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Shower Showdown

October 31, 2012 |

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posted by Ana White

Do you work with your spouse on projects?

Now be honest with me. Do you always get along? What happens when you both have different ideas for doing the same thing?

Imagine working on a Momplex together!

Shower Showdown

Because we are planning for Mom to live in the Momplex for a long, long time, hopefully until she's 100 or more, we choose functionality and low maintenance over style or trend.

Case in point: I'd loved to have given Mom a beautiful tiled shower. But Mom would then be scrubbing grout lines and resealing tile to keep the showers clean. So we opted for these super easy to clean no maintenance one piece showers. Yes, they have a seat in them.

Shower Showdown

The Ram and I have very different ideas on how to get these showers in the Momplex, and up the split level entries. I say we can figure it out. We'll get to his idea in a second.

After much disagreement, we finally come to this conclusion: there's two showers, we'll try both ways.

Ladies first.

All photos courtesy of Grace White. Yes, she's been paid with an ice cream cone.

Shower Showdown

The shower is so heavy, I can barely lift it. And it is so cumbersome, with no where to grip.

Even walking backwards, the Ram walks faster than me. So I feel like I'm being dragged along holding up my ends as we haul the first shower around to the side of the Momplex.

Shower Showdown

And now this is where things get really fun. Please don't break, I pray, as we haul the 48" wide shower across a makeshift bridge, and rotate it through a 36" wide opening.

Please don't drop your end ... I'm sure the hubs is praying.

Of course we are also trying to position the shower on a deck just 48" wide inside the Momplex. After getting the shower over the makeshift bridge, we have to rotate my end upwards and then shimmy the shower through the doorway. This is no easy or fun task.

Shower Showdown

We finally get the first shower in the doorway.

Now it needs to get lifted up over the railing.

That means I need to lift my end of the shower up over my head and carry it up the stairs.

Yes. Lift the shower up over my head and carry it up the stairs.

I tried. I promise. Believe me. I wanted to be right.

But I just could not lift the shower that high.

I couldn't even lift the shower up a foot. My arms started shaking and my fingers started screaming, NO we are not doing this!!!!

So I relented and said, okay, let's see your idea.

Shower Showdown

So now we get to the Ram's idea of getting the shower in.

He slides it right off the trailer on top of the lift.

Shower Showdown

And up he goes.

Shower Showdown

Right to the front window of the Momplex, Unit Mom-who-likes-to-sew.

Shower Showdown

And right through the window it goes.

Shower Showdown

Why didn't I think of that?

My back, fingers and arms are really mad at me right about now. They do get revenge in the morning ... when I can't get out of bed from sore muscles.

Shower Showdown

And then we just haul the shower into position.

Right past the other shower in the other entryway. I sheepishly acted like I didn't see it.

Shower Showdown

We frame the bathroom wall around the shower. You have to put the showers in before the bathroom walls get framed because it won't fit through the doorway afterwards.

Shower Showdown

After much debate, we decided the laundry would go upstairs in the bathroom. Mom didn't think my idea of mandatory stair usage keeping her young was so great, and I have to agree, laundry on the living level is sure nice.

We'll need to frame a wall around the shower to separate it from the laundry area.

Shower Showdown

So we measure and mark studs and cut.

Shower Showdown

Lay the wall out on the ground.

Another trick I've learned from the Ram, besides hauling showers through windows on lifts, is to mark your bottom and top plate together to save time and for consistency.

And then the wall is just nailed together.

Even though it's an itty bitty wall, studs are still spaced 24" on center.

And we've got a wall.

It's safe to say, I think we've forgotten about my shower.

In the existing bathroom walls, we add blocking to give us something to attach the new wall too. This is also done in the ceiling above.

And then it's chalk line time.

We snap a chalk line on the floor.

That's the line for the new wall.

The wall is then moved into the bathroom.

Positioned next to the shower.

And we carefully set the wall right on the chalk line.

Finally, the wall is nailed to the floor.

After leveling the wall, it is also nailed to the blocking in the wall and ceiling.

And that frames in our shower.

Leaving us just enough room for a stacking laundry system right in the bathroom.

Well, that went smoothly .... at least the part where I'm not in charge!

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Juanita_r's picture

Hilarious!!!!

