Crazy, annoying bathroom wall


In all the years we’ve lived in this house, no one has been able to solve the problem wall in our upstairs bathroom. We’ve consulted with various people, trying one suggestion after another — most of which worked for awhile before the wall began its typical descent into yuckiness. This is when I wish my sister-in-law, Karen, was around. She usually has the best ideas.
Here’s the problem: when they built the tub area, they extended the wall at the shower head end of the tub. It sticks out beyond the tub about five inches. Somehow water gets behind the tub surround and into the wall extension and then it begins to crumble and crack and chunks of wall stuff ooze out. The last fixit job worked best but we’re now back to square one. So each day I sit on the toilet and contemplate the best move. One contractor suggested we purchase a new tub surround, and then he’d come in and completely redo the wall and install the new surround. The problem is that I really don’t want to spend the money on a new one since the one we have is fine. It must be my mom’ and dad’s influence — there has to be a less expensive, more creative way to fix this. So… while walking one night, we ran into a neighbor — a junior high school teacher who does construction work during the summers — and asked him to take a look at it. He agreed to do so. At first, he looked at it, sort of stroked his chin, then poked at it a bit (reminded me of a doctor), and then admitted he had a similar problem. He suggested several options, then said he had one other idea — if we didn’t mind him getting a little creative. I KNEW there was a reason I liked this guy. He doesn’t suggest spending a lot of money when there is a cheaper option. We’re all about creative design in our family. So sometime this month (before the wedding, thank heavens, he’s going to spend a few days cutting off this and that, repairing the whatchamacallit, and then replacing everything. All we’ll have to do is some sanding and painting once he is done.
And yes, Karen, I will take a photo of before, during and after…just for you!
What a relief…now maybe we can get him to help us fix the back steps before someone (me) falls through them.

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6 responses to “Crazy, annoying bathroom wall

  1. Thanks, Mary. I’m glad you’re going to take pictures because I’m sitting here trying to figure out how I’d fix it. I want to see what he does.

  2. From what he told us…this is an experiment. He’s going to cut about a 1 1/2 to 2-inch strip of the tub surround and peel it away, then fix the wall stuff and replace the strip. It seemed reasonable to me.

    BTW, I’ve tried to post responses to your blog, but it won’t let me or I don’t know quite how to do it….mps

  3. seriously…this is the one instance where i’ve actually seen a wall “ooze wall stuff” as my mother so eloquently puts it. awesome. there are mushrooms growing in my basement. that’s the grossness here. 🙂

  4. Better mushrooms than oozing wall crap. At least yours COULD be edible…or not.

  5. i’m pretty sure they are NOT edible. they spent some time hanging out in the raw sewage backup last month, and are now drying out near the drain. ew.

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