DIY Bathroom Remodeling Part III

Ok, laying tile is relatively easy. You just need a wet saw. I bought
one
for 60 bux at Lowes. It's a hunk of junk, but it worked, and if I get
one
more
use out of it I'll have saved money, cause last time I laid tile I
rented a
wetsaw, and it cost about 50 or 60 bux.

Clean the floor really well. It can't be too clean. You want to scrape
any
big paint globs or sheetrock mud blobs that are dried up on the floor.

After you're done sweeping, sweep it again.

Next, get yourself a trowel with really big teeth on it. When you are
spreading the glue, you want it thick. Spread glue over the entire
floor.
And give it a few to tacky up a bit.

It's best if you can square the room, and lay chalk lines to start on,
but
being the bathroom is typically a small area, just line the tile against
the
wall, and go from there.

It's best to start in such a way that you will have minimal cuts to
make. So
take the size of the tile you are laying and figure out if it's best to
start against the wall, or a certain amount off of the wall so your
last
pieces are not tiny little pieces that are a pain to cut.

I lay all the whole piece tiles before I do any cuts so you can make
sure
everything is tight and snug.

When making your cuts, just lay a piece of tile on the piece right next
to
where the piece you cut will go, then lay another piece on top of that
one,
and butt it up against the wall. Draw a line on the middle piece at the
end
of the top piece. That is where you will cut it.

Go out to the wet saw, cut it, and you should have a perfect fit.

After the tile is all laid, you should wait a while before grouting to
allow
the glue to take hold. About 30 mins or an hour is good. Go drink a few
beers and then it should be time.

Mix up the grout in a bucket, and grab a float. Spread the grout around
the
tile ensuring all the holes between the pieces are filled. Also fill
any
holes around the door jamb and trim if you dont want to caulk it.

After applying the grout, wait about 30 minutes to an hour (Go drink a
couple more beers) then return with a bucket of clean water and a
sponge.
Use the sponge to wipe up all of the excess grout that is on the tiles.

After this, let the tile and grout sit for about 24 hours before walking
on
it. (I didnt wait, and had a few pop up on me. If you have some popup,
simply use something to spread some glue on the back, and put it back
in
place. You will of course have to regrout this particular tile.)

Now, if you are using the same sink and toilet you removed, simply put
them
back on the way you took them off. But that wouldn't exactly be
remodeling
now would it?

So I put in a new toilet and a new vanity, rather than a wallmount
sink.

The new toilet came in two parts, the bowl, and the tank.

I also laid the new tile overtop of the old tile, so now the toilet
sits
higher. This means I had to use (2) two wax rings for the toilet instead
of
the one I previously had on it.

Simply put the wax ring(s) on the hole in the floor (be sure to remove
the
cup too - duh!) and stand up the bolts that the toilet mounts too. It
may
take some time, or you may emlist the help of a friend (or your wife. I
guess your wife is a friend too, so whatever), and have them try to hold
the
bolts up while you put the bowl down onto them. Once the bowl is down
over
the bolts, simply tighten the nuts down on them. BE SURE YOU DONT
OVERTIGHTEN, AS IT IS POSSIBLE TO CRACK THE BOWL!!

Mounting the tank is pretty easy. Just put it down on the bowl, and put
the
two bolts down thru the tank through the bowl. Reach under the bowl and
screw on the nuts. I found it easier to hold the nut with pliers while
turning the bolt from inside the tank.

Pour a pot of water into the bowl to make it "flush". Check for leaks.
If
there aren't any, pour a pot of water into the tank. Check for leaks.
Flush
it. Check for leaks.

Attach the hose from the water supply to the bottom of the tank.

Turn on the water. Check for leaks.

Toilet is installed yay! Take a celebratory leak! After all the beer
you
drank waiting for the glue and grout to set, you'll need it.

Ok, the vanity was pretty easy too. Just put it against the wall where
you
want it, and take a stud finder to find two studs to mount it to. Screw
it
into the studs.

Put a beading of caulk around the top of the vanity, and put the vanity
top
(sink) onto it and press it down firmly. Don't do like I did and try to
use
the sink to pull yourself up off the floor, because it wont pull you
up.
You'll just end up with a lapfull of sink, and caulk all over you.

Now installing the faucet is easy. Ours has the little pole you pull up
on
down to open/close the sink. Simply put the drain itself into the hole
in
the bottom of the sink and tighten it up. Install the bars for the
drain
control, and mount the faucet. It's easy so I'm not even going to go
into
it.

If you are like me - nothing ever goes right, so the "J" bend pipe
(trap)
that I got doesnt fit. I saw some flex tube "J" bends that I am going
to
pick up tonight and use it.

After that, simply install some moulding around the floor, and you got
yourself a new bathroom!

Yeah, I know - We still got a blue tub. Well that may come in a later
part,
as we are looking into options for that. But for now, my wife got a
shower
curtain that matches the rest of the bathroom, and has some blue in it
as
well, so it works for now.

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