DIY Update II

I will confess that back in the days when we had television I would sometimes watch one of those house flipping shows – you know, where someone buys an old, foreclosed house and rips out the interior, fixing and modernizing it and then sells at a profit.  I didn’t watch those shows for the how to tips (just as well as they were few anyway) but to marvel at the transformation.  I wish I could now proclaim that I had presided over the transformation of our bathroom floor but I’m afraid I will have to settle for a much weaker announcement.  It is now (almost, kind of) fixed.I was able to remove the toilet (thanks- the wd-40 did the trick) but the black plastic platform upon which it sat would not budge!  Still I managed to excavate most of the old floor beneath it so that the new plywood could slide in and provide a sturdier surface.

It took more time – and more money since I had to quit  halfway through my first effort, throw everything out and start over – than I had hoped.  And it isn’t completely finished as I still have to do some work around the edges to marry the floor with the wall so that spilled water won’t get in the cracks.   I think I fixed the leak- or at least one leak – a spot in the water pipe where it connect to the toilet is now wrapped in special water and air proof tape and the floor behind the toilet has remained dry.  So perhaps that will slow down any future deterioration of the floor.

Finished Floor


I don’t intend to add home repair to my skills list on my resume!  But it’s probably a good thing that I tackled it myself and saved some money in doing so because the car is having trouble and that’s not something I’m going to try and fix by myself!

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12 Responses to DIY Update II

  1. Please, please, please call a church or city group that helps women. Dial 211 for help in any state! I should try it for CA to see if it works. They will point you in the direction of help, maybe even help with the car. Now that you have the car expense on you, you might get help with utilities. Do you get food stamps or go to food banks. You can email me. Some churches help with school supplies. There are sooo many things out there for you.

    I guess you used silicone tape? I don’t know if it is for wrapping, but duct tape sure will do the job…lol.

    • boxcarkids says:

      So far we have managed on my unemployment benefit. Now that my middle daughter is home (Yay) I may have to look into food stamps but would prefer to not add to the burden of the government if I can help it.

  2. V's Herbie says:

    well done!

    I second the caulking… they sell it in little squeeze tubes for around $5. No tools required, and it will go a long way toward keeping water ON the floor from becoming water UNDER the floor.

  3. Well done! I am proud of you.

  4. Jay says:

    It looks great! Well done! I’ll keep my fingers crossed that the tape holds 🙂

  5. Sharon says:

    Looks amazing! Congrats on the wonderful job ….

  6. Linda P. says:


  7. Betsy says:

    it looks fantastic! YOu should be very proud/impressed with yourself! I’d caulk prior to the 1/4 round just as an extra layer of water proofing. If your house is like mine, the kids can flood it faster than I can say ‘Boo’ if the shower curtain isn’t placed right!!

  8. Lili says:

    Congrats! You did a great job. Remember that it doesn’t need to be perfect, just functional. Sometimes as singles we seem to forget that.

  9. Maryl says:

    Get some quarter round and some nails, cut it with a mitered corner, install and you should be good to go. It looks like there is some sort of molding already on the right side of the drawer. Oh, and a little can of stain so you can match it up. It looks quite nice! Hope your car worries are small and inexpensive.

    • boxcarkids says:

      I’ll do that! The car is up to $438 so far – it returns to the auto shop tomorrow to install ordered parts (relating to the power steering which the mechanic thinks is why we keep stalling – I’m still trying to make that connection – steering to stalling)!

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