost every cut on the sheets of drywall. You score the front then bend to 45 or 90 degrees and cut the back side. I like to smooth off all my edges with a rasp but this is optional. Just remember the drywall tape is 2 in wide. it offers a lot of wiggle room


Playing in the mud as a grown up

I applied joint compound to all the joints and sanded them to a paint-ready finish. I forgot my mud mixing paddle so improvised and used a spatula. Crazy but it worked.

Okay people I normally don’t put crap on Instagram but There it went… Re-doing this bathroom in Blackthorn. What’s wrong with it? Let me tell you: the floor is done with peel and stick plastic tiles. They installed vanity but were too lazy to pull out the old tiles which didn’t line up with the new vanity. No filler strips on the right side or on the back side leaving ugly gaps visible. Who did this?

If you’re going to use cheap peel and stick tiles you might as well do a crappy job installing them too. No sense lining up the tiles. Leaving a gap is a place for water to get in and wreck your crappy job. Good idea!

I was informed after complaining about peel-and-stick tiles that they shrink with time.  Most likely installed without gaps

Either way, who did this!?

In case you haven’t heard, there’s a slump in the oil prices around my neck of the woods. Alberta, Canada that is. Frankly I haven’t a clue what the prices are doing around the world. It’s been quite a while since I was working directly in the oil patch. My go-to source was “The DOB”, the Daily Oil Bulletin which was delivered daily to my place of work.

I took a look at the DOB online just now. West Texas crude is under $50.  Yikes!  It doesn’t matter if you work at Walmart or Syncrude, the oil industry affects all Albertans. It’s the biggest industry in the province, agriculture being next biggest.  I make websites and do small carpentry projects.  The chances are that my clients are directly or indirectly working for the oil industry.  That makes me indirectly affected by the oil industry.  So yes, I’m concerned.  People can loose their income right in the middle of a renovation and that “budget” the customer and I talked about is flying out the window.  Getting paid on time is questionable.

It comes down to trusting each other, which I’ve wrote about here. I trust my clients in the same way that they trust me to do a good job. There are con-artists out there but not very many.  I think most people are good and want to be fair.   I use an online system to send out automatically generated reminder emails, and if necessary, calculate interest charges for late payments.

Most credit houses have no problem leaving their sympathy in the trash bin.  I can’t do that…easily.  but If I’m borrowing money to cover materials my client has not paid for, then I’m going to add it to the clients bill.  That’s fair.  A business coach told me “leave the emotion out of estimates and billing”.  It’s hard to do for me.  I know lay-offs happen in the oil patch – I worked there.  It’s not helping when interest charges are added to an outstanding bill.  I/we/they are not doing it to be nasty or mean – except for Banks, VISA and MasterCard.

There’s good news!  Gasoline prices are under 80 cents a litre, (I’m not going to convert that for any people in the USA.  Or apologize!  Sorry)