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Blog entry by firecracker posted 2352 days ago 549 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m not much of a blogger, but I figure that if anyone is bored enough to read this, maybe you’ll throw me a little advice to help save me from my own hapless overthinking. Right now I’m not working on any fun and exciting projects because my fiance thought it’d be a great idea for me to remodel the mobile home his mother gave us to live in while we save money for a house. It was a terrible, terrible idea, and I hate plumbing!

Anywhoo – now he wants me to custom build the cabinets for the bathroom. That should at least be a little more fun than trying to run plumbing lines with no crawl space. I’ll post a photo once I make some headway. I’m pretty sure I’ll have a good start on them once he settles on a design! We are going to have the nicest trailer ever when I get done!



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teenagewoodworker

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#1 posted 2352 days ago

sounds like its a big undertaking. i can’t wait to see what you come up with in the end. i know that it’ll be great though and you diffidently will have one great trailer!

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Scott Bryan

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#2 posted 2352 days ago

You have a positive attitude about the project so that is a good start. Making sawdust beats running plumbing lines any day. I, personally, am not afraid to tackle any discipline around the house- carpentry, painting, drywall, electrical, plumbing. But plumbing is my least favorite. Whenever I do any plumbing Invariably I have to repeat the job to take care of the leaks. Eventually it gets done but like you plumbing is my least favorite job to do.

Why not get tied up on the cabinetry and let your fiance handle the plumbing?? Sounds like a winner to me. After all it is his home too and HIS mother did give it to you.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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Pretzel

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#3 posted 2352 days ago

What are you looking to do? Shortly I have to do the same thing. I thought about installing a Murphy bed.
Fold down Bunks for the kids, bigger shower. Plumbing wise, if your running lines try using a fishtape and pull glued joints. I’m am doing that for the lines in our traveltrailer

-- Pretzel L8agn

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Dan Lyke

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#4 posted 2352 days ago

I’m generally pretty happy to run copper, although I hate tight spaces, but making cabinets should be a lot more fun!

And if you’re going to be making them, how come you’re waiting on him to come up with the design? Grab a tape measure and come up with something, cabinets shouldn’t be that hard, and it’ll let you get ahead of the game!

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California, http://www.flutterby.net/User:DanLyke

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GaryK

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#5 posted 2352 days ago

I feel for you. I hate plumbing!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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Karson

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#6 posted 2352 days ago

Plumbing is OK as long as it doesn’t leak. Once it has water in the lines they are a mess to fix. You can never get the copper pipe hot enough to melt the solder. I finally took my welding torch to it and used silver solder. No more problems after that.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Blake

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#7 posted 2352 days ago

This is exactly what I did with the place my wife and I moved into a few years ago. We are renting a small cabin from my grandparents. It was a dump when we moved in but the agreement was that I could make any improvements I wanted (within reason) if I did the free labor and my grandparents would pay for the materials.

It was extremely rewarding and I learned a ton of great skills. Now we have a very nice (small) home and when we move out they can raise the rent for the next tenants. I did all the plumbing, electrical, new tile kitchen counter tops and sink, new kitchen cabinets, all interior paint, all new lighting, trim, floors, and I even put a new roof on.

Now I feel like I have a diverse skill set to help me when I become a homeowner. And with the ridiculous (high) cost of living in my area (even with the housing crisis) I know that in order to afford a home it will have to be a fixer-upper.

So stick with it and good luck. Hope you find it as rewarding as I did.

-- Happy woodworking! http://www.openarmsphotography.com

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rikkor

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#8 posted 2352 days ago

I, too, hate plumbing. My last “fix” (dripping shower) I think I replaced everything to the water main at the street to the towel on the wall, at least twice.

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Dan Lyke

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#9 posted 2352 days ago

Karson, since I learned to sweat copper, i don’t ever think I’ve had a soldered joint leak (knock on wood), but me and the teflon tape and screw joints… well… It has taken me 5 or 6 tries sometimes to get the feed lines from the valve to the sink to not be dripping.

Really frustrating to solder up a 20 joint system, pressurize it and have zero leaks, and then be unable to get the final two and a half feet drip free.

Sometime, probably this summer, maybe next summer, I’ll end up re-plumbing the hot water in this house (wanting to move from galvanized steel to copper). I don’t dread soldering in the 1’ high crawl space nearly as much as I do the hookups under the bathroom vanity.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California, http://www.flutterby.net/User:DanLyke

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tenontim

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#10 posted 2352 days ago

I hear you. I’ve been building my own house for the last 2 years. I’ve learned a few lessons on the way.
1. I hate roofing.
2. I hate pulling electrical wiring.
3. I hate floating and sanding sheet rock.
4. I hate painting.
I will say, I’ve done well at all of them, I just wouldn’t want to do it for a living. I like plumbing and I really like
the woodwork and cabinets, which is where I am now. At least if you need any new tools for the job, you have the ultimate excuse for buying them. You’ll also have the satisfaction of having a nice place to live when you’re done, and knowing it was done right.

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