That has made my day!! Thank you Ana! Yes I know exactly what you mean. I too love, and yet at times loath, working with hubby! And I think he feels the same way! We can work so well together, but.......... well you know exactly what I mean ;) So did the first shower make it in or is it still waiting in the entryway?
I love reading these posts... So many ideas for our one day in the future dream, maybe we will build the house around the shower tho ;)
P.S. I love your honestly and humility...it is SO refreshing, thank you.

posted by Juanita_r | on Wed, 2012-10-31 20:42
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brookifer86's picture

Ditto

I try to avoid working with the hubs at all times! We just bicker and battle and I'm always right anyway ;) But really, we will sit there and explain the same concept in two different ways and get furious with each other until we draw it out and realize we're saying the same thing! It's ridiculous. So we avoid it when we can. Gotta love the married life!

posted by brookifer86 | on Wed, 2012-10-31 21:33
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Ana White's picture

So glad I'm not alone!

So glad I'm not alone!

posted by Ana White | on Wed, 2012-10-31 21:58

Totally get it!

Ana, hubby and I have been working on building our new home for the past 5 months. Every.single.day we are working together. Oh, if you could have been a fly on the wall to hear the ridiculous arguments and conversations we have had about some of the stupidest things. Makes me laugh all over again. And yet we still love working together. However, sometimes . . . okay, often, it is better if we are working in different rooms than right beside each other! :)

posted by Chantelle - ThousandSquareFeet (not verified) | on Wed, 2012-10-31 23:19
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whitney_smith's picture

LOL

The worst project my husband and I ever did was our bathroom. AWFUL! Could not imagine having to do two with him!

But the lift idea did rock! lol

Whitney
www.whitneysworkshop.com

posted by whitney_smith | on Thu, 2012-11-01 06:38

So funny!

Thanks for a good laugh this morning. That just cracked me up!

posted by kara (not verified) | on Thu, 2012-11-01 08:01

Blocking

My wife doesn't work with me but she wants me to rip out all of the high quality, albeit ugly tile work in our bathroom. If I delay long enough, maybe she will do it herself.

You may also want to install blocking in the walls at the locations where you want to install towel racks and such. That way you can screw them into something solid as opposed to anchoring them to drywall. My dad installed blocking in his shower so that he could potentially install a support bar in the future. He took some measurements and a picture so he could remember where they are.

It is good to see all of these Momplex posts. Welcome back!

posted by Ricksite (not verified) | on Thu, 2012-11-01 09:39
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great idea!

We have had lots of problems with kids pulling towel bars and such off the walls in our bathrooms. Putting in blocking is such a good idea. I will definitely be doing that in the bathroom we are finishing in my basement.

posted by alssetna | on Thu, 2012-11-01 10:01

it doesn't often happen that

it doesn't often happen that men are smarter. it's nice when it occurs. ;-)

posted by jeannette (not verified) | on Thu, 2012-11-01 09:59

it's nice when they're

it's nice when they're smarter. doesn't happen every day. so it's a special treat when it does. ;-)

posted by jeannette (not verified) | on Thu, 2012-11-01 10:02

A Handy Gal has to be wrong once in a while

Oh Ana, I'm sure you are right 99% of the time! You are too funny gal and hope your muscles forgive you.

posted by Brittany aka Pretty Handy Girl (not verified) | on Thu, 2012-11-01 11:05
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One of the biggest arguments

One of the biggest arguments my hubs and I have had in our 18 years of marriage was in the Big Orange store, arguing about what kind of roof to put on the theoritical house we hope to build some day. We were not even there to look at roofing or any other house building materials. We were there to look for a new porch light for our existing home!
We have found that we work together best when we each have totally separate jobs to work on. When we have to work together I have learned to just be quiet and do things his way. If it works then I have saved the time I would have spent arguing with him. If it doesn't work then I get an opportunity to tell him what I think would work. Thankfully my hubby is a pretty good builder and problem solver, so his plans are usually the best way to go anyway.

posted by Pam the Goatherd | on Thu, 2012-11-01 11:20
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birdsandsoap's picture

Pam, that is hilarious!

Pam, that is hilarious!

posted by birdsandsoap | on Fri, 2012-11-02 01:02

Nice to know I'm not alone

Pam, this is great! Some of the biggest arguments my husband and I have are over completely theoretical projects! :) It's nice to know I'm not alone.

-Sarah

posted by Sarah @sarahsbigidea.com (not verified) | on Sat, 2012-11-03 16:44

Yes, I work along side my husband on projects!

