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11:36 am - It'll have to go
Another big thing that happened this week is that we've got no bathroom. The existing bathroom was avocado*, and also completely rubbish in many other ways too tedious to enumerate. The number of ways in which is was rubbish has increased as our plumber has dismantled it to reveal What Lies Beneath, and basically we are having to put in a new ceiling, new walls and a new floor. Before we even start on the actual, you know, bath and so on.

* Hey - watch this clip to learn the correct way to respond to avocado bathrooms, at least in England.

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From:glitterboy1
Date:September 2nd, 2009 10:49 am (UTC)
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Being without a bathroom at all isn't fun, and this sounds like it's turned into major work - and maybe mess, too. I hope it'll be over soon - but it sounds as though the end result will be a big improvement! (You're getting white this time, are you? :-))
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From:communicator
Date:September 2nd, 2009 10:56 am (UTC)
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It's going to be a massive improvement. The old pipes weren't even properly joined together in places once we looked at them closely - a disaster waitign to happen (*hair stands on end just thinking about it*). We are also having tiles put in on the floor and walls - we are going for a sort of pale sandstone look, and white bath and sink, because it's quite a small dark space.
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From:glitterboy1
Date:September 2nd, 2009 01:39 pm (UTC)
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Yikes, that's quite scary about the pipes. I'm glad that the you/the plumber have realised just how bad it all was...

It sounds like it should be really nice when it's done. You made some good choices for the kitchen, and I hope this'll work out as well as that.
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From:steverogerson
Date:September 2nd, 2009 11:04 am (UTC)
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Brilliant clip.
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From:communicator
Date:September 2nd, 2009 12:18 pm (UTC)
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There's some great M&W clips on youtube. I think my favourite is the Nazis.
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From:lamentables
Date:September 2nd, 2009 11:06 am (UTC)
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We have been living with an avocado suite for nearly 13 years :-)

Good luck with getting your bathroom fixed as quickly as possible.
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From:communicator
Date:September 2nd, 2009 12:02 pm (UTC)
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8 years for us. There always seem to be better things to spend money on. Like almost everything.
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From:andrewducker
Date:September 2nd, 2009 11:12 am (UTC)
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I'm getting quotes for my bathroom at the moment.

And I strongly suspect that exactly the same thing will happen to me...
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From:communicator
Date:September 2nd, 2009 11:57 am (UTC)
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I've been quite taken aback by the mess that was revealed. I think it's almost the rule.
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From:hafren
Date:September 2nd, 2009 06:15 pm (UTC)
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"Then there's that bathroom fad of hers [...] that will cost me a hundred pounds at the very least."
"As much as that?" I asked.
"Every penny of it", said Harris, "the estimate alone is sixty".

(JK Jerome, Three Men on the Bummel)
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From:andrewducker
Date:September 2nd, 2009 07:13 pm (UTC)
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Some things clearly never change.
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From:katlinel
Date:September 2nd, 2009 11:30 am (UTC)
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I hope the bathroom replacement goes quickly and smoothly. One reason why I put off dealing with ours here (not avocado but 80s grey and pale pink) is that I know it isn't just a matter of replacing the bath, sink etc but once we take the tiles off, it's going to have to go back to the plast, which includes removing tiled over wood panelling that wasn't sealed or tiled on top and that means going back to the plaster etc.

That clip was splendid!
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From:communicator
Date:September 2nd, 2009 11:59 am (UTC)
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We had rotten floorboards under our bath because the pipes have been leaking just a little bit for a long, long time.
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From:spacefall
Date:September 2nd, 2009 12:28 pm (UTC)
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Hah, I had that clip in my head the moment I saw your post :)
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From:communicator
Date:September 2nd, 2009 04:22 pm (UTC)
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Well, David is never far from our thoughts
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From:emeraldsedai
Date:September 2nd, 2009 07:09 pm (UTC)
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Oh, how I feel your pain!
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From:communicator
Date:September 3rd, 2009 06:15 am (UTC)
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Yes, the voice of experience. The bath is in place now, on top of a new floor, so we are getting there.
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From:emeraldsedai
Date:September 3rd, 2009 04:34 pm (UTC)
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That's fast work! There's an end in sight.
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From:espresso_addict
Date:September 2nd, 2009 09:32 pm (UTC)
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Aie, that sounds expensive & hasslesome.
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From:communicator
Date:September 3rd, 2009 06:18 am (UTC)
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Yes. My son works for the local odd-job man of the area, as his side-kick, and we are using a Polish friend of his, so it's all being done competently, and at a good rate, as far as I can tell.
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From:vilakins
Date:September 3rd, 2009 02:01 am (UTC)
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Avocado is truly horrible. However I remember seeing a bright yellow toilet in one house we looked at. It wasn't the strangest thing about that place, but it was close. What, they thought it might disguise stains? That the sunny colour would make them happy first thing in the morning? We;ve never been able to forget it.

Our bathrooms have major design problems (like sharing one toilet with two sliding doors, which makes guests so nervous some go downstairs to the other loo) but at least it's white (with some black and wood).
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From:communicator
Date:September 3rd, 2009 06:20 am (UTC)
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Yellow toilet? I don't think I could face one of those at 7am.
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From:vilakins
Date:September 3rd, 2009 06:27 am (UTC)
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We didn't either.
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From:catalyst42
Date:September 4th, 2009 09:00 pm (UTC)
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EEk, I remember that. Dan allowed a week to re-do the bathroom, and when we ripped everything out we found it was a miracle the bath hadn't fallen through the floor, as there were no floor joists below it, and the joists the floor boards were on weren't regulation distance apart. he ended up having to install extra cross joists before the plumber could fit the bath. Added to which years of unfixed leaks had destroyed the plaster, so the whole room had to be re-plastered after it dried. I think the 1 week job turned into about a month! Dan did almost all of it himself, with a day from the plumber to install the walk in shower, and a day from the plasterer. And the walk in shower plumbing developed a lead and trashed the downstars toilet and hallway back in January.. I'm not missing living in a house under development! Good luck, sounds like a good fast team working there for you.
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From:communicator
Date:September 5th, 2009 06:33 am (UTC)
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That sounds very miuch like our experience. We've had to have it replastered, and a new floor laid from scratch. Nobody in our family is quite as handy as your Dan, but the guy we have in seems to be able to do everything - quite an old guy who swears a lot in Polish.

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