Thursday, February 11, 2010

Thornbrook Renovation: Chapter 5

I haven't written about Mark's progress in a while but it's not because he hasn't been working his butt off. Boy has he. And I know it when I hear him opening up the bottle of Motrin before bed because his arms and shoulders ache.

Mark has spent the last two weeks mudding and sanding over all of those little screw holes, corner bead, drywall tape and joining old walls with new until they are baby's butt smooth. It's labor intensive, but he enjoys doing it. And it looks great! 6 - 45+ pound buckets of joint compound later...the mudding is complete.

Last weekend Linda and Nick were down to help Mark. After a trip to the Depot (as Morgan likes to say) to buy lots of supplies, they built up the bathroom floor to the same level as the bedroom, installed the shower drain and adjusted the toilet plumbing - which all went in "smoother than expected".
And last but not least, our cabinets for the master bath, family room and mudroom were delivered Tuesday. I'm not sure in the grand scheme when these guys will get installed, probably after paint, but they are here waiting.Next up (in no particular order): Prime the walls! Hang the cement board in the bathroom. Get a measure for carpet and pad. And measure for hardwood floors in the mudroom. And choose carpet, again.

On Saturday, we hit a potentially major snag with the carpet installation. Come to find out a certain big box store will not install carpet over asbestos tile. Even if the tack strips are already there. Apparently they don't understand that generally, unless it is damaged or disturbed, it does not pose a problem. So, no, we are not going to remove our asbestos floor tile just so you can install carpet over it. Thank God my mother-in-law shared her ordeal with us and persuaded us to go elsewhere. I'm glad we didn't have to deal with that headache. Hopefully third time is a charm.


  1. Not that anyone is counting, but they were 70 lb. buckets of mud =)

    - Mark

  2. ohh, my bad. Only the lightweight buckets said how much they weighed. ;)

  3. That's a LOT of mud! You're definitely kicking it Mark. And I'm so glad Grammy knew what to do about the floor. Saved you a lot of work(and grief).

  4. You must be talking about the carpet Gramm. I didn't know what to do with the bathroom floor. This past weekend I was just the surgeons assistant handing him the tools he needed (in the correct order I hope.)