Day One Hundred Two, 08 February, 2016It's getting very near the end, as they say. Remaining tasks are small but numerous, and some, although small, are time-consuming.
The Vanity medicine cabinet was hung accurately and where Dianna wanted it. As I was jockeying around to take a picture of it, I got to thinking, that it might just be a bit too high for her to look in the mirrors. Uh-oh.
After conferring with her, she said she hadn't even thought about that, and that yes, it was going to have to be lowered about another five inches or so. What're ya gonna do? Everybody makes mistakes.
|Medicine Cabinet Hung|
|Painting Baseboard Behind Toilet|
|Shower Floor Almost Done|
One of the mirrors had fallen out to the back of the cabinet. Nothing broke, but I noticed it was down, figured out what hapened, and took the other three down and put them aside to be dealt with later.
Each mirror needs to be glued to it's backing plywood, and something other than those grey clips was needed to hold the mirrors in place.
It took stops at three or four hardware stores (as usual here) before I found what I was looking for. Clear plastic rigid clips. I'm going to put two on the bottom of each mirror and one on each side and top. That should work great.
|New Vanity Mirror Clips|
|Screen Door Hooks 3-Inches Long|
I'm so glad we didn't try to tackle this part of the project on our own. For starters, how we were selecting the piece of granite. We were thinking we would go look for a piece that didn't have any blemishes on the face, and that was about it.
Mr. Matute told us we needed to look on all the edges for smooth cuts, and very carefully, front and back for possible cracks or anything that even looked like it might be a crack.
He also told us that at Lano's, his guys do all the moving of the pieces. Let them assume liability on their site.
And the actual transporting. It had to be on edge, with a couple of guys in the back of the bed to hold it steady. Our plan had been to see about buying a thin piece of foam rubber, and then laying whatever granite we selectd, on that foam.
This elicited almost a howl of laughter from Mr. Matute. He told us, it had to be on edge on the long side, with the bonded edge up, and that it had to be placed on a piece of lumber at least as long as the piece of granite.
|Bathroom Vanity Granite Slab|
Well, Omar selected a piece of straight lumber that was a bit more than eight-feet long, so that the stone could ride on edge, resting on the lumber in the bed of my Sport Trac (with the tailgate down), and at least two people holding onto the slab for the journey. Once we got it home, we unloaded it as rested it on edge against a coconut tree, as you see above.
After that, Mr. Matute, ably assisted by his daughter, Stacy, got busy preparing to cut the granite. The task was compounded by the fact that the sink was an oval. Oval cuts are always tougher than straight cuts. Also, the oval of our sink, was just a hair out of true for an oval, which according to Mr. Matute, is not unusual. Each oval is slightly different than the next. Each is a challenge.
|Matute Measuring Sink|
|Making Sure Plywood is Right Size|
|Matute Cutting Sink Oval in Plywood|
|Outlet Wire for Cat Genie Under Vanity|
|Grout Underway in Shower|
|Routing Sink Supports|
|Pipes Coming Through Vanity|
|Sink In Place With Plywood|
|Cutting Pattern From Sink Cardboard Box|
|Preparing Sink Inner Pattern|
|Marking the Center Point|
|Outlining the Pattern|
|Checking the Layout|
|Using Diamond Blade to Cut Sink Oval|
|Around And Around|
There's many more photos than appear in each posting. You can see all the photos of the construction project on Flickr at: https://www.flickr.com/gp/winjama/0wVc3s. There will be new photos added each day of the project.