Monday, June 26, 2017

spare

well first i will spare you the boring story of painting two bathrooms. as i forgot to take before photos it would be anticlimactic to show after pictures.

i am sure that at least some of you have noticed that many bathroom paint jobs leave a small unreachable area behind the toilet tank unpainted. we first painted the spare bathroom and i decided to go whole hog and removed the tank so the bright yellow paint would cover the ugly brown entirely. (really! both bathrooms in brown. with white spots behind the toilet tanks). when the yellow was complete i put the tank back on the stool using the same bolts and washers.

so i was as finicky doing the larger bathroom. removing the toilet tank so i could paint that hidden spot. i put the tank back in place, just as i had in the other bathroom. but this time when i turned on the water one of the rubber washers that is supposed to make the tank waterproof failed. oops. small mopping ensued. small problem really. a trip in the am to the local hardware store would fix that with new washers.
the problem area. not the water connection on the left, the bolt on the right, which goes up through the tank. it has a large screw head which tightens on a large rubber washer, which was leaking.

as i fell asleep i remembered that i had a plumbing parts box that might have the exact washers i required.

et viola! the parts box has two bolts and 4 nuts and washers. i need only two washers. i have spares to spare!
 actually a toolbox with some parts.

oops again. wrote too soon. the spares are of course used and no better looking than the original. back to square one. one more try with the old washer.

well ok then. the proper amount of tightening results in no leak! bathroom is operational with bright yellow walls in place of drab brown.

and i really had to show the "raincoat yellow."

PS (from Robin)-- You know how gray it is here on the north coast, so we went with bright bright yellow. Turn the light on in the bathroom and it's like a burst of beautiful sunlight in there.

25 comments:

  1. Love the color. Hate working with toilet tanks for the very result you cited. I imagine stepping into that room is eye opening.

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    1. at least i didn't have to deal with the stool.

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  2. Advice from my late father when I was re-painting his bathroom "There's a small area of wall that everyone stares at at least once a day - make sure to make a good job of that bit, no one will look at the rest">

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    1. a friend, when building a house with radiant floor heat, asked to have extra heat coils in the floor where ones feet would be when contemplating the spot

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  3. YAY!!!! for yellow! After a lifetime of living in houses that really didn't get much sun, I painted my bedroom in the new Hawley house yellow (Benjamin Moore "Moonlight" which is NOT white-ish but a full-on inspiration of YELLOW!!!). And, yeah, what you say: Yellow captures the light, even on grey days, and brightens it and bounces it and fills your heart as well as your eyes with sunlight. Great choice!

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    1. it is quite cheery. i notice the lighter walls even in dim light at night

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  4. Love the colour! My hubby always removes the toilet tank too when painting bathrooms.
    Have a good week.
    Robin

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  5. We're going to have to repaint our bathrooms because the "painter" used the same matte paint as in the rest of the house, despite the gloss paint I provided for him. I have been thinking about the tanks, and wondering if I have room to squeeze one of those small rollers behind it, maybe with a sheet of plastic to protect the tank. Darn, now that you've done it, I'l have to get started, too.

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    1. give it a go. what could possibly go wrong? do have rags on hand, many.

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  6. OK you made me look and it appears I have tile behind mine. Love the idea of indoor sunshine. Well done.

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    1. so no worry about an unpainted spot. unless you want to paint the tile.

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  7. And that is why I leave the old color behind the tank, no matter how many times I paint the room.

    I also have a box of old plumbing parts, also one for electrical, sprinklers, car parts, etc. My wife says it's a colossal waste of space because I rarely find the exact thing I'm looking for in those boxes. But boy, when I do...

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  8. it was a bit of a pain, but i do like the hexagram "completion." i have lots of spare parts https://newdharmabums.blogspot.com/2006/02/culch-pile.html

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  9. I followed the link. I'm sure I have some of the same things. I actually broke down and bought some plastic tubs for my stuff. My wife says it now actually takes up more space!

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    1. the price of organization. assuming you did some sorting. we have moved too often and i have abandoned lots. also mixed categories packing stuff i did keep. i am slowly working that out.

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  10. Thou must have spare parts! Isn't that in the man creed?

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    1. some are technically not spare. rather leftover from some project. who among us has not disassembled something to repair it and then found leftover crews or bolts or odd bit.

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    2. leftover screws. the leftover crews just go home.

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  11. Nothing like a bright bathroom

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    1. indeed. hard to remember the ugly brown.

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  12. I'm so intimidated by plumbing I wouldn't have even dared to move the tank to paint. Good for you, Roger.

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    1. thanks. my learning moments mostly involved water going where it shouldn't. i still have those learning opportunities.

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  13. That was fun, Roger. I felt like I was there with you, cheering you on.

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  14. thanks. cheering appreciated

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