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Spanner In The Works

Posted: April 19, 2011 in Bathroom
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You want drama, I’ll give you drama…

As if the last three and a half months weren’t stressful enough, just as we’re nearing completion, a leak is discovered in the bathroom faucet. To make matters worse, the pipes have to be accessed from the bedroom.

So the freshly painted walls have to be hacked up, the cabinets destroyed, and tiles pried off. Certainly not for the faint of heart.

To our contractor’s credit, once discovered, the leak was traced and everything was sorted out in a day and a half. Considering this was an exercise that involved the plumbers, the carpenters, the masonry guys and the painters, there’s really nothing else I can complain about.

PUB “Friends” Card?

Posted: January 21, 2011 in Bathroom
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Mixer handle is back on again, after the previous adjustment. It’s straight now, which is good. Tested the shower, water pressure looks OK, that was always a worry we had.

The shower diverter activates with a nice solid clink, switching from the handheld shower head to the ceiling mounted one.

Hopefully the water bills won’t kill us…

Toilet Troubles…

Posted: January 9, 2011 in Bathroom
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Toilet bowl is finally in.
Yaaaay…..

Toilet bowl’s straight lines complement the horizontal tile lines.
Double Yaaaay…

Bathroom doorway nicely frames the rectangular reservoir tank of said toilet bowl.
Triple Yaaaay…

Shower head is up and man does it look nice and shiny.
Quadruple Yaaaay…

The cheering ends here though. This photo might look innocent enough, but the plumbers have actually had some issues aligning the shower mixer and the shower hose outlet properly, and when we found that out, we had them hack out the tiles to realign everything.

The shower hose outlet was too much to the right before. Now, after rectification, I’m kind of worried because it looks too much to the left. I’ll reserve judgement till the mixer handle and the outlet cover are reinstalled…

These, I’m quite bummed about. I was really hoping we could get them correctly positioned the first time round, but as I expected, the electrician was slightly off.

We specified that the two downlights be placed as close as possible, so in his defense it was probably not the easiest thing to pull off; with the lights right next to each other, any misalignment would be immediately obvious.

Here’s a close up. I added in the red box in MS Paint to show roughly how misaligned it is. If it’s any consolation, this looks like something a little plaster and paint could make good, but still, one more to add to the fault list.

Lighting and more misalignment continues in the next post…sigh…

Drywall + aluminium batten = false ceiling

Drywall is also commonly known as gypsum board. That’s the brownish stuff in the photo. The aluminium battens are used to form a inner framework, onto which the drywall sheets are screwed.

It’s surprisingly quick and easy to install, and while not common here in SG, is actually something that homeowners can even DIY.

Today’s focus is the false ceiling in the bathroom, and a drywall partition which will form one end of the wardrobe.

Here you see the framework already mounted onto the actual bathroom ceiling and walls, with some portions already covered with drywall.

The old false ceiling which was torn down had a wooden frame, so the use of materials has really changed over the last decade.

The access panel which will allow the electrician or plumber to get to the lights/water heater/pipes should there be any problems.

Ming, the false ceiling expert, and owner of the hands in the last two photos. Here, he’s measuring up and cutting the drywall sheets to size. Tools of the trade? A saw and a pen knife.

Photo of the false ceiling fully installed, but before being plastered.

False ceiling plastered up, with all the seams and screws smoothened out. This can now be painted together with the rest of the ceilings in the house.

“Because he’s holding a thermal detonator!” – C-3PO

Alignment tool used by Ming, almost as cool as a thermal detonator, but this just shoots a laser which allows him to check that his lines are straight.

Next up, the floor to ceiling partition that is the left end of the wardrobe (the right end is bedroom/living room dividing wall).

Partition plastered up. We were worried that this would block out too much of the balcony area, cutting out the natural light coming into the room, but thankfully, it seems to have had minimal effect.

Daytime Views

Posted: December 27, 2010 in Bathroom
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Saturday. Dragged ourselves out of bed while there was still light. Documenting the renovation is giving us sleep discipline…

Silly me. I thought they ran out of tiles. Seems this is done so they can check for leaks and stuff.

The area above the water outlets is going to be covered by a full length/width mirror.

Have scrapped plans to put a mirror on the centre column of tiles, as that would break the flow of that entire wall.

The floor tiles are done as well. The round green thing at the top of the photo is the concealed mixer, already embedded in the wall. Below that is the outlet for the hand-held shower.

You can see the shower area is not exactly flat (look at where the floor tiles join the wall tiles). I suppose this is necessary for drainage.

Our ledge. This was a shelf the day before, and cause for some panic in the ranks. After a few frantic phone calls and one hasty sketch done over dinner (visible here, pasted to the wall), we arrived the very next day to see that it had magically morphed into the ledge of our dreams. Two thumbs up for quick rectification.

If anyone is wondering why the ledge is at the back instead of the front, two reasons. Firstly, so that the bath products stay drier, and secondly, so that the initial view into the bathroom is kept clean.

This image just cracks me up. I find it hilarious how white gloves were provided with the shower head. If memory serves me right, this is 300mm in diameter. Stiletto was gutted because we couldn’t get the 350mm head due to water pressure issues, but now that we’ve seen this in the flesh, there’s no way the larger shower head would have worked.

Bathroom Part Deux

Posted: December 27, 2010 in Bathroom
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Dropped by for a quick visit after dinner. There are no lights now, so even though the bathroom wall tiles are all done, we’ll only be posting after we get some better daylight shots during the weekend.

Piping for the rain shower is done.

They’ve smoothened the bathroom floor in preparation for the tiles. If you squint, you can just about make out the drop on the right hand side. A lot cleaner than a kerb, and one less thing for me to trip on. The shower area has also been widened by a couple of inches.

Pipes, Plumbing And Other Bathroom Stuff

Posted: December 27, 2010 in Bathroom
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Some of the plumbing work in progress here. You can see the pipes buried in the wall.

The storage water heater mounted on the ceiling. We shortlisted Rheem and Joven. Joven has been getting a lot of recommendations on Renotalk and was our original choice, but our contractor has had some previous installation issues with the brand.

She mentioned Ariston and Rheem as possible alternatives. Ironically, we’re using Ariston now, and there are visible rusty water stains at the entry and exit points of the heater. With the heater being mounted above the ceiling, that’s something I want to avoid having to deal with.

That leaves us with Rheem, one of the older brands for water heaters. Tried searching online for Rheem; no raves, but more importantly, no complaints. This is a 40L tank if I remember correctly.

The welding equipment used by the plumbers.