Remodel Folly- Observe and Report

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Blog entry by Ryan Bruzan posted 05-16-2011 04:01 PM 1821 reads 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Okay, okay, I know this is not a woodworking project, but I had to share this.

I am certain we have all had our fair share of construction and remodeling follies, but for me, this one takes the cake. I went to look at a project site a while ago and found this photo in my files that I took at this home where I built a massive entertainment bookcase (see, it is woodworking related).

Study the photo, observe and report.

If you have some remodel or construction follies photos of your own, please share them; I’m all eyes!!!

The homeowner told me they hired a friend of a friend for this one. Also said they charged a ridiculously cheap price!! (Hint, hint)

-- No matter how many factors go into thinking about a project, there is always one important new discovery to be made.

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#1 posted 05-16-2011 04:08 PM

if you want to bathe in 3”of water
this is a good way to save money

i had to use a new control for a shower
that was made for tub/shower
but just plugged the tub part of it
of course i raised it up
so you didn’t have to use your feet
to set the water

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#2 posted 05-16-2011 04:10 PM

Oops. It’s some pretty decent looking tile though.

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#3 posted 05-16-2011 04:23 PM

Not bad if you just replace the faucet with a showerhead and then turn it in an upward position. just think of it as an “old faithful” style shower.

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#4 posted 05-16-2011 04:30 PM

Ugh… That looks like EXACTLY what happens when either the construction crew either has no idea of what they are doing, or are micromanaged so badly that they are just doing EXACTLY what the boss told them to do!

On the plus side, the tile looks pretty nice…

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#5 posted 05-16-2011 05:18 PM

Looks to me like someone read the directions for tub install.
I can tell you this much, the plumbing inspector was not involved in this job.

-- Doug...

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#6 posted 05-16-2011 06:00 PM

I see some of the ‘craftsmen’ I have hired over ther years, [and let go the same day] are now in business for themselves. Obviously, without a Contractor’s License or the benefit of a building permit. Of course, the homeowner got a ‘Heck-of-a-Deal’ and could not pass us the [20%-30%-40% or maybe even 50%] savings.

Owner got what he paid for.

-- Rustfever, Central California

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#7 posted 05-16-2011 06:35 PM

It is perfect. For a Dog washing area.

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#8 posted 05-16-2011 06:46 PM

If no one else caught the issue, the tile guy should have. At that point it wouldn’t have been that big of a deal to fix.
Also, it’s hard to tell but that shelf looks a little high too.

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#9 posted 05-16-2011 07:13 PM

I’m willing to bet that this was a tile guy thinking he was a plumber

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#10 posted 05-16-2011 08:03 PM

Where’s the showerhead? That’s the only problem I see. (wink, wink, nudge, nudge)

Maybe the owner’s “height challenged”?

Kinda reminds me of a remodel I had done once. Had to open up a wall to a bathroom. Apparently there were some wires that were in the way. the “carpenter” cut the wires, taped ‘em up and stuffed them in the ceiling. Sheetrocked it over and all was good. I came back into town and tried to turn on the bathroom lights. That’s when I asked him what he did. Needless to say he didn’t last more than a second after that.

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#11 posted 05-16-2011 08:40 PM

I once went to look at a leaky bathtub repair. The bathtub was in backwards. Yep, they stepped over the wall lip to get in the tub. The nice rounded side must have looked like a groove for caulk. I just smiled and walked away. Some jobs just are not worth getting into. Maybe the same guy!

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#12 posted 05-17-2011 06:23 AM

Great reports! That was the problem, WildBill001, all the original plumbing was still there along with the half-way decent tile job (there were plenty of flaws, but, it did look good for what it was). Shower head is there; I didn’t get it in the photo.

-- No matter how many factors go into thinking about a project, there is always one important new discovery to be made.

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#13 posted 05-17-2011 01:58 PM

Funny how everyone here blamed the contractor, the plumber or the tile guy.

This is so obviously the home owner’s decision.

To change this would cost about 200- 600 for a shower assembly plus the installation, 100-300?
Total cost would be 300.00 on the cheap to 1000 bucks.

So much effort and expense went in to a nice tile job to be ruined by a client who’s too stubborn or cheap to do the job right. I’m sure every contractor that worked on this said something and were NOT OK with this.

A framless shower door would have been nice too.

A neighbor of mine recently asked me to install 2 french doors she bought at a garage sale to replace the bi fold doors in the 54” wide hallway closet.
One door was 24” and the other one was 30”........? WTF!

I told her I wouldn’t do it, now shes mad at me!.....Too bad. She’ll buy the right doors and thank me later.

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#14 posted 05-17-2011 04:12 PM

Hi Ryan,

In the words of Martin Lawrence; “What the problem is?”

Am I also seeing the lever from the waste and overflow for the tub drain, just below the spout?


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#15 posted 05-18-2011 03:22 AM

Yes Lee, you are seeing it!

-- No matter how many factors go into thinking about a project, there is always one important new discovery to be made.

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