Why You Should Never Do Plumbing Work on Sunday

One Sunday afternoon, I decided it was time to replace the faucet in our one and only bathroom. I also decided to tackle that project at around 4:45pm.

“It’s a faucet. It should only take an hour at most to replace.”

I went about my business turning off the hot and cold shutoffs below the sink that go to the faucets. I wanted to replace the tubing that ran from the shutoffs to the faucets. I knew I had to be very careful, but I didn’t realize how fragile the cold water shutoff was. One small bit of torque on the tube connecting to the shutoff and bam, the whole shutoff snapped off the wall where it meets the tile and we had a water hose going in the bathroom. I yelled for my fiance to bring a bucket while I ran to shut off the main water supply to the house.

At that point, I rushed off to Home Depot for supplies to cut off water going to the sink from the basement. Luckily, Home Depot is open late enough on Sunday for me to get supplies, but I ended up spending a few more hours getting supplies and some emergency plumbing to shut off water from going to that sink, at least for the cold water supply, so that we could turn water back on for the house. Not fun!

What I was left with, was a broken pipe, flush with where it meets the tile. I would have had to open the wall up to fix the problem anyway, and most of the walls had putrid pink and black tile, so it wasn’t much of a leap to decide to redo the whole bathroom.

I took off a few days from work the following weekend and started in on stripping the bathroom down and replacing everything with some help from a few friends. It took a weekend and a couple days to get things close and a few weekend following to get things where they needed to be.


Notice the wire mixed in with the tile cement. That made the tile removal much tougher than expected.


My fiance’s dad helped with the electric work. The results just would not have been half as good if I was on my own.


My dad jumped in again to help with exhausting the fan through the roof. Went with a Panasonic FV-11VQ5 WhisperCeiling 110 CFM Ceiling Mounted Fan, White. You can’t go wrong. Super quiet!


We used sound insulation inside the interior facing walls.

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We hired out the plastering. They had the bathroom done in just under 3 hours. Some of the best money spent in the project.


Strapping was for bead board wainscoting.

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First time tiling on my own.

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We also had a special guest appearance, but the plumbing perfectionist, Ryan Tremaine. He did an awesome job on my shower mixing valve.

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