Tuesday, June 25

eXcitement in the Nesbitt household.

The bathroom fitters arrived yesterday bang on 8.30am. An excellent start - both Jon and I are punctual (Jon may disagree there) but when it comes to work ethics we are always on time.

The fitters set to and spent the morning ripping out the old suite and wall panelling. The job will take 3 4.30pm we had a glimpse of what our new bathroom will look like......

Then it hit the fan!
We had already had a leak through the kitchen ceiling when the chaps removed the bath and whilst we thought it was all sorted it obviously wasn't. The drops through the ceiling increased and the bucket was placed on the kitchen floor. I phoned the fitter and left a message on the answer phone.

The drops continued!

When we arranged for the fitters to do the job one of the major reasons was that they would do everything. The last thing Jon wanted was to return home after a busy day at the workshop to face issues with the bathroom - and there he was on his hands and knees investigating the problem. After a while he identified the problem - the hot water tank had sprung a leak.  Just at that moment the fitter returned my call a  and spoke to Jon.  He came over straight away and he and Jon worked to secure the problem. It would seem that the tank had eroded over the years. We have been here for 22 years and it was here when we first arrived. When the chaps were working in the airing cupboard yesterday they inadvertently disturbed the pipework and lo and behold the tank sprung the leak.

The tank was drained and the dripping stopped. We all felt it was a blessing in disguise - the leak would have happened sooner or later - so if it was going to happen it was best it happened when we had a house full of bathroom fitters rather than weeks or months down the line in our lovely new bathroom!

I wasn't worried at all as I have full faith in the assurances we have received from the fitters - I have friends out there battling major health issues right now and would give their right arm to have a tank problem as their only worry. The new tank is being ordered as we speak and the chaps have gone to collect it. Yes its going to cost but a tank is a tank, we need a tank and we are getting a tank. A tank is a tank!

We have a toilet but can't use it properly - so we use the neighbours and last night enjoyed a welcome bath there too. We only have tonight (Tuesday) to rough it - so we will pop next door again and look forward to a lovely bath in our new bathroom tomorrow night. Today I will use the neighbour's washer to deal with the huge pile of towels used in the mopping up process. Oh to have good neighbours eh? I text'd Emma this morning and arranged to use her washer after her load had finished - I will peg her washing out when I let her dogs out for a run round the garden in a little while.

Meanwhile Bing had an exciting day on Saturday - strangely enough he digested the bathroom fitters catalogue!

Oh and he nibbled his water bowl!

Yes a fair share of excitement here in the Nesbitt household!

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  1. Destructodog! Yes, I would disagree with my wife about her promptness.

  2. It will be worth it!
    Oh Bing, bless him..

  3. Oh Denise - I couldn't help smiling. We had similar problems when we had a new shower room fitted. No job ever runs totally smoothly does it? Lucky you have such good neighbours.

  4. Well, I guess it keeps you out of mischief! Hope all is soon back to normal.

  5. I'm glad it wasn't a disaster. Bing is a serious chewer. :)

  6. I'm getting more and more nervous about renovating!
    Jane x

  7. Oh dear sounds like a perilous adventure.

  8. Plumbing can really be a nightmare!

  9. Oh wow! As we say here, "It doesn't rain but it pours!" And it literally DID at your place! lol Glad things are sorting themselves out, though. I had just moved into my place (10 years ago) when the included appliances all went belly up. So more $ spent on those and since then, I have all new appliances! But now the "styles" have changed from white to stainless just can't win, can you?

    abcw team

  10. Than goodness for nice neighbours. As for Bing - well, I hope you keep your shoes and slippers well out of reach;-)

  11. Remodeling the bathroom can be a nightmare with hidden problems popping up here and there. But three days work for a new bathroom sounds good to me.

    Bing is being very naughty. Cute but naughty.

    cheers, parsnip

  12. What an ordeal! Anyway Bing was a great help, wasn't he?!
    Wil, ABCW Team

  13. Perhaps Bing felt he needed to join in all the work happening round the house! That was his humble contribution! A bathroom renovation can be a nightmare but so worth the effort when it's all done! Many years ago now, we had to have the bathroom floor removed - in the middle of winter. Not a nice experience until it was all over! Then we could laugh about it!

  14. An eXciting project, Denise, - and you will end up with glamour in the loo.

  15. Getting a new bathroom is very eXciting. Enjoy it when completed! Kate, ABC Team

  16. It never goes exactly as planned, does it? Three days is amazing for a new bathroom. Ours took a whole week!

  17. I really appreciate your positive attitude through it all.

  18. I will watch your progress with curiosity, as we head towards all new central heating pipe work... Hopefully I can keep up better now I've moved my 'google reader' across to Wordpress!

  19. I was going to say "it never rains but it pours" but you caught it before it did! ;)

  20. Well at least the bath was apart you say the leak would have happened later.
    You really Have had an eXciting time!

  21. All that paper was just the kind of mess our rabbits would make!

    Hope the bathroom goes OK.
    Maggie x

    Nuts in May

  22. And water just gets everywhere! Hope it's all sorted now.
    Go Bing!


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