Yes, I work with my husband on our house project all the time. We have been living in and building our own home for the last 7 years. This project has been going on longer than we planned. We had hoped it would only take us 3 or 4 years. But, with job changes and just life in general, we are now at 7 years and counting. Yes, we sometimes argue, and yes, sometimes he is right. But to his credit, he will listen to my ideas and explanations and we more times than not, try them out. Sometimes they work, sometimes they don't. But, I also do the same for him. We have kept out sanity by listening to and thinking about each others ideas, and are slowly building walls and rooms around us as we go.

As an example, we had to lift 2 ceiling support beams for our kitchen ceiling that were 3 2x12' s sandwiched together, 20+ ft long each. To say the least, hey were very heavy. It was to be just us 2 lifting them. I devised a method for lifting them up using a chain hoist. We only have a 1 story house, with a low pitched roof. Could only go a max of 11 ft in the air. I drew up my concept of an A-frame on Sketch-up. We built it outside, disassembled. then reassembled inside the house. We use the chain hoist to pick up the beams, placed each beam and slid it along the walls into their final place. Twice! Then disassembled the A-frame again. Everything went well, nothing was dropped, nothing broke, no one was hurt. Much sweat was wiped from brows during this project.

I would not miss this experience for the world. Every job we do, every hurdle we cross makes us a stronger couple. It is a wonderful thing to work together for a common goal. It doesn't matter if it is a huge project like building a house, or building raised garden beds. Its the working together that is the great thing.

posted by Bonnie B (not verified) | on Thu, 2012-11-01 12:30

That was some fun reading. ha

That was some fun reading. ha Reminds me of the DIY Goofs in The Family Handyman magazine. Funny, but educational at the same time.

posted by Robohead | on Thu, 2012-11-01 14:09
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birdsandsoap's picture

My husband is laughing as I

My husband is laughing as I read him this post. It's a victory for all men everywhere, Haha.

posted by birdsandsoap | on Fri, 2012-11-02 00:57

Haha! I'm glad you had a

Haha! I'm glad you had a sense of humor about it! That makes all the difference. Geez, I think the "there are two moms, let's try it both ways" would be my go-to compromise from now on! My ex and I used to fight every time we had some sort of DIY project. It was ridiculous. Like a superior method to hang pictures or run a wire is worth the argument. But it seemed to happen every time. I think it's awesome that you and your hubby are able to work together the way you do! I know it's not always easy, but it says something when you're able to have teamwork and make compromises the way you do. Plus I'm sure your husband got enough kick out of this post to forgive you for the other shower. ;) Keep up the good work!

posted by Jenn Hoff (not verified) | on Fri, 2012-11-02 13:22

Oh, hey, Ana, I wanted to

Oh, hey, Ana, I wanted to tell you something! There is this guy that I have been in love with for almost two years. I'm constantly in the process of trying to wake him up to the realization that we're great together! He's a very clueless fellow. Anyway, I came up with an evil plot to lure him into my web, and it was to get him to come build a Fancy Doll Crib for each of our nieces together! I've mentioned before that I have a rare and painful genetic disorder that keeps me stuck in bed most of the time. So I can only get up and wood work in small 30 minute blocks of time. This means that this guy has to come over all the time and work on the cribs with me over a period of several weeks. Well, it's working like a charm! As soon as I got him behind those power tools, he was hooked! I made a big deal about how good he was with them, even though we both know I could scroll saw circles around him in my sleep. :) He keeps telling me how much he's enjoying himself, and how he would never have done a project like this otherwise.
I remember working for 6 weeks on a headboard from your site, and then crying when I read several comments under the post from people who put it together in one afternoon. It was so discouraging. But it has turned out to be a blessing this time around, as this guy keeps calling and asking if we can do a few more things on the crib every few days. And the best part? As soon as I'm too exhausted to continue, he's helped me back into the house and back into bed, and then will sit in a chair next to me and talk for another hour or so. Seriously, I've been trying to get him to spend time with me like this for a very long time. And the Fancy Doll Crib has been just the ticket! :D :D So I wanted to say thank you. Thank you for posting plans, thank you for working so hard to come up with ideas, thank you for making them free, just... thank you! If things work out, I may display our cribs at the wedding. Jk! :) Seriously, though, your efforts have made a difference for me! And I really appreciate it.
Happy building!

posted by Jenn Hoff (not verified) | on Fri, 2012-11-02 13:33

Sounds a little bit familiar

The hubby and I generally work well together, however, we definitely can have our tense moments. I totally related to this story, however because too often I seem to do things the long/hard way, until the hubby rescues me with an easier way.


posted by spiceylg | on Sat, 2012-11-03 20:23